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

Managing Director

In 1986 Pauline planted a seed for a new kind of recruitment firm – one that would redefine the highest standards and ethics. Three decades 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 13 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

Alexandra Gubbins

Senior Recruiter - Chef Division

After 14 years working her way up the ranks as a passionate chef in Sydney, Tuscany and Sardinia, Alexandra delivers a lot to the table as a Chef Recruiter.

Having been through the trenches, Alex has a deep understanding of the mindset and outlook of a chef, and more specifically what makes them tick. From the heat of the kitchen, nailing service every time, Alex brings that same expert perspective to the recruitment game, sourcing chefs at all levels right across the hospitality industry, with a major focus on pub chefs.. 0402 328 599

Favourite drink: An ice cold Peroni or Tattinger champagne

Axel Maire

Senior Recruiter

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. 0404 161 900 axel@black-betty.com.au

Favourite drink: A good Barolo or Bordeaux

Daniel (Monkey) Ackman

Senior Recruiter - Pub Division

Monkey has hospitality running through his veins. Starting at the age of 12 as a waiter then a glassie, before taking the leap to Hotel Manager of a pumping CBD hotel by 18½ (the moment he was legally allowed).

With almost 2 decades in management of Hotels, Pubs and Nightclubs, working his way up the ranks to Group Operations Manager for one of Australia’s most successful Pub Groups that owns one of Sydney’s biggest drinking institutions, Monkey has a 6th sense when it comes to knowing what will work and what makes the industry tick.  Drawing on strong operational knowledge of all aspects of pub management, Monkey is a natural to source talent at all levels, including Licensees, Operations Managers, Gaming Managers, GMs….and everything in between.

With a reputation as large as his personality and connections from the east to the west…..combined with his intimate knowledge of everything drinking and party related, Monkey is your ‘go to guy’.

0401 187217 monkey@black-betty.com.au

Favourite drink – Negroni



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

Matthew Abbott Williams

Recruiter - Chef Division

As a classically trained European pastry chef, originally from London, Matt worked his way up through the pastry kitchens in high end venues and 5 star hotels to Head Pastry Chef.  After a decade on the pans Matt knows very well the heat in the kitchen and what is required to build a team.

Pastry chefs are a disciplined and creative bunch and that’s part of what Matt brings to recruitment, along with passion, deep knowledge and the drive to be the best.  Matt recruits for chefs at all levels all up the eastern seaboard.  0404 656 629 matthew@black-betty.com.au

Favourite drink:  Hendricks gin and tonic

Rosemary Harris

CFO/Lead Recruiter - Accounting Placements

Rosemary is Black Betty’s CFO and also heads up our Finance 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 in Sydney before joining our group over 11 years ago, initially to manage our accounting and payroll functions.  Rosemary added another string to her bow a few years ago and now recruits for all finance roles, from junior accounts people through to Financial Controllers and Chief Financial Officers up to Director of Finance.  Across the Asia and the Pacific regions, Rosemary handles search assignments for luxury hotels and resorts at the most senior level, for example, Chief Executive Officer.  No job is too big, or too small. 0413 015 848 rosemary@thecompanyconnection.com.au

Favourite Drink: Polish Passion from Manta

Rachael King

Talent & Social Media Co-ordinator

As a discerning foodie with a Bachelor of Communications (majoring in Public Relations) under her belt, Rachael is a natural to manage Black Betty’s social media.

Rachael is Black Betty’s roaming reporter – you’ll often find her hanging in the world’s best restaurants; her current favourite is Sexy Fish in London, which she takes any opportunity to visit. (02) 9252 5388

Favourite drink: Polish Passion from Manta Restaurant & Bar or very expensive French champagne

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