Meet our team

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John has over 20 years’ experience in Recruitment and started Whizdom in May 2006. John’s background in the Information Technology and Electronics space extends back to the early 80’s when he joined the Australian Navy as an Electronics Apprentice. He has an Associate Diploma in Electronic Engineering and is well versed in many of the technologies used in the Information Technology Industry. John is a Certified Prince II Project Manager and ITIL Practitioner and has extensive experience working on large Government IT Infrastructure projects.

John’s company involvement is on Business Development, Partnership, Governance and Technology. John was featured in Nicholas Beames book “Different Thinking” which included a collection of lessons, stories and inspiration from 20 of the most successful recruiters in Australia. John is a current Board Member of The Association of Professional Staffing Companies in Australia (APSCo Australia) and is an active advocate for small to medium Businesses.

When he’s not catching up with clients and consultants or managing the business, John can be found racing around Canberra on his mountain or motor bike. John is a certified APSCo Australia Recruitment Professional and member of RCSA, you can find him on LinkedIn here John’s mobile: 0401 672 244

 IMG_2394 - 2BWNatalie Angus – Operations Manager

Natalie has been engaged with Whizdom since 2010, and has been working in her new role of Operations Manager since January 2017. Natalie works closely with John and is responsible for finance and administrative functions within Whizdom. She also manages and maintains Whizdom’s Talent Management Standard in Quality, Recruitment and Privacy, ensuring that Whizdom maintain a high level of best practice within business operations.

Prior to working for Whizdom, Natalie worked in Connecticut, USA for the American Institute for Foreign Study as an Operations Coordinator, where she gained valuable experience in recruitment and account management.

When she logs off her Whizdom laptop, Natalie loves to be behind the lens of her camera taking photos of the world. Natalie is a certified APSCo Australia Recruitment Professional and you can find her on LinkedIn here  Natalie’s mobile: 0401 184 342

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James Belcher – Business and Client Manager

James joined Whizdom in January 2014 in the role of Business and Client Manager. James undertakes Business Development and Client Management activities with a focus on major accounts, including Federal Government Departments with large contractor workforces along with a number of the leading Tier 1 Solutions providers. He also manages a number of Tier 2 Partner organisations. James ensures Whizdom is positioned to offer the best resourcing solutions.

Prior to Whizdom, James has worked across a number of Industries including Enterprise Software, Digital Marketing, and Recruitment Services, holding positions from Business Development to General Management. This experience has given James a good insight into the challenges facing small medium and large organisations, when it comes to sourcing the right people for integral positions.

When James is not meeting with Clients, you can find him battling his way round one of Canberra’s many golf courses or attempting to land the elusive Murray Cod – any tips would be much appreciated! James is a certified APSCo Australia Recruitment Professional and his LinkedIn profile can be found here James’ mobile: 0400 585 409

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Nicole McCann – Senior Account Manager

Nicole won the award for the APSCo (formerly ITCRA) Certified Professional of the Year for 2013.  She has been engaged with Whizdom Pty Ltd since 2008. In that time Nicole has managed the contractor engagement process and has liaised with clients to gain a good understanding of their resourcing requirements. Nicole is responsible for managing the end to end recruitment process for the Department of Defence. Nicole has the capability to source suitable candidates for her clients nationally.

Previous to working with Whizdom, Nicole was an Assistant Manager in the Trade Services Department for a Merchant Bank in Sydney.

When not meeting candidates for coffees, Nicole can be found in the kitchen cooking up a storm for her family or catching some live music around town. Nicole is a certified APSCo Australia Recruitment Professional and you can find her on LinkedIn here Nicole’s mobile: 0403 264 161

untitled-2Kelly Shockley  – Account Manager

Kelly joined our team at the beginning of November in 2015.  Kelly has experience working on our Whole of Government Panels managing the end to end recruitment process for our Federal Government Clients. She understand the requirements of clients in all aspects relating to professional contractor placements and permanent staffing requirements. Kelly has the capability to source suitable candidates for her clients nationally.

Kelly worked previously in Early Childhood, then completed a Certificate III in office procedures which lead her to a Property Management role. She was in charge of a busy real estate office then went onto manage two different shoe stores. Kelly is a real people person who really enjoys working with and meeting new people.

On the weekend this Mum of four loves spending time with her family, she has fun trying to find new places to picnic and BBQ  – Canberra has some beautiful parks! Kelly is a certified APSCo Australia Recruitment Professional and you can connect with her on LinkedIn here  Kelly’s mobile: 0437 809 224 

Joanne Finchett – Account Manager

Jo joined the Whizdom team in 2016 and is the Account Manager for our Private Enterprise clients. Jo has experience working with large corporate clients managing their professional contractor requirements as well as permanent staffing solutions. She builds networks of candidates with a view to providing employment options in advance of current contracts. Jo has the capability to source suitable candidates for her clients nationally.

Prior to working for Whizdom, Jo was the account director at a small niche Project and Portfolio Management Consultancy for 6 years, and the previous 12 years Jo led a national recruitment team for Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) in the UK. Jo’s team at RBS involved specialist and volume recruitment, including working with Government agencies to help young job seekers start a career in financial services and customer contact centers.

When not sourcing Whizdom candidates, Jo loves travelling and some more unusual trips have landed her in Iceland, Switzerland, Cambodia, Sri Lanka, South Africa, Gambia, Senegal and Egypt. Jo is certified CIPP at the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. Jo is a certified APSCo Australia Recruitment Professional and you can connect with her on LinkedIn here and Jo’s mobile is: 0419 263 332

Rebecca Chien – Accountant

Rebecca joined Whizdom in Feb 2018. She was awarded Bachelor of Accounting from ANU and Master of Financial Analysis from UNSW. She is also an associate member of CPA Australia and is currently pursuing CPA professional membership. Her duties involve everyday transactions in MYOB, invoicing, reconciliation and monthly BAS / reporting etc. She ensures all accounts are up to date, all contractors are paid promptly and properly so that business is running smoothly.

Prior to joining Whizdom Rebecca was the assistant accountant and office admin at Laser Cosmetic Day Procedure Centre, a reputable clinic located at Coogee Beach in Sydney. She was in charge of all accounting – related work as well as liaising with patients. She gained valuable experience in commercial accounting while at the same time developed strong communication and interpersonal skills.

When she is not in front of the spreadsheet, Rebecca loves to play the piano, cook food, as well as shopping (of course!). She has tried to avoid becoming a shopaholic, however it isn’t easy.

Rebecca’s Linked IN profile can be found here

Rebecca’s mobile: 0407 989 703

Amanda Yi – Accountant

Amanda joined Whizdom in February 2018 to assist in the finance and administration functions of the business. She acts as a liaison between contractors, payroll companies and clients regarding any payment or invoicing issues. Also, she helps to manage Whizdom’s staff payroll, taxation and end of month reconciliation.

Amanda was awarded master’s degree of Accounting from ANU in December 2016. After that, she worked as a tax consultant in private sector, and was an assistant accountant in an accounting practice in Canberra.

When she’s not in the office, Amanda loves to search various recipes and cook fresh food. Also, she has a lovely cat ‘Cream’, playing with her is the first thing to do when she’s back home.

Amanda’s Linked IN profile can be found here.

Amanda’s mobile: 0407 989 703

 


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