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Ross Reekie

As Founder of Rise, Ross has extensive experience in shaping the people strategies and senior management teams of major organisations in the construction, property and engineering industries.

He has a career spanning management consulting and talent acquisition and has successfully delivered assignments at Managing Director, Board and Senior Management levels both internationally and in Australia.

Ross is currently completing his Master’s in Research at Macquarie University and holds an MBA and Master’s degree in Sustainable Leadership from MGSM Sydney, as well as an Engineering degree from the University of Edinburgh.   

His intense curiosity about what makes people succeed and the decisions and circumstances that form their stories drew Ross to a career centered around people. His passion for research and the practical applications of meaning at work principles, enable him to consult to businesses so they can create happier workplaces that provide employees with meaningful work.

Further to his work with businesses, Ross has launched Rise Inspire, the creative arm of Rise Consulting, where he hosts the Meaning of Work podcast series, blogs and other resources to inspire and give individuals the confidence to take ownership in making work, work for them. The insights gathered are based on years of experience in consulting, reviews of academic literature, as well as his own research into how ordinary people have achieved meaning and happiness in their work.

In addition to his role at Rise, he regularly speaks at career and leadership events, industry forums, and has made many appearances on local and international radio shows.

Born and raised in Scotland, Ross has lived in Sydney for the last 15 years. He likes volunteering his time and expertise at an arts-based social enterprise and enjoys yoga, Indian curries, and spending time with family and friends.

Kristie Taylor
Head of Marketing

Kristie's focus is keeping the business operations running smoothly; from Strategy Development and Ops Management to leading the Marketing function.

Her background is Marketing, specialising in brand strategy, communications and media planning. She’s worked across multiple industries including IT, Telocommunications, Banking, Travel, FMCG and Retail, and for challenger brands such as eBay and amaysim. Before this, she worked in advertising agencies, moving to New York to supervise the Microsoft and HP accounts (yes, very Mad Men indeed). 

Kristie has a Bachelor of Commerce from UNSW (majoring in Marketing and International Business). In her spare time, she enjoys dancing, travel, music, architecture and wine.

Dan Silverman
Head of Executive Search

Dan joined Rise with over 15 years of Recruitment experience predominantly in the construction industry across the UK and Australia. Dan holds a business Degree from Birmingham City University and is certified in Hogan psychometric assessments, representing best-practice globally.

With his past experience running his own business, as well as his strong people management skills, he also has a unique perspective and acute understanding of his clients' needs to find the best talent. He’s committed to getting the right candidate 'fit' from a cultural and personality perspective, as ultimately this creates happier, more meaningful workplaces.

Socially, Dan is motivated by physical challenges such as his recent expedition to Everest Base Camp. He adores his daughter Ava, and enjoys playing the piano and guitar.

Birthe Nohrden
Head of New Business

Birthe has come to Rise with 15 years HR, Consulting and Recruitment experience in both Germany and Australia. The backbone to her success in Senior Recruitment roles and as owner of a Training & Consulting business, has always been based on exceptional communication skills, empathy and a passion to support people becoming the greatest they can be.

Her interest around personal development and communication is a never-ending learning curve and she truly believes that the right fit is essential for candidates, as well as for the ongoing success of her clients’ business.

As a creative ideas person at heart, she’s always looking for different ways to find and attract the best candidates, and is dedicated to ensuring the right cultural alignment.

Birthe holds a Business Degree (Business Akademie, Kiel) and is a certified Trainer (Train-the Trainer, IHK Kiel). She lives by the mantra, ‘no one is better than me, I’m not better than anyone,’ and releases her stress through her enjoyment of singing and dancing.

Steven Segal
Associate Professor of Management, Macquarie Business School

Dr Steven Segal is an Associate Professor of Management at the Macquarie Business School and is a key collaborator to Rise. He teaches a range of subjects including Executive Coaching, Leadership & Motivation and Leading with a Global Mindset.

Steven has published three books and numerous peer reviewed articles and is also a registered psychologist. He has been teaching and conducting research about meaning since the mid 1990’s. He works with the experience of meaning on individual, organisational, national and global levels. He is inspired by figures and organisations who turn moments of meaninglessness into opportunities for new meaning.