Executive Leadership Group

Hayley James

Founder & Managing Director Read more about Hayley

Hayley James

Hayley is the Founder and Managing Director of Ampersand Executive, Search & Advisory. She is the driving force behind why Ampersand has cultivated the reputation as one of the leading independent executive search and advisory firms in the Asia Pacific region. This is through her unwavering vision to launch and grow a bespoke customer and people centric consulting firm that differentiates through customer experience, service innovation, leadership and authenticity. Hayley is especially passionate about advocating for brands, executives and business leaders who align their actions and behaviours to creating ultimate people and customer value. With a visionary business mind, Hayley is known for her authenticity, unwavering zeal and for being a true change agent for the industry.

Inspired by: Big brains, open hearts and the courage to take on the unknown Ultimate destination: Realisation of a visionary journey…ideally whilst on the Isle of Capri Trademark: See the forest for the trees, with energy

Sarah Wilson

Co-Founder, Director & National Practice Manager : Marketing, Product & Strategy Read more about Sarah

Sarah Wilson

Sarah’s reputation stems from her ability to establish and sustain long-term business partnerships. Highly motivated, dedicated to clients and candidates and driven by performance excellence, she has been a senior and award winning consultant with two of Australia’s most highly regarded global recruitment and executive search businesses. With over 12 years of experience as a leader in her markets, Sarah is a Co-Founder & Director of Ampersand and is a household name in executive recruitment circles across the services marketing sector.

Inspired by: High achievers who’ve worked hard to get there Ultimate destination: Keep the destination in sight and enjoy the journey Trademark: Cool, calm and collected

Cameron Kenna

Founder & Chief Executive Officer Read more about Cameron

Cameron Kenna

Cameron is the Co-Founder and Director of four high-performing and award winning companies. A business innovator and leader, Cameron has managed and guided the Ampersand journey from inception. He knows how to operationalise businesses for customer growth and deliver award winning results in contestable markets. With two of his companies making BRW’s Fastest 100 lists in 2006 & 2013, in addition to Ampersand being awarded Best Start-Up Recruitment firm in the 2011 Recruitment Excellence Awards, Cameron leads with vision, commerciality, positivity and impeccable business execution. He is a courageous, calculated and inspiring business leader.

Inspired by: Brave hearts and adventurous spirits Ultimate destination: Wild Alaska Trademark: Hunter & Gatherer

Ampersand Search

Lloyd Lazaro

Managing Partner — Search Read more about Lloyd

Lloyd Lazaro

Lloyd’s approach is one of strategic and insightful counsel, combined with impeccable commercial acumen. A passionate people leader, his focus is on growing the Ampersand business in Australia and internationally. Before joining Ampersand, Lloyd led the sales and marketing division for a global executive recruitment and search organisation across the FMCG, retail and consumer sectors. Lloyd’s reputation is one of calm, genuine engagement and business partnership.

Inspired by: People who realise their potential and make a difference doing it Ultimate destination: The Maldives — sun drenched, tranquil and carefree Trademark: Please, pull up a chair

Ampersand Executive : Melbourne

Tim James

General Manager : Melbourne & National Practice Manager : Corporate Affairs Read more about Tim

Tim James

Before joining Ampersand in 2010, Tim spent more than thirteen years with one of the world’s leading luxury brands, BMW Group. Successfully leading corporate affairs, marketing and product functions has nurtured Tim’s ability to provide sound strategic counsel to the executive and C-level. With powerful and loyal networks today Tim leads Ampersand in Victoria as General Manager. In addition he heads up Ampersand’s Corporate Affairs Practice across Asia Pacific. Tim’s extensive client and candidate network trust his judgement implicitly due to his solid connections, market and functional expertise and thoroughly genuine  character.

Inspired by: People who have the courage to make a difference Ultimate destination: White sand, crystal clear water and basking sun – sounds like Bora Bora Trademark: Every problem has a solution

Dimitra Fourtzis

Practice Director, APAC : Marketing & Digital Read more about Dimitra

Dimitra Fourtzis

A highly commercial marketeer and inspired leader with an infectious approach to achieving success. Dimitra inspires out-performance and fosters a powerful sense of collective spirit. She operates with the highest level of integrity and commitment. As a result, Dimitra enjoys the respect and genuine fondness of those who work with her. Dimitra’s drive and energy combined with her unwavering commitment to people and customers, provides a compelling proposition to our client and candidate partners.

Inspired by: Passion and energy Ultimate destination: The journey – not the sprint. And the Greek islands, of course! Trademark: Believe you can and you will.

Tracey Petrie

Practice Director: Change, Projects & Technology Read more about Tracey

Tracey Petrie

Tracey has an in-depth understanding of change and business transformation, underpinned by extensive experience in technology portfolios. She builds genuine, trusted, long-standing partnerships through a commitment to best practice consulting services. Prior to transitioning to an executive consulting career Tracey worked for international firms such as Hitachi Data Systems, Wang New Zealand, TV3 and Datacraft.

Inspired by: Passionate people who embrace food, life, family and work Ultimate destination: A deserted beach off the Isle De Pins, New Caledonia Trademark: Honesty is the best policy

Laura Frazer

Principal : Project Services Read more about Laura

Laura Frazer

Laura graduated from the University of Jordanstown with a Degree in criminology and criminal justice. Commencing her career in Northern Ireland within Financial Fraud and FX InvestigationsLaura moved to Australia in 2009 and initiated her career in sales and marketing. Quickly progressing to National Sales and Marketing Manager for a prominent health organisation and then State Programs Manager for a not for profit entity, Laura achieved highly commendable commercial and leadership success.

Her ability to grow businesses and relationships to achieve mutual commercial and people outcomes, led her to a highly successful career as one of the Melbourne market’s leading Principals in executive recruitment and talent sourcing across the Project Services industry.

With a curious, ambitious and highly committed work ethic, Laura continues to stretch her business credentials and practice expertise in an industry which she loves. Laura joins Ampersand as a Senior Principal leading the growth of their Project Services portfolio.

Inspired by: Positivity, Enthusiasm and those who never give up Ultimate destination: Port Douglas Trademark: Famous for creating value, always takes the stairs and is never without a smile

Alisha Benson

Principal Consultant : Corporate Affairs & Communications Read more about Alisha

Alisha Benson

Alisha arrives with international experience gained in PR, Events and Communications in London, Copenhagen and New York and most recently with two years of successful and intensive recruitment experience with Robert Half, here in Melbourne. Alisha strives to help people be the best version of themselves – this is Alisha’s inspiration. Alisha’s background has been in the communications space, so she brings a fair amount of hands-on understanding and loves to provide career advice when needed. Alisha is very interested in connecting with like-minded individuals and loves being candidates’ eyes and ears in the marketplace.

Inspired by: People Who Are Exceptional in Their Chosen Craft Ultimate destination: Paris – Those Paved French Speaking Streets Provide New Perspectives and Stories Each Day Trademark: “I Can Do That”

Tom Machin

Principal : Customer Analytics, Data & Research Read more about Tom

Tom Machin

Tom joins Ampersand as the Principal Consultant for Customer Analytics, Data and Research in the Melbourne office. He brings 4 years of recruitment experience gained primarily on the Zurich reinsurance market, but also across other reinsurance hubs such as Bermuda, London and wider continental Europe.


Having previously worked for a small boutique firm operating in an incredibly niche area, Tom has real experience in embedding himself within local markets and becoming a trusted and respected confidant and advisor to both sides of the recruitment equation. After 3 years of success fresh from university with his previous company, Tom was given the opportunity to lead the new London office – but ultimately decided to make the jump into Melbourne not long into his tenure in London. His previous exposure to C-Suite clients and candidates across the entire spectrum of reinsurance including reinsurers, insurers, consultancies and software providers has left him well positioned to drive forward Ampersand’s already burgeoning offering of customer analytics, data and research recruitment to their existing partners and beyond.


With a proven track record of high performance and success in building long term relationships with both clients and candidates alike across all levels of seniority in a highly technical vertical, Tom will bring a consultative and considered approach to building the next facet of the Ampersand brand.

Inspired by: Two old bosses – they know who they are Ultimate destination: I don’t know… yet Trademark: Keep it simple

Jamie Edmundson

Talent Acquisition Manager Read more about Jamie

Jamie Edmundson

Appointed to a newly created role, Jamie’s primary responsibility will be to assist in the optimisation of Melbourne’s Change, Project and Technology practice, capitalising on efficiencies, a superior candidate experience, resourcing, administration and on-going candidate management as the business’s contractor base continues to expand.

Jamie joins Ampersand International Melbourne from New Zealand where she was a Recruitment Specialist across IT and Transformation for Beyond Recruitment. Jamie is reporting directly to Tracey Petrie and will span Change Management / Project Services and Technology and will also push into the Change / Project Comms.

Inspired by: Those who at the top of their game; still continue to develop their skills and brand Ultimate destination: Visiting every art gallery in Europe Trademark: Be better than yesterday

Leah Towers

National Administration Manager & Executive Group Assistant Read more about Leah

Leah Towers

Leah is a founding and critical member of the Ampersand team. She IS the glue that holds everything together. As the face of Ampersand in Melbourne she ensures the seamless and efficient running of the business. The Ampersand team could not be as successful as they are without her extraordinary support.

Inspired by: Kindness, creativity and people with the passion to make their dreams come true Ultimate destination: The magical Dalmatian coast of Croatia Trademark: Happy crying

Lil Romano

Marketing & Social Engagement Manager Read more about Lil

Lil Romano

Lil was a founder and director of PR & Events business Romano Beck working for luxury clients around the world on big events such as The Emirates Melbourne Cup, Dubai World Cup, Melbourne Grand Prix and The Australian Open. 


Inspired by: The Wild Ones Ultimate destination: Maldives Trademark: What Would Leah Do?

Rebecca Wilson

Receptionist & International Team Support Read more about Rebecca

Rebecca Wilson

Rebecca arrives with a Bachelor of Media and Communication (Public Relations) and experience in television, non-profit and social media marketing industries across Australia. With a bright smile and kind nature, she is the face of the Ampersand business in Melbourne and plays an integral role in managing reception and is a key driver within the operations and administrations support team.

Inspired by: People who aren’t afraid of hard work Ultimate destination: The Amalfi Coast, Italy Trademark: Say how you feel, find your passion, stand up for things that matter, don’t settle, and be brave

Ampersand Professional Services

Will Dunn

Director Read more about Will

Will Dunn

Will joined Ampersand in February 2014 as Principal – Professional and Financial Services specialising in the search and placement of Marketing and Business Development Executives. Prior to this, Will was a highly successful and reputable Business Development Manager for Barclays Wealth and Investment Management in the UK with responsibility for their engagement with the professional services and financial sector. This experience allows Will to intimately understand the nuances, critical requirements and opportunities for both clients and senior candidates to be successful in professional services environments across Asia Pacific and likewise, the broader financial services and banking sectors. Will is a customer centric, outperforming, delivery focused Principal who prides himself on building sustainable, authentic relationships of trust and value with his network.

Inspired by: Creating something out of nothing Ultimate destination: Vanuatu Trademark: If an opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door

Katie Wilson

Principal Consultant : Human Resources Read more about Katie

Katie Wilson

Katie joins the Ampersand International team as a Principal Consultant within the Professional and Financial Services division focusing primarily on the recruitment of HR and Corporate Services practitioners and leaders.

On completion of her BA in History, a keen passion of Katie’s, she embarked on exploring the world before commencing her executive career in her chosen field of Human Resources and Executive Recruitment.

With a specialisation in identifying and assessing executive talent across all facets of the HR discipline within Legal, Accounting and Financial Services, Katie is inspired by hearing the career stories of the executives she meets and enjoys advocating for both emerging and established HR leaders in a compelling and supportive way. An outright expert in her discipline, Katie prides herself on delivering the highest standards of industry service, with a reputation built on integrity, impeccable professionalism, expert knowledge and her open, transparent manner.

Not only does Katie personally invest in her recruitment and talent delivery, she has a keen interest in the workings of both organisations and their People function. Understanding that to build and develop a progressive, customer centric and commercially focused HR function is the only way of the future, Katie has the proven experience to consult to Executives on how to build, acquire and retain best practice HR and People functions, designed with growth and the future at its core.

A delight to know and a person of future influence, Katie takes it upon herself to ensure that the right functional leaders are secured, in place and developed to enhance business performance beyond tomorrow.

Inspired by: Adventure and Opportunity to Grow Ultimate destination: It used to be Sydney but now she lives here so The Maldives comes a close second! Trademark: Embrace every opportunity – life is for the living

Sande Brown

Principal Consultant : APAC Read more about Sande

Sande Brown

Sande joins the Ampersand International team as a Principal Consultant within the Professional Services division focusing primarily on the recruitment of Business Development, Marketing and Communications positions across Asia.

On completion of her BA in Psychology and Sociology, she travelled extensively gaining professional experience along the way. Working in Sydney, Stockholm and Singapore Sande has extensive experience in Events Marketing and Sales on a global scale.

With a distinctive combination of project management, logistical expertise and interpersonal skills, Sande successfully manages relations to ensure all areas of business are conducted at the utmost professional level. Her ability to create a seemingly effortless interaction with all levels of management highlights her exceptional communication skills and knowledge for a range of industry needs. An outright expert in her discipline, Sande prides herself on delivering the highest standards of industry service, with a reputation built on integrity, impeccable professionalism, expert knowledge and her open, transparent manner.



Inspired by: The fact that anything is possible Ultimate destination: Northern Lights Trademark: Embrace- Everything!

Ampersand Executive : Sydney

Richard Norey

Director : Asia Pacific Read more about Richard

Richard Norey

Richard has worked within global recruitment companies in the UK and Hong Kong, as well as in niche markets and with specialist firms. He also developed his own executive recruitment firm in Hong Kong. As a leader Richard has built high performing specialist recruitment teams and ensures his financial services clients have the capability to develop their two key assets: customers and people.

Inspired by: Successful happiness Ultimate destination: Sydney — I've arrived! Trademark: Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it

Scott Kay

Practice Lead : Project Services, Change & Transformation Read more about Scott

Scott Kay

Scott joins Ampersand as Principal, change and business transformation with the remit to grow and deliver the transformation and project services portfolio across the Sydney market.
Prior to joining Ampersand, Scott spent over 5 years a with leading global recruitment consultancy’s specialising in the Business Transformation & Project services in the UK & European market. Scott built and managed successful interim and permanent portfolios as well as leading high performing teams and was consistently recognised as a leading global performer.
Scott’s engaging and consultative style enables him to deliver great service to his clients and candidates.  Scott has a strong track record of delivering interim management solutions and search mandates across professional, financial services and consumer industries. Scott has built his career to date based upon service delivery, professionalism, integrity and a first in class customer experience

Inspired by: Truth, hard work and dedication Ultimate destination: Brazil Trademark: To dare is to do

Charlotte Adams

Principal Consultant : Change & Business Transformation Read more about Charlotte

Charlotte Adams

Charlotte has worked for global and boutique recruitment companies across the London and Sydney financial services markets. Charlotte has built a strong reputation and specialist network of change management and business transformation specialists which is key to the development and expert delivery of her services. It is her warm, genuine and consultative nature which enables her to deliver best practice consulting across the highly specialised areas of change management, business transformation and project services.

Inspired by: Success, selflessness and positivity Ultimate destination: Easter Island – I’m half way there! Trademark: The sky is the limit

Tamara Jellema

Practice Lead : Corporate Affairs & Communication Read more about Tamara

Tamara Jellema

An energetic and relationship-driven professional, Tamara is a high-touch Practice Lead managing Corporate Affairs and Communications recruitment in Sydney. With an International recruitment background within both client-side and agency environments, clients and candidates alike recognise her passion for the function as well as her well-developed understanding of the critical factors that result in successful, high-value connections in Corporate Affairs. Further, a consultative and collaborative approach and highly committed work ethic facilitate for productive, long-term partnerships and consistently exceptional service.

Inspired by: New relationships, positive mindsets, and sunlit spaces Ultimate destination: The present Trademark: Welcoming new experiences – and doing so with flair

Melissa Rushworth

Principal Consultant : Digital Read more about Melissa

Melissa Rushworth

Melissa joins Ampersand as a Principal Consultant specialising in the search and selection of Digital Marketing professionals.

Prior to joining Ampersand, Melissa worked as the Marketing and Events Manager in a Corporate Hospitality organisation, developing the end-to-end marketing strategy and driving the delivery of superior client experience.

Previous to this, Melissa spent a number of years working for an international sporting organisation; specialising in driving engagement through cross channel digital and content marketing initiatives. In this role,  Melissa demonstrated her strong digital acumen and stakeholder engagement as she managed far reaching campaigns with a commercial mindset.

Throughout her career, Melissa has built a reputation on demonstrating exemplary client service by forging authentic and valuable relationships.

Inspired by: Success with humility Ultimate destination: Top of my bucket list – Rio Carnival! Trademark: Peace be the journey

Alison Thurgood

Principal Consultant : Marketing Read more about Alison

Alison Thurgood

A confident and passionate professional, Alison recently relocated from the UK and joins Ampersand as a Principal Consultant within the Marketing sector. With a degree in Media Communications Alison has a range of knowledge across Public Relations, Media Analysis and Marketing Strategy. After graduating Alison started working in a national Recruitment agency – specialising in office support and general staffing.  Now coming into her second year in the industry with fresh eyes is able to develop close relationships with clients and come up with creative solutions. Alison is most at home within media communications and marketing – utilising her broad background across multiple industries as spring board to success.


Inspired by: Open mindedness Ultimate destination: To visit all 7 continents Trademark: What we think, we become

Sacha Young

Practice Lead : Finance and Accounting Read more about Sacha

Sacha Young

Sacha joins Ampersand to lead and grow the Finance & Accountancy Practice. Prior to joining Ampersand, Sacha spent nearly four years within the recruitment market in London specialising in Finance & Accountancy. During her time there she built and managed successful relationships with her clients and was highly regarded and recognised for her ability to deliver high calibre finance candidates and provide advice to clients and candidates throughout the recruitment process. Sacha was recognised as a top leading recruiter winning awards; ‘Highest Biller of the Year’ & ‘Employee of the Year’.

Inspired by: Entrepreneurial leaders Ultimate destination: On a yacht around the world Trademark: You make your own luck!

Gemma Murton

Principal Consultant : Agency Talent Read more about Gemma

Gemma Murton

Gemma joins Ampersand as Principal Consultant after spending 10 years within talent acquisition and training across a variety of industries and agencies in the UK, spanning from retail, events and PR and finally 6 years within the marketing remit.

Gemma commenced her career at one of the most iconic and fast paced fashion retailers of the early 21st century, Store Managing the highest turnover UK store and opening and staffing new stores in Frankfurt and Milton Keynes. Gemma’s most recent experience at one of the highest performing marketing agencies whilst heading up their staffing agency, has enabled her to draw upon valuable insight and inside knowledge into what it takes to make an agency tick, commercially and cohesively.

Naturally perceptive and highly intuitive with a no-nonsense approach, Gemma is able to draw upon her psychological background, extensive agency experience and resilient nature to tailor both client and candidate requirements, for a seamless fit.

Inspired by: Self-starters, selfless acts of kindness and honesty Ultimate destination: Easter Island Trademark: Don’t waste time, or time will waste you!

Camilla Poulsson

EA to CEO / Talent Acquisition Manager Read more about Camilla

Camilla Poulsson

Camilla is the face of the Ampersand business in Sydney. Her responsibilities include managing reception, client engagement, events management, accounts management, business and operations support. She is also Cameron Kenna’s EA and ensures the seamless operation of the Sydney office, happily taking on responsibilities regardless of scale.

Inspired by: Creative geniuses Ultimate destination: Jodhpur, India Trademark: Office Manager by day, Florist by night

Ampersand Executive : Dublin

Susie Farrell

Managing Director : Ireland Read more about Susie

Susie Farrell

Presenting with a Post Graduate Degree in Marketing and Business Studies, Susie is an Executive Recruitment and Search Consultant with 11 years’ experience working for global and specialist recruitment brands such as Ampersand Executive, Talent2 and Michael Page International in Australia, Middle East and Ireland. As a Partner of Ampersand Executive, Asia Pacific, Susie is now Director of our Europe Expansion, based out of Dublin (launched in July 2015). This is an extremely exciting milestone for Ampersand’s continued international growth beyond Asia Pacific borders.

Having built and delivered in the Change and Transformation Practice for our Asia Pacific business, Susie will continue to support organisations deliver and manage change by providing a full range of recruitment solutions from executive search through to contract consulting appointments. Susie has a deep understanding of change and project management competencies and as such, can focus on delivering outcomes that assist leading corporates realise the benefits of strong change management and business transformation talent resourcing. She prides herself on integrity and professionalism and places a high priority on relationships and driving commercial results.

Inspired by: Ambitious and hard-working people Ultimate destination: To see the Aurora Borealis in the Arctic Trademark: If you believe in yourself, you can make anything happen!

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