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Bridget Gray

Managing Director
Harvey Nash

O, what a wonderful year

It is a beautiful summer day in Sydney and there is an infectious Christmas spirit in the air. As you walk through the city, there are Christmas parties galore and we've enjoyed celebrating the festivities with our clients and candidates. As the year draws to a close, I felt it would be a good time to reflect on the twelve months that has just flown past.

2013 has been a very exciting year for Harvey Nash. In March we held our inaugural digital event, with Mark Britt (CEO, Mi9), Gerd Schenkel (Director, Telstra Digital), Jennifer Wilson (Director, The Project Factory), Mick Liubinskas (Director, Pollenizer) and Malcolm Alder (Partner, Lead for the Digital Economy, KPMG) on our panel. It was a great evening, full of energetic debate and commentary - such a fantastic way to close off summer.

In August we held our second CIO Event of the year and had Harvey Nash leaders, including our CEO, Albert Ellis, fly in from the UK in order to chair the panel discussion. Luc Hennekens (CIO, Qantas), Diane Fernley-Jones (CIO, Leighton Contractors), Tim Thurman (CIO, ASX) and Kelly Ferguson (CIO, Mi9), participated on the panel, discussing everything from BYOD to diversity to mobile and skills development. We held a number of events whilst Albert Ellis joined us here, including a CEO luncheon to discuss global talent and a roundtable on diversity. 

Since opening our first Australian office in 2012, we have continued to evolve the Harvey Nash offering in the local market. We launched our new website, with a real wealth of resources for candidates and organisations. In response to organisations' concerns about talent management, we launched our Leadership Services division, enabling us to offer in depth psychological assessments and insights to aid in selection, onboarding, development and retention programmes. 

2013 has seen incredible change and progress throughout Australia. Our new government are working hard to create growth and jobs, searching for a way for us to transition from a mining-driven economy to a broader range of industries. As we move into 2014, I firmly believe that technology, digital and the start-up 'scene' in Australia will be responsible for creating exciting products and projects, disrupting business-as-usual in a positive way, enabling investment and growth.

Thanks to the efforts of #StartUpAus, Blackbird Ventures, MuruD, Optus Innov8, Pollenizer, Pushstart, Blue Chilli and so many more, we have seen a real fervour for Australian businesses to create local head offices instead of heading straight to Silicon Valley. Freelancer's highly successful IPO demonstrates that the Australian market has an incredible amount to offer and intrepid digital leaders will make the most of the momentum that has been created throughout the next year.

From the positivity in the market, it is clear the war for talent will rage on in 2014. As the Australian technology and digital scene grows, they will seek out the very best talent, not just locally, but on a global scale. Having already executed a number of global executive searches in 2013, we look forward to identifying even more top notch talent next year and bringing those great skills into the Australian market.

2014 promises to be an exciting year for Harvey Nash and for the Australian technology and digital community. The preparation for our next digital event is already underway and I look forward to seeing you there, on 19th February, where we will be discussing how to harness positive disruption. In the meantime, I wish you the very best for the festive season. See you in 2014!