The Awards undergo a rigorous assessment process led by a panel of independent judges who are appointed to judge and a agree a winner for each category. 


Entry Criteria

Each entry will be judged on the information provided in the Category Entry Form. Entries which have not been correctly submitted that do not meet the criteria will be rejected.


The judges will be looking for the following:-

    •  How well-written, structured and presented is the case? Clear, concise entries will deliver a stronger message.

    •  Be specific, relevant and answer the question as accurately as possible.

    •  Provide evidence.

    •  Strictly adhere to word count. Entries will not be considered if they exceed word limits.

    •  Tell us how and where the results made a difference for the audience and the client.

    •  Identify who did what between client and agency – roles and responsibilities.

    •  Once you have written your entry, let a colleague who knows nothing about the initiative read it. If they don’t understand something, then neither will the judges!


Meet our Judges

Ann Swain, Global CEO, APSCo

Ann is the founder and Global CEO of APSCo which is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year.  Ann has over 30 years’ recruitment experience that includes time as Managing Director of Learning Curve and UK Sales Director at Computer People. In 2009, she accepted a fellowship from the NSPCC charity in recognition of her outstanding work to support vulnerable children in the UK.

Ann is a leading commentator on professional recruitment trends, the co-author of the best-selling ‘Professional Recruiter’s Handbook’ and a popular platform speaker at UK and international recruitment conferences. In 2014 Ann joined the Executive Committee of Women in Recruitment and more recently she has featured in Staffing Industry Analysts’ ‘Global Power 50’ list of the most influential women in international recruitment as well as appearing in its coveted Staffing 100 Europe ranking for the past three years. She was invited to Chair the European team in the popular Top Recruiter docu-series and last year won two awards for her leadership of APSCo. 

Nicholas Beames, Director, Beames Capital

After a decade of founding, growing, then exiting his first technology business, Astute Payroll, which became, and still is, one of Australia's leading fintech SaaS apps, Nicholas has come full-circle and is proudly back in startup land where his entrepreneurial career began.

Nicholas is the Founder & CEO of venture capital firm, Beames Capital, which has invested in four tech startups in the past 2-years. The common theme for investment is startups that empower people in the gig economy to get the work they want and manage the work they get. These investments include Recstra, Rounded, Solo Cover, and Nivato. In May 2019 Beames Capital announced the launch of it's first $50M investment fund to the further broaden its investment capacity. Nicholas has studied Commerce at Sydney University, an MBA at Southern Cross University, is a Fellow of the AHRI, a Fellow of the RSCA, a Member of APSCo, and a Member of the AICD.

Dr Natalie Flatt, Director, Connect Wellness

Dr Natalie Flatt Ph.D is the Founder of Connect Psych and Connect Wellness; platforms which support and educate leaders and teams. Natalie has been a company director and a recruiter in Health and Education over 15 years. Natalie has extensive experience in both academia and solution-focussed intervention to assist leaders and teams of all industries manage anxiety, resilience, stress, relationships, workplace conflict and compassion fatigue. Her companies offers practical, evidence-based solutions to assist professionals to overcome a wide variety of difficulties to ensure ongoing emotional resilience, wellbeing, and improved self-confidence; resulting in higher work life satisfaction and productivity.


Dianne Gibert, Managing Director, Certex

Dianne is the founder and Managing Director of Certex International. She has over two decades of experience as a management consultant across a range of industries, and over 15 years working in the recruitment sector as a quality, safety and compliance specialist.  Dianne’s interest in compliance has seen her draft a number of standards for service industries, including recruitment with the Talent Engagement Standard, endorsed by JAS-ANZ as her latest achievemnet. She has a deep understanding of the issues facing recruitment and related businesses in Australia and New Zealand today.


Rebecca Houghton, Founder and MD, BoldHR

Rebecca is the Founder and MD of BoldHR and has a unique profile in our sector which makes her a powerful advocate and practical coach for all of us.  She has been part of all elements of the talent ecosystem: self-employed, executive TA positions at the top end of town, headhunter in the City of London, run major P&Ls for agencies and, most recently led Agile product development and People Experience programs.  

Rod Hore, CEO, HHMC Global 

Rod is a 35-year veteran of Australian and international IT and corporate advisory organisations. His executive-level credentials traverse many segments of the staffing and recruitment industry and include corporate advisory assignments, mergers and acquisitions mandates, and C-level advisory to multinational and other public and private organizations.Located in Perth, Rod founded HHMC to provide local industry acumen and global knowledge to Asia Pacific recruitment agencies. HHMC’s innovative business strategies and well-grounded guidance result in clients realising their personal and corporate goals.


Con Marchesan, Head of Recruiter - Sales & Service, SEEK Australia and New Zealand

Con leads SEEK’s Recruiter client segment across the Australia and New Zealand market encompassing small to medium Recruitment firms through to large multinational Recruitment organizations which include agency and RPO business models.

Con joined Seek in May 2017 after a 20+ year career in the ICT and IT sector where he held numerous senior leadership roles leading Sales, Service, and Commercial operation teams servicing Consumer, SME and large Enterprise customers across industry verticals. Con has held roles ranging from Director of Sales and Service Delivery to General Management across brands such as Hewlett Packard Enterprises, SingTel Optus, Vodafone whilst commencing his career in the Retail sector with Myer Grace Bros. Con recognizes and promotes the values of empowerment, teamwork and customer advocacy. 


James Mattson, Partner, Bartier Perry 

James draws on over 20 years of employment and industrial law experience to provide advice and guidance that’s grounded in the real world. James views his relationship with clients as a partnership focused on delivering strong outcomes and positive productive workplaces. Employers rely on him for everything from acting as a sounding board on employment issues through to advising on complex, challenging and sensitive cases. James helps management and HR apply holistic and lasting solutions to workplace issues. This includes advising them on navigating industrial disputes, dealing with complaints and grievances, managing difficult employees and resolving complex claims involving awards, agreements and employment contracts. He also often represents clients in court as an advocate in unfair dismissal, adverse action and discrimination claims.


Chris Morrison, Regional Sales Director, DaXtra


Ben Richardson, Recruitment Industry Advisor / Investor / NED

Ben Richardson is a recruitment entrepreneur with a track record in value creation and delivering change. He is the longest serving Recruitment to Recruitment professional operating in Australia. His business ‘Turnaround’ has been consulting specifically in and around the recruitment industry since early 2001, focused on senior appointments, corporate advisory / executive mentoring, investment and M&A opportunities within the market when appropriate.

Ben prides himself on good governance, ambition and hard work. He is an active NED across both corporate and NFP organisations


Joshua van Gestel, National Education Manager, SunSuper

Joshua is Sunsuper’s National Education Manager, with extensive experience within Financial Services and Financial Media organisations, including roles in management, content development and education delivery. He is responsible for developing and delivering Sunsuper’s education strategy to members, employers and representative bodies. Joshua is passionate about empowering individuals to achieve theirretirement dreams through the provision of effective, tangible experiences and creating programs with employers to address employee financial resilience and wellbeing.