After holding numerous high-level corporate roles, Annabel wanted to make a real difference by providing business expertise typically only available to large businesses and making it readily accessible to small and medium businesses.

Employing the diverse knowledge, experience and expertise gathered over many years consulting and leading businesses in the corporate realm, the team at Businessary is excited to transform the fortunes of other businesses. Our approach is to work with you to tailor plans and strategies to build your business and brand through our holistic approach to all things necessary for business.

Our experts

Annabel Rees - business advisory

Annabel Rees, Managing Director & CEO

M.Psych(C’lling); B.Sc(Hons); Grad.Dip.Aud.; Grad.Dip.Mgmt (HR); MAPS; AICD; CAHRI.

Applying a unique combination of a business and people lens, Annabel is a commercially astute leader with a track record of leading and growing successful businesses. She has transformed several people management businesses and led a successful turnaround of the largest region of a national insurance broking business.

A highly educated and ‘insanely competitive’ psychologist and Harvard graduate, Annabel’s expertise lies in creating business strategy that translates into real business outcomes, making her many CEOs ‘go to’ person for her signature practical and commercial approach to business advice.

Jason Burns, Recruitment, EVP

Jason Burns,
Head of Talent Acquisition & EVP


With considerable experience in recruitment strategy, business partnering, market mapping,  employer branding and talent acquisition, Jason brings unparalleled expertise and  capability to the people space. He’s successfully completed numerous challenging executive search assignments both nationally and internationally, as well as managed centralised national recruitment functions across insurance,  tech and travel industries.

Jason is now a sought after consultant to help businesses improve the way they hire, from sourcing strategies,  to EVP/employer branding and recruitment technology. 


Sarah Jackson-Ambrose,
Operations Manager

Sarah’s background as an Operations Manager, Project Coordinator, Recruitment Consultant and Executive Assistant has been gathered in a number of industries including insurance, consulting and government. 

In addition to leveraging her experience in HR and recruitment for the benefits of our clients, Sarah helps keep the Businessary team focused and on-track and assists our clients with any queries they may have.

Sarah manages client queries, accounts and invoicing, projects, systems and processes, and the daily running of Businessary HQ.

Lana Rajšić,
Principal HR Manager


Lana brings 17+ years of experience in various HR roles across diverse industries including not-for-profit, engineering, tertiary, financial services, retail, and logistics. Lana combines her expertise in strategy development, employee engagement, workforce planning, process and policy improvement, industrial and employee relations, and performance management to help companies enhance their employee lifecycle. Throughout her career, Lana has successfully established HR functions in greenfield environments and implemented new HR service delivery models. She is deeply committed to partnering with organisations to drive positive change.

Kurt Eilersen,
Senior Talent Solutions Partner


A leader within the Talent Acquisition function who has designed the end-to-end recruitment strategy and experience, scaling some of largest and well known ASX listed and private companies throughout APAC. A subject matter expert within information technology and digital domain, Kurt has recruited for multimillion dollar technology programs of work. 

Kurt brings a wealth of knowledge on current market conditions, providing a data driven approach on growing and maintaining the absolute best talent in market among hard to fill/candidate short markets. The cornerstone of Kurt’s success to date has been on developing profound relationships with his stakeholders and identifying how best to add value to their overall business objectives.

Steph Chara,
HR & Recruitment Consultant

Stephanie is an extremely dedicated and passionate human resources, culture, and recruitment professional with an outstanding awareness of the talent market.

Steph has high emotional intelligence, professionalism and entrepreneurial spirit, which shines through her delivery of development programs and process improvements. She’s dedicated to executing on requirements and has a strong focus on continuous improvement for her clients.

With a successful background working across both enterprises and start ups; Steph is commercially minded in her processes and delivery, whilst upholding absolute care for her clients, co-workers and industry colleagues.

Rachel Kidd

Rachel Kidd,
Talent Acquisition Consultant

Rachel has been working within HR, Talent and Recruitment for over a decade. She has experience within the legal and technology industries, across both internal and agency recruitment in London and Melbourne. Most recently she has specialised in recruiting IT roles for a range of clients.

As a Talent Acquisition Consultant, Rachel’s role is to source and place the top talent for our clients in line with the recruitment strategy that we provide.

Bianca Nisbet,
HR & Marketing Coordinator

BBus (Marketing)

Focusing on Human Resources and Marketing during her studies, Bianca has a passion for all things Businessary.

As Businessary’s HR and Marketing Coordinator, Bianca assists in the smooth running of day-to-day operations by assisting the team with projects. Her background in compliance means that Bianca is always looking for solutions to problems that arise. Combining her background in compliance and education, she supports the team with various projects to help deliver high quality outputs for clients.

Melissa Montang, marketing, digital marketing, communications

Melissa Montang, Head of Marketing & Communications


Melissa has more than 15 years of experience in marketing and communications consulting, spanning insurance, retail and FMCG in Switzerland, the USA and Australia.

Her expertise lies in creating a marketing and communications strategy aligned with business objectives to achieve growth.

Melissa is a firm believer that you don’t need a big marketing budget to be a successful business, and is passionate about using creative content and digital marketing channels to prove it.

Steven Mallows, Digital Marketing Consultant

Steven Mallows, Digital Marketing Consultant

M. Bus (eCom), B. Com(marketing), GradCert(Comp)

Steven has 20+ years of marketing and digital experience working in many industries, from energy, technology, financial and professional services to consumer products.

His expertise lies in planning and the end-to-end customer journey. He is a strong proponent of evidence-based marketing and using insights to get the most out of a marketing budget.

He thrives on a challenge and can formulate a creative solution that addresses any problem head-on.


Sumita Koshy, Marketing Consultant

Sumita has more than 10 years of experience in digital marketing, brand marketing and communications. She’s worked across various industries including banking, oil and gas, insurance, retail and FMCG in UAE, NZ and Australia.

Her expertise lies in design, digital marketing, SEO/SEM research, analytics, advertising across social media and Google – anything that enables her to help explore the best possible options for your business to achieve growth.

A well-earned jack of all trades in marketing, Sumi is passionate about going the extra mile to ensure client satisfaction and is famous for her expediency and efficiency. 

Kelly Tan, Marketing

B.Multimedia(Business Marketing)

Kelly has more than 10 years of experience in marketing, social media, and copywriting. She’s worked across various industries including FMCG, professional services, and small businesses across Australia, United States, United Kingdom, Canada and Asia.

Her expertise is in creating relevant and engaging content and copy. Through her diverse knowledge, she has created online marketing strategies that achieved business growth.

Kelly is passionate about helping businesses market their business online through digital channels.

Kirk Beard, web developer, web design, web hosting, seo

Kirk Beard,

Kirk is a full stack developer who has worked in the web industry for over 15 years.

He specialises in open source frameworks and content management systems such
as WordPress, Drupal, Laravel, CodeIgniter, and many more.

Combining his diverse skill set and thirst for knowledge, he can take ideas from conception to delivery, throughout the planning, design, development and deployment phases of a website. His excellent communication, time management and discipline ensure that websites are delivered on time and on budget.

Jonathan Beach, brand, graphic design

Jonathan Beach, Senior Brand Designer

M.Des (Design), BA Hons (Design).

With a 25 year career spanning numerous companies and industries, across the UK, Europe and Australia, Jonathan is an identity specialist that transforms businesses through design.

Jonathan believes that every good job starts with a good problem. How to reflect a cutting-edge business, a passionate charity, trusted financial partner, or a start-up business eager to be different. He creates new brands and offers print and digital graphic design.

Jonathan will discover and create a distinctive and compelling identity for your business and bring it to life.

Alexandrea Farha, Digital Marketing Consultant

Alex is a passionate creative, with a love for people and marketing. She is a great relationship builder, and bridges the gap between recruitment and brand awareness.

With five years across recruitment in both an agency and internal fortune 500 environment, Alex has cultivated a true knack for building brands that clearly communicate their value proposition, and attracting the very best talent.

Alex is an entrepreneur at heart, and is incredibly passionate about personal growth, mindset, and facilitating change.

Her skillset focuses on enabling businesses to execute their EVP strategy to ensure long term sustainable results.