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Cameron Kenna

Founder & Chief Executive Officer Read more about Cameron

Cameron Kenna

As Founder and CEO, Cameron has managed and guided the Ampersand International journey from inception in 2008.

The business was borne out of clear need for a specialist firm that provided a high level of customer service, specialist market expertise and consulting capabilities, challenging the traditional, large volume-based, generalist recruitment firm model.

Cameron and his team pride themselves on their consultative approach, working in partnership with clients to identify and solve business challenges through strategic executive search and selection; sourcing the right skills, culture and leadership for business success.

With more than two decades of experience in executive search and talent acquisition, Cameron is a trusted advisor to his clients, including some of the country’s most senior business leaders, having appointed contract, permanent and interim leadership executives into Asia Pacific’s leading private, listed and government sector organisations.

Cameron leads the Ampersand International team with a clear focus on outstanding customer experience and an understanding of the  power of leadership teams in driving a ‘customer first’ culture, ultimately leading to business growth.

He is well regarded for his commercial acumen and ability to operationalise businesses for customer growth, delivering winning results in contestable markets for clients, for candidates and for his team.

About Ampersand International

Ampersand International is a leading executive recruitment and advisory business that specialises in sourcing and securing executive talent and leadership across corporate affairs, digital, marketing, communications, transformation and technology. Since 2008, we’ve been delivering trusted counsel and recruitment expertise to high performing businesses and candidates across the Asia Pacific region.

 

Will Dunn

Director : Recruitment Services Read more about Will

Will Dunn

Will leads Ampersand International’s consulting team in Sydney and the Professional Services practice across APAC. He specialises in the recruitment of marketing, business development and communications professionals operating within the legal, accounting, consulting, engineering, property and construction sectors. He has supported leading global and international firms to develop and execute their talent strategies, including Deloitte, KPMG, Arup, Clayton Utz and Norton Rose Fulbright.

With a passion for client experience, Will brings professionalism, transparency and integrity to all aspects of his role – whether engaging with talent, advising clients or leading the team in Sydney.

Prior to joining the Ampersand International team and embarking on his recruitment career, Will was based in London and working in the world of banking, where he managed the financial requirements of a diverse portfolio of clients including a number of Premier League football clubs.

Will’s interest in Premier League Football travelled with him to Australian shores, and he remains an avid supporter of Fulham Football Club.

About Ampersand International

Ampersand International is a leading executive recruitment and advisory business that specialises in sourcing and securing executive talent and leadership across corporate affairs, digital, marketing, communications, transformation and technology. Since 2008, we’ve been delivering trusted counsel and recruitment expertise to high performing businesses and candidates across the Asia Pacific region.

Tim James

Director & Practice Lead : Corporate Affairs & Communications Read more about Tim

Tim James

Tim leads Ampersand International’s corporate affairs and communications practice in Melbourne. With over a decade of experience with the Ampersand International team, Tim prides himself on a loyal yet diverse client portfolio, complemented by some of the very best practitioners in the market.

He brings first-hand knowledge and functional expertise of corporate affairs and communications to all his clients, having spent more than 10 years at BMW Group Australia where he spearheaded their national PR and corporate communications function.

Tim is known for his sound strategic counsel at senior executive and C-suite level and his genuine and authentic approach; keeping it simple.

As a passionate communications professional, Tim established the Ampersand International Corporate Affairs Advisory Board, working with leading corporate affairs practitioners to help shape and continually innovate this business-critical function.

Tim holds a Degree in Business Marketing and is a long-standing partner and member of the International Association of Business Communicators Victoria (IABC).

When he’s not in the office, Tim is kept busy as a devoted father, playing sport with his three children and enjoying good food and wine with his family and friends.

About Ampersand International

Ampersand International is a leading executive recruitment and advisory business that specialises in sourcing and securing executive talent and leadership across corporate affairs, digital, marketing, communications, transformation and technology. Since 2008, we’ve been delivering trusted counsel and recruitment expertise to high performing businesses and candidates across the Asia Pacific region.

Holly Ash

Director : Corporate Affairs and Communications Read more about Holly

Holly Ash

Holly is a seasoned and engaging talent adviser, partnering with leading Australian brands to source both the best and brightest emerging talent and experienced executives across corporate affairs and communications.

Leading Ampersand International’s Corporate Affairs and Communication practice in the Sydney market, Holly has developed long-term partnerships with some of the country’s top businesses, including NAB, ANZ, Macquarie Group and Telstra.

Holly also drives the growth of Ampersand International’s contracting business where she thrives on building the business’ alumni of contracting professionals, supporting them to continually grow and develop throughout their careers.

With a background in Human Resources, Holly understands the full spectrum of talent management having worked in-house at leading Australian retailer Woolworths acting as a trusted adviser to the business. She is well-regarded for her passion, integrity and consultative approach when working in close partnership with senior hiring managers to develop talent attraction and sourcing strategies.

On a personal note, Holly can be found pursuing her passion for animal welfare, supporting and working with rescue animals through her long-term volunteering work with the RSPCA and Monika’s Doggie Rescue, where she adopted and rehabilitated her rescue dog Franklin.

About Ampersand International

Ampersand International is a leading executive recruitment and advisory business that specialises in sourcing and securing executive talent and leadership across corporate affairs, digital, marketing, communications, transformation and technology. Since 2008, we’ve been delivering trusted counsel and recruitment expertise to high performing businesses and candidates across the Asia Pacific region.

Carlie Bowden

Director : Project Services & Change Read more about Carlie

Carlie Bowden

Carlie leads Ampersand International’s Project Services & Change Division across both the public and private sectors. Specialising in large Internet and Communications Technology, Enterprise Resource Planning and Customer Relationship Management implementation projects, Carlie has built an enviable network across all aspects of technical project services, helping clients to find the right fit every time.

Known for her tailored approach with both clients and candidates, Carlie takes the time to match talent strategies with business objectives, ensuring both a skill-set fit and a cultural fit for long-term mutual success.

Carlie is our resident health and fitness guru, stemming from a past-life as a personal trainer, and can often be found pounding the pavement in training for the next big running event.

About Ampersand International

Ampersand International is a leading executive recruitment and advisory business that specialises in sourcing and securing executive talent and leadership across corporate affairs, digital, marketing, communications, transformation and technology. Since 2008, we’ve been delivering trusted counsel and recruitment expertise to high performing businesses and candidates across the Asia Pacific region.

Nick Tonkin

Group Chief Operating Officer Read more about Nick

Nick Tonkin

Nick joined Ampersand International in 2013 and as COO he is responsible for the engine room of the business, from operations and HR to legal, IT and accounting and finance. He ensures the business runs efficiently and effectively, with a keen focus on growth and customer experience.

With more than 20 years of experience in employee relations, HR and the world of recruitment, Nick brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Ampersand International team.

Nick’s business experience extends to launching new businesses and business divisions, managing mergers and acquisitions and running operations across international markets.

Nick holds a Master of Commerce (People, Management and Organisations) from University of Sydney and a Bachelor of Arts (Human Resources/Industrial Relations/Employee Relations & Sociology) from University of Sydney. He is also qualified in Total Quality Management (TQM) and Continuous Improvement (CI).

When he’s not in the office, he can usually be found either spending time with his young family or donning the lycra and competing in endurance cycling events.

About Ampersand International

Ampersand International is a leading executive recruitment and advisory business that specialises in sourcing and securing executive talent and leadership across corporate affairs, digital, marketing, communications, transformation and technology. Since 2008, we’ve been delivering trusted counsel and recruitment expertise to high performing businesses and candidates across the Asia Pacific region.

Vivian Liu

Finance Manager Read more about Vivian

Vivian Liu

Vivian manages all of Ampersand International’s accounting and finance needs. Since joining our team in 2015, Viv has been setting financial strategy, managing budgets and forecasts, and looking after all financial reporting. She’s also responsible for payroll – another reason that we love her!

Viv holds a Master’s Degree of Professional Accounting and is a CPA. In contrast to her focus on finance, she also holds a Bachelor’s Degree of Interpreting and Translation.

When she’s not geeking out over numbers, you’ll likely find Viv immersed in her latest complex Lego build or deep in the Marvel universe.

About Ampersand International

Ampersand International is a leading executive recruitment and advisory business that specialises in sourcing and securing executive talent and leadership across corporate affairs, digital, marketing, communications, transformation and technology. Since 2008, we’ve been delivering trusted counsel and recruitment expertise to high performing businesses and candidates across the Asia Pacific region.

Ampersand Executive : Sydney

Alison Thurgood

Principal Consultant : Marketing & Digital Read more about Alison

Alison Thurgood

Alison is passionate about marketing and digital, supporting some of the country’s leading brands to build high-calibre marketing teams, including Perpetual, Pernod Ricard and the University of Sydney.

With a degree in Media Communications, Alison brings together a practical understanding of public relations, media analysis and marketing strategy with a specialist focus on finding the right talent for the right brands.

Alison is a trusted advisor to her clients and to her candidates, known for her consultative  and creative approach in understanding and solving the unique resourcing needs of each of her clients.

When she’s not in the office, Alison can often be found out and about exploring the South Coast of NSW, enjoying a glass of wine by a campfire.

About Ampersand International

Ampersand International is a leading executive recruitment and advisory business that specialises in sourcing and securing executive talent and leadership across corporate affairs, digital, marketing, communications, transformation and technology. Since 2008, we’ve been delivering trusted counsel and recruitment expertise to high performing businesses and candidates across the Asia Pacific region.

Gemma Murton

Senior Principal Consultant : Agency Talent Read more about Gemma

Gemma Murton

Gemma’s practical nature and intuitive approach, coupled with more than 10 years of talent acquisition and people training experience within top London marketing agencies, is what really sets her apart for her clients.

Specialising in brand, media, advertising and creative, Gemma enjoys long-standing relationships as a trusted partner with some of the country’s leading creative agencies, including DDB Group and Sling & Stone.

With an invaluable background in business, having managed and opened a number of stores across Europe for an iconic fashion retailer, Gemma understands both the cultural and commercial aspects of ensuring the right fit when it comes to building teams and building brands.

Gemma holds a degree in psychology and is also a qualified yoga teacher.

About Ampersand International

Ampersand International is a leading executive recruitment and advisory business that specialises in sourcing and securing executive talent and leadership across corporate affairs, digital, marketing, communications, transformation and technology. Since 2008, we’ve been delivering trusted counsel and recruitment expertise to high performing businesses and candidates across the Asia Pacific region.     

Agatha Fielder

Principal Consultant Read more about Agatha

Agatha Fielder

Agatha works within our professional services practice, where she delivers talent to leading accounting, legal, engineering, property and consulting firms such as Norton Rose Fulbright and Boston Consulting Group. She specialises in a range of disciplines including business development, marketing, digital and communications.

She has a strong marketing and media background, having worked in a leading media agency in London and in-house at Spotify, and she brings her practical knowledge of the inner workings of marketing teams to all her conversations with clients and candidates.

Before joining Ampersand International, Agatha honed her talent resourcing skills at a boutique recruitment consultancy in London.

Hailing originally from England, and having lived and worked in the UK, Greece and Australia, Agatha brings an international perspective and global insights to the Ampersand team, to her clients and to her candidates.

About Ampersand International

Ampersand International is a leading executive recruitment and advisory business that specialises in sourcing and securing executive talent and leadership across corporate affairs, digital, marketing, communications, transformation and technology. Since 2008, we’ve been delivering trusted counsel and recruitment expertise to high performing businesses and candidates across the Asia Pacific region.

 

Alex Paredes

Principal Consultant : NSW & Federal Government Read more about Alex

Alex Paredes

As Principal Consultant within Ampersand International’s Government practice area, Alex supports local, state and federal levels of government, specialising in information and communications technology (ICT) project services and business development.

With a passion for the public sector, Alex brings professionalism, subject matter expertise, transparency and integrity to all aspects of his role – whether engaging with talent or consulting with government.

Prior to joining Ampersand International, Alex specialised in government recruitment at a state level, working with clients to build their ICT & Project Service teams.

Alex’s other passion is cars. He is a trained mechanic and keeps his automotive skills polished on weekends.

About Ampersand International

Ampersand International is a leading executive recruitment and advisory business that specialises in sourcing and securing executive talent and leadership across corporate affairs, digital, marketing, communications, transformation and technology. Since 2008, we’ve been delivering trusted counsel and recruitment expertise to high performing businesses and candidates across the Asia Pacific region.

Nathan Byng

Talent Acquisition Manager Read more about Nathan

Nathan Byng

Nathan is passionate about IT, having spent seven years working in the sector both in the UK and Australia before making the move to his other passion, recruitment.

His consultative approach has seen him recruit project services and technical professionals in the Information Technology and business spaces for Government and commercial clients.

Nathan brings this extensive knowledge of the sector to Ampersand International to connect ERP and CRM professionals with the right opportunities across some of Australia’s leading commercial companies and NSW Government agencies.

As a Microsoft Certified professional he is an expert in a variety of software systems including SAP, Oracle, Microsoft Dynamics, Pronto Software and NetSuite.

About Ampersand International

Ampersand International is a leading executive recruitment and advisory business that specialises in sourcing and securing executive talent and leadership across corporate affairs, digital, marketing, communications, transformation and technology. Since 2008, we’ve been delivering trusted counsel and recruitment expertise to high performing businesses and candidates across the Asia Pacific region.

Ampersand Executive : Melbourne

Jamie Edmundson

Principal Consultant: Project Services & Change Management Read more about Jamie

Jamie Edmundson

As Ampersand International’s lead consultant for Change & Transformation in Melbourne, Jamie has been instrumental in the business’ growing alumni of contractors across this critical portfolio.

Known for her commitment to optimise the candidate experience and her partnership approach to solving clients’ contracting needs, Jamie has built a reputation for efficient and effective delivery, alongside building an impressive and lucrative network.

Jamie prides herself on her down-to-earth and authentic approach and has an exceptional eye for talent.

As a native New Zealander, Jamie loves sport, travelling and catching up with friends.

About Ampersand International

Ampersand International is a leading executive recruitment and advisory business that specialises in sourcing and securing executive talent and leadership across corporate affairs, digital, marketing, communications, transformation and technology. Since 2008, we’ve been delivering trusted counsel and recruitment expertise to high performing businesses and candidates across the Asia Pacific region.

Laura Frazer

Senior Principal Consultant : Project Services Read more about Laura

Laura Frazer

Laura specialises in sourcing Project Services professionals to help her clients successfully deliver on their business strategies. She is highly regarded for her consultative approach, building long-term relationships with clients ranging from ASX-listed entities to large and mid-size corporates, and small to medium size enterprises.

Demonstrating her commitment to and passion for her clients, candidates and area of specialism, Laura achieved a Lean Six Sigma Project Professional – Yellow Belt from the Institute for Quality Management. She has also been involved in establishing a ‘Ladies In Lean’ networking group for senior female leaders in the Process Transformation space.

Laura graduated from the University of Jordanstown in her native Northern Ireland, with a Degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice. She began her career in Financial Fraud and FX investigations with a leading British bank, before relocating to Australia in 2009.

About Ampersand International

Ampersand International is a leading executive recruitment and advisory business that specialises in sourcing and securing executive talent and leadership across corporate affairs, digital, marketing, communications, transformation and technology. Since 2008, we’ve been delivering trusted counsel and recruitment expertise to high performing businesses and candidates across the Asia Pacific region.

 

Alisha Benson

Principal Consultant Read more about Alisha

Alisha Benson

Alisha brings a wealth of global experience to the Ampersand International team, having worked in PR, communications and events in London, Copenhagen and New York.

Specialising in communications, marketing and digital, Alisha thrives on working in partnership with her clients to build industry-leading teams across these integrated disciplines.

Alisha is known for her energy and tenacity, embracing her clients’ resourcing needs and pairing these with her candidates’ career journeys.  With passion, Alisha goes above and beyond to ensure the right fit, both in terms of culture and skillset.

Alisha is currently completing her Master of Communications (Research) at RMIT University and is a member of the Public Relations Institute of Australia.

About Ampersand International

Ampersand International is a leading executive recruitment and advisory business that specialises in sourcing and securing executive talent and leadership across corporate affairs, digital, marketing, communications, transformation and technology. Since 2008, we’ve been delivering trusted counsel and recruitment expertise to high performing businesses and candidates across the Asia Pacific region.

Lais Gregorio

Talent Acquisition Manager Read more about Lais

Lais Gregorio

Lais is part of our Project Services and Change Management team, working with clients across Melbourne to identify and fulfil their talent requirements.

With a background in customer service and relationship management working across the retail and financial services sectors, Lais understands first-hand the importance of not only securing the right skills to ensure business success, but securing the right cultural fit.

As a certified Life Coach Practitioner, Lais is well regarded for her empathetic and consultative approach.

Brazilian born and raised, Lais is a language enthusiast, fluent in Portuguese, Spanish and English.

 About Ampersand International

Ampersand International is a leading executive recruitment and advisory business that specialises in sourcing and securing executive talent and leadership across corporate affairs, digital, marketing, communications, transformation and technology. Since 2008, we’ve been delivering trusted counsel and recruitment expertise to high performing businesses and candidates across the Asia Pacific region.

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