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Meet the APAC Team

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APAC is one of Competentia’s largest and most active regions. We’ve provided staff to companies and projects across the region in Oil & Gas, Infrastructure, Mining & Minerals, and a range of other sectors.

Wherever technical professionals are working to deliver projects, you’ll find our clients and the teams we’ve helped them to build.

If you have any questions about our service in the APAC region, we’ll be happy to hear from you. Below you’ll find information and contact details for our client facing staff.

Ground Floor, 17 Ord Street,
West Perth,
Western Australia 6005

Ian HydePresident - APAC

Ian has been involved in the oil & gas recruitment industry since 2006. Speaking three languages (well, his Japanese is pretty rusty), and having lived and worked internationally, he has provided staffing and employment solutions to energy & resources companies throughout Asia-Pacific, Africa and Europe.

Ian is Competentia’s APAC President, taking responsibility for a 100% compliance driven operation in the region, including P&L, account directorship, business development, commercial negotiation, project tendering, staff management and more.

Fascinated by human movement and performance, Ian is constantly exploring new and unique ways to exercise whilst reducing injury and improving motion. He is also working towards a psychotherapy qualification with expected graduation in 2020.

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Fiona Baskerville

Fiona’s career has focused on service oriented roles where she can interact with various individuals and make them feel at home. She’s offered this service with energy & resources recruitment agencies as well as defence contractors, civil construction companies and globally certified HSE training providers.

Fi’s role at Competentia is something of a mixed bag as she’s involved with many aspects of the day-to-day business, including managing workforce contract assignments, coordinating database improvements and upgrades, managing merchandising efforts, overseeing mass site mobilisations and much, much more.

In her spare time, Fi lets her green thumb shine in the garden and loves a good spot of fishing, stingray and dhufish being two of her personal favourites.

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Anthony Balsiger

Trilingual, Anthony has been working in the resources recruitment industry for nearly 15 years, in Australia and abroad. A specialist in all things technical, Anthony’s provided both teams and individuals to oil & gas, mining, infrastructure and specialist industry businesses across greenfield projects, brownfield developments, offshore campaigns and more.

With Competentia Anthony is heavily involved in recruiting technical personnel throughout the APAC region, developing new business and also heavily supports expat recruitment assignments for multiple Competentia offices around the world.

Anthony enjoys DJing and audio engineering, making obscure musical references and is lightning quick with a dad joke or a bad pun.

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Zul Charl

Having worked with various engineering consultancies / EPCs, construction firms and specialist vendors over the past 15 years, Zul has contributed to some of the most flagship projects in Australia’s energy & resources space, including Gorgon LNG, Hope Downs and Ichthys LNG.

Her role at Competentia focuses on the onboarding, contract administration and general assignment support of a contractor workforce in the hundreds. Be it overseeing site mobilisations, processing visas, drafting employment contracts, SAP maintenance, arranging medicals and more, you’re in very good hands with Zul.

Outside of work, Zul runs her own female focused fitness boot camp classes, helping women achieve their goals and improve their health in fun, engaging ways.

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Adam Formato

For over 15 years, Adam has worked in Australia’s recruitment and project staffing space, almost exclusively focusing on the resources sector. Adam’s experience has ranged from business development activities through to account directorship, business management and also recruitment.

Within Competentia, Adam is our Regional APAC Business Development Manager, where he’s responsible for identifying business opportunities, showcasing our services, commercial negotiation and establishing mutually beneficial contractual agreements between Competentia and our new clients.

When not flying the Competentia flag, Adam can usually be found jamming out to rock & roll classics on one of his many guitars.

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Amanda Greasley

For over 12 years, Amanda has managed contract assignments for hundreds of individuals throughout the APAC region across numerous major projects in the oil & gas and mining industries. Her experience covers mobilisations, visas, relocations, dependent support, contractual compliance and so much more. Throughout her career, Amanda has established, grown and managed teams providing these services in Australia and around the world.

At Competentia, Amanda works as our APAC Regional Operations Manager, ensuring the assignment services provided to our workforce and clients are compliant, cost effective and efficient.
She is also heavily involved in coordinating global tender efforts and takes a lead role on QMS, process improvement and systems selection and implementation projects.

Outside work, Amanda is passionate about all things ecologically sustainable and natural, including growing her own fresh fruit & veg.

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Stephen Lawrence

A Chartered Accountant with 11 years of public practice experience in Australia and the UK including stints with “Big 4,” second tier and niche consulting companies, Stephen chose to leave the number crunching behind him and now spends his time helping finance and other corporate professionals find work they find meaningful and rewarding. He’s been doing this for over 20 years.

With Competentia, Stephen leads our permanent recruitment division, specialising in placing people into full-time employment throughout the accounting, legal, corporate services, consulting and manufacturing industries, and much, much more.

Passionate about fast cars whilst sticking to the speed limit (of course), Stephen loves group drives, track days and tackling the odd bit of vehicle maintenance.

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Michael Pearman

Recruiting since 2011, and coupled with the experience of living and working as an expat in Europe and Asia, Michael has delivered workforce solutions for project owners/operators, EPCs, contractors and specialist consultancies the world over, supporting flagship oil & gas, mining, infrastructure and built environment projects.

At Competentia, Michael works as a Client Account Manager, ensuring timely and high-quality service delivery across APAC’s major accounts. He also leads APAC’s marketing and branding initiatives and rolls his sleeves up and recruits when time allows (which he absolutely loves).

When not working, Michael is usually neck deep in a good book, doing calisthenics, planning travel to foreign lands or loudly supporting Liverpool FC.

Read more of Michael’s story.

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Peggy Taylor

A payroll specialist with years of experience under her belt, Peggy has plied her trade with oil & gas operators, mining operators, construction contractors, infrastructure/manufacturing/energy service companies and a myriad of other, related businesses.

Peggy manages Competentia’s regional payroll function, ensuring all our contractors and employees are paid correctly, on time, each and every time. She oversees payroll services for a workforce who operate not only in capital cities nationwide, but also offshore, on various mine & construction sites, in overseas locations and under FIFO arrangements, handling everything from tax remittance, super contributions, novated leases and all things in between.

Originally from New Zealand, Peggy is an unrepentant rugby fan, supporting the All Blacks on the international stage and the Chiefs in Super Rugby. She also enjoys spending time with her family and absolutely loves funk and soul music.

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Han Yeang

With a BSc in Medical Science and a Post Grad Dip. in Human Resources, Han started his career in the scientific field but quickly transitioned to the energy & resources recruitment arena where he’s spent the better part of 9 years recruiting technical professionals, locally and internationally, for a slew of major projects in multiple related industries; oil & gas, LNG, mining, power, infrastructure and more.

One of the longest standing Competentia employees, Han spends his time networking with interesting people and filling jobs. He’s also heavily involved in various global systems improvement initiatives, representing APAC’s interests and acting as our Subject Matter Expert.

Outside work, Han can usually be found running up and down Jacob’s Ladder, wearing Lycra or performing a myriad of increasingly complex DIY tasks.

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