Article written by Dexter Cousins

Fintech Masterclass Podcast - Hiring

Welcome to the first of our Masterclass podcast series. Every month we bring together experts from the Tier One People network to discuss a particular aspect of scaling a Fintech.

In this episode Dexter Cousins is joined by two special guests from the world of Talent and People to discuss hiring.

Emma Jones of Project F and Sophie Theen of Oakam group.  

The core to success of every tech business is hiring a diverse group of talented people. The stats show diversity isn't just the right thing to do for society, but it makes a positive impact on a companies financial performance. But with Fintech lagging behind other sectors when it comes to diversity, how can founders go about bridging the gender gap and build diverse teams?

About Emma Jones

Emma Jones has amassed a career in all things talent, spanning more than 25 years across global markets.  After building an enterprise channel for tech start-up recruitment specialists Mitchellake Emma joined fast growth SaaS company, Ansarada as Global Head of Talent, scaling to more than double its headcount in two years.

Emma founded Men Championing Change (Sydney & Melbourne) before embarking on her current venture, Project F.

Project F is a for-profit, social impact business helping companies around the world to surface and remove the systemic and structural derailers that cause women to quit tech mid-career.

To find out more about Project F and the 50/50 Program mentioned in the show:

Men Championing Change:

About Sophie Theen

Sophie Theen is a Talent and HR professional with a focus on Fintech. Studying a Bachelor of Engineering at Monash and MBA at Melbourne Business School, Sophie has gained notable experience in Australia and Europe.

As first HR person at Revolut, Sophie helped scale the business from 30-500 people. She then joined 11:FS as Global Head of HR and Talent supporting 300% growth.

Now at Oakam Group as Chief People and Customer Officer, Sophie brings a unique approach and perspective to the role of Talent and HR within tech startups.

Sophie's work is consistently recognised by the Fintech industry as a Standout 35 of the Innovate Finance Women in Fintech Powerlist 2018, 2019, 2020 Diversity Advocate and Leader

You can connect with Sophie -

And find out more about Oakam -

Founder of Tier One People and host of the Fintech Chatter Podcast.

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