Meet some of the team

Bright People are a team of real-world practitioners with years of global experience delivering tangible value across a variety of industries in both public and private sector organisations.

Our clients benefit from our network and ability to assemble the right capability for each engagement. We are pragmatic, experienced and flexible and scale to meet your requirements.

Let us introduce you to some of the team…

Ryan Bright
Executive Director
Change Management Facilitation Leadership Strategic HR

Bright People’s Executive Director, Ryan Bright, is an accomplished business management practitioner who works with leaders to maximise their investment in people, improving the health and performance of their organisation.  Ryan is an expert in strategic HR, leadership and management.  He has a track record of delivering results with a focus on linking business outcomes to pragmatic people strategy.  Ryan has held senior executive appointments in global organisations where he has managed people, innovation and change for some of the world’s most highly regarded companies within mining, government, aerospace, manufacturing, retail, and logistics.

Ryan brings a commercial approach to aligning the business and people strategies to bring about breakthrough performance. He thrives on helping people reach their potential and harnessing this to support the delivery of business benefits.    

Ryan has been recognised as a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management and has been awarded a Bachelor of Business (Management) and Masters of Leadership (HRM).

Monique Purcell
Capability & Talent Lead
Capability Development Operational HR Talent Management

Monique is an experienced and qualified capability and talent professional with an incredible ability to build rapport with clients and candidates alike, supporting the process of expertly matching people and opportunities.

Monique brings extensive experience including delivering support across mining, childcare, and community services where she has built a reputation as being a talent leader and champion.  Monique has helped organisations build talent, become increasingly diverse and inclusive, and improve organisational performance by supporting talent management efforts to retain and develop the organisations’ capability from graduate to executive level.

Monique has a demonstrated ability to add value in process improvement, fit-for-purpose talent solutions, as well as developing and implementing training and development in efforts to build capability at both a functional and organisational level.

Monique is our in-house LinkedIn Recruiter expert and holds a Bachelor of Behavioural Science, Psychology.

Leo Bowers
Principal Advisor
Operational HR Reporting & Analytics Strategic HR

Leo brings extensive HR experience gained globally in large mining and heavy industry companies along with a strong reputation for successfully contributing to the achievement of business objectives by translating business needs and context into a HR strategy.

Leo’s commercial awareness, inquisitive and analytical approach and passion for simplifying the complex to drive outcomes allows him to thrive in ambiguous organisational environments.

Leo has worked directly with leaders from board level senior executive to the frontline and has held senior roles leading HR and Health & Safety functions, driving international restructure and change efforts as well as HRIS implementations and HRBP functional designs.

Leo has experience working in Australia, Central Asia and North America and holds a degree in Psychology as well as a Masters of Commerce.

Dee Zabel
HR Advisor
Operational HR Talent Management

Dee’s background has been mainly in the international and fast paced hospitality environment. She brings a range of knowledge and skills of all phases of the employee lifecycle, including the end-to-end recruitment, employee on-boarding & training, employee relations and HR administration.

Prior to starting her position with Bright People, Dee held various in-house HR positions, where her expertise and support was recognised by the management of some of Germany’s leading and well-known luxury hotels. She was responsible for large internal departments with up to 500 employees and regularly supported various departments and branches. Dee brings a positive can-do-attitude, great organisational and time management skills as well as a passion for excellent customer and candidate care.

Dee holds a Bachelors degree in Business Administration.

Belinda Richards
People Solutions Lead
Capability Development Talent Management

Belinda is an experienced capability and talent professional recognised for her ability to quickly build rapport and trust with clients and candidates alike. Belinda has extensive experience in leading and implementing efficient and innovative talent strategies and programmes that deliver to business needs across Industry – Commercial and Government.

Belinda has deep expertise in recruitment process review and improvement, use of social media to promote awareness of employee value proposition, strategic sourcing strategy design and delivery, talent mapping and pipelining (utilising LinkedIn Recruiter) and bulk recruitment strategy design. Belinda also specialises in a range of data driven solutions including talent assessment and predictive analytic tools.

Belinda has helped organisations source and retain their talent, while increasing attractiveness as an employer of choice, through focussing on the candidate experience and the commercial impact of getting it right.

Jaculin Jones
Principal Advisor
Leadership Operational HR Strategic HR

Jaculin is an experienced Leader and Human Resources practitioner recognised for bringing practical, innovative, and results focussed people solutions to deliver business outcomes.

Jaculin has a broad background and deep expertise, with a career spanning more than 15 years across line leadership and human resources.  Jaculin has partnered with well-known multinationals across a range of diverse industries including construction, manufacturing and design, pharmaceutical, communications and marketing, and not-for-profit.

Known for her focus on delivering effective, commercially sound and sustainable people solutions, Jaculin has an exceptional track record in delivering human resource strategy and driving continuous improvement across the full range of the HR spectrum with expertise including Culture and Change Management, Performance Management, Remuneration and Benefits, Leadership Development, Organisational Design, Industrial Relations and HR Project Management.

Jaculin has been awarded bachelor degrees in Psychology & Physiology, and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Mary-Ann Garden
Principal Advisor
Capability Development Organisational Development Organisational Effectiveness

Mary-Ann’s career spans over 20 years, working as an Organisational Psychologist across a variety of industries including mining and resources, transport, government and software engineering gaining deep expertise in capability development, talent acquisition, organisational development and organisational effectiveness.

Having worked in Australia and the UK, Mary-Ann has managed multiple large scale and global HR transition projects with many of her global roles requiring extensive periods of international travel.  Seasoned in the design of development programs, Mary-Ann is also a highly experienced program facilitator.

Mary-Ann is known for her ability to effectively plan and manage projects, her deep knowledge of organisational design principles, capability development techniques, talent acquisition practices plus her critical analysis skills which enable her to effectively support organisations to achieve their talent and capability goals.

Mary-Ann possesses a Masters in Organisational Psychology, Certificate IV in Workplace Training & Assessment, and is accredited in numerous job evaluation and psychometric assessment tools.

Gemma Stoddart
Senior Consultant
Organisation Design Project Management Strategy

Gemma brings significant experience across the Banking & Finance, Professional Services and Mining industry sectors where she has built a reputation as ‘a trusted set of hands’ who consistently delivers high quality outcomes for projects she has led, and the organisations that she has supported.

Having operated in strategic, project and operational capacities, Gemma has accrued extensive experience in organisational re-design and transformation, transition management to outsourced providers and offshore captives, talent management, change management, leadership of global teams as well as project and programme governance to board level.

Gemma’s broad expertise, curious nature and relentless pursuit of excellence, enables her to draw on best practice principles and combine them with practical experience to create targeted and pragmatic solutions.

Gemma has experience working in Australia, Malaysia and India and holds a bachelor’s degree with an extended major in Human Resource Management.

Grant Harrison
Associate
ER/IR Leadership Operational HR Strategic HR

Grant is an experienced and respected Human Resources leader with more than 30 years HR/ER experience gained in large blue-chip companies (Australian and global) and employer associations operating in the energy, mining, construction and engineering sectors.

Grant is a highly adaptable and credible leader, adept at developing and executing pragmatic HR strategies. Grant has a well-earned reputation for providing valuable strategic and operational advice in complex and dynamic environments, and a successful track record of converting strategy into action and improved business outcomes. Grant is passionate about delivering sustainable change through building individual and organisational capability.

Grant has held statutory Director positions and wider executive responsibilities, reflecting a depth of business understanding and an ability to integrate people and business strategies in a commercial way.    

Grant holds a Bachelor of Commerce, is a Fellow of the Australian Human Resources Institute and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Brianna Bright
Principal Advisor
Capability Development Education University Partnerships

Recognised as an inspiring and innovative leader in the field of education, Brianna brings a depth of experience in helping others reach their potential.  The combination of her practitioner experience in secondary school education, coupled with her leadership and mentoring pre service teachers at university, enhances her ability to add value to engagements involving developing and building capability. Brianna leads Bright Peoples’ industry engagement and partnerships with universities and research institute.

Brianna has extensive and practical experience within Education in Queensland, having worked in both the public and private school systems including rural and city locations. Brianna has also further developed her leadership skills and worked for her alma mater, the University of Queensland, as a facilitator and mentor for pre service teachers during their teaching practicums.

Brianna is interested in the value that an experienced mentor can bring to the longevity and career development of a graduate in industry and uses Vygotsky’s zone of proximal development (1978) to underpin the value of mentoring within a variety of contexts. Her other area of interest, which formed a major part of her studies within her Masters degree, is bullying and the impact this has on victims and perpetrators as students / family members / employees in our society.

Brianna’s holds formal qualifications in Education including a dual degree in Secondary Education and Arts (History and English) (2000) and a Masters in Educational Leadership (2011).