Meet the Team

Chris Andrews Founder and Head of Advisory

Chris has over 25 years of recruitment experience and has been Director in the UK and Australia in both agile, boutique environments and large global listed names. He has managed permanent and contract teams across disciplines including Sales, Marketing, ICT, Accounting, Professional Services, and Operations. He founded Stone to create a more personal approach to hiring and is loving the challenge of steering the evolution towards a new, innovative and authentic offering. Chris has always dreamed of being a rock guitarist – a career path that was only derailed by a massive lack of talent.

Jon Wright Head of Recruitment Delivery

Jon is a CPA-qualified accountant who brings over nine years of commercial accounting and operations experience - his last role before Stone was General Manager of a rapidly growing Building & Construction business. As Head of Recruitment Delivery, he loves mobilising the team to track down and engage talent that nobody else could find for his clients. Ever the sports fanatic, Jon is a superfan of the AFL’s underdogs, the St Kilda Saints and spends his weekend cheering them on, or playing with his baby boy, Austin.

Emily Matthews Social Media, Marketing and Consultant

Emily has a unique blend of marketing and recruitment experience which she has gained through living and working in the UK and Australia. With a passion for people and words, she is Stone’s creative guru. Emily stumbled across Stone in ways no-one can remember but is very glad she did as she feels that they are a very cool company to work for and have great values. When she's not working, she is eating pizza, listening to true crime podcasts, or hanging out with her dogs, Rufus and Dobby.

Smetha Raju Associate Consultant

Smetha has completed her Master of Business Administration in Human Resources and comes from a background of recruitment, logistics and education counselling. As an Associate Consultant at Stone, her role is to contribute to the growth and reach of the business, with a strong focus on both our clients and candidates. Other than dancing around the room (due to the inordinate amount of coffee that she drinks a day), she also enjoys watching comedy movies and absolutely, definitely will not be listening to true crime podcasts.

Our Story So Far

I started Stone in 2010, after learning the ropes in listed multinationals both here and in the UK. Fast forward through several roller-coaster years and we had cemented a solid list of great clients, many of whom I now count as friends.

But there was still a big gap in the market that needed to be filled. I wanted a way for clients to unlock more value from us which meant we needed to start to view hiring as a key part of a much wider process.

That path led us to where Stone is today; an ecosystem of services for all your hiring needs.

Chris Andrews,Founder