About Us

Meet the Team

We are passionate, enthusiastic and energetic in the work we do to help you.

Samantha Cotgrave
Samantha Cotgrave
General Manager

Slade Group

With 25 years of experience in Recruitment and HR for numerous commercial, not-for-profit and government organisations, Samantha has managed consulting teams across Executive, Accounting & Finance, Information Technology, Supply Chain, Sales & Marketing, Human Resources, Administration, Oil & Gas, Mining, and Temporary recruitment. She combines real hands on end-to-end operational experience with the ability to distil complex business problems into workable solutions. Samantha’s expertise in the development and delivery of formal methodologies as well as less-defined, innovative approaches to achieving business objectives has helped numerous organisations with the HR challenges they face. Samantha has a passion for building strong partnerships, whilst guiding leaders in identifying their unique organisational needs. Her qualifications include a Bachelor of Business in International Trade, Majoring in Economics.

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Laurent Lot
Laurent Lot
Team Administrator

Slade Group

With two years of consulting experience, Lauren has a great understanding of recruitment. Prior to joining Slade Group, she was recruiting within the Architecture space, where she developed excellent organisational skills and attention to detail. Those skills have been transferred to her current administrative role, where she is committed to working with our General Manager, as well as supporting our specialist teams. Lauren understands the importance of client relationships and candidate care, as well as the need to monitor timelines and adhere to quality processes to achieve successful outcomes.

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Stephen Atherton
Stephen Atherton
Senior Consultant

Financial Services

Stephen is a Banking & Finance recruitment specialist. Coming from an analyst background, Stephen believes it is important to structure an understanding of a client’s sector within the local and global economy, their organisation within the industry, and the role within the organisation. With this detailed understanding, Stephen is a firm believer in finding the best solution, not just any solution, and measures his success by the longevity of placed candidates and the appreciation and repeat business from clients.

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Barry Hodson
Barry Hodson
Senior Consultant

Accounting & Finance

With recruitment experience spanning in excess of two decades, Barry has extensive and deep expertise in Accounting search and selection, particularly in the specialist areas of performance analytics, finance business partnering, commercial finance and financial control. Commencing his career in South Africa where he worked for one of the country’s preeminent listed recruitment firms, Barry relocated to Melbourne with his family in 2008. Since immigrating, he has furthered his career with both large global, and privately held boutique search and selection firms where he has developed strong working relationships and networks. Well known for investing time to understand the requirements of each unique assignment and for exploring the individual career aspirations of talent, Barry’s authentic engagement style is based on respect, trust, integrity and honesty. Barry is committed to delivering an insightful, thorough and detailed level of service, and to achieving quality outcomes for all clients and candidates he partners with.

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Laurie Serafini
Laurie Serafini
Senior Consultant

Consumer, Sport & Entertainment

Laurie has an extensive business background, having spent over 25 years in sales and marketing. His consultative approach in recruitment is to truly understand each client’s brief; and then apply Slade’s proven methodology and in-house research department to map the appropriate candidate market. This helps him arrive at a creative ‘people capital’ solution, finding quality talented candidates. Laurie’s background in leisure and elite sport gives him a strong affinity with his chosen sector.

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Kelly Stubbs
Kelly Stubbs
Practice Manager

Technical & Operations

Kelly has 14 years recruitment experience in the Melbourne market recruiting technical and non-technical professionals in engineering within the property and construction sectors. Her experience has given her a keen eye for identifying the best executive talent in the market and the greatest opportunities for candidates. Kelly has a genuine interest in providing talent solutions which has assisted her in building rapport with clients and candidates to help organisations meet their strategic growth goals. Kelly is highly motivated to obtain the best outcome for all involved.

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Bill Haggerty
Bill Haggerty
Principal

Technical & Operations

With over 18 years experience in executive search, Bill specialises in recruiting senior executives, including CEOs, Project Directors and General Managers in the engineering, advanced manufacturing and infrastructure sectors, which is where his passion lies. He is an active member of Engineers Australia, committed to promoting the engineering profession and gender diversity within engineering. Bill is a Fellow of Engineers Australia with Chartered and EngExec status and a Graduate of the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT University) in Civil Engineering and Management. He has a very broad commercial background with extensive management, business development and project management experience. Over the years Bill has worked in Australia, Europe, North America and Asia, with particular emphasis in engineering, transport, construction, aerospace, agribusiness and FMCG.

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Jack Baker
Jack Baker
Senior Consultant

Technical & Operations

Jack Baker has over six years recruitment experience, specialising in Technical markets including Property & Construction, Engineering, Manufacturing and Operations. Jack grew up in Melbourne, and has a strong local and national network. He developed his consulting skills working for several years with a large international recruitment agency. With a degree in International Business, Jack transferred to London where he worked for three years with a FTSE 250 Recruitment company across Technical markets. Jack is committed to partnering with professionals to assist in identifying the right people for both sides of the search process.

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Luke Clarke
Luke Clarke
Consultant

Technical & Operations

Luke Clarke is a Civil Engineer with recruitment experience in Australia and the UK. With several years of experience recruiting technical and engineering positions in challenging markets, Luke has developed excellent resourcing abilities. This has enabled him to deliver hard to find passive candidates. As a consultant in Slade Group’s Technical & Operations practice, Luke’s focus is on the civil sector where he has recruited key roles such as such as project managers, project engineers, site managers, construction managers, contract administrators, planners and quantity surveyors plus rail specific roles such as overheads, project managers/project engineers, signalling, track and civil and rolling stock. Having completed a Masters in Civil Engineering, Luke is knowledgeable and has a keen interest in all things civil related. Luke has a strong appreciation of both candidates’ desires and organisations’ needs, including understanding complex technical skillsets.

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Shaunagh McEvoy
Shaunagh McEvoy
Practice Manager

Business Support & Shared Services

Shaunagh is an experienced Senior Recruitment Consultant who has worked with some of the most respected organisations in the Melbourne and Sydney markets. Leading the Business Support & Shared Services team at Slade Group, Shaunagh partners with companies to support them in recruiting business critical permanent roles such as Executive Assistants, Team Administrators, Marketing, Accounting, and HR – roles that underpin the operations and shared services of a business. She is passionate about trust and integrity, always seeking to identify those values in others. Shaunagh’s most rewarding work so far has been building trusted relationships where she has assisted clients to provide talented people for ongoing or long-term staffing solutions; equally satisfying has been finding the right opportunities for candidates to enjoy successful careers. Prior to consulting, Shaunagh held positions with a broad range of professional services firms and wider industries in Melbourne, New York and South Africa.

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Amanda Robar
Amanda Robar
Consultant

Business Support & Shared Services

Amanda prides herself on being part of the strong and reputable Business Support team at Slade Group. After two years of working for a boutique recruitment firm in the UK, Amanda returned home to Australia with a drive to further develop her career within the recruitment industry. She has since provided several businesses across Melbourne and Sydney with quality staff to fill their vital Business Support roles. Amanda has also worked in Social Services and Financial Services, where she gained valuable industry knowledge and an understanding for how Business Support roles are imperative to the smooth running of an organisation. Amanda values attention to detail and being an exceptional listener, in order to gain a comprehensive understanding of what her clients and candidates require.

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Dan Young
Dan Young
Consultant

Business Support & Shared Services

Dan has over four years experience in client services, representing companies in executive hospitality and entertainment, working alongside global brands and servicing commercial assets. As a consultant in the Business Support & Shared Services team at Slade Group, his focus is on establishing, growing and maintaining relationships with highly sought-after candidates to help them achieve their career goals. Similarly, Dan engages with HR and other key stakeholders to enable organisations to attract and recruit outstanding people to help them realise their strategic goals. Dan has a Bachelor of Sport and a Diploma of Sports & Event Management. Originally from New Zealand, Dan moved to Australia to join family and commence employment after his studies. He is a sports enthusiast with a passion to succeed on and off the field.

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Matthew Dodd
Matthew Dodd
Practice Manager

Education

Matthew Dodd has extensive experience in the educational landscape, having enjoyed over 25 years working across a number of sectors. He is recognised for his work in developing organisational culture, change management and strategy. Matt’s work in recruitment and consulting is personalised, valuing the unique nature of each individual and the educational communities he supports. He is committed to sourcing and supporting talented, innovative leaders and their Boards in K-12 and tertiary environments.

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Georgie Christodoulou
Georgie Christodoulou
Consultant

Slade Group

Georgie brings over 20 years working across industries that include banking, real estate, and many other sales and customer service environments. With strong commercial acumen, Georgie has highly developed skills in leadership, performance, business development and relationship management which allow her to build rapport with clients and candidates to ensure that best possible outcomes are achieved for both. A dedicated consultant who is passionate, detail orientated and highly organised, Georgie’s experience running her own business has provided valuable insight into what makes others thrive. This included building and working with high-performance teams, creating and nurturing collaborative cultures and delivering service excellence to improve the end-to-end customer experience.

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Trish Mullen
Trish Mullen
Senior Consultant

Slade Group

Trish holds an MBA from Melbourne Business School and a Law Degree from Cambridge. She brings an academic and research-based approach to recruitment and human resource consulting. She combines this with an empathetic and thoughtful approach that builds strong client relationships and provides the highest standards of candidate care. Trish’s professional network means she manages Slade’s professional services assignments, and she has a particular affinity with Higher Education as she is actively involved in a number of university alumni societies in Melbourne and internationally.

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Anita Ziemer
Anita Ziemer
Executive Director

Slade Group

Anita is the Managing Director of Slade Group, and a member of the advisory board. In a career spanning roles working in government, not-for-profit, public company and the SME sector, Anita has a broad view of the landscape of Australians at work. Committed to making a difference in her professional and personal life, Anita is a Director of the Wheeler Centre for Books, Writing & Ideas, previous Chair of Melbourne Girls Grammar School, and a Non Executive Director of online mens’ lifestyle publisher Boss Hunting.

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Geoff Slade
Geoff Slade
Chairman

Slade Group

Geoff Slade has worked at the forefront of the recruitment industry for over 40 years. He is the Executive Chairman of Slade Group and was awarded a Centenary Medal by the Australian Government in 2000 for services to the recruitment industry.

A Chartered Management Consultant, Geoff is a past President of the Recruitment & Consulting Services Association (RCSA) and was founding Chairman of the industry’s education body. As a tribute to his emphasis on staff training, many of the leading consultants in Australia have worked for and been trained by Geoff at various times in the last three decades. He is also a regular speaker at major industry conferences.

Geoff is a former Chairman and member of Young President’s Organisation (YPO), current Regional Chairman (Australia – New Zealand) and Board Member of the World President’s Organisation (WPO) and a Harvard Alumnus. He is a Non Executive Director of Alzheimer’s Victoria and has held NED appointments on the Melbourne Football Club Board and the Sydney Swans Football Club Board. Geoff is also Chairman of Yellow Folder Research.

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