Top 50 HR & Recruiting bad asses in APAC featuring – Matt Pontin


If this is the first time you have seen my blog you should know that I really buggered up. I tried to make a list of the top 50 HR and Recruitment thought leaders in APAC. There was too many to choose from and I found it really hard. What sort of dick thinks it’s a good idea to make a list?

If you are going to do something so stupid as to make a list in the future let me pass on some advice (in the form of a top 5 learnings list) 😉

  1. Take bribes – I didn’t think of this until afterwards. #Fail                                (Man those agency recruiters offered me heaps)
  2. Write under a pseudonym if you don’t adopt my #ZeroFucks approach to life
  3. Don’t swear on your list. People fucking hate that.
  4. Get ready to make lot’s of ‘new’ friends – see point one again after confirming friendship
  5. Actually, don’t ever make it a list

In all seriousness though, as I keep harping on about. I am very proud of what we do here in APAC and believe we need to profile ourselves more to the rest of the world and share our learnings with our amazing peers here in APAC and globally.

Now you may have been enjoying reading my blog, this list and how we are profiling these bad asses of the industry. You may even have been fist pumping about how awesome it all is.

Little did you know that this could have been your next business idea.

Ladies and gentleman I give you #4 on the list – Matt Pontin.

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I first met Matt when I was an agency recruiter. I followed him and Mark Sumner on twitter and managed to blag my way into coming up to the big smoke in AKLD to meet them both. This was quite a few years back now and Matt walked in with not your traditional notepad but a bloody iPad, (I probably had a shitty black folder.) To make matters better worse he asked me some ridiculously hard questions and then actually took notes on his iPad. I thought man these guys were good.

(Spoiler, I was wrong)

Actually; thinking back now I thought I had answered all those questions well, but I never did do any work with ASB.

Ok so let’s get some info on this mad Welshman.

What do you do in the HR/Recruiting scene?

I am a meddler, a tinkerer and a bloke that wants to cause a ripple. I love working on schemes and projects that perpetuate brands for organisations and help them to attract both talent and future customers. I run a new cool start-up called #Getin and a Business Transformation company called BT People. As for what I do – I do strategic recruitment, branding, leadership, change management, lean process improvement, sourcing, social recruiting and social marketing and I have a laugh a lot. #Getin is all about those fist pumping moments of success – when you punch the air with joy. I am lucky to be working with Mark Sumner. Mark and I worked together at ASB and we did some pretty cool stuff. Now – we can carry on innovating and trying to make a splash in our industry. We regularly have mad and crazy ideas (well daily actually) and Mark is a great sounding board for me. He can bring me back to earth when I have already started planning the next madcap scheme!

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Photo credit: #Getin

Why/How did you get into the industry?

Straight from university in the days when “WI-FI” was a question you asked a lady called Fiona…I stumbled across recruitment when looking for graduate management roles. I started in IT recruiting and fell in love with the dynamism passion and huge variability that recruiting offers as a career.

What is something we don’t know about you?

I like growing garden vegetables. But you won’t see any frigging Queensland fruit fly on my patch…

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Which people inspire you globally?

Inspired – that’s a big word. I am quite inspired by the American comedian Troy Hammond,  I think his alter ego also writes an awesome recruitment blog from time to time. Biggest person I admire is still my Dad – successful business man and like me a Welsh rugby fan who has the affliction of blind optimism that we will always win..

What companies inspire you globally?

Erm…..probably HP as I love HP sauce. Obviously Google, Apple and maybe my top is Pebble – the little Kickstarter success story…love my pebble steel watch and am a backer of the new Pebble Time (can’t wait for it to come #kidatchristmas).

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What advice would you give someone looking to enter this industry?

Do it. Work hard. Remember it’s all about people and finding the how. Don’t give up. Enjoy the roller coaster ride recruiting offers. Collaborate with your industry – don’t work in isolation.

“Together we are an ocean – alone you are but one drop.”

What is your favourite drink?

Jack Daniels and coke. Also wine, and now starting to fall in love with craft beers – favourite is a Lamb Chopper

What are you currently reading?

These questions

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Why do you love HR and Recruiting?

Because we get to do cool stuff that helps businesses do cool stuff.

Who would be top 5 on your list?

That’s hard: Probably don’t want to answer as there are too many amazing people in our industry and they all deserve credit.

But….

Obviously my business partner Mark Sumner is one, Paul Jacobs another, Kirsti Grant is not just an amazing recruiter but also a fantastic human being, a guy called Will O’Donnell who I worked with nearly 20 years ago in agency (Will is still at the same agency now – Rullion) and finally I would say Chris Hoyt from Pepsi – saw him speak at the very 1st ATC and he was doing stuff then that many are just catching up on now!

Thanks Matt, your typical blend of wisdom infused with humour as always.


Next on the list is my fellow opinionated blogger Richard Westney

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