Panel Discussion

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Talent migration – is it real?

People have become the number one challenge for many organisations.

Daniel Harmes, Dean Delaney, Sarah Ottrey, Scott Mason
5:00pm — 7:00pm, 25 August 2022
Forsyth Barr House
Level 10, 35 The Octagon, Dunedin 9016
Price members
$50.00 incl GST
Price non-members
$60.00 incl GST


Sourcing talent is the number one business constraint currently facing New Zealand organisations. Join Daniel Harmes (MInstD) and Dean Delaney (MInstD) from Platinum Recruitment who will present:

  • current labour market insights
  • why organisations are finding it so challenging to find talent
  • why it is a candidate-driven market and how organisations need to adapt to this new model.

The migration of talent both within New Zealand and overseas will be analysed and why organisations need a strong employment brand to not only attract but also retain talent. And finally, what does the short, medium and long term look like for the talent market across all sectors in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Senior Directors Scott Mason (CMInstD) and Sarah Ottrey (CFInstD) will also talk about their experiences with organisations that are adding true value through developing strong employment brands to attract and retain talent.

There will be time for networking and refreshments before and after the presentation.


Daniel Harmes

Daniel Harmes is the founder and Managing Director of Platinum Recruitment. Daniel holds a number of professional memberships and has held serval governance roles. He operated within the executive vertical at Platinum Recruitment and strategically advises organisations and boards on recruitment and selection strategies. He was Vice President of the Human Resource New Zealand Otago & Southland Branch which recently won branch of the year.

He is passionate about people and ensuring that organisations have the right strategies in place not only to attract but to retain talent.

Dean Delaney

Dean Delaney is a Director at Platinum Recruitment. Dean holds several professional memberships and holds several governance roles within the Not For Profit sector. He is passionate about the recruitment industry and regularly shares market insights at industry events. He also speaks often within organisations on a wide-ranging list of topics from personal branding, organisational culture, diversity and inclusion and the labour market.

Sarah Ottrey

Sarah Ottrey is a Chartered Fellow of the IoD and a graduate of the University of Otago. In Sarah’s 20-year executive career with Unilever and DB Breweries/Heineken she held senior marketing roles in New Zealand and internationally. Sarah created the Tui Yeah Right Campaign. Sarah is currently a director of The EBOS Group Ltd, Skyline Enterprises Ltd, Christchurch International Airport, Mount Cook Alpine Salmon, The Whitestone Cheese Co and Sarah Ottrey Marketing Ltd.  Past directorships include Comvita, The NZ Public Trust, Blue Sky Meats, The Smiths City Group, Inland Revenue Risk Assurance Committee and Wellesley College and its Foundation as Deputy Chair and Chair.

Scott Mason

Scott Mason has been a practising Chartered Accountant for over 30 years, specialising in advising medium/large businesses and HNWI, and is a qualified mediator/ADR practitioner. 

Scott’s governance career has been building over the last 10 years, and he is now primarily a professional director across a range of industries and entity types, with a special interest in early/mid-stage tech companies (soft and hard). Current roles include directorships with City Forests Limited (Dunedin City Council owned), NomosOne Limited (leasing SaaS), Southern Motor Group Limited, Banqer Limited (children’s financial literacy), Get Home Safe (lone worker H&S SaaS), and Bison Group Limited (container weighing/lifting). 

Scott has a passion for ensuring learning and personal growth opportunities are available to everyone who wants such, and has been actively involved in a range of education and training entities as a speaker and governor. He also has a strong interest in public policy, and is the current Chair of the CAANZ Tax Advisory Group, advising Government/IRD on tax policy matters. 

Additional information

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Otago Southland Branch Manager

+64 20 4183 5664

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