Meet some of the team

Bright People are made up of a team of trusted professionals. They are pragmatic, experienced and flexible. These characteristics, coupled with our commitment to deliver results, enables us to find sustainable, strategic solutions which unlock value in your business.  Based on your needs we have the capability and capacity to lead the initiative, support the initiative, and deliver the initiative. 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, maximising the health and performance of their organisation.

Known as the ‘organisational physician’, 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.  Ryan has a significant track record in delivering value 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.

Dee Zabel
HR Officer
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.

Jaculin Jones
People & Performance Partner
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.

Leo Bowers
People & Performance Partner
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.

Grant Harrison
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
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).