Career Management in the Gig Economy

Jo Attard MAICD:

Jo Attard is the Principal and owner of PeopleEdge Coaching & Consulting.

With an extensive background in business, having worked in both senior executive roles and as a coach and consultant across a wide variety of industry sectors, Jo’s experience has allowed her to work with people of all levels within organisations, across all settings, from the factory floor to the executive office. 

Known for her pragmatic and commercial style, whilst maintaining approachability, Jo’s career has spanned large, global corporates, as well as consulting to smaller organisations in both the not for profit and corporate sectors. She has worked for such iconic organisations as Sydney Water, Nestlé, Orange Business Services, GE, Nokia Siemens Networks, Boots’ and National Australia Bank: across sectors as diverse as Financial Services, Utilities, FMCG & manufacturing, property, Technology, Media and Not For Profit.

Having spent over twenty years partnering businesses internally, Jo’s passion for organisational, executive and leadership coaching and career management has driven her to her own coaching and consulting practice, PeopleEdge Coaching & Consulting. 

Caroline McAuliffe:

Partner, Interim Management

Caroline has more than 25 years’ commercial experience gained in the UK and Australia working closely with Executive Teams of large corporate International businesses. She has broad experience in human resources, recruitment, cultural transformation and strategic planning in a variety of sectors.

For the past 12 years Caroline has specialised in Interim Management placements and has been responsible for deploying senior executives into short-term contract and interim management roles to transform organisations, bridge experience gaps, manage change and provide expertise.

Caroline has been a Partner in the Watermark Interim Management Practice for seven years deploying senior level interim managers in both private and public sectors. Caroline has a particular focus on CEOs, CFOs, COOs CIOs, change & turnaround professionals, and senior Finance, HR, Operations, Legal & IT executives. Caroline has successfully completed interim management search assignments across a diverse range of industries and specialises in Government, Not-for-Profit, Healthcare, Human Services, Infrastructure, Transport, Energy, Utilities, Industrial, Manufacturing, Property and Construction with public and private sector clientele.

Caroline is currently completing a Bachelor’s Degree, Social Sciences (Psychology) through Swinburne University and has a Post Graduate Certificate in Career Education and Development through RMIT University. She is a Member of the Australian Psychological Society, a Professional Member of the Career Development Association of Australia. Caroline also recently completed an Advanced Professional Development Certificate in Executive Coaching from the Institute of Coaching and Consulting Psychology, Sydney.

Martin Searle:

Partner, Interim Management

Martin Searle is one of Australia’s leading human resources and professional services senior managers with more than 20 years experience spanning publicly listed and private companies, government agencies and Not-for-Profit organizations.

With expertise in Business Excellence and Six Sigma, Martin has driven organizational change programs in some of Australia’s leading organizations including SAI Global (ASX: SAI), InfoHRM Ltd and Bartter Enterprises. While at SAI he successfully transitioned the company’s workforce from a not-for-profit culture to an earnings-driven listed company environment. He also developed Australia’s largest commercial Six Sigma practice and re-launched the country’s leading improvement methodology, the Australian Business Excellence Framework.

His experience extends to human resources strategy, human capital consulting and business improvement, areas in which he has received international recognition. Martin was selected as one of three international judges for the Dubai based, Muhammad Bin Rasid Al Marktoum Business Awards and was appointed as a Director of both the International Personal Certification Association and the Global Excellence Movement (GEM).

As Director of Human Resources and Safety at Australia’s second largest poultry producer, Bartter Enterprises (owners of the iconic Steggles brand), he positioned the business for a successful sale through major productivity initiatives.  During this process, Martin was also accountable for internal and external company communication and management of key asset divestment.

He has consulted in the areas of human capital productivity improvement, business development and pro-bono work, positioning skilled migrants into the workforce.

Martin holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Macquarie University, a Graduate Diploma in Law from Sydney University and has also completed the HR Strategic Planning Program at Wharton Business School.

Gemma Haworth:

Associate Partner - Interim Management

Gemma brings her 13 years’ recruitment experience gained in the U.K. and Australia, focusing on Interim/Contingent appointments predominately within the Public Sector, Not-for-Profit and Health & Human Services Organisations to Watermark Search. She assists clients by introducing Interim professionals for short to medium-term assignments focusing on rapid change, growth and bridging skill gaps.

Gemma works with CEOs, Executive Directors, Directors and Mid-Level Management.

She holds a post-graduate qualification in Human Resources Management and is an acknowledged expert in leveraging interim executive solutions. Her areas of speciality include Business Transformation, Media/Marketing/Communications, Government Relations, CEOs, Executive Directors & Directors.