Future Proof Your Business: Strategic Acquisition in Challenging Times


From retail and hospitality to care industries, employers across multiple sectors are still struggling with acute talent shortages. With rapidly changing employee expectations, advancements in technology and shifting workplace dynamics, it's never been more important to take a strategic approach to hiring talent.

Whether it's identifying short- and long-term talent needs and the skills required to ensure ongoing business success, or rethinking recruitment channels and broadening your talent pool, there are valuable steps your business can take to position itself as an employer of choice.

In this webinar, we'll explore:

  • Whether hiring for attitude and training for skills is a viable approach

  • Why embedding a DEIB mindset into any talent acquisition program is essential

  • What candidates - and employees - want from you as their employer

  • The metrics and analytics you need to be tracking to ensure success


Del Rayson, Head of People and Culture, Harrier
Del is responsible for the design and execution of Harrier's People and Culture Strategy, as well as for partnering with executive leadership and Harrier's customer delivery teams to drive people and performance outcomes. As part of Harrier's consulting team, she has partnered with many of Harrier's customers on their talent acquisition and people and culture transformation projects. Del leads the internal function of talent acquisition for Harrier, and has also mobilised multiple outsourced talent acquisition functions across technology, mining and resources, utilities, health, aged and disability care, retail and government sectors. Solving talent acquisition challenges daily, Del is passionate about creating opportunities to thrive, and for providing an inclusive, safe and nurturing environment that celebrates individuality and team-work, as well as valuing the contribution each person makes towards the company's success.

Nicole Spencer, National Talent Acquisition Manager, The Reject Shop
Nicole is a dedicated and accomplished professional with an unwavering passion for people and talent. She embarked on her professional journey as a Talent Acquisition Specialist in healthcare, followed by roles in FMCG and retail. One of Nicole's greatest strengths lies in her ability to think outside the box. From leveraging social media platforms and talent pipelines to implementing AI-driven recruitment tools, Nicole constantly seeks to optimise the hiring process. Nicole also makes diversity and inclusion integral components to her recruitment approach. She actively partners with various stakeholders to promote a culture of inclusivity, equality and mutual respect within the workplace.

Holly Barnes, Chief People Officer, Humanforce
Holly brings a wealth of experience across all facets of people and culture having worked in a variety of industries over the past 15 years. Before taking the Chief People Officer role at Humanforce, she was the Chief HR Officer at Vix Technology and Head of People and Culture at Moodle, a learning development platform. Holly is passionate about transforming traditional approaches to managing people. Focusing on values, the employee value proposition and leadership, she works to find innovative ways to mix things up in the people sphere while still driving business results.