Meet the team

Meet our team and discover more about their expertise

Meet the Businessary team! Annabel Rees is the Managing Director and also heads up the business strategy and advisory practice. Lauren McCleery runs the Businessary HR division while Melissa Montang, Avelyn Mellington and Kirk Beard deliver digital marketing solutions. In addition, Businessary has a team of ‘pitch hitting’ experts on call as required. Find out more below!

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

Annabel Rees, Businessary, Business strategy, HR solutions, Digital marketing

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 more recently led a successful turnaround of the largest region of a national insurance broking business. Her expertise lies in business strategy, translating digital marketing solutions into real business outcomes and strategic people management. She is the ‘go to’ person of many corporate CEOs for advice sharing a signature practical commercial approach to business advice. A highly educated and ‘insanely competitive’ psychologist and Harvard graduate her extensive experience makes her a popular trusted HR advisor.

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Lauren McCleery | HR Manager
B.Soc.Sc, MAHRI.

Lauren McCleery

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.

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Jason Burns | Head of Talent Acquisition & Employer Branding

recruitment, businessary, melbourne, talent acquisition, head hunter, employer brand, employee value proposition

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.

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Melissa Montang | Head of Marketing and Communications
B.Sc (Psych.).

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Melissa has more than 10 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.

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Avelyn Mellington | Marketing Consultant
B.Bus (Marketing).

Avelyn is a digital marketing consultant with expertise in SEO consulting, Google Adwords Consultant and Facebook advertising. She has more than six years of experience working with a number of small to medium businesses within the APAC region, giving her a diverse skillset to deliver the right digital solution to each unique customer. With a passion for digital marketing, sales and business development, Avelyn’s strong focus is on return on investment by engaging and growing audiences and creating tailor-made ads to generate leads.

She believes that having a great business is not enough, you also need the right marketing strategy to create a winning formula.

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Kirk Beard | Web Developer

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.

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Team of experts

In addition, Businessary has a team of ‘pitch hitting’ experts on call as required.

These include expertise in:

  • learning and development
  • business advisory
  • communication and social media
  • content writing, public relations and media
  • health safety and well-being
  • legal/ER expertise
  • change and project management specialists
  • search recruitment partners
  • financial management experts