RCSA Revival Speakers



Track One: Relevance 9:30 – 10:50 AEST (11:30 - 12:50 NZST, 7:30 - 8:50 AWST)
  • Welcome & Keynote from Mykel Dixon
  • Julia Ross - 'How to be Fearlessly Different' Featuring a conversation with NZ Rising Star 2020 Anand Ranchhod
  • Jenn ten Seldam, SEEK - 'Standing out: Creating a compelling Customer Value Proposition'

Track Two: Performance 11:10 – 12:30 AEST (1:10 - 2:30 NZST, 9:10 - 10:30 AWST)
  • Jude Perl Performance
  • Toby Jenkins and Jonah Oliver - 'The New Rules of High Performance'
  • Josh Tolan, Spark Hire - 'Building a Competitive Video Recruitment Strategy that Boosts Performance'
  • Nigel Harse FRCSA and Mark Ashburn, Prime Super - ‘Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow - what’s the data telling us about Covid-19’s impact on our sector and what might be ahead of us?’
  • Jane Starkins, RCSA Invoice Finance and Robert Smith, McGrathNicol - ‘Wider Business Trends & Top Tips Post Stimulus’

Track Three: Wellbeing 12:55 – 2:15 AEST (2:55 - 4:15 NZST, 10:55 - 12:15 AWST)
  • Solli Raphael Slam Poetry Performance
  • Kemi Nekvapil - 'How to be a Recruitment Leader and a ‘well-being’ – Building capacity from the inside'
  • Paul Taylor - 'The Resilient Mind' Featuring a conversation with RCSA President Nina Mapson Bone FRCSA sponsored by iMaven

Track Four: Influence 2:35 – 4:30 AEST (4:35 - 6:30 NZST, 12:35 - 2:30 AWST)
  • Dr Paul Wood (NZ) - 'Influence Starts Within' Featuring a conversation with NZ Recruitment Leader of the Year 2020 Kymberly Tupai
  • Jay Munro, Indeed - 'Evolution of Expectations: What candidates want now'
  • Charles Cameron, David Gazard & Brooke Lord - 'The Politics of Influence – A Panel Discussion on How to Positively Influence Government Perceptions of our Industry'
  • Warren Macdonald - 'The Power of Perception - Building a Breakthrough Mindset'
  • MC Mykel Dixon, RCSA CEO Charles Cameron and Marcel Yammouni Wrap Up

Anand Ranchhod

Anand manages Cobalt Recruitment's Legal Recruitment division and is a specialist legal recruiter. He is the recent winner of the 2020 RCSA Rising Star Award.

Anand qualified as a lawyer in 2009 and started his career as a property and commercial lawyer within NZ law firms. He spent a couple of years in the UK where he worked as Legal Counsel for HSBC before heading back to the motherland. In 2015, he made the switch into legal recruitment as he felt it would be a natural fit with his interests in working in a people-focused role that would be fast paced and make use of his prior marketing experience.

Anand brings a unique perspective from the legal industry when working with his clients and candidates. He uses his technical background, industry knowledge and networks to help clients build successful legal teams and achieve mutually beneficial outcomes for both candidate and client.


David Gazard

David Gazard is the founder and director of DPG Advisory Solutions and is widely recognised as one of the most successful government relations specialists in Australia. He has 25 years' experience in politics, the media and business and has delivered discreet strategic government, communications and regulatory/public policy outcomes for a wide variety of corporate and notfor-profit interests.

Having run numerous successful campaigns and achieved results for a variety of firms and public interests, he has a deep understanding of the political and public policy process.

His select clients benefit from his experience working with a Prime Minister, a Federal Treasurer, two Federal Health ministers and a NSW state leader. With an initial career as a finance journalist in the federal press gallery, David has excellent media contacts and still regularly appears as a TV political commentator.

After heading up government relations for Westpac Banking Corp, he established and operated his own successful government relations business, ECG Advisory Solutions, the forerunner of DPG.

A regular political commentator on ABC and Sky TV, David is a skilled media liaison with extensive political and business networks.


Jane Starkins

Jane Starkins is Victoria's General Manger at Scottish Pacific Business Finance. Along with being a Chartered Accountant, Jane has a wide breath of banking and finance experience with a specialisation in maximising working capital.

A Board Member for the Turnaround Management association of Australia, Jane is deeply committed to working with businesses to achieve their goals.


Jay Munro

Having worked within the recruitment industry for over 20 years, Jay Munro is Indeed's Senior Manager of Country Marketing for Australia and New Zealand.

During his career, Jay has worked to understand the behaviours and challenges around how people find jobs and how companies identify talent.

He regularly contributes to a range of publications in Australia and internationally, and speaks at many industry events on topics ranging from diversity, unconscious bias in recruiting, and the sociology of job search.


Jenn Ten Seldam

Jenn leads all facets of Marketing for SEEK ANZ, covering Customer Insights and Strategy, Segment & Product Marketing, Brand & Marcomms, and Media & Customer Engagement. Prior to SEEK, Jenn held a series of senior marketing roles across the financial services and telecommunications sectors, spanning business-to-business (B2B) and business-to-consumer (B2C), customer strategy and product marketing.

Jenn holds a Bachelor Arts/ Commerce from Monash University and is particularly passionate about leadership and coaching, holding Organisational Coaching accreditation from the Institute of Executive Coaching and Leadership (IECL).

Jenn gets a charge out of solving big business problems, and planning for the long-term. She’s passionate about the strategic role Marketing should play in shaping the broader business agenda as the Voice of the Customer and building teams that are not only technically best in class, but also collaborate with hustle and feel like family.


Jonah Oliver

Jonah Oliver is a world leading performance psychologist who combines sport psychology and neuroscience to facilitate peak performance.

Jonah has nearly 20 years working in high performance from Olympians, executives and professional codes (Brisbane Roar, Gold Coast Suns, Essendon), to car racing teams (Porsche – Le Mans World Champion, V8s), indigenous performing artists and surgeons.

He is an executive coach, author, speaker, consultant on talent identification, leadership and organisational performance around the world.


Josh Tolan

Josh Tolan is the Founder and CEO of Spark Hire. Spark Hire helps thousands of organizations make better, more collaborative, & quicker hiring decisions.

More than 6,000 organizations have interviewed millions of candidates across 100+ countries on Spark Hire.

With the easiest to use product, unmatched customer service, & fair and transparent pricing, Spark Hire has become the most popular and #1 rated video interview platform on the market. Learn more on sparkhire.com and get started today with no contracts or setup fees!


Jude Perl

Jude Perl is a multi-award winning singer, songwriter and comedian based in Melbourne. In her home-town, she has created a name for herself by writing and performing hilarious, yet brutally honest, stream-of-consciousness style lyrics, set to undeniably catchy and well crafted songs. “These songs are not only funny, but also infinitely better composed than many of the songs on commercial radio” (AU Review)

Jude has won 3 Green Room Awards for Best Original songs for her solo comedy shows, and her latest show “I Have A Face” won Best Cabaret at the Melbourne Fringe Festival in 2018, as well as her 4th Green Room Award for Cabaret Artiste. She has written and performed 5 solo shows since 2015, (6 if you include the comedy festival of 2020 that never got to be). She has independently released 2 EPs, half a dozen music videos and an album, ‘Modern Times’ which was produced in LA with Grammy Award winning Engineer Brian Paturalski (Outkast ‘Speakerboxxx/The Love Below’). Jude also had several songs featured in the 2016 documentary ‘Embrace’ from body image activist Taryn Brumfitt, including the title song written specifically for the film.


Julia Ross

Julia Ross has almost thirty years’ experience in the recruitment industry. This followed a career in the construction industry where she earned her first management role for a division of the Taylor Woodrow Group. Julia quickly moved to senior level at a young age resulted in her becoming a finalist in the prestigious Business Women of the Year Awards presented by the London Times and Veuve Clicquot (UK).

Julia’s career in the recruitment industry began in the United Kingdom with an international group, with whom she progressed to manage their operations within Asia, Australia and New Zealand.

In 1988 Julia founded Julia Ross Recruitment. The company developed from a single service line business in generalist recruitment to providing professional, specialist, executive and IT recruitment alongside HR and payroll technology (via Aurion Corporation), HR Consulting covering all aspects of human resources management including outsourcing, payroll services and managed training services.

The business listed on the Australian Stock Exchange through an IPO in 2000, and became at the time the largest ever single-owner business and the only ever solely female-owned business to list on the ASX.
Julia Ross has received many accolades including BRW’s Leading Female Entrepreneur and the Westpac Group Business Owner Award in the Telstra Business Woman of the Year Awards. Julia now lives in London.


Kemi Nekvapil

An ICF credentialed executive and personal coach, Kemi is also a speaker/facilitator, who has worked in the wellness industry for more than 25 years.

Having studied leadership and purpose at The Gross National Happiness Centre in Bhutan, trained as a yoga teacher in India with a 23-year yoga and meditation practice, Kemi understands there is a process for meaningful, connection to ourselves, our work, our families and communities.

In her coaching practice Kemi works with leaders to unlock the obstacles that prevent value-based leadership and as a facilitator Kemi designs programs and speaks for global organisations.

In 2018 she was invited to Richard Branson’s Necker Island and was asked to sit on a panel discussing ‘humanity at work’, and she has recently returned from Texas training with Dr Brenè Brown as a Dare To lead Facilitator ™ to work with teams and organisations to create daring leaders and courageous cultures.

Kemi is a facilitator for The Hunger Project Australia, leading immersive Leadership Programs to Africa.

She is the author of two books and is currently writing her third.

Kemi is a mother of teenagers, a wife, an endurance athlete running 42km-100km races, a dedicated gardener and lover of really good food.


Kymberly Tupai

Kymberly Tupai is an award-winning Recruitment Leader, having won the RCSA Recruitment Leader of the Year Award in 2020.

Being Auckland born, raised and educated at AUT graduating with a Bachelor of Business in Management, Human Resources & Employment Relations, and International Business, Kymberly has a life-time of Auckland based networks to draw on. Prior to entering the world of agency recruitment in early 2014, Kymberly was busy managing and recruiting for her own teams in large-format retail.

She been with Stellar since February 2018 and divides her time between providing recruitment services and solutions to some of New Zealand's very best employers as well as managing and developing a talented Northern team, from our Auckland office. With recruitment experience across a multitude of industries and disciplines, she prides herself on the high level of service and calibre of job seekers she provides. She is an active participator in the #NZREC community, and is regularly involved in job-seeker events to maintain her connection with the community and give back. Kymberly enjoys spending her time with her partner Brad and her interests include, travel, keeping up with the latest movies, and attending live sports (of almost any kind!) with her family.


Marcel Yammouni

Marcel Yammouni is a Melbourne-based multi-instrumentalist, producer and recording artist who has performed and collaborated with some of the biggest names in Australian music. Renown for his ability to write, record and perform any style of music at the drop of a hat, he’ll be creating the RCSA Revival soundtrack LIVE throughout the day.


Mykel Dixon - MC

Mykel Dixon is an award-winning speaker & MC, learning designer, event curator, musician and author of 'Everyday Creative – a dangerous guide to making magic at work'.

A musician by trade, gypsy by nature, fierce non-conformist and prolific anti-perfectionist, he works with senior leaders and teams of Fortune 500 and ASX 200 companies to unlock breakthrough creativity.

And regardless of how the Covid-19 pandemic unfolds, he has committed to working in trackie-dax for the next 3 years.


Nigel Harse FRCSA

Nigel is a 43 year veteran of the industry and is in a unique position to share his insights into the impact that Covid-19 has had on the staffing and recruitment sector.With a successful track record of working through recessions in the UK and Australia he has intimate knowledge and hands on experience of what it takes to rebuild a business during challenging times.

Throughout this pandemic Nigel has had the opportunity to speak and work with many firms, all grappling with the new realities of staying relevant and afloat as we go forward. Today as founder and director of Staffing Industry Metrics he leverages the insights from this unique analytics and benchmarking platform to coach and mentor business owners, helping them make smarter and better-informed strategic decisions about the future of their business.

Nigel’s strong belief in measure and manage (your future), along with a healthy sense of humour will ensure this discussion is one not to be missed!


Paul Taylor

A former British Royal Navy Aircrew Officer, Paul is an Exercise Physiologist, Nutritionist and Neuroscientist who is currently completing a PhD in Applied Psychology, where he is developing and testing resilience strategies with the Australian Defence Science Technology Group & UTAS.

He is the Director of The Mind-Body-Brain Performance Institute, where he delivers resilience, leadership and executive performance workshops to companies such as NAB, CBA, J&J, Oracle, SAP, PWC, BUPA and Medibank and the Australian Military.

In 2010 Paul created and co-hosted the TV series Body and Brain Overhaul and has appeared regularly on The Biggest Loser TV series. In 2010 and 2015, he was voted Australian Fitness Industry presenter of the year.

His BioAge software is used by a number of Australian and International Health Club chains and his latest venture is The Resilient Mind, an online program and App that is currently used by a number of Corporations and has proven benefits for resilience and mental wellbeing of participants.

Paul also has a proven track record in Leadership and dealing in high-pressure situations, through his former roles as an Airborne Anti-submarine Warfare Officer and a Helicopter Search-And-Rescue Crew Member with the Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm.

He has undergone rigorous Military Combat Survival and Resistance-to-Interrogation Training and in 2012, he became a professional boxer.


Dr Paul Wood

As an 18 year-old, Dr Paul Wood was completely off the rails.

He wasn't coping with the impending death of his mother, he was dependent on drugs, and was an unemployed high-school dropout who was committing crimes to feed his habit.

Two days after his mother died he lost control when his then drug dealer attempted to sexually assault him. Paul was convicted of murder for this offence and then spent more than a decade in some of New Zealand's toughest prisons. During this period Paul became the first person in New Zealand’s history to progress through undergraduate and Masters degrees while in prison. He was also the first person to begin a Doctorate while incarcerated. Paul's educational pursuits dovetailed with a journey of personal exploration and change, both of which gave him a profound understanding of the ingredients required to successfully strive towards our potential, deal with the challenges of change, and build the mental toughness and resilience necessary to flourish in adversity.

On his release, Paul was able to translate this knowledge into strategies for improving leadership effectiveness and organisational culture. As a result, Paul rose rapidly through the ranks to become the senior manager responsible for Training and Development within the multinational professional services firm OPRA Consulting Group. Paul now runs his own practice and has served as a committee member and advisor to a number of boards.

Paul now spends most of his time facilitating leadership and emotional intelligence focused programmes across the private and public sectors. He works with everyone from the Hurricanes to Central Agencies of government. His charitable interests see him visit prisons and act as patron for START Taranaki, which helps at risk young men turn their lives around. Paul is also a regular contributor to the media.


Rob Smith

Rob Smith is a partner with McGrathNicol, a national boutique Restructuring and Advisory firm.

Rob is a chartered accountant and specialises in working with companies with financial and strategic challenges, as well as assisting healthy businesses to grow or perform better


Rebecca Clarke MRCSA

Revival Community Engagement Ambassador

After a long and multifaceted relationship with the RCSA as an individual member, corporate member representative, NZ Council member, RCSA partner, #YouthCharter champion, Rebecca is proud to be repping RCSA as NZ Manager.

Rebecca joined the recruitment & staffing industry in 2001, and she’s passionate about sharing its good news stories with the world! An early adopter of all things recruitment marketing, she could often be found running a tweet chat, hosting a meetup, engaging on the socials, capturing employee stories, facilitating panel discussions and generally raising the profile of professional recruitment.

Her recruitment career began as a hybrid recruiter, recruiting for both permanent and temporary roles across a broad range of sectors including human resources, professional services, sales & marketing, business support, and insurance, but it’s safe to say perm recruitment was her jam. Her experience started in boutique recruitment and includes 9 years with a global agency in a variety of recruitment, sales and leadership roles, including managing their suite of Talent Management Solutions.

Rebecca is a serial connector and networker who likes to surround herself with great people, who give a damn what they do, and why they do it. Others may say she’s inherently curious, likes to be where the action is and is energised by giving you a voice on the issues you care about.


Solli Raphael

Crowned youngest ever Australian Poetry Slam champion at only 12-years-old and successfully publishing his first book, Limelight, Solli Raphael is a budding humanitarian and environmental conservationist who uses original work to instigate conversations about issues that affect future generations.

Having performed as a slam poet and keynote speaker at national and international conferences, corporate, lifestyle and charity events, literary festivals, in countless schools as well as on TV shows such as The Project, Q&A, Studio10 and ABC Breakfast News, Solli has found himself receiving accolades for his inspirational input into the lives of youth and adults alike.

From breaking stereotypes, fighting for equality, to relatable experiences and environmental proactivism, Solli creatively tackles compelling topics. Solli’s goal is to generate compassion and inspiration across issues that inevitably affect each and every member of his audience as well as the wider community.

You will be in awe of this resolute, humble and kind teen who inspirationally speaks words of wisdom beyond his years.


Toby Jenkins

Toby Jenkins is a former Olympian, having played Water Polo in Athens 2004.

A performance coach, speaker, consultant, Toby has worked with Olympic medalists, investors, entrepreneurs, founders, execs and managers.
He is super passionate about family, health and fitness, playing piano, singing, landscape design, gardening, beach, travelling and sharing the
Premier Group story to help and inspire others.

Co-founder (and former CEO) of Bluewire Media, he is also the co-author of Amazon bestseller Web Marketing That Works.

Toby was also listed on Smart Company’s 2009 Hot 30 Under 30 and Dynamic Business’s 2010 Young Guns lists of entrepreneurs.


Warren Macdonald

Warren Macdonald works with innovative, forward thinking organizations and associations looking to foster a shift in perception.

Warren’s life’s boundaries were redefined in April 1997 with his accident on North Queensland’s (Australia) Hinchinbrook Island. Climbing to the Island’s tallest peak, he became trapped beneath a one-ton slab boulder in a freak rock fall. Two days later he was rescued, only to undergo the amputation of both legs at mid thigh.

Just ten months later, he climbed Tasmania’s Cradle Mountain using a modified wheelchair and the seat of his pants.

In February 2003, he became the first double above-knee amputee to reach the summit of Africa’s tallest peak, Mt Kilimanjaro (19,222ft), and more recently, in a spectacular effort requiring more than 2,800 pull-ups over 4 days, created history once again in an ascent of America's tallest cliff face, El Capitan. He is also the only above knee amputee to make an ascent of Canada’s landmark frozen waterfall, the 600 ft “Weeping Wall” in Alberta.

Warren’s first book, “A Test of Will” is an Australian bestseller and the subject of the “Trapped under a Boulder” episode of the Discovery Channel series “I Shouldn’t Be Alive”. His film documenting the epic four-week journey to Federation Peak, Australia’s most challenging mountain summit, “The Second Step”, has been acclaimed worldwide, screening on National Geographic Television and winning eight international awards including Grand Prize at the prestigious “Banff Mountain Film Festival”.

Warren has appeared on numerous news and current affairs programs, including “Larry King Live”, “The Oprah Winfrey Show”, and “60 Minutes” in Australia.


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