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

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.

+61 3 9235 5137
+61 400 640 569

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.

+61 3 9235 5138
+61 466 881 552

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.

+61 3 9285 5838
+61 416 016 919

Franco Costa
Franco Costa
Senior Consultant

Technology & E-Commerce and Consumer, Sport & Entertainment

Franco has over 9 years executive recruitment experience in both the Melbourne and Sydney markets recruiting a range of Commercial, Marketing and Digital roles across the Technology & E-Commerce, Consumer, Sport & Entertainment industries. With a background in Law and Strategic Account Management within the Financial Services industry, his unique 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 Technology & E-Commerce and Consumer, Sport & Entertainment practices, 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

Romy Kapelle
Romy Kapelle
Senior Consultant

Technical & Operations

Romy is an experienced Senior Consultant who has worked with many of Melbourne’s leading Building and Construction companies. Her extensive knowledge in the Building and Construction space sets her apart from other consultants in the market. She has a vast number of connections within the industry and works with some of the major companies in Australia. Romy is well respected in her sector by clients and candidates alike. She is respectful, compassionate and treats everyone as she would like to be treated herself. Romy has worked on resourcing some interesting building projects, but her most rewarding work so far has been building longstanding relationships with the people she deals with..

+61 3 9235 5105
+61 401 361 871

Luke Clarke
Luke Clarke
Consultant

Technical & Operations

Luke has two years experience recruiting technical and engineering positions in London and Melbourne. Experienced in working in challenging markets, Luke has excellent resourcing abilities, enabling him to deliver hard to find passive candidates. With a degree in Engineering, he is able to fully appreciate both candidates’ desires and an organisation’s needs, including understanding complex technical skillsets.

+61 3 9235 5104
+61 401 740 998

Matthew Dodd
Matthew Dodd
Senior Consultant

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.

+61 3 9235 5128
+61 408 580 074

Clare Kellett
Clare Kellett
Consultant

Education

Clare has enjoyed a dynamic career in Education and now draws on her expertise in teaching, leadership and development to advise clients on how to source the best talent across both the Education and Training sectors. She is a Board Member of Capital City LLEN (Local Learning and Employment Network), with her own academic background including Bachelor of Education, Bachelor of Arts, Diploma of Management and Training & Assessment certification. Clare's qualifications see her well positioned to offer advice to candidates about utilising their unique set of transferable skills to move between school and business sectors. With a commitment to deliver high quality service, Clare prides herself on developing authentic relationships with her clients and candidates to ensure the best culture fit for all stakeholders involved.

+61 3 9285 5824
+61 412 615 323

Angela Yeoland
Angela Yeoland
Team Assistant

Slade Group

Angela has had extensive experience in the Customer Service, Retail & Promotions sectors and has brought these skills and knowledge to her role as Team Assistant to the Education team at Slade Group. Angela is the first point of contact for our clients and candidates. She brings a strong understanding of the importance of the client and candidate experience during the recruitment process, that adhering to timelines, maintaining stakeholder confidentiality and providing exceptional service all play an essential role.

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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.

+61 3 9285 5899
+61 431 178 094

Nadia Piscioneri
Nadia Piscioneri
Senior Consultant

Business Support & Shared Services

Nadia has over 20 years experience within the Recruitment industry, working within specialist sectors including Commercial, Contact Centre and Government. As an integral part of our Business Support & Shared Services consulting team, Nadia looks to foster integrity, transparency and longevity as core to the service she provides to clients and candidates. With a genuine passion for recruitment, she is always working towards providing exceptional value, which has enabled her to quickly identify the best talent. Nadia’s distinctive ability to find the right opportunities for candidates, her willingness to be flexible and approachable style has helped provide opportunities for many professionals to grow and develop their careers.

+61 3 9285 5842
+61 402 063 261

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

Ayesha Kajee
Ayesha Kajee
Consultant

Business Support & Shared Services


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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.

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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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