Joel is an experienced entrepreneur and business leader with 15 years of experience in investment banking and financial services. Most recently he was the Head of Equity Derivatives Trading at Citigroup for Australia and New Zealand. He was previously the Founder and CEO of IIT Capital, a start-up proprietary trading firm. Joel is an advocate for flexible work because it lowers the barriers to enter the labour market - by removing the impediments that would otherwise exclude large parts of our community from accessing these opportunities. Joel believes meaningful work is a fundamental human right - it makes us feel as if we belong in our community and that we contribute to it. Working flexibly enables Joel to maintain a better connection with his kids. They're still at an age when they like Dad hanging around (and we all know this phase won’t last long!) Joel has signed up for his first ultra-marathon at the start of 2019. With a passion for endurance sports, Joel loves a good challenge.
Marko brings 12 years of experience in Investment Banking with Morgan Stanley and Deutsche Bank in Sydney. Most recently he oversaw Morgan Stanley’s Equity Trading Business for Australia. Marko holds a Bachelor of Economics degree from the University of Newcastle and a Master of Business Administration degree from Duke University. During his MBA studies he developed a keen interest in entrepreneurial projects with a social dimension. Marko embraces flexible work arrangements by working 3 days in the office per week to stay close to the team and brainstorm new ideas. The two days working from home save travel time, allowing Marko to focus on various admin and operational tasks.
Chief Operating Officer
Paula has 18+ years of experience bringing together technology and a delightful customer experience in both start-ups and large public companies. She spent 8 years in Silicon Valley and is a seasoned SaaS Customer Success & Operations executive specialising in rapid growth environments. Paula is a proven change agent and experienced leader with a solid background in designing, scaling and deploying operational infrastructure and award-winning customer experiences, as well as leading highly successful customer facing & operations teams. Paula is passionate about changing the current landscape of workplace expectations to support equality and flexibility. You will find Paula spending time with her kids, snowboarding, surfing, wakeboarding, or at the beach…pretty much anywhere there’s board or water activities!
Chief Technology Officer
Brett has over 20 years of experience in the IT industry in Australia, where his focus has been on Project Management, Product Development and IT Operations. In 1999, Brett was a founding member of an organisation that developed the first Cloud provider of the hosted desktop in Australia to the SME market place. He has recently focused on new Product Research and Development which enable him to provide best of breed technology advice to start ups and enterprise businesses. Brett has had a lifelong love affair with snow skiing, the Sydney Swans and long-distance swimming. Brett recently conquered the Lake Burley Griffin in Canberra – and surprisingly loved every minute of it! Brett embraces working flexibly to allow him to better manage a team that works in different time zones and to also be the best father and husband.
Partner - FlexReady Consulting
Ariane Virtue is one of Australia’s most prominent thought leaders in the area of flexible work design and implementation. An innovative talent and leadership advisory expert with over twenty years of experience across a variety of industries in APAC, heading Talent & Leadership Risk advisory teams in top ASX listed companies, to deliver complex talent issues. She specialises in developing and executing talent strategies to optimise the causal link between talent acquisition and business strategy realisation through her extensive experience in executive search, M&A due diligence, succession planning and D&I management. The pioneer of the idea of separating best practice flexible work theory from best practice work design, her passion is partnering with organisations who regard talent as their strategic focus to drive their strategic goals. Utilising her depth of knowledge & talent experience Ariane is constantly excited to be able to make a difference and aligning with the purpose of our organisation works flexibly. Connect with Ariane to see how flexible work solutions might best fit with your organisation.
Head of Consulting
David Shirley is an expert in the optimisation of technology in flexible work design. He sees the ‘right’ technology choices as an enabler for employees to unlock their productive potential. David has over 30 years’ experience globally in the technology industry. His career has taken him from Sydney to New York and San Francisco. David has worked across a variety of industries and large corporates facilitating training, conducting workshops and executive coaching - in particular, the last 20 years he has focused on delivering training in both technical and business areas. He combines his passion for technology with the key disciplines of time management. He is an advocate for utilising the best technology has to offer to find innovative ways of getting things done. Having eight aunties, a mother, a sister, a wife and three daughters, having an impact in changing the way careers work is close to his heart. Connect with David to see how technology in flexible work design might be best applied across your business to unlock the productive capacity of your workforce.
Senior Client Manager
Georgiana is an experienced technology relationship manager with over 20 years of partnering with enterprise customers in recruitment, IT services, telecommunications, fintech, sales and media software. Her passion for people - who they are and what makes them tick, motivates her to help clients identify the right solutions solving those problems that keeps them awake at night. She is a strong believer that success is achieved when you focus on true transparency and partnership – the world is very small! During her time working closely with Australia’s largest global HR teams at LinkedIn, Georgiana found a consistent challenge of hiring talented people who were trying to balance work and life. Having twin 3 year old boys and an 8 year old girl means that working with companies, changing the way careers work is very close to her heart.
Head of Growth
Michael is a digital marketing professional who loves helping start-ups scale and grow. There’re only two other things he loves watching grow, and that’s his daughters! Michael’s data driven approach combined with his strong background in building and leading innovative marketing organisations allow him to deliver strong business performance. In his spare time Michael is constantly finding new hobbies to obsess over. His current addictions are woodwork, life drawing and growing a herb garden.
Head of Brand & Marketing
Elle has over 15 years’ experience in the marketing and advertising industry, creating both corporate and employer brands. That experience has led to a personal passion to help organisations build sustainable, humanised brands, with their employees at the heart. Layer that with six years working with LinkedIn’s global clients on their professional talent strategies and you have a digitally savvy, content-driven, authentic story-teller, who wants to help people find careers that help them be the best version of their professional selves. Whether you’re a parent, a hobbyist, an entrepreneur, a student or a travel enthusiast, if you’re measured on agreed outcomes, rather than how much time your bum spends on an office chair, then you should be able to contribute to business success. On that note, I’m off to whiteboard how to to build a LEGO car with my favourite smallest human.
Senior Customer Success Manager
Rachel started her recruitment career at the turn of the millennium, in the agency world back in New Zealand. Since then she has worked across all spectrums of the industry from in-house talent teams to job-board and online social recruitment both in Australia and London. With two young girls and the recent third addition to her tribe, Rachel is determined to show them that you can be an active mother and still build on your career, so when FlexCareers came into her life, she was excited to not only be a strong role-model for her children, but to help shape a strong diverse workforce for Australia's future.
Digital Marketing Senior Consultant
With 6 years’ experience in the professional services industry, combined with a background in Digital Marketing and Talent Acquisition she loves bringing brands to life through digital storytelling. She is passionate about creating digital marketing campaigns that bring together best practice, insights and innovative ideas in order to meet and exceed our client and business needs. Amanda is happiest when she is in or near the water, at Pilates or playing with her cheeky toddler.
Since graduating in 2015, Alice has worked both agency and client side with experience in a range of industries including: science, sports, and finance. With a background in digital marketing she has worked extensively with content, social media, events, search engine marketing, graphic design, blogging, copywriting, email, trade shows, technical writing, and market research. Alice is our go-to marketing rock star always willing to give anything a go. Alice loves a good book, knitting, star gazing, travelling and being at the beach.
PR & Communications Manager
Hedgie has over 20 years’ diverse public relations, corporate communications and content strategy experience gained from agency and in-house roles in London and Sydney. She has worked with a wide variety of brands large and small including numerous corporates, entrepreneurs and not-for-profits. Hedgie now specialises in communications strategy and content creation in her expert areas of recruitment, leadership and careers. A busy mum of two cheeky small humans, Hedgie understands only too well the need for a flexible working world to allow people to fulfil their true potential.