Let’s start with the here and now:
2014 to date
Independent Adviser, Speaker and Coach on People, Leadership and Culture.
Co-Founder and CEO of Mental Toughness Partners, Asia Pacific’s leading specialist hub for mental toughness measurement, resources and development.
I live in Sydney with my family but in the recent past have also lived and worked in Hong Kong and Tokyo.
25 years experience as a CEO; 10 years with Michael Page in Australia and latterly Hong Kong as Asia Pacific MD and then 15 years with Ambition, the business I co-founded, in Sydney and Hong Kong.
1987 to 2013
After qualifying as a Chartered Accountant and then moving into recruitment I spent four years with Michael Page International in Manchester before transferring to Sydney in 1987. I became Australian Managing Director in March 1988 and Asia Pacific Managing Director based in Hong Kong in 1997.
With the help of a group of talented and supportive colleagues we grew the business from one office and fourteen people, to a network across Asia Pacific of six offices employing in excess of 250 people.
Leaving Michael Page in 1998 to “not die wondering” I co-founded Ambition, along with my friend and business partner, Nick Waterworth.
As CEO I helped grow the company by establishing and building offices in Australia and Asia, launching new brands, establishing and acquiring new businesses and creating a positive “no dickheads, no passengers” internal culture. I was at the sharp end of the 2008 GFC and the challenging years that have followed but I’m proud to say Ambition has since become a highly regarded international recruitment business employing over 200 people in six countries.
As my career has evolved, I have come to appreciate the importance of hiring and retaining top talent, building a positive and resilient culture and providing strong and inspirational leadership.
I have been an executive recruiter for over thirty years and there has been more change in the past two than the previous twenty-eight. Whilst technology changes what we do and what we can do, we still need commitment, character and relevant expertise to achieve our career aspirations, or to grow a successful brand and global business.