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Mark Smith
managing director | +612 8270 9730

Commencing his career with Deloitte in the late 1980’s, Mark is a qualified Accountant. In 1994, he decided to make a career switch to the recruitment industry. During his early recruitment career with two listed recruitment entities, Mark recruited and managed teams in both temporary and permanent disciplines, in the Sydney, Brisbane and London markets. In February 2005, Mark established people2people with Manda Milling and Simon Gressier. Mark is a Certified Practising Accountant (CPA), a member of the Recruitment & Consulting Services Association (MRCSA) and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (MAICD). (more…)

Simon Gressier
accounting & finance recruitment | +612 8270 9710

Graduating from Macquarie University in 1986 with a BA, Llb. Simon has successfully undertaken postgraduate studies in finance and spent eight years with the CBA in their financial markets. In 1994, Simon joined the recruitment industry and has specialised in the recruitment of permanent accounting personnel throughout Sydney. In 2005, he jointly established people2people with Mark Smith, Manda Milling and Greg Savage. Simon is based in people2people’s Chatswood office.


Manda Milling
company secretary | +612 8270 9765

Manda began her accounting career in 1988 with Carpenter Owens (now Pitcher Partners) completing her B. Bus (Accounting and Business Law). In 1994, she joined the recruitment industry and for 10 years recruited permanent accounting staff and managed the accounting recruitment team. Manda managed and established the permanent business support division with people2people upon inception in 2005. Working with Mark Smith, Simon Gressier and Greg Savage since 1994, Manda is a joint founder of people2people and manages the people2people group’s company secretarial obligations and any JP requirements. (more…)

Greg Savage

Greg is the founder of leading recruitment companies people2people, Firebrand Talent Search, and Recruitment Solutions. He is an established global leader of the recruitment industry and a regular keynote speaker worldwide. Greg provides specialised advice for Recruitment, Professional Services & Social Media companies. (more…)

Catherine Kennedy
manager, western sydney | +612 8270 9755

With 10 years’ experience in the recruitment sector, Catherine is a permanent recruitment specialist with extensive experience recruiting roles in sales and marketing, business support, human resources, and customer service. She has twice been the recipient of both the ‘outstanding client service award’, and  ‘highest billing permanent consultant award’ at people2people. She holds a Graduate Diploma of Human Resource Management from Charles Sturt University and a Professional Diploma in Human Resources from the Australian Human Resources Institute. In December 2015, Catherine became the Manager of Western Sydney and is focused on partnering with businesses in the Western Sydney region.


Liz Jones
manager, major accounts | +612 8270 9745

Liz joined the recruitment industry in 2006 and joined people2people in 2010 to assist with building business in Western Sydney. With expertise in project and bulk recruitment, Liz moved into the role of Major Accounts Management in 2015.
As Major Accounts Manager, Liz manages a portfolio of key accounts with large contingent workforces; ensuring SLA’s are consistently being met and expectations exceeded. Liz specialises in contractor management outsourcing (CMO), Managed Services (MSP), workforce management & engagement, client relationship management, contracts negotiation, project management, workforce planning and coordination & solution selling. (more…)

Kirsten Garrett
manager, accounting & finance recruitment | +612 8270 9720

Kirsten, having enjoyed a working relationship since 1999 with the directors of people2people, joined on people2people’s inception in February 2005. With twenty years’ recruitment experience, Kirsten specialises in the accounting and finance sector. Kirsten’s client are from a broad range of commercial and professional services businesses. (more…)

Shannon Barlow
manager, northern districts | +612 8244 1166

Shannon graduated from Otago University, NZ with a BA (Hons) in Psychology in 2002 and joined people2people in 2007, establishing her career in the Australian recruitment industry. Gaining excellent insights and knowledge of the Sydney accounting recruitment market, Shannon then diversified her experience in 2010, managing people2people’s RPO division, onsiite, where she was responsible for the account management team, together with ensuring the consistent delivery of service level agreements with existing clients and promoting the business development of onsiite services. In December 2014, Shannon commenced the new phase of her career, managing and developing people2people’s Chatswood division, providing recruitment services for organisations and job seekers in Sydney’s Northern Suburbs. (more…)

Nicola Sparkes
manager, legal | +612 8270 9711

Nicola has extensive legal recruitment experience gained both in Sydney and London. Establishing her career with a prominent Legal recruiter in London for eight years, Nicola moved to Sydney to open their Sydney office in 2000. In September 2008 Nicola, as a mother of two, moved to people2people to take advantage of the family friendly policies and excellent reputation within the marketplace. Specialising in legal staff, Nicola works with law firms ranging from top tier to boutique and in house.


Francesca Arcuri
manager, major accounts | +612 8270 9790

Completing formal marketing qualifications from the Institute of Technology, Francesca joined the recruitment industry in the late 1980s after five years in a product marketing role within the FMCG industry. After managing a substantial accounting recruitment business in Chatswood for an international organisation, she then transferred her skills into the business support sector and continued to grow her clientele. In 1998, Francesca moved to Melbourne to further develop her career for three years before leaping into motherhood and moved to live in Italy and also worked in London. Francesca returned to Australia in 2009, and, having worked with and known the people2people directors since 1994, she re-joined them to develop clients in the northern suburbs, where she managed a team of experienced specialist consultants in the Chatswood office. Francesca has recently been promoted to manage onsiite, the RPO business of people2people and develop major accounts.