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Our people

Meet our team of experts and discover more about what they have to offer you.

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, Businessary

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.

Lauren McCleery, HR Manager

Lauren McCleery

HR Manager

B.Soc.Sc, MAHRI.

Lauren is a determined HR professional with experience both nationally and internationally  through her employment in the UK.

Lauren brings a refreshingly direct and practical approach to HR advice and her attention to detail engenders real confidence by all her stakeholders. Lauren has worked across a variety of sectors include the finance, manufacturing, professional services, transport and insurance broking.

A well qualified HR professional with additional  psychometric assessment qualifications and HR  memberships ensures that Lauren delivers empirically sound advice and solutions.

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, recruitment

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 the Businessary HQ office.

Melissa Montang, marketing, digital marketing, communications

Melissa Montang

Head of Marketing & Communications

B.Sc (Psych.).

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.

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

Kirk Beard

Web Developer

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.