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 Development Operational HR Talent Management

Monique is an experienced and qualified capability and talent professional known for her 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 acquisition and talent management 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
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
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
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
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.

Geoff Woodcroft
Change Management Executive Coaching Strategic HR

Geoff is a highly experienced and pragmatic Human Resources practitioner and accredited Executive Coach with a track record of coaching leaders to develop the necessary capability to engage teams and navigate change. He is an accomplished senior HR practitioner and is recognised as a functional expert and trusted advisor at the C Suite and Board level. His career history has included senior executive and C Suite roles in Australian and Global companies, across a wide range of industry sectors including Mining, Aerospace, Retail, Telecommunications and State and Local Government.

Geoff has managed large scale change programs and has led successful company-wide organisational reviews and restructures. He is recognised for having transformed HR functions into highly performing business partners, providing valued services and specialist expertise.   As a coach, Geoff draws on his extensive experience in the field of leadership development, change management and his business expertise, to assist leaders to achieve their business outcomes and maximise their leadership competencies. He believes that the quality of leadership directly contributes to creating a culture that can be a unique competitive advantage, driving exceptional business performance.

Geoff holds a Master of Leadership, Bachelor of Business (HR and Marketing) and a Graduate Certificate in Leadership and Change. 

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).