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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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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+61 416 016 919

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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+61 430 438 080

Jill Van Der Ross
Jill Van Der Ross
Senior Consultant

Business Support

Approaching 20 years of experience in the industry, Jill has worked as a Temporary & Contract consultant for 14 years, with a further 5 years in the Permanent recruitment space. Her knowledge and expertise across a variety of roles and sectors includes: Management and Operations, Government (Federal, State, and Local), Administration, Project Management, Technical, IT and Call Centre. Leading the Business Support team at Slade Group, Jill specialises in professional roles from mid-tier to management and executives. Recent placements have included CFO, COO and other C suite roles, General Managers, Operations, Supply Chain Managers, Purchasing Coordinators, Project Managers and EAs. Jill’s ability to build rapport with stakeholders at all levels has enabled her to develop strong relationships with client organisations, allowing her to bridge the gap between employers and candidates. She ensures clear communication throughout the hiring process for all parties, follows-up at each milestone and follows through to meet the assignment timelines. She is particularly adept at difficult to fill positions and aligning cultural fit.

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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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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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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 50 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 was 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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