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Leadership Team

Kate Coath

Kate Coath

Chief Executive Officer

Kate Coath was appointed to the role of Chief Executive Officer in February 2022 and follows her successful tenure as DFP’s Chief Operating Officer since 2010. With over 25 years in the recruitment industry, Kate has held a variety of executive roles including General Man...

Cheryl Richardson

Cheryl Richardson

Chief Financial Officer

Cheryl Richardson has over 20 years experience as a finance professional across a variety of industries including manufacturing, distribution and FMCG. She has worked in the recruitment industry for 9 years and has held a variety of roles including Finance Shared Services, Project Mana...

Catherine Hair

Catherine Hair

National Payroll Manager

Catherine Hair was appointed National Payroll Manager for DFP in 2004. She possesses over 20 years experience, holds a Diploma in Management and has undertaken various courses in New Zealand and the United Kingdom. Catherine manages the payroll department, exercises responsibility for OH&am...

Athena Iliades

Athena Iliades

Manager - People and Performance

Athena Iliades commenced with DFP in June 2010 and has over 17 years experience in the recruitment industry. Her experience includes senior management and operations roles. She holds a Bachelor of Behavioural Science degree and Graduate Diploma in Psychology. As the Manager–People and Perfo...

Emma Pearce

Emma Pearce

Division Manager - Victoria

Emma Pearce has been working with DFP as the Division Manager since 2010. She holds a Diploma in Management and a Certificate IV in Operational Procedures and Sales. Emma’s experience extends over 13 years and covers industry sectors such as government, utilities, contact centre, banking an...

Jane Artico

Jane Artico

Manager - National Client Relationships

​Jane Artico has been with DFP for over 15 years and is currently the Manager — National Client Relationships. She holds a Bachelor of Business Management and Bachelor of Arts. Jane has managed key corporate and government accounts and has overseen and undertaken the facilitation of ...

Petina Sharvin

Petina Sharvin

Branch Manager - Karratha & Port Hedland

Petina Sharvin commenced with DFP as Branch Manager Karratha in 2011. She holds a Diploma in Human Resources and a Certificate IV in Business Administration. Petina has over 8 years experience in the recruitment of temporary, permanent and contract positions for industrial, technical, blue ...

Tom Hatch

Tom Hatch

Manager - National and Strategic Sales

Tom Hatch was appointed Manager–National and Strategic Sales in 2009. He holds a Bachelor of Arts, Postgraduate Diploma in Business Management and a Masters in Business Leadership. Tom has over 16 years experience within the recruitment industry in operational and both state and national ma...

Hilary Pakeman-Lester

Hilary Pakeman-Lester

State Manager - Queensland

Hilary Pakeman-Lester commenced with DFP in August 2014, bringing with her 19 years of experience in recruitment. Hilary has extensive experience recruiting and managing teams within Business Support and Specialist disciplines, across various industries including Professional Services, Gove...

Adam Calway

Adam Calway

Branch Manager - Canberra

​Adam Calway is the Manager of the Canberra team. He joined DFP in 2021 and has 15 years of recruitment experience in Canberra and London, with the last 6 years being responsible for managing recruitment operations in the ACT. Adam holds a Bachelor of Science in Accountancy and Law and is p...

Angie Vaughan

Angie Vaughan

State Manager - South Australia/Northern Territory

Angie Vaughan, State Manager South Australia/Northern Territory, has over 20 years experience specialising in recruitment and organisational effectiveness. She holds a Diploma in Management. Angie transitioned to DFP following DFP’s acquisition of Prime Commercial Placements in Adelaide in ...

Tawna Kinnear

Tawna Kinnear

Branch Manager - Broome

Tawna is a Branch Manager in our Kimberley regional team. She has 8 years of experience in Recruitment and 10 years experience office administration. Tawna is known for her ability to connect with people from all walks of life and her organisation skills. Tawna has a passion for providing s...

Sam Pack

Sam Pack

Branch Manager - Mulgrave

Samantha Pack is a Branch Manager in our Mulgrave team. She has 13 years of experience in Recruitment and 5 years experience in managing a recruitment team.   Sam is skilled in building strong relationships with her clients and prides herself on her ability to provide exceptional ...

Shelley Stuart

Shelley Stuart

Digital Community Manager

Shelley Stuart joined DFP in January 2017. She has over 15 years experience in Business Marketing and Communications working in various industries internationally. She brings a diverse set of skills with an educational background in Marketing and Visual Design and been part of the exciting ...

Sarah Toohey

Sarah Toohey

Branch Manager - Perth

​Sarah Toohey is a Team Leader  in our Perth team. She has 10  years of experience in  Recruitment. Sarah provides a commitment  to her clients and candidates to ensure they experience exceptional customer service.  She  loves building relationships and working...

Jenny Smallwood

Jenny Smallwood

Branch Manager - Adelaide

​Jenny is the Branch Manager for the Adelaide team. She has 12 years of experience in the Recruitment industry across Queensland and South Australia. Over these 12 years, she has experienced recruiting within the Government, Professional Services and Administrative Services, looking after both Temporary, Permanent and project recruitment serv...