2019 Constructive Annual Conference

By on 19 July 2019

Constructive staff recently converged in Sydney for our 6th annual conference. As always it was a jam-packed event. It kicked off with a National Strategy Update from our MD Giles Keay and was followed by sessions on marketing, sales productivity, and resilience. We also had a night of frivolity at “Drag Bingo” in Surry Hills and a fantastic awards dinner at the QT hotel on the final evening.

We’ve always found the conference to be of huge benefit to the business. Not only does it bring  interstate colleagues together, but it allows us to learn new concepts and ideas from external speakers. It’s also a great opportunity for us to recognise the success of top performers in the business.

The Speakers

We were lucky enough to have Alex Dawson, Martine Beaumont and Matthew Johnstone all present at the conference, focussing on sales productivity and mental health. Their content was excellent, and we felt all staff benefited from them in one way or another.

The first session was facilitated by myself and Paige Coutts, our internal marketing coordinator. It was a chance for the whole business to have their say on our marketing strategy for the next 12 months. This proved to be incredibly successful, providing us with over 180 ideas to review and implement across our social strategy, client events and content for articles. We are really excited about putting some of these into action over the next 12 months.

Alex Dawson’s session was on sales productivity and the habits/behaviours of a productive and successful sales professional. We’ve had a fantastic response to this with most of us picking up at least one new behaviour we can implement into our working lives.


Martine and Matthew ran a joint presentation on mental health – focusing on resilience. The impact and triggers of mental health problems have touched all of us at some point in our lives. It was a powerful session and allowed us to open up and discuss real-life issues, and more importantly to give us ideas on how to deal with them and how reach out for help. Constructive offers an EAP (Employee Assistance Program) service for all staff and this session highlighted our determination to continue providing support professionally when and where it is needed.


The Award Winners

We traditionally end the conference with an awards dinner to thank and celebrate all staff for their continued loyalty and dedication to the company. The award winners were as followers;

Operations Team Member of the Year: Paige Coutts.

Paige originally joined Constructive in Perth and then moved internally to Melbourne to become our office manager. She has a very mature head on her young shoulders and has recently moved into a marketing role in the business. Paige has done a fantastic job in the different roles she has undertaken, and we look forward to another successful 12 months ahead in her new position.

Newcomer of the Year – Andrew Pope

Andrew jumped out of his excavator at Mainland Civil and straight into the Constructive office last year. He has over 15 years of experience in civil construction and wanted to try his hand at recruiting in this space. He has done a brilliant job since joining the company, placing several civil professionals in QLD & WA, along with being a real key contributor to the culture in the Sydney office.

Rising Star Award – Ollie Thorne & Sarah Wells

Ollie and Sarah have both been with the business around 3 years, having started with little or no recruitment experience. They were both promoted to Senior Consultant recently and demonstrate the constructive core values to a very high standard. Ollie has worked tirelessly to develop his reputation In the Melbourne residential housing market as one of the leading recruiters. Sarah has continued to develop relationships with our key clients In the building services design industry whilst also spearheading our industry partnership with CIBSE in NSW.

Temporary Consultant of the Year – Clare Veness

Clare yet again proved she is our top-performing temp consultant in the business. She looks after our civil construction clients in NSW & QLD, providing temporary solutions to clients with urgent needs on projects and bids. Along with being a consistently high performer for the business, Clare also manages a team In the Sydney office. Both keep her very busy and she has done a fantastic job balancing both sides of her role.

Permanent Consultant of the Year – Jono Conley

Jono yet again recorded another phenomenal year with Constructive, continually proving he is our highest achieving permanent biller. A man not short on confidence, he works with a wide range of commercial builders in Melbourne and is incredibly well networked. He has won this award several times and is an integral contributor to the growth we have achieved in our Melbourne business over the last 3 years.

Service Award – 10 Years – Neil Cruickshank

Every year we recognise employees that reach employment milestones and Neil is the third existing employee to hit the 10-year mark with Constructive. Neil is based in Perth and has been a top performer at the company as a State Manager and now Associate Director. Hailing from the “old school of recruitment”, Neil has been an example to many with his consistently high results year on year. He has an incredibly strong work ethic and an eye for detail. Neil has proven to be one of the top recruiters in the commercial build space in Perth since 2009.

I would like to thank all involved for organising another great Constructive Conference and I look forward to doing it all again next year.