Executive Leadership Group

Cameron Kenna

Founder & Chief Executive Officer : Search Read more about Cameron

Cameron Kenna

Cameron is the Founder and CEO of Ampersand. 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

Richard Norey

Managing Director : Search 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

Will Dunn

Director : Professional Services 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

Tim James

Director : 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

Nick Tonkin

Chief Operating Officer Read more about Nick

Nick Tonkin

Inspired by: JFK, Bobby Kennedy, Nelson Mandela, Dr Dre Ultimate destination: Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe and Rome, Italy. Trademark: "If you aren't learning something new every day then you aren't listening", "Hope for the best, plan for the worst", "Inspect what you expect", "Each to their own",

Ampersand Executive : Sydney

Charlotte Adams

Senior 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

Melissa Rushworth

Senior Principal Consultant : Marketing & 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 & Digital 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

Leah Webster

Principal Consultant: Project Services Read more about Leah

Leah Webster

Leah joins Ampersand as a Principal Consultant specialising in change and business transformation. With a strong sales and marketing background, Leah has strong experience in adverting and media sales. Originally from New Zealand, Leah brings a relaxed, genuine and consultative nature to the team, enabling  her to deliver best practice consulting across the highly specialised areas of change management, business transformation and project services.

Inspired by: Positivity, Success and happiness Ultimate destination: Bora Bora Trademark: Surround yourself with those who lift you higher

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!

Giedre Subaciute

EA to CEO and Talent Acquisition Manager Read more about Giedre

Giedre Subaciute

Inspired by: Leadership, kindness and vagabonding Ultimate destination: Andaman and Nicobar Islands Trademark: “We can’t change every little thing that happens to us in life, but we can change the way that we experience it” A.P.

Ampersand Executive : Melbourne

Tracey Petrie

Head: Project Services & Change Management 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

Curtis Brown

Head : Marketing & Digital (Melbourne) Read more about Curtis

Curtis Brown

Curtis spent 13 long years making a name for himself in Tokyo, Japan. After falling into recruitment in 2010, he joined a well-known Japanese recruitment firm where he progressed from entry level candidate sourcer to a top 10 billing senior consultant. He was then head hunted into a global recruitment firm to start their contracting division, which he proceeded to grow from scratch, becoming the top biller for the entire North APAC region along the way.

Curtis makes the move to Australia and joins Ampersand as the practice head for marketing & digital. Curtis takes the candidate and client experience incredibly seriously, paying very close attention to his client’s business needs and challenges as well as exactly what his candidates are looking for in their careers. Ensuring that not only does he fill the roles, the roles stay filled.

Inspired by: People that go their own way, decide their own destiny and do not allow where they come from to decide where they go. Ultimate destination: New Orleans, Bourbon Street Trademark: A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.

Laura Frazer

Senior Principal Consultant : 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 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”

Jamie Edmundson

Principal Consultant: Project Services & Change Management 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 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

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