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.

Ann has over 30 years’ recruitment experience including time as Managing Director of Learning Curve and UK Sales Director at Computer People before establishing APSCo in 1999.

In 2009, Ann received a fellowship from the NSPCC and in 2014 joined the Executive Committee of Women in Recruitment. More recently, Ann has featured in Staffing Industry Analysts’ ‘Global Power 50’ list of the most influential women in international recruitment and was invited to Chair the European team in the popular ‘Top Recruiter’ docu-series. 


Gary King, Commercial Director, Global Recruiter 


Nicholas Beames, Founder, Beames Capital

Nicholas is a serial entrepreneur, having started his first business in high school, ultimately creating a string of ventures – from a video store advertising agency, a recruitment firm, an HR & Payroll technology company, a venture capital firm, an accounting SaaS app, a digital economy recruitment platform, a gig economy talent marketplace, and an insurance SaaS app. 

After a decade of founding, growing, taking public, then exiting his first ‘big business’, Astute Payroll, he is proudly back in grass-roots entrepreneurship with Rounded, Recstra, Solo Cover, Cloud Gigs, NerdSearcher, and Beames Capital.


Hazel Walker, Regional Sales Director, idibu


Ben Richardson, Managing Director, Turnaround

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.


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.

Con holds a Bachelor of Economics Degree from La Trobe University and lives in bayside Melbourne with his wife and early teenage children. In his spare time, Con enjoys dedicating himself to coaching young children in sport.


Rae Bonney, Integrated Wellbeing Specialist, The Who Group
 Brian Hill, Director, RDBnow


Thank you to all our Award Sponsors