Professional Experience

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I am a person and I like to think I am good enough to do it professionally. So that's what I do. I'm a hands-on COO. I find my joy in diverse, kind, and world-changing companies of excellent people, which is why I am at Whereby, where our mission is to give people freedom to live and work where they thrive. (✨How fantastic is that?)

 

I'm a regular panellist and speaker: Presenting at local and international events on how to positively influence culture, strategise a modern People function, improve your employer brand, advocate for a human experience, and generally how think about People Ops as a product. I am also a host and panelist on the podcast, "There's This Thing at Work" find it where you usually find your podcasts.

 

Sometimes mentor, sometimes blogger, sometimes cyclist, sometimes legal-geek, sometimes vegan home-cook. Oh, Ik kan een beetje Nederlands spreken!

 

Nice and simple: I love what I do and I love talking about what I do, so let’s meet for a cuppa and chat.☕️

CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER
PEOPLE & TALENT
LEGAL

JMZ✨

JMZ

Work

2020-today

2016-2022

2018-2019

2016-2018

2015

Chief operating officer 

A world in which anywhere works: Whereby is the super simple way to connect over video. No apps, downloads, or long meeting links. We know great culture is key to building a great company. Founded in privacy-friendly Norway, we try to do business the right way. Check out our transparent progression framework, thoughts on remote work culture, and parental leave policies.

Our user base and team of Whereby is worldwide - having been used in nearly every country in the world by millions of users. 🌏

Chief people exec

Over the years I have helped start-up and scale-up founding and executive teams, focussing on People, Culture, and Talent strategy and operations.

 

Worked with: Aula, Allplants, Sunlight, Sanctus, Charlie HR, CVPlus, Backed, Soundcloud, Contact.xyz, Yieldify and more.

Group Head of Talent

McCann asked me to join their UK Talent Team, heading up a function as it forged a new path. In my years of placing (and supporting) the right people in modern and diverse environments, I’ve become an expert at building a People and/or Talent function from the ground up; strategy, process, and ways of working. I’ve strived to go above and beyond my job description in my role at McCann, creating fresh solutions to pesky hurdles as we've built from bones to a world-class function.
 

Role Highlights

  • Award-winning branding, EVP, and programme for CANVAS apprenticeship scheme, a first of it's kind (Gold: Campus or Early Careers Programme)

  • Invited to be keynote speaker at HR Vibes, Iasi and Brasov, Romania

  • Invited to give a workshop on Employer Branding at Social Recruiting Days, Berlin

  • Implemented an award winning, scaleable talent process for our 200+ new hires (perm and consultant) each year (Bronze: Recruitment Team of the Year)

VP People & Talent

Wonderbly are proud a Google Ventures, Sunday Times Tech Track #1 2017, and a Tech Nation Future-50 company! I was the first HR hire and a member of the leadership team, working with management to coach them into supporting a growing business, who looks for best in class colleagues and team-members.

 

Role Highlights​​

  • Winner GOLD Recruitment Video of the Year at IHR 2018

  • Invited to be keynote speaker at Lever Talent Innovation Summit in San Francisco

  • Invited to speak on HR systems and implementation at Uprise Festival in Amsterdam

PEople partner

Worked at Box during IPO, and ended as a multifaceted branding, engagement, culture and talent ambassador role. I designed and implemented training (interviewing, system, bias), coached leadership on talent attraction, and structured the Europe EVP strategy. I also personally managed ATS implementation, training, and support for Europe. 

Education

2021

University of Law

2019

Chartered Institute Personnel 

Development (CIPD)

2011

University of Queensland

Bachelor laws (Hons)

First-class Honours. Nominated and elected Class Representative in the Student Association. Employment, EU, Public, Contract, Tort, Criminal, Employment Law, Equity & Trusts, Land Law, and Common Law Method & Ethics.


Dissertation: The legal implications faced by remote workers in the EU, within their country of residence and cross-border. Critically evaluating the current legislation affecting remote workers and employers of remote workers within EU states. Discussing whether this area of law is in need of reform and how that reform is best achieved.

Diploma Human Resources Mgmt

Employment Law, Reward and Remuneration, Engagement, Leadership and Development, Talent Acquisition, Business Strategy, and Organisational Design.

bachelor journalism comms

Chair Ernest Poet's Society
Women's College, UQ
Associate of University of Queensland Press