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  • Friday, 25 November 2016 12 00 pm
  • Friday, 25 November 2016 3 00 pm

RI Awards Hong Kong

The Recruitment International Hong Kong Awards 2016

Hall of Fame

Simon Childs

The Recruitment International,  Asia Hall of Fame Award in 2016 was presented to Simon Childs, who has built, sold and helped initiate several recruiting acquisitions across Asia.  Simon began his recruitment career in the mid 90’s in Tokyo, and later was recognised as a Business Week Top 100 Global Head-hunter. He co-founded the highly successful executive search business known as CDS; a business sold in December 2007 to Recruit Holdings - Japan and Asia’s largest recruiting and HR services business.  Simon subsequently helped Recruit Holdings acquire Bo Le Associates search and selection businesses in Asia, and also initiated two search business acquisitions in India  that were merged with existing RGF recruiting businesses he set up.  Simon is currently based in Hong Kong and supports Recruit’s International Recruitment Business,  known as RGF, as they look to strengthen their recruitment business in Asia and ultimately move into new markets.   

The Banking Recruitment Company of the Year

Morgan McKinley

The Creative and Digital Recruitment Company of the Year

Xpand Group

The Best Back Office Team of the Year 

Oliver James Associates

The Real Estate & Construction Recruitment Company of the Year

Command Recruitment

The Human Resources Recruitment Company of the Year

Chandler Macleod Group (Hong Kong)

The Executive Search Company of the Year

Oliver James Associates

The IT and Technology Recruitment Company of the Year

iKas Group

The Legal Recruitment Company of the Year

GRM Search

The Best Contract Recruitment Company of the Year

Kelly Services Hong Kong

The Best Newcomer

Silverstrand Executive Search

The RPO Provider of the Year

Allegis Global Solutions

The Growth Company of the Year

Gravitas Recruitment Group

The Outstanding Recruiter of the Year
Jack Leung - Hays

The International Recruitment Company of the Year


The RI Awards for Hong Kong are being held at the fabulous Conrad Hotel, Hong Kong on Friday 25th November 2016 the gala long luncheon dinner commences at 12.00 noon and the formalities conclude at 3.00 pm.

Recruiters it’s time to get excited because you have the opportunity to win the most coveted industry accolade in recruitment.

The world’s biggest recruitment industry awards programme is coming back to Hong Kong  and will be celebrated in spectacular fashion.  Come and enjoy the long luncheon awards dinner where recruitment professionals will gather from all over the region, eager to win the most prestigious award in the business. You have worked hard all year so now it’s time to play hard and stake your claim for one of RI’s most coveted trophies.  You will be judged by some of the biggest entrepreneurs, business leaders and pioneers from our industry. They have established and built some of the biggest brands in recruitment, Michael Page, Robert Walters, Harvey Nash, Empresaria, Hudson and FiveTen Group, they know the industry and that’s another reason why winning an award carries so much gravitas.

The RI Awards are contested all over the world including the UK, China, The Middle East, Australia, Singapore, Japan and Hong Kong. The RI Awards are the biggest recognition for our sector so make certain you enter your business or an outstanding individual.  The RI Award trophies not only look and feel unique they are a fitting reward to mark the achievements of exceptional businesses and people. In keeping with the prestige of the RI Awards the celebratory long lunch will be held in the Conrad Hotel, one of Hong Kong's premier venues.  Guests will  dine in style and you could be celebrating into the night if you can convince our judges that you truly are one of the most professional recruiters in the region! 

Recruiters will be invited to enter their company or an outstanding individual to win one of the most coveted trophies in what is the world’s most comprehensive recruitment and staffing industry Awards programme, spanning 3 continents!  Companies may enter as many categories as they wish all you need to do is submit an entry that complies with the criteria.

The aim of the recruitment industry awards is to recognise innovation and best practice in the Hong Kong recruitment industry.  We will assess and reward the best recruitment companies in the region and the event will bring the leading recruitment professionals together to celebrate the cream of the industry and recognise your excellence.


The Award Categories:

The Accountancy Recruitment Company of the Year

The Banking Recruitment Company of the Year

The Creative and Digital Recruitment Company of the Year

The Best Back Office Team of the Year 

The Human Resources Recruitment Company of the Year

The Real Estate and Construction Recruitment Company of the Year

The IT and Technology Recruitment Company of the Year

The Legal Recruitment Company of the Year

The Life Sciences & Healthcare Recruitment Company of the Year

Best Contract Recruitment Company of the Year

The Executive Search Company of the Year 

The Best Newcomer

The RPO Provider of the Year

The Growth Company of the Year

The Outstanding Recruiter of the Year

The International Recruitment Company of the Year

The Hall of Fame

For the full criteria on all of the Awards just click here:


To enter the awards and to reserve your dinner places please use the eventbrite link or email Doreen Sorriano in Asia or David Head in London


Alternatively call +44 (0) 1483 740874.


Awards entries are just HKD $1,200 per entry.

Dinner places are just HKD $1,500 per person. Two directors per company at least are encouraged to attend.

Entries  open:  NOW
Deadline for Entries:  Wednesday 9th November 2016




The Awards - Judges

Rick Maré

Originally the founder of job board, JobX. Rick was instrumental in merging JobX with another industry job board, The result was JXT. 

Rick has a long association with the recruitment and professional services sector and his in depth experience of the industry and knowledge of technology, enables him to be instrumental in managing JXT; a company who prides itself on delivering world-class SaaS technologies to the recruitment industry. 

And whilst JXT's client list is impressive, it's no no wonder; given the cutting-edge nature of the technology and products that they deliver for their clients. JXT's suite of products work to build more effective brand awareness and reputation and a better ROI on the investment in candidate and client engagement. ​​

Jak Allday

Jak has been a leader in his field for the past 15 years. Initially within sales in the technology space for some of the leading brands globally such as Integral and Rackspace before moving into the recruitment Industry where again his focus was within the technology space. Jak now is Managing Director at Octus a cloud based Recruitment Software head-quartered in Singapore so he is able to put all his knowledge of the previous decade into one product.

Octus is the next generation Cloud based CRM, that the market has been begging for. Its a product that genuinely has a positive impact on a recruiters day, whilst suppling business owners with the visibility and the reporting required to run a business. It is fully integrated with websites, various job boards, scheduling & calendar systems and the users mailbox, not just 'email'! 

We also have an analytics suite which is designed by actual end users and provides the ability to see exactly what 'YOU' want. We importantly focus on accessing the data you have in the system, not just what an 'off the shelf' product forces you to have and then providing a level of insight into that dataset that will give you actionable feedback. 

Our growth over the past year has been incredible and we are excited when looking into 2016 to continue to further our growth into London and Australia, whilst continuing our progress in Singapore our HQ for South East Asia'


Stewart Rogers

Stewart Rogers brings over 25 years experience of building businesses and creating shareholder value in the recruitment and human capital management sectors. He has an enviable reputation of helping shape leadership teams in the industry that deliver both outstanding customer service to their clients as well as impressive profit growth over a sustained period that ultimately creates real shareholder value and returns.

Including his current portfolio, he has been on the Board of over a dozen recruitment businesses covering a wide spectrum of sectors, including being instrumental in bringing the following businesses successfully to market – Goodman Graham (NED); Odgers (COO and then NED); TechPartners (NED); White & Nunn (Chairman); James Harvard (Chairman) and Nurse Plus (Chairman). The combined total value realised for these businesses adds up to over £150m.

He is currently Chairman of three leading recruitment businesses – Morgan McKinley (finance and accounting); Templine (Industrial) and Hallam Medical - as well remaining on the Board of Nurse Plus (Domiciliary Care) as the Senior Independent NED and also being Chairman of JSA, one the leading and most innovative firms in the Professional Employment and Payroll Services sector. These five businesses have a combined NFI of over £100m and collectively employ just over 1,000 people.

Ian Nash 
Ian has 25 years of experience with the recruitment market. His previous roles have included group board director roles for both Michael Page and Robert Walters. During his 13 year spell at Page, the business was transformed from a UK-centric financial recruitment company to the multidisciplinary international recruitment company that exists today.

Page and Walters both dramatically grew in terms of scale, profitability and market value while Ian was a director. 

John Rose

John has spent most of his working career in the recruitment sector, having started in the industry in the late 1980’s. John has an impressive track record leading successful business turnarounds and driving profitability. Whilst CEO of Hudson’s UK/Ireland operation, he integrated 12 acquisitions, re-shaped the business and grew profitability (EBITDA) from (£100k) to £11.3m. As CEO of Kellan Group Plc he returned the loss-making Berkeley Scott business to profitability and led the acquisition of Quantica Plc. John was most recently CEO of FiveTen Group where he built a strategy based on specialist recruitment brands, took the business into immature, less commoditised markets and significantly increased the Group's profitability. Through his own venture, Vered Consulting, John now acts as Mentor/NED/Operating Partner to recruitment businesses and their leaders, helping them through their growing pains and both building and delivering sustainable and valuable strategies.

Miles Hunt

Miles is an entrepreneur, board advisor and investor with over 20 years’ experience building successful companies.  He is a former lawyer and the founder and former CEO of Empresaria, Group, a staffing company that he built to over £200m revenues with operations in 20 countries.  He now invests in and advises companies primarily within the Human Capital Services sector through his investment company Benula Capital.  He is currently Chairman of Serocor, a UK based IT and Engineering recruitment group, Darwin, a technology recruitment company operating across Europe, Davidson, an Australia based talent management company and Oasis HR, a London based HR recruitment company.  He is also Chairman of the Association of Professional Staffing Companies (“APSCo”). Awards include Staffing industry Entrepreneur of the Year (Recruitment International) and national finalist Ernst &Young Entrepreneur of the Year.

David Higgins

David spent circa 20 years building Harvey Nash plc into a £500m turnover global professional services organisation.  David's roles have encompassed Managing Director, Chief Executive, Executive Deputy Chairman and most recently Non-Executive Deputy Chairman.  As a highly effective senior international business leader, his past successes have included growing Harvey Nash significantly in terms of size, revenue and profits as well as expanding a previously UK-centric business into a global organisation covering Europe, Asia-Pacific and the USA.

David has a proven track record in creating growth, both organically and via strategic acquisitions. He has also taken a private business through to a successful flotation on the London Stock Exchange. He currently advises entrepreneurs and owners of SME companies.

Tim Evans, MD, Boxington Corporate Finance

Founder and Managing Director of Boxington, the international mergers and acquisitions (M&A) boutique specialising in the Human Capital & Recruitment sector. Tim is known for his international contact network amongst the CEO and Chairman decision-makers of trade and private equity buyer companies across the sector globally.

Tim trained with PriceWaterhouseCoopers as a Chartered Accountant, holds an MBA, and has over 15 years of mid-market M&A deal experience. He is a regular speaker and writer on M&A and Private Equity in the Human Capital & Recruitment sector.

Fiona Kay Lander  FCIPD, FIRP, MIOD

fiona landerBusiness Link approved trainer Fiona started Lander Associates in 1997 and heads up a team of experienced recruitment trainers and an efficient operations team in Head Office . With over 30 year’s recruitment sector experience, Fiona started her career with the government working on initiatives for the long-term unemployed. She then moved to Blue Arrow in 1986 and held a number of roles in both operations and training, including Training and Development Director. A move to the US followed in 1992 to continue training and Fiona also designed training seminars for well-known US presenter Anthony R. Byrne for his world tour in 1993. While in the US, Fiona was also commissioned to write a training book and training articles. Fiona is regularly published in trade journals and online including Recruitment International.

Suhail Mirza

Suhail qualified in the City and practiced as an employment lawyer for several years. He was owner of a healthcare business (employing over 220 people) for 12 years which he successfully sold in 2014. He is also extremely well connected within the recruitment sector across both listed and privately held businesses.

Over the past decade he has worked with investors in the recruitment and support services sectors. He has written the City Page for RI since 2006 and also writes for leading healthcare journals.

Most recently he has become a Non Executive Director at H1 Healthcare( the nursing and care provider based in Scotland) and also leads the Healthcare Practice at Alium Partners the well known interim business. He has a range of interests in support service providers including partnering with Virgin Fastrack 100 business RACS Group and is Chairman at CPD safe and Non Executive Director at Argonaut.

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