Our Team

When you’re looking for bright talent for your organisation, you need a recruitment team with professionalism, service orientation and dedication. It’s a combination of talents and experience that you’ll find at Black Betty.

Meet our Team

Pauline Rogers


In 1986 Pauline planted a seed for a new kind of recruitment firm – one that would redefine the highest standards and ethics. Twenty eight years later our two brands, TCC (The Company Connection) and Black Betty Hospitality Group continue to exceed the expectations of clients in delivering exceptional talent.

As a hands-on MD of both businesses, Pauline recruits for all roles in the hospitality space as well as general Business Support and Executive for key clients.
0411 344 421 Pauline@black-betty.com.au

Favourite Drink: Very good champagne and Los Azulejos or Clase Azul Tequila straight up

Bianca Crossley

General Manager

With a background in hotels & hospitality then over 12 years’ experience leading successful recruitment teams and working with top international blue chip clients, Bianca is at the helm as GM of Black Betty recruiting across all roles. Bianca is a seasoned recruiter within the hospitality space and no job is too difficult, too big, or too small for her to turn around quickly. 0410 202 003 bianca@black-betty.com.au

Favourite Drink: Jack Daniels & Coke

Charlie Fussell

Senior Recruiter

Prior to joining Black Betty, Charlie’s hospitality career spanned 16 years, with 10 years in senior management roles, which included Group Restaurants Manager for one of Australia’s most reputable and successful players, and before that GM of Nobu in Melbourne.

Charlie cut his teeth in the industry running bars and nightclubs in London and Ibiza, then fast forward, he learned about pubs as GM of a couple of Melbourne’s favourite watering holes, including a 4 level heaving machine. Running high volume, chaotic late night venues is not for the faint hearted!

With a cocktail of experience in running many different types of venues, and recruiting from the ground up, Charlie’s intimate knowledge of hospo roles and their requirements makes Charlie the “go to guy” for anything front of house.
0450 398 781 charlie@black-betty.com.au

Favourite drink – Marc Bredif Vouvray and or a cold Heineken

Steve Lyon

Senior Recruiter - Pub Division

Owning and running his own pumping bar/restaurants has allowed Steve invaluable experience as a hospo recruiter in what it takes to run a successful business, from the inside and his own bank account. Working his way up from picking up glasses at Home night club back in the day to GM & Operations Manager of some of our most impressive high volume pubs, bars & nightclubs with Australia’s most successful groups…surrounding himself with the right people and having a good time doing it has always been a major focus for Steve, which is what recruitment is all about.

On the back of his early roots slinging cocktails in notorious Sydney bars and managing an infamous booze hall in London, then to managing a multi-venue luxury island resort, Steve now ticks off 16 years in senior hospitality management roles and from that has learnt a lot about the industry and the personalities in it, which is why he has an eye for industry talent.
0416 236 261 steve@black-betty.com.au

Favourite drink – 8 Bit IPA

Greta Rutherford

Recruiter - Chef Division

Greta was almost born in a kitchen, with her father a chef running award winning restaurants and catering companies. Having hung around and worked in restaurants all her life, Greta is a natural to source and liaise with chefs globally, bringing the best talent into Black Betty’s Chef Division.

Although the sandpit Greta plays in spans the globe, her main focus is recruiting chefs at all levels in Sydney. Internationally, Greta works with clients across Asia from mainland China, Hong Kong, Singapore, the Maldives and Bali. 0400 033 686 greta@black-betty.com.au

Favourite drink – margarita, shaken with lots of salt.

Axel Maire

Senior Recruiter - Pub Division

Axel worked as a bartender and waiter in France as a uni student doing Business and Law Degrees, and got bitten by the hospitality bug. That led to a 12-year hospitality management career working in some of the most successful and colourful venues across different countries, from Japanese restaurants and Bistros in France to running a good old traditional Pub in London.

Fast forward, Axel landed in Sydney working for two of Australia’s most successful and dynamic Pub and Restaurant groups in different management roles, including GM of a pumping CBD boozer. Juggling between creating the right environment for his venues as a GM and finding the best team any Pub would dream of, Axel has always been successful in discovering the most charismatic and professional person to fill a role. As a natural recruiter, Axel brings this experience and approach to Black Betty’s Pub Team.

Favourite drink: A good Barolo or Bordeaux

Hayden Akins

Senior Recruiter

As a hospo recruiter, Hayden is the total package. With tertiary HR qualifications and 6 years in Senior Management roles, which included Group HR Manager for a major Pub Group as well as GM and Licensee of 2 of our most successful restaurants and bars, Hayden has deep knowledge of what it really takes to run a venue.

With a cocktail of experience in recruiting for busy venues, from the ground up and genuine passion for the industry, Hayden has both the experience as a hospitality professional and as a recruiter to deliver the right people every time. 0400 445 944 hayden@black-betty.com.au

Favourite Drink: Tempus Two Cabernet Merlot

Rod Ko

Manager - IT Division

With a lifelong passion for technology and having grown up in a family restaurant business, values around people and service were instilled from a very young age.
IT recruitment was a natural career choice for Rod, combining his passion for tech and people.

His recruitment career spans across 2 decades and has taken him around the world, recruiting and sourcing large teams for a number of multinational technology brands, to build out their footprint and presence in the Asia Pacific Region.

With a massive talent bank at his fingertips, and connections globally, Rod can fill roles quickly and is your go to person for all things IT, from technical roles through to sales/pre-sales, marketing and senior executives. 0402 124 111 rod@black-betty.com.au

Favourite drink: An extremely dry gin martini or a Negroni

Rosemary Harris

CFO/Lead Recruiter - Accounting Placements

Rosemary is Black Betty’s CFO and also heads up our Accounting Division, sourcing accounts people for the hospitality industry at all levels.

With a Bachelor of Business (Accounting) and as a CPA, Rosemary has a wealth of experience, including 4 years with The Star before joining our group over 11 years ago to manage our accounting and payroll functions.  Rosemary added another string to her bow and recruits for all hospitality accounts roles, from junior accounts people through to Financial Controllers and CFOs, both part time and permanent. No job is too big, or too small. 0413 015 848 rosemary@thecompanyconnection.com.au

Favourite Drink: Polish Passion from Manta

Jason Martin

Consultant Chef

With over 20 years’ experience as a chef, Jason brings a lot to the table as a consultant chef.

After an international stint in various Michelin-starred kitchens in London, Scotland and Switzerland, Jason was at the helm in five-star hotels and restaurants such as the Park Lane Hilton and Radisson Edwardian in London. Most recently, Jason was Executive Chef of Emirates Wolgan Valley Resort and 5 years running his own award-winning restaurant, Flair Restaurant.

Along with Jason’s deep personal experience as a Chef – having been through the trenches, and an employer himself adds another layer of understanding, on both sides of the pass. From the heat of the kitchen, nailing service every time, Jason brings that same expert perspective to advising restaurants and clubs on not only staffing but menu development and driving profitability. 0432 027 609

Favourite Drink: Six String Beer

Rachael King

Talent & Social Media Co-ordinator

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