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Old Collegian Awarded HR Rising Star of the Year


Old Collegian Paige Willemse (2009) was recently awarded HR Rising Star of the Year, ARA Australian Retail Award for her work at the Sussan Group. This well-deserved accolade comes after only one year working for the organisation as Group Recruitment Manager in Melbourne.

Paige graduated from St John’s in 2009 and went on to study a dual bachelor degree majoring in Human Resources and Psychology at the University of Queensland (UQ). On completing her studies at UQ in 2013 Paige secured a role as State Recruitment Coordinator, QLD & NT at the Sussan Group in her hometown of Brisbane.

In 2015, an opportunity came up to develop her career in Melbourne as Group Recruitment Manager for the group which includes retail brands Sportsgirl, Sussan and Suzanne Grae. Within this role Paige looks after the recruitment for all Head Office positions for the Sportsgirl and Sussan brands including buying, marketing, retail operations and visual merchandising as well as the ‘group’ departments that work across the three brands.

In addition, Paige oversees the recruitment for all their stores across Australia together with providing coaching and development to all the state based Recruitment Coordinators and store teams.

For Paige being awarded this title from the Australian Retailers Association solidifies that she has chosen the right career path.  Paige said “although I am proud of all the ground work that I have established over the past twelve months since commencing my new role, I am looking forward to building upon this and rolling out our new recruitment strategy”. Paige is also set to grow the knowledge of the groups’ store managers with the role out of new training programs which will enable the managers to make smarter more effective decisions to allow them to focus on what they really enjoy – fashion!

Congratulations to Paige on this wonderful achievement and St John’s wishes her all the very best in the next stage in her career.

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