About Us

Meet the Team

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

Chris Cheesman
Chris Cheesman
General Manager

Slade Group

Chris's career spans recruitment consulting and business development roles for global enterprises. He develops strong, ongoing relationships with his clients and is driven to achieve successful outcomes for all stakeholders. His experience of working in industry provides him with valuable insight in his consulting practice, having an understanding of both the technical aspects of a role and the internal mechanics of global organisations.
Chris not only manages executive appointments and technical specialist roles in property and construction, he leads a team of 15 consultants in Slade Group.
The current team work in defined niche sectors, including: Property & Construction, Engineering, Infrastructure, Banking & Finance, Marketing & Communications, Digital, Sales, Education, Sport & Entertainment, Media, Consumer & Retail.

+61 3 9235 5127
+61 419 878 872

Stephen Atherton
Stephen Atherton
Senior Consultant

Banking & Finance

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.

+61 3 9235 5137
+61 400 640 569

Laurie Serafini
Laurie Serafini
Senior Consultant

Consumer, Retail & Sport

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.

+61 3 9285 5838
+61 416 016 919

Kylie Rutherfoord
Kylie Rutherfoord
Senior Consultant

Consumer, Retail & Sport

Kylie has over 10 years recruitment experience starting her career in her home country of New Zealand, followed by Japan and now Australia. Working in various countries gives her true depth of knowledge on differing cultures, which she is able to reflect in her work. Kylie's experience working on the 'client side' has provided great insight and appreciation of the importance of identifying and securing the best talent for varying organisations.

+61 3 9235 5111
+61 416 589 403

Franco Costa
Franco Costa
Senior Consultant

Consumer, Retail & Sport

Franco has over 8 years recruitment experience in both the Melbourne and Sydney markets recruiting a range of commercial, marketing and digital roles across the Consumer Services, Retail & E-Commerce, Sport, and Media & Entertainment industries. His mix of corporate and recruitment experience enables him to identify the best executive talent in the market for both niche and in-demand roles. As a Senior Consultant in our Consumer, Retail & Sport Practice, Franco has positioned himself as a trusted advisor in these key sectors, with the capability to drive successful outcomes for all stakeholders.

+61 3 9235 5145
+61 406 06 2000

Kelly Stubbs
Kelly Stubbs
Practice Manager

Technical & Operations

Kelly has 11 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.

+61 3 9235 5112
+61 402 084 862

Richard Lewith
Richard Lewith
Senior Consultant

Technical & Operations

Richard Lewith is an experienced technical recruitment consultant who has well established client and candidate networks within the engineering, construction and property sectors in Australia and the APAC region. Richard focuses on proactively exploring and delivering effective recruitment solutions that will add the most value to his clients. His approach to the recruitment process includes advising on internal resource development while implementing strategies to recruit external talent that best suits the organisation’s future direction. This in turn creates a strong relationship with clients and results in niche opportunities for highly sought after candidates. Over time Richard has worked with international corporate companies, SMEs and various departments at all levels of government.

+61 3 9235 5105
+61 418 348 459

Kate Beaumont
Kate Beaumont
Senior Consultant

Slade Group

Kate Beaumont is an experienced, contemporary thinking Human Resources leader with a passion for people and company culture who has turned her hand to recruiting exceptional HR talent for great organisations. Kate has 10 years’ experience in the Human Resources industry working across all HR functions. She was a Senior Learning & Development Consultant for over 7 years at SEEK, Australia’s leading online employment marketplace. Subsequent roles have included Organisational Development Manager at Mercy Health and Head of Learning, People & Culture for a software provider in property management.

Over the years Kate has been responsible for multiple recruitment campaigns and prides herself on recruiting not only to skill set, but also to culture fit. With considerable HR knowledge and experience across multiple sectors including Digital, Healthcare and Tourism, Kate is passionate about career and professional development, understanding that an organisation needs the right people to deliver on its business strategies. She is currently studying a Bachelor of Behavioural Studies, has a Certificate IV in Training & Assessment, and is DiSC accredited.

+61 3 9285 5842
+61 413 349 464

Clare Kellett
Clare Kellett
Consultant

Education

Clare has extensive experience in Education including teaching, business partnering, learning and development, and recruitment. Clare’s own academic background, including a Bachelor of Education, Bachelor of Arts, Diploma of Management, and Training and Assessment certification gives her a sound understanding of the needs required across various sectors in the Education market. With a commitment to deliver high quality service to clients and candidates, Clare’s passion is about building long term authentic relationships with stakeholders in schools, TAFEs, universities and other education providers.

+61 3 9285 5824
+61 412 615 323

Shaunagh McEvoy
Shaunagh McEvoy
Practice Lead

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 the 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.

+61 3 9285 5899
+61 431 178 094

Nora Farhane
Nora Farhane
Consultant

Business Support
& Shared Services


As part part of the Slade Business Support & Shared Services team, Nora works alongside Shaunagh McEvoy, supporting clients in varied business critical permanent roles that underpin the operations and shared services of an organisation. She is motivated to ensure positive results for both clients and candidates. Nora builds upon her professional background in Communications, and her academic qualifications: a Bachelor of Business and Management from the UK and a Masters of Political Communication obtained in her country of origin, France.

+61 3 9235 5120
+61 457 268 144

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.

+61 3 9285 5840
+61 421 753 870

Anita Ziemer
Anita Ziemer
Managing 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.

+61 3 9285 5818

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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