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Global TA Leaders Panel

Cathy, Rita, Shelia, Terra & Chris,


Panel Session: What COVID Forced Global Companies to Learn, and What Changes Will Stick

The global pandemic forced TA leaders to re-think almost everything they knew about recruiting. Now, as we begin to slowly emerge from the other side of the global crisis, many leaders plan to continue forward with optimisations in processes and productivity that were previously unrealised or simply not permitted.

Join Chris Hoyt, President of CareerXroads, as he hosts a panel of four global TA leaders from Australia and the US who now celebrate some of the tough lessons they were forced to learn.


  • Cathy Riach, Resourcing Lead (National), BAE Systems Australia
  • Rita Newman, Tribe Lead, Joiners & Movers – GM, Recruitment/Resourcing, ANZ Bank
  • Shelia Gray, Vice President of Talent Acquisition, Quadient
  • Terra Doyle, People and Culture Practices Lead, Recruitment for Americas, Roche

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About Chris

A 20 year veteran of recruiting and HR, Hoyt is a sought-after speaker with presentations including national conferences with SHRM, LinkedIn, HR Technology and others in the USA as well as iRecruit, Australasian Talent Conference and more abroad. Chris has been promoting and leading full scale and enterprise-wide integrations of social media and mobile marketing within workforce strategies for his entire career. His expertise and passion for interactive/social recruiting, candidate experience, and both national and international recruiting strategies are all areas that Hoyt now leverages as co-owner and “thought feeder” at CareerXroads, a Recruiting/Staffing consulting and think tank organization that works with corporate leaders from around the world to break out of traditional recruitment practices and push the envelope in an effort to win the ongoing war for top talent.

About Cathy

Cathy Riach joined BAE Systems Australia in June 2001 in a business unit based human resources role. Following a secondment to build a shared services talent acquisition model, she then assumed responsibility for the leadership of the national talent acquisition function. Her role evolved over time to include responsibility for redeployment, workforce planning support and outplacement. In early 2019 Cathy transitioned into a newly created role of Employment Brand & Partnerships Manager where she was responsible for the development, enhancement and management of the company’s employment brand in order to optimise talent acquisition outcomes across the Australian enterprise. Currently Cathy holds the role of National Resourcing Lead and is supporting the development of an operational resource management strategy and framework. Read more.

About Rita

Rita is a change agent at heart and is energised in environments where she can help people and organisations thrive. Over the last 20 years, Rita has worked with Top 20 ASX companies across the Asia Pacific in a variety of roles including HR Business Partnering, Organisational Development, Strategy and Change Consulting and Business Operations. Her industry experience is predominantly in Financial Services, but also spans Consumer Retail, FMCG, and Utilities. Rita is currently the Tribe Lead for Joiners and Movers at ANZ (aka GM Recruitment, Resourcing and Mobility) and is leading ANZ’s strategy to attract talent to ANZ whilst creating engaging experiences for people who join and move within ANZ and beyond.  This encompasses employment branding, internal and external recruitment and onboarding, executive recruitment, early talent management, international mobility and transition support.  Rita is also currently leading ANZ’s how we work initiative aimed at using the learnings from COVID to create a new framework for where an how work is done at ANZ.

About Shelia

As the Vice-President of Talent Acquisition for Quadient, Shelia Gray is the architect for the organization’s recruitment transformation. She brings a design thinking perspective to Talent Supply Management– re-framing challenges in human-centric ways and ‘thinking outside the box’ to identify solutions and alternative approaches to problem solving. Shelia has more than 25 years of progressive human resources leadership experience at companies such as, GE Appliances, Citrix, AMD, ABB, Sun Microsystems (Oracle)., Liberty Mutual Insurance, and AlliedSignal (Honeywell). Read more.

About Terra

As Regional Practice Lead for the Americas, Terra Doyle is responsible for setting the overall strategy for recruitment across the United States, Canada and Central and South America, while working with other Practice Leads to fulfill the global vision and strategy. Terra focuses on improving efficiency in the recruitment process, and coaches and inspires teams to deliver results to the business all with an unyielding focus on hiring manager and candidate experience. Read more.