Our Team

Because we’re all about Talent in our business, it makes sense that our people are great. We’ve attracted and developed an awesome team of professionals, with a strong alignment on values and the way we work, yet with diversity of background, experiences and views. This allows us to manage the broad range of things we do, get the right people on projects, and ensures that our clients experience us in a consistent way.


Glen Petersen

Glen Petersen

CEO

With more than 35 years in business, working in large global businesses and consulting, Glen has a wise head set firmly on experienced shoulders – a good thing to have as Generator Talent’s founder and CEO. He is in demand by clients who value his pragmatic advice and ability to positively influence people and improve business outcomes.
He’s worked in great companies like PepsiCo, Lion Nathan & Arnott’s-Campbell and in huge global roles as Head of Human Resources for people like Spark and Fonterra. He was instrumental in founding the consulting firm that became Generator Talent, along with developing a range of consulting solutions and services for clients across Australia and New Zealand. Glen’s called Australia, Canada, and NZ home in his career, and he holds a Bachelor of Business from Charles Sturt University in Australia.
Throughout his career, Glen has held a keen interest in finding and developing great leaders. Glen’s early career in PepsiCo shaped his philosophy on what differentiates an effective leader and the power of presence, positive thinking and effective communication. His career purpose has been to really make a difference – to leave the companies he’s worked for or consulted with in better shape.
Glen’s also a real-life action man who’s represented Australia at Ironman Triathlon World Championships and can often be seen bravely dodging traffic on his racing bike during his commute into our Sydney office, or running in the bush or climbing rocks at weekends. Thankfully, he does have a sense of humour, and four kids to bring him down to earth.

Justin Miles

Justin Miles

Managing Partner

Justin is the Managing Partner of our Melbourne office, an outcome focused leader with a track record of driving business performance through proven talent and organisation development practices. Justin’s methods and skills have been shaped by working with performance oriented leaders in great companies including PepsiCo, The Campbell Soup Company, Diageo, Rip Curl, Fonterra and Wesfarmers, in Australia, the USA and Latin America.

Over his career Justin has held increasingly senior divisional HR roles, along with significant experience in ‘head of’ HR roles. He’s held responsibility as the head of talent for two major global organisations, where he designed and implemented engaging leadership programs, rigorous succession and talent planning processes, team development initiatives, honed his skills in identifying leadership potential and developing the processes and conditions for it to flourish.

In the assignments he’s undertaken, Justin has achieved significant upgrades in talent and capability in multiple organisations in multiple geographies, repeatedly increasing employee engagement while sponsoring challenging transformational and change initiatives. His judgement of talent and his pragmatism in helping organisations reach their performance potential have been hallmarks of his work.

Justin holds a Bachelor of Arts in Industrial Relations and Political Science and a Master of Commerce in Organisational Behaviour, both from the University of New South Wales. When he is not consulting, he is a haphazard golfer, an unsteady paddle boarder, a pretty good cook and enjoys a fine chardonnay.

Catherine Tissier

Catherine Tissier

Partner

As a Partner in our Sydney office, Catherine brings over 20 years’ HR, Executive Recruitment and Leadership Development experience from the UK and Australian markets.

A professional talent development specialist, Catherine’s skills include executive recruitment, leadership development, coaching, plus talent attraction and acquisition. In addition, Catherine has a strong knowledge of career transition, outplacement and professional development programs. Catherine’s success is based on her ability to work closely and in partnership with her clients to provide responsive, tailor made, human capital solutions that add value and provide timely, performance-enhancing, business solutions.

Catherine started her career as a civil engineer and holds a Masters Degree in Civil Engineering. She also has formal HR training in executive recruitment, talent attraction, coaching, leadership development and training/facilitation.

Early on in her working life, Catherine found her passion for developing exceptional talent for organisations. She has worked in the human resources field with a broad range of great companies and industries. Her HR experience includes working within the human capital functions for ERM, Taylor Woodrow, Grant Thornton, PricewaterhouseCoopers and SLR Consulting. She has also developed her Executive Search and Talent Acquisition capability through her consulting roles with Chandler Macleod, Michael Page and HW Group.

Outside of work, Catherine and her energetic family enjoy living on the beautiful northern beaches of Sydney and at the weekend, can be found out on Pittwater sailing in their classic Northshore 38.

Peter Neil

Peter Neil

Partner

As a Partner in our Canberra office, Peter brings with him an eclectic background in organisational development, senior roles in the military, import/distribution, consulting and general management. With a passion for helping individuals and organisations to talent – attracting, selecting, developing and retaining talent.

Having started his career as a soldier before becoming an Army Psychologist, Peter built his skills in assessment, selection, performance management, organisational culture, counselling and coaching. Upon leaving the army, Peter worked in leading consulting businesses SMS and SHL (now CEB), establishing their Canberra office and later managing the Australian and Singapore consulting practices. This experience covered a range of interventions, but focused on objective assessment for selection, development and organisational development. Peter’s clients included world-class businesses including Rolls Royce, Chanel, HSBC, KPMG, NAB and Tesco.

Having been based in Canberra for a significant part of his career, Peter has developed a strong understanding of the challenges faced by public sector organisations, and has a strong track record in helping organisations with these challenges.

In addition to this, Peter plays an active role as Director in his family’s group of companies, which helps to ground him in the commercial reality of managing medium-sized businesses, and loves the strategic creativity involved in understanding the marketplace and helping companies anticipate and adapt to the constantly changing dynamics of distribution-based business.

Peter holds a Master of Arts in Psychology from the University of Sydney, an MBA from Central Queensland University and is a graduate of the Royal Military College Duntroon.

Married with grown children, Peter loves keeping fit in his spare time, walking the great Canberra countryside, has a passion for cooking and is vainly trying to teach himself Spanish.

Emma Honeybone

Emma Honeybone

Research Consultant

Emma is a Research Consultant, based in our Auckland office. She has broad and deep experience recruiting senior executives across various industries, within corporate and consulting environments.
Emma’s career started in marketing within the publishing industry, both in New Zealand and the UK. Upon returning to New Zealand, she commenced her recruitment career with a large global organisation, before joining a boutique consultancy, where she specialised in the Finance, Accounting and Banking sectors. In this role she worked extensively with professionals returning or relocating to the NZ market after working offshore.

Emma then took some time out from agency recruitment to work in internal and RPO environments within large corporates as part of Korn Ferry/Futurestep, which further developed her commercial focus and ability to provide insightful and valuable advice to all stages of the recruitment process. During this time, she also held a training role with a focus on developing consulting skills in onsite corporate recruiters in Australia and New Zealand.

Emma is passionate about identifying and securing the highest calibre talent, and the impact that has on business performance. She prides herself on her ability to partner with and understand the needs of both her clients and candidates alike with a professional and dedicated approach. When Emma is not at work she is kept busy with her two children, and you’ll likely find her doing something outdoorsy or cooking a meal for family and friends.

Rachel Brown

Rachel Brown

Research Consultant

Rachel is a Research Consultant, based in Christchurch. Rachel has over 10 years’ experience in agency recruitment in the Christchurch, Wellington, Sydney and UK markets. Most recently and for over 5 years, she has been a specialist ICT agency recruiter, including establishing her own boutique recruitment agency. Central to her success has been Rachel’s diligence in researching and selection of the right talent. This has increasingly been recognised as her specialist skill and something Rachel keenly enjoys.

With a diverse background across many sectors including pharmaceuticals, medical devices, recruitment, insurance, and media, Rachel has worked as an Account Manager, Sales Manager, Marketing Manager, company owner and Recruiter. Christchurch is her home town, and with the tragic earthquake events of 2011, she decided to return home. In 2006, Rachel’s mother passed away from Ovarian Cancer, prompting her and her sister to found the New Zealand Gynaecological Cancer Foundation (NZGCF) to educate and support women and their families. Rachel remains committed to this cause and runs a support group for women with ovarian cancer.

Rachel is particularly interested in high performing teams and cultural fit and what this means for the individual both in terms of career and overall life satisfaction, and for the organisation in terms of performance and retention. Rachel and her partner are very keen boaties and cruise the Marlborough Sounds every chance they get. They have a lifestyle property, and love being outdoors with their two Fox Terriers (terrors), Dotti and Wilson.

Paul Bethell

Paul Bethell

Managing Partner

Paul Bethell is a Managing Partner in our Sydney office. A strong and dependable Kiwi whose youthful looks belie his considerable experience, our past surf lifesaving champ has more than 25 years HR experience working in organisations across Australia, New Zealand, Asia and North America. He’s a bit of a specialist in the Technology, IT Services and Telecommunications sectors.
Paul held General Manager HR roles at Navman, a multinational technology business and Telecom New Zealand, both in New Zealand and Australia. He’s also held senior roles with Tait Electronics. With global HR experience, principally gained through working with businesses based in Asia Pacific and North America, Paul is a specialist in talent acquisition, business integration, restructuring and change management.

Paul has had significant experience working in talent assessment and development in his corporate and consulting careers. He has led a number of significant client engagements, including organisational design facilitation, change management planning and implementation support, business structure review, performance planning, coaching and HR strategy facilitation.
Paul holds a Bachelor of Science from The University of Canterbury and has attended the University of Michigan’s Advanced Executive HR Program. He’s an accomplished sportsperson who enjoys age group triathlon racing and has represented and captained New Zealand at International Surf Life Saving events. Paul and his family now call Sydney home, but are still strongly attached to their homeland.

Jeremy Paynter

Jeremy Paynter

Managing Partner

Jeremy is the Managing Partner of our New Zealand business, based in Auckland. He has over 20 years commercial and consulting experience and is a Kiwi with a broad global perspective, having worked in the UK, USA and Asia for almost half of his career. Now happily established back in New Zealand, He’s passionate about talent and the positive impact it provides organisations to achieve their goals.

Jeremy has worked in corporate businesses such as Fletcher Building and Fonterra, international consulting organisations including Robert Walters, Hudson, Futurestep and Korn Ferry, and has also operated his own consulting business. This breadth of experience has taught him both empathy and an appreciation of different priorities that stakeholders have.

With an engaging interpersonal style and the ability to ask relevant questions and challenge the status quo, Jeremy has a track record of providing unique, pragmatic and highly relevant talent solutions to clients. His experience encompasses all aspects of Talent Management, with particular depth in Executive Recruitment/Search, RPO, Strategic Resourcing projects, Leadership Assessment, Coaching, and Career Management.

In his day he was a handy hockey player and cricketer, representing his Province in both sports. These days the closest he gets to competitive sport is coaching one of his children’s teams or pro bono advice, assisting international sports people to transition to the world of work. Jeremy studied at the University of Otago and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Bachelor of Commerce in Marketing. He is now happily married, living in Auckland, and has three young children.

Michelle O’Neil

Michelle O’Neil

Partner

Michelle is a Partner, based in our Melbourne office. With over 20 years’ experience in HR and Consulting in the Retail, Pharmaceutical, Telecommunications and Professional Services industries, Michelle has a well-established capability for driving business performance through people, and knows what it takes to recruit and lead large teams.

Michelle began her career in retail in recruitment, where she went on to hold a number of senior management HR positions within the Wesfarmers group – Myer and Kmart. Within these roles, Michelle developed vast experience managing large-scale central recruitment and talent acquisition programs. After a period consulting in her own HR business, she returned to retail, this time in franchising as the GM of People for Bakers Delight. Her passion for retail department stores led her to her last corporate role at Target, leading the HR operation for the stores division before returning to consulting.

Michelle has gained a reputation for providing insightful advice to HR teams and senior management on the design, delivery and integration of people strategies and solutions aligned to business needs. Having previously run her own business, Michelle understands and knows how to be pragmatic and commercial in delivering great results.

Michelle holds Post Graduate Diplomas in IR/ER from Monash University and in Management & Leadership from RMIT. A social being, she follows the Melbourne Storm and enjoys trying all the latest food and cocktail venues, loves yoga and meditation, travelling the globe and is a regular attendee at motorsport and horseracing events.

Tom Jeffs

Tom Jeffs

Partner

As a Partner in our Melbourne office, Tom brings over 18 years of Talent Acquisition and Talent Consulting experience from both the UK and Australian markets to the table. As an authentic, pragmatic and outcome focused consultant, his experience and focus is on delivering highly effective talent acquisition and succession planning outcomes across multiple verticals and disciplines for market leading corporates.

Having started life teaching English in Milan, his career in Talent began in London in 1998 recruiting Finance contractors for major Investment Banks before moving to Australia and focusing on Sales and Marketing professionals within the FS, Utilities and Telco verticals and later leading a team focused on high volume IT contracting.  His Executive Search career began in 2007, establishing a local search division for a global recruitment company before moving to a highly-regarded boutique provider and building their CIO and Transformation Practice.

In 2012 Tom joined Telstra, where he helped develop an effective internal search and sourcing function for Telstra’s top 270 executive roles, as well as managing succession planning outcomes for those roles leveraging external insights and market intelligence, providing significant ROI and reducing reliance on external search providers. Prior to joining GTG, Tom spent three years as Client Solutions Director with a leading talent and leadership risk management consulting firm in Melbourne.

Whilst Tom is passionate about partnering with major corporates to solve their critical Talent Acquisition, Management and Development challenges, he tends to focus on his other passions out of work which include food and wine (eating and drinking a lot basically), cooking (badly), travelling, reading rock-music biographies and following Aston Villa FC, who have provided him with little to no satisfaction for the last 15 years.

Regzana Payne

Regzana Payne

Research Consultant

Regzana is a Research Consultant, based in our Melbourne office. She has experience in corporate recruitment for high profile retail and consumer products organisations. Drawing on perspective gained from living and working in London, Ho Chi Minh City and exchange studies in Syria, she thrives in environments requiring outstanding relationships, and is passionate about partnering with business leaders to produce real talent outcomes that benefit both the candidates and the teams in which they are placed.

Before joining Generator Talent, Regzana worked in talent sourcing, research and recruitment in a number of corporate organisations, including Target, Ashai-Schweppes, Simplot and the Just Group. These experiences in sourcing talent across all functions and varied industries have developed her first-rate research and talent acquisition skills, which she brings to the fore to advantage our clients.

Regzana loves working with others to achieve excellence; finding it provides priceless insights into people, their organisations and what they stand for. She is passionate about leveraging her experience from her corporate and consulting roles to help other organisations in their search for talent and expertise.
Regzana is a mad CrossFit fan, keen traveller and amazing Mum, and can often be found creating and executing some amazing recipes as she’s a fan of great cooking and food.

Felicity Rissetto

Felicity Rissetto

Research Consultant

Felicity is a Research Consultant, based in our Auckland office. She has experience in recruiting and talent acquisition across all sectors for some of New Zealand’s largest corporate enterprises.

Felicity’s recruiting career initially started in the IT sector in an agency environment, before jumping the fence to internal recruitment at Telecom NZ. She initially joined Telecom as part of the onsite Korn/Ferry Futurestep team, but became a direct Telecom employee when Telecom brought the team in-house. Her next move was a resourcing consultant position at KPMG, before a project consultant recruitment position at Gen-i, through her employer Futurestep. As the sole recruiter here, she had the important task of supporting the HR team move to a business unit specific recruitment model.

Felicity then had the opportunity to further her expertise in talent acquisition at multinational insurance company IAG for a period, before taking maternity leave and welcoming her second son into the world. During the time between the arrival of her third son, Felicity worked in a number of different talent consulting positions for a range of small businesses in New Zealand, helping their clients find and secure the very best talent available.

She is passionate about changing lives and believes that changing your job can dramatically impact your life, so it’s essential to get that fit right – and loves to help people find that right fit. Felicity enjoys analysing and understanding human behaviour and the drivers for success through psychometric profiling. She prides herself on her ability to leverage her prior corporate consulting experience to identify and align candidates and clients to achieve success and effectively drive business performance.

Felicity is a health and wellness enthusiast who loves creating healthy food for her family and friends, and other willing participants. A real fan of the outdoors, you’re likely to find her hiking or foraging in the bush with her three young sons, husband and dog Jed.

Greg Cox

Greg Cox

Managing Partner

As a Managing Partner in our Sydney office, Greg has leveraged his deep knowledge and experience gained from more than 35 years in Senior Human Resources and consulting roles in Australia, Asia and Europe to support his client businesses to enhance performance through their people. Greg is sought out for his wise and pragmatic counsel, and his depth of understanding around how businesses succeed and the key role people play in that success.

Greg’s Commercial, HR and General Management skills were built within some of the world’s most respected businesses including Johnson & Johnson, PepsiCo, Cadbury Schweppes, Thorn EMI, Telstra, AAPT and UGL Limited. He’s lived and worked in Australia, UK and Asia. A key part of Greg’s career has been building world class talent for the businesses he has worked with and for. He is passionate about bringing practical, pragmatic and outcome focused solutions to organisational challenges.

He’s a great people person with a passion for building strategy, developing talent and driving outcomes that support business performance. Greg’s career experience encompasses a broad spectrum of disciplines and functions. In addition to his extensive Human Resources experience, Greg has managed IT, Quality and Risk, Communications, PMO and Business Improvement. He has led substantial re-organisation, rationalisation, capability improvement and innovative talent acquisition and development initiatives.

Greg is an accomplished facilitator, coach and mentor to executives across all disciplines. He holds a Bachelor of Business degree from the University of Technology. He is married with two adult daughters, has a passion for music (he is our closet drummer!!), likes a good wine, a good laugh and a good party!

Yvette Dingwall

Yvette Dingwall

Partner

Yvette is a Partner with Generator Talent Group, a commercial and down-to-earth HR professional with over 16 years’ experience up to HR Director level. Yvette prides herself on her ability to work closely with leadership teams and management to unlock commercial value by organising, motivating and aligning their workforce.

She has extensive senior management and consulting experience in Australia and New Zealand with leading brands including GE Capital, Telecom NZ, PWC, Sydney Olympic Organising Committee, Accor Asia Pacific, and Sanitarium. In her corporate career, Yvette’s most senior role was as HR Director at GE Capital, and since moving into consulting, she’s worked with a number of key clients who’ve greatly valued her ability to asses, decide and act to solve their talent and organisation problems.

Yvette has had significant experience providing strategic advice on human capital, change management, engagement, leadership development, organisational design and capability, remuneration and recruitment, with an ability to effectively assess senior level candidates for leadership potential and behavioural fit. Her experience also includes establishing multi-national HR client services functions in large, multi-national organisations. She has the ability to roll up her sleeves and work closely with leadership teams to drive individual and team performance, and cultural change.
With a strong service ethic grounded in hospitality sector management, Yvette holds a Diploma in HR from Deakin University and a Post Graduate Certificate in Management from Waikato University. Yvette spends her time at Generator Talent offering around goodies from Haigh’s Chocolates and outside of the office she enjoys hiking, cooking and last but not least, nurturing her beautiful daughter.

Andrew Steele

Andrew Steele

Partner

As a Partner in our Auckland office, Andrew brings more than 30 years of senior Human Resource experience in executive and consulting roles in New Zealand and Australia. Andrew has built a successful career in providing customer and human centric solutions across a diverse range of organisations.

Andrew’s skills have been built up by working with a diverse range of companies, including Spark NZ, Fonterra, Suncorp, QSuper and Genesis Energy, undertaking key commercial and people leadership roles for these companies and in running his own Brisbane-based consulting company. Andrew has been key in guiding organisations through significant change driven by disruption, and industry transformation. Andrew has specialist knowledge in talent acquisition, remuneration, diversity, leadership development and cultural change, and has led IT/Digital, Health and Safety, Strategic Sourcing, and Property functions.

Andrew is fascinated by the future of work and the role of people in this future environment. He is an avid reader of the latest theories and trends in business and is always willing to share this thinking. Andrew brings commercial nous along with pragmatic advice to create forward thinking solutions to today’s changing business situations.

Andrew is well regarded by his peers and has a reputation as a mentor and coach to many. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Otago. Andrew is married with two teenage children based in Auckland. Andrew enjoys working with passionate and diverse thinking people and is known as a good socialiser.

Taryn Mazurkiewicz

Taryn Mazurkiewicz

Practice Manager

As Practice Manager, Taryn takes responsibility of resource planning, scheduling and coordinating Generator Talent Group’s work activities across our group of offices and ever expanding team.
Having developed her customer service skills in hospitality early in her career, Taryn has spent the past decade in a member-based organisation, supporting busy executives and teams to deliver amazing programs and projects to their members. With a passion for understanding the business operations of the executives she’s supporting, Taryn is well regarded as a professional, astute and organised executive assistant who provides strong forward-planning and project management skills, as well as an adeptness of time management of not just herself, but the timeline management of those she supports.

Taryn brings amazing organisation skills and focus to the team, having over 10 years’ experience supporting C-Suite executives in executive administration roles. Experienced in managing conflicting deadlines and liaising with a magnitude of stakeholders, she supports the team to deliver outstanding work to our clients. Taryn’s ability to be across the many tasks and activities that require efficient and effective coordination, and strong skills in the development and delivery of high standards of documentation is our secret weapon to delivering timely and effective results to our clients.

When she’s not juggling work activities or chasing up deadlines, Taryn enjoys spending time with her busy family and indulging in shopping and champagne.

Brennan Petersen

Brennan Petersen

Research Consultant

Brennan is a Research Consultant, based in our Sydney office. With a flexible and pragmatic approach, Brennan provides project and research support to our Partners, making the magic happen behind the scenes and getting things done at lightning speed.

Experienced in Retail, FMCG, Technology and Financial Services, Brennan supports our Partners and clients to deliver outcomes in HR, Recruitment and Management Consulting. Having worked with Generator Talent for the past five years, Brennan has developed a breadth of experience across all parts of our business. Whilst a key member of our outstanding research team, Brennan is also heavily involved in our Talent Assessment work, particularly in psychometric testing and data analysis, having worked on a substantial number of key talent assessment programs.

A research guru, she leaves no stone unturned to find the very best talent for our clients, leveraging her capability and determination to discover great candidates for amazing opportunities.
Brennan is passionate about health and nutrition and has fast become the driving force in our office to keep us fit and healthy. A devotee of music and culture, she is also our resident foodie and keeps us up-to-date on all the great places to visit.

Taylor Petersen

Taylor Petersen

Research Consultant

Taylor is a Research Consultant, based in our Sydney office. With a passion for all things digital and a Bachelor of Commerce from University of Canberra, Taylor loves to help fast moving businesses to grow with stability and speed by applying his education and consulting experience to implement practical and innovative solutions.

After initially working in procurement and warehouse management whilst studying, Taylor did a season at Perisher before joining Generator Talent in 2015 as an Associate. Taylor’s thirst for learning has seen him involved in a vast array of client work, and he has quickly become one of our stellar research team.

A research guru, he leaves no stone unturned to find the very best talent for our clients, and has led the research for a number of our key search assignments. Clients and candidates enjoy Taylor’s friendly nature and enthusiasm for finding talent solutions that match both the needs of the individual and the organisation.

Taylor is passionate about travel, having visited three continents and almost as many countries as his number of years, and loves exploring in nature – whether it be camping, rock climbing or fishing. He’s a keen snow boarder and keeps fit year round skateboarding and boxing.

Glen Petersen

Glen Petersen

CEO

With more than 35 years in business, working in large global businesses and consulting, Glen has a wise head set firmly on experienced shoulders – a good thing to have as Generator Talent’s founder and CEO. He is in demand by clients who value his pragmatic advice and ability to positively influence people and improve business outcomes.
He’s worked in great companies like PepsiCo, Lion Nathan & Arnott’s-Campbell and in huge global roles as Head of Human Resources for people like Spark and Fonterra. He was instrumental in founding the consulting firm that became Generator Talent, along with developing a range of consulting solutions and services for clients across Australia and New Zealand. Glen’s called Australia, Canada, and NZ home in his career, and he holds a Bachelor of Business from Charles Sturt University in Australia.
Throughout his career, Glen has held a keen interest in finding and developing great leaders. Glen’s early career in PepsiCo shaped his philosophy on what differentiates an effective leader and the power of presence, positive thinking and effective communication. His career purpose has been to really make a difference – to leave the companies he’s worked for or consulted with in better shape.
Glen’s also a real-life action man who’s represented Australia at Ironman Triathlon World Championships and can often be seen bravely dodging traffic on his racing bike during his commute into our Sydney office, or running in the bush or climbing rocks at weekends. Thankfully, he does have a sense of humour, and four kids to bring him down to earth.

Paul Bethell

Paul Bethell

Managing Partner

Paul Bethell is a Managing Partner in our Sydney office. A strong and dependable Kiwi whose youthful looks belie his considerable experience, our past surf lifesaving champ has more than 25 years HR experience working in organisations across Australia, New Zealand, Asia and North America. He’s a bit of a specialist in the Technology, IT Services and Telecommunications sectors.
Paul held General Manager HR roles at Navman, a multinational technology business and Telecom New Zealand, both in New Zealand and Australia. He’s also held senior roles with Tait Electronics. With global HR experience, principally gained through working with businesses based in Asia Pacific and North America, Paul is a specialist in talent acquisition, business integration, restructuring and change management.

Paul has had significant experience working in talent assessment and development in his corporate and consulting careers. He has led a number of significant client engagements, including organisational design facilitation, change management planning and implementation support, business structure review, performance planning, coaching and HR strategy facilitation.
Paul holds a Bachelor of Science from The University of Canterbury and has attended the University of Michigan’s Advanced Executive HR Program. He’s an accomplished sportsperson who enjoys age group triathlon racing and has represented and captained New Zealand at International Surf Life Saving events. Paul and his family now call Sydney home, but are still strongly attached to their homeland.

Greg Cox

Greg Cox

Managing Partner

As a Managing Partner in our Sydney office, Greg has leveraged his deep knowledge and experience gained from more than 35 years in Senior Human Resources and consulting roles in Australia, Asia and Europe to support his client businesses to enhance performance through their people. Greg is sought out for his wise and pragmatic counsel, and his depth of understanding around how businesses succeed and the key role people play in that success.

Greg’s Commercial, HR and General Management skills were built within some of the world’s most respected businesses including Johnson & Johnson, PepsiCo, Cadbury Schweppes, Thorn EMI, Telstra, AAPT and UGL Limited. He’s lived and worked in Australia, UK and Asia. A key part of Greg’s career has been building world class talent for the businesses he has worked with and for. He is passionate about bringing practical, pragmatic and outcome focused solutions to organisational challenges.

He’s a great people person with a passion for building strategy, developing talent and driving outcomes that support business performance. Greg’s career experience encompasses a broad spectrum of disciplines and functions. In addition to his extensive Human Resources experience, Greg has managed IT, Quality and Risk, Communications, PMO and Business Improvement. He has led substantial re-organisation, rationalisation, capability improvement and innovative talent acquisition and development initiatives.

Greg is an accomplished facilitator, coach and mentor to executives across all disciplines. He holds a Bachelor of Business degree from the University of Technology. He is married with two adult daughters, has a passion for music (he is our closet drummer!!), likes a good wine, a good laugh and a good party!

Justin Miles

Justin Miles

Managing Partner

Justin is the Managing Partner of our Melbourne office, an outcome focused leader with a track record of driving business performance through proven talent and organisation development practices. Justin’s methods and skills have been shaped by working with performance oriented leaders in great companies including PepsiCo, The Campbell Soup Company, Diageo, Rip Curl, Fonterra and Wesfarmers, in Australia, the USA and Latin America.

Over his career Justin has held increasingly senior divisional HR roles, along with significant experience in ‘head of’ HR roles. He’s held responsibility as the head of talent for two major global organisations, where he designed and implemented engaging leadership programs, rigorous succession and talent planning processes, team development initiatives, honed his skills in identifying leadership potential and developing the processes and conditions for it to flourish.

In the assignments he’s undertaken, Justin has achieved significant upgrades in talent and capability in multiple organisations in multiple geographies, repeatedly increasing employee engagement while sponsoring challenging transformational and change initiatives. His judgement of talent and his pragmatism in helping organisations reach their performance potential have been hallmarks of his work.

Justin holds a Bachelor of Arts in Industrial Relations and Political Science and a Master of Commerce in Organisational Behaviour, both from the University of New South Wales. When he is not consulting, he is a haphazard golfer, an unsteady paddle boarder, a pretty good cook and enjoys a fine chardonnay.

Jeremy Paynter

Jeremy Paynter

Managing Partner

Jeremy is the Managing Partner of our New Zealand business, based in Auckland. He has over 20 years commercial and consulting experience and is a Kiwi with a broad global perspective, having worked in the UK, USA and Asia for almost half of his career. Now happily established back in New Zealand, He’s passionate about talent and the positive impact it provides organisations to achieve their goals.

Jeremy has worked in corporate businesses such as Fletcher Building and Fonterra, international consulting organisations including Robert Walters, Hudson, Futurestep and Korn Ferry, and has also operated his own consulting business. This breadth of experience has taught him both empathy and an appreciation of different priorities that stakeholders have.

With an engaging interpersonal style and the ability to ask relevant questions and challenge the status quo, Jeremy has a track record of providing unique, pragmatic and highly relevant talent solutions to clients. His experience encompasses all aspects of Talent Management, with particular depth in Executive Recruitment/Search, RPO, Strategic Resourcing projects, Leadership Assessment, Coaching, and Career Management.

In his day he was a handy hockey player and cricketer, representing his Province in both sports. These days the closest he gets to competitive sport is coaching one of his children’s teams or pro bono advice, assisting international sports people to transition to the world of work. Jeremy studied at the University of Otago and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Bachelor of Commerce in Marketing. He is now happily married, living in Auckland, and has three young children.

Yvette Dingwall

Yvette Dingwall

Partner

Yvette is a Partner with Generator Talent Group, a commercial and down-to-earth HR professional with over 16 years’ experience up to HR Director level. Yvette prides herself on her ability to work closely with leadership teams and management to unlock commercial value by organising, motivating and aligning their workforce.

She has extensive senior management and consulting experience in Australia and New Zealand with leading brands including GE Capital, Telecom NZ, PWC, Sydney Olympic Organising Committee, Accor Asia Pacific, and Sanitarium. In her corporate career, Yvette’s most senior role was as HR Director at GE Capital, and since moving into consulting, she’s worked with a number of key clients who’ve greatly valued her ability to asses, decide and act to solve their talent and organisation problems.

Yvette has had significant experience providing strategic advice on human capital, change management, engagement, leadership development, organisational design and capability, remuneration and recruitment, with an ability to effectively assess senior level candidates for leadership potential and behavioural fit. Her experience also includes establishing multi-national HR client services functions in large, multi-national organisations. She has the ability to roll up her sleeves and work closely with leadership teams to drive individual and team performance, and cultural change.
With a strong service ethic grounded in hospitality sector management, Yvette holds a Diploma in HR from Deakin University and a Post Graduate Certificate in Management from Waikato University. Yvette spends her time at Generator Talent offering around goodies from Haigh’s Chocolates and outside of the office she enjoys hiking, cooking and last but not least, nurturing her beautiful daughter.

Catherine Tissier

Catherine Tissier

Partner

As a Partner in our Sydney office, Catherine brings over 20 years’ HR, Executive Recruitment and Leadership Development experience from the UK and Australian markets.

A professional talent development specialist, Catherine’s skills include executive recruitment, leadership development, coaching, plus talent attraction and acquisition. In addition, Catherine has a strong knowledge of career transition, outplacement and professional development programs. Catherine’s success is based on her ability to work closely and in partnership with her clients to provide responsive, tailor made, human capital solutions that add value and provide timely, performance-enhancing, business solutions.

Catherine started her career as a civil engineer and holds a Masters Degree in Civil Engineering. She also has formal HR training in executive recruitment, talent attraction, coaching, leadership development and training/facilitation.

Early on in her working life, Catherine found her passion for developing exceptional talent for organisations. She has worked in the human resources field with a broad range of great companies and industries. Her HR experience includes working within the human capital functions for ERM, Taylor Woodrow, Grant Thornton, PricewaterhouseCoopers and SLR Consulting. She has also developed her Executive Search and Talent Acquisition capability through her consulting roles with Chandler Macleod, Michael Page and HW Group.

Outside of work, Catherine and her energetic family enjoy living on the beautiful northern beaches of Sydney and at the weekend, can be found out on Pittwater sailing in their classic Northshore 38.

Michelle O’Neil

Michelle O’Neil

Partner

Michelle is a Partner, based in our Melbourne office. With over 20 years’ experience in HR and Consulting in the Retail, Pharmaceutical, Telecommunications and Professional Services industries, Michelle has a well-established capability for driving business performance through people, and knows what it takes to recruit and lead large teams.

Michelle began her career in retail in recruitment, where she went on to hold a number of senior management HR positions within the Wesfarmers group – Myer and Kmart. Within these roles, Michelle developed vast experience managing large-scale central recruitment and talent acquisition programs. After a period consulting in her own HR business, she returned to retail, this time in franchising as the GM of People for Bakers Delight. Her passion for retail department stores led her to her last corporate role at Target, leading the HR operation for the stores division before returning to consulting.

Michelle has gained a reputation for providing insightful advice to HR teams and senior management on the design, delivery and integration of people strategies and solutions aligned to business needs. Having previously run her own business, Michelle understands and knows how to be pragmatic and commercial in delivering great results.

Michelle holds Post Graduate Diplomas in IR/ER from Monash University and in Management & Leadership from RMIT. A social being, she follows the Melbourne Storm and enjoys trying all the latest food and cocktail venues, loves yoga and meditation, travelling the globe and is a regular attendee at motorsport and horseracing events.

Andrew Steele

Andrew Steele

Partner

As a Partner in our Auckland office, Andrew brings more than 30 years of senior Human Resource experience in executive and consulting roles in New Zealand and Australia. Andrew has built a successful career in providing customer and human centric solutions across a diverse range of organisations.

Andrew’s skills have been built up by working with a diverse range of companies, including Spark NZ, Fonterra, Suncorp, QSuper and Genesis Energy, undertaking key commercial and people leadership roles for these companies and in running his own Brisbane-based consulting company. Andrew has been key in guiding organisations through significant change driven by disruption, and industry transformation. Andrew has specialist knowledge in talent acquisition, remuneration, diversity, leadership development and cultural change, and has led IT/Digital, Health and Safety, Strategic Sourcing, and Property functions.

Andrew is fascinated by the future of work and the role of people in this future environment. He is an avid reader of the latest theories and trends in business and is always willing to share this thinking. Andrew brings commercial nous along with pragmatic advice to create forward thinking solutions to today’s changing business situations.

Andrew is well regarded by his peers and has a reputation as a mentor and coach to many. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Otago. Andrew is married with two teenage children based in Auckland. Andrew enjoys working with passionate and diverse thinking people and is known as a good socialiser.

Peter Neil

Peter Neil

Partner

As a Partner in our Canberra office, Peter brings with him an eclectic background in organisational development, senior roles in the military, import/distribution, consulting and general management. With a passion for helping individuals and organisations to talent – attracting, selecting, developing and retaining talent.

Having started his career as a soldier before becoming an Army Psychologist, Peter built his skills in assessment, selection, performance management, organisational culture, counselling and coaching. Upon leaving the army, Peter worked in leading consulting businesses SMS and SHL (now CEB), establishing their Canberra office and later managing the Australian and Singapore consulting practices. This experience covered a range of interventions, but focused on objective assessment for selection, development and organisational development. Peter’s clients included world-class businesses including Rolls Royce, Chanel, HSBC, KPMG, NAB and Tesco.

Having been based in Canberra for a significant part of his career, Peter has developed a strong understanding of the challenges faced by public sector organisations, and has a strong track record in helping organisations with these challenges.

In addition to this, Peter plays an active role as Director in his family’s group of companies, which helps to ground him in the commercial reality of managing medium-sized businesses, and loves the strategic creativity involved in understanding the marketplace and helping companies anticipate and adapt to the constantly changing dynamics of distribution-based business.

Peter holds a Master of Arts in Psychology from the University of Sydney, an MBA from Central Queensland University and is a graduate of the Royal Military College Duntroon.

Married with grown children, Peter loves keeping fit in his spare time, walking the great Canberra countryside, has a passion for cooking and is vainly trying to teach himself Spanish.

Tom Jeffs

Tom Jeffs

Partner

As a Partner in our Melbourne office, Tom brings over 18 years of Talent Acquisition and Talent Consulting experience from both the UK and Australian markets to the table. As an authentic, pragmatic and outcome focused consultant, his experience and focus is on delivering highly effective talent acquisition and succession planning outcomes across multiple verticals and disciplines for market leading corporates.

Having started life teaching English in Milan, his career in Talent began in London in 1998 recruiting Finance contractors for major Investment Banks before moving to Australia and focusing on Sales and Marketing professionals within the FS, Utilities and Telco verticals and later leading a team focused on high volume IT contracting.  His Executive Search career began in 2007, establishing a local search division for a global recruitment company before moving to a highly-regarded boutique provider and building their CIO and Transformation Practice.

In 2012 Tom joined Telstra, where he helped develop an effective internal search and sourcing function for Telstra’s top 270 executive roles, as well as managing succession planning outcomes for those roles leveraging external insights and market intelligence, providing significant ROI and reducing reliance on external search providers. Prior to joining GTG, Tom spent three years as Client Solutions Director with a leading talent and leadership risk management consulting firm in Melbourne.

Whilst Tom is passionate about partnering with major corporates to solve their critical Talent Acquisition, Management and Development challenges, he tends to focus on his other passions out of work which include food and wine (eating and drinking a lot basically), cooking (badly), travelling, reading rock-music biographies and following Aston Villa FC, who have provided him with little to no satisfaction for the last 15 years.

Taryn Mazurkiewicz

Taryn Mazurkiewicz

Practice Manager

As Practice Manager, Taryn takes responsibility of resource planning, scheduling and coordinating Generator Talent Group’s work activities across our group of offices and ever expanding team.
Having developed her customer service skills in hospitality early in her career, Taryn has spent the past decade in a member-based organisation, supporting busy executives and teams to deliver amazing programs and projects to their members. With a passion for understanding the business operations of the executives she’s supporting, Taryn is well regarded as a professional, astute and organised executive assistant who provides strong forward-planning and project management skills, as well as an adeptness of time management of not just herself, but the timeline management of those she supports.

Taryn brings amazing organisation skills and focus to the team, having over 10 years’ experience supporting C-Suite executives in executive administration roles. Experienced in managing conflicting deadlines and liaising with a magnitude of stakeholders, she supports the team to deliver outstanding work to our clients. Taryn’s ability to be across the many tasks and activities that require efficient and effective coordination, and strong skills in the development and delivery of high standards of documentation is our secret weapon to delivering timely and effective results to our clients.

When she’s not juggling work activities or chasing up deadlines, Taryn enjoys spending time with her busy family and indulging in shopping and champagne.

Emma Honeybone

Emma Honeybone

Research Consultant

Emma is a Research Consultant, based in our Auckland office. She has broad and deep experience recruiting senior executives across various industries, within corporate and consulting environments.
Emma’s career started in marketing within the publishing industry, both in New Zealand and the UK. Upon returning to New Zealand, she commenced her recruitment career with a large global organisation, before joining a boutique consultancy, where she specialised in the Finance, Accounting and Banking sectors. In this role she worked extensively with professionals returning or relocating to the NZ market after working offshore.

Emma then took some time out from agency recruitment to work in internal and RPO environments within large corporates as part of Korn Ferry/Futurestep, which further developed her commercial focus and ability to provide insightful and valuable advice to all stages of the recruitment process. During this time, she also held a training role with a focus on developing consulting skills in onsite corporate recruiters in Australia and New Zealand.

Emma is passionate about identifying and securing the highest calibre talent, and the impact that has on business performance. She prides herself on her ability to partner with and understand the needs of both her clients and candidates alike with a professional and dedicated approach. When Emma is not at work she is kept busy with her two children, and you’ll likely find her doing something outdoorsy or cooking a meal for family and friends.

Regzana Payne

Regzana Payne

Research Consultant

Regzana is a Research Consultant, based in our Melbourne office. She has experience in corporate recruitment for high profile retail and consumer products organisations. Drawing on perspective gained from living and working in London, Ho Chi Minh City and exchange studies in Syria, she thrives in environments requiring outstanding relationships, and is passionate about partnering with business leaders to produce real talent outcomes that benefit both the candidates and the teams in which they are placed.

Before joining Generator Talent, Regzana worked in talent sourcing, research and recruitment in a number of corporate organisations, including Target, Ashai-Schweppes, Simplot and the Just Group. These experiences in sourcing talent across all functions and varied industries have developed her first-rate research and talent acquisition skills, which she brings to the fore to advantage our clients.

Regzana loves working with others to achieve excellence; finding it provides priceless insights into people, their organisations and what they stand for. She is passionate about leveraging her experience from her corporate and consulting roles to help other organisations in their search for talent and expertise.
Regzana is a mad CrossFit fan, keen traveller and amazing Mum, and can often be found creating and executing some amazing recipes as she’s a fan of great cooking and food.

Brennan Petersen

Brennan Petersen

Research Consultant

Brennan is a Research Consultant, based in our Sydney office. With a flexible and pragmatic approach, Brennan provides project and research support to our Partners, making the magic happen behind the scenes and getting things done at lightning speed.

Experienced in Retail, FMCG, Technology and Financial Services, Brennan supports our Partners and clients to deliver outcomes in HR, Recruitment and Management Consulting. Having worked with Generator Talent for the past five years, Brennan has developed a breadth of experience across all parts of our business. Whilst a key member of our outstanding research team, Brennan is also heavily involved in our Talent Assessment work, particularly in psychometric testing and data analysis, having worked on a substantial number of key talent assessment programs.

A research guru, she leaves no stone unturned to find the very best talent for our clients, leveraging her capability and determination to discover great candidates for amazing opportunities.
Brennan is passionate about health and nutrition and has fast become the driving force in our office to keep us fit and healthy. A devotee of music and culture, she is also our resident foodie and keeps us up-to-date on all the great places to visit.

Rachel Brown

Rachel Brown

Research Consultant

Rachel is a Research Consultant, based in Christchurch. Rachel has over 10 years’ experience in agency recruitment in the Christchurch, Wellington, Sydney and UK markets. Most recently and for over 5 years, she has been a specialist ICT agency recruiter, including establishing her own boutique recruitment agency. Central to her success has been Rachel’s diligence in researching and selection of the right talent. This has increasingly been recognised as her specialist skill and something Rachel keenly enjoys.

With a diverse background across many sectors including pharmaceuticals, medical devices, recruitment, insurance, and media, Rachel has worked as an Account Manager, Sales Manager, Marketing Manager, company owner and Recruiter. Christchurch is her home town, and with the tragic earthquake events of 2011, she decided to return home. In 2006, Rachel’s mother passed away from Ovarian Cancer, prompting her and her sister to found the New Zealand Gynaecological Cancer Foundation (NZGCF) to educate and support women and their families. Rachel remains committed to this cause and runs a support group for women with ovarian cancer.

Rachel is particularly interested in high performing teams and cultural fit and what this means for the individual both in terms of career and overall life satisfaction, and for the organisation in terms of performance and retention. Rachel and her partner are very keen boaties and cruise the Marlborough Sounds every chance they get. They have a lifestyle property, and love being outdoors with their two Fox Terriers (terrors), Dotti and Wilson.

Felicity Rissetto

Felicity Rissetto

Research Consultant

Felicity is a Research Consultant, based in our Auckland office. She has experience in recruiting and talent acquisition across all sectors for some of New Zealand’s largest corporate enterprises.

Felicity’s recruiting career initially started in the IT sector in an agency environment, before jumping the fence to internal recruitment at Telecom NZ. She initially joined Telecom as part of the onsite Korn/Ferry Futurestep team, but became a direct Telecom employee when Telecom brought the team in-house. Her next move was a resourcing consultant position at KPMG, before a project consultant recruitment position at Gen-i, through her employer Futurestep. As the sole recruiter here, she had the important task of supporting the HR team move to a business unit specific recruitment model.

Felicity then had the opportunity to further her expertise in talent acquisition at multinational insurance company IAG for a period, before taking maternity leave and welcoming her second son into the world. During the time between the arrival of her third son, Felicity worked in a number of different talent consulting positions for a range of small businesses in New Zealand, helping their clients find and secure the very best talent available.

She is passionate about changing lives and believes that changing your job can dramatically impact your life, so it’s essential to get that fit right – and loves to help people find that right fit. Felicity enjoys analysing and understanding human behaviour and the drivers for success through psychometric profiling. She prides herself on her ability to leverage her prior corporate consulting experience to identify and align candidates and clients to achieve success and effectively drive business performance.

Felicity is a health and wellness enthusiast who loves creating healthy food for her family and friends, and other willing participants. A real fan of the outdoors, you’re likely to find her hiking or foraging in the bush with her three young sons, husband and dog Jed.

Taylor Petersen

Taylor Petersen

Research Consultant

Taylor is a Research Consultant, based in our Sydney office. With a passion for all things digital and a Bachelor of Commerce from University of Canberra, Taylor loves to help fast moving businesses to grow with stability and speed by applying his education and consulting experience to implement practical and innovative solutions.

After initially working in procurement and warehouse management whilst studying, Taylor did a season at Perisher before joining Generator Talent in 2015 as an Associate. Taylor’s thirst for learning has seen him involved in a vast array of client work, and he has quickly become one of our stellar research team.

A research guru, he leaves no stone unturned to find the very best talent for our clients, and has led the research for a number of our key search assignments. Clients and candidates enjoy Taylor’s friendly nature and enthusiasm for finding talent solutions that match both the needs of the individual and the organisation.

Taylor is passionate about travel, having visited three continents and almost as many countries as his number of years, and loves exploring in nature – whether it be camping, rock climbing or fishing. He’s a keen snow boarder and keeps fit year round skateboarding and boxing.