About 2017-07-03T22:55:30+00:00

Meet The Octopus Team

Octopus is part of Emprevo, a company dedicated to changing the way the world works. With 21 years of professional experience, Octopus has developed benchmark systems and programs catering for all critical service and training requirements for the hospitality industry. We have an extensive list of contacts and established a significant industry footprint – providing the biggest network of quality candidates in hospitality recruitment.

Ashley Carey
General Manager | Business Solutions

Ashley has over 20 year’s sales, marketing and operations experience. His previous professional senior management roles include Managing Director, General Manager and General Manager Sales & Marketing. He has a proven ability to generate revenue and gain market share in competitive markets environments. Ashley holds a Master of Business Administration and has an elite sporting background which has seen him successfully lead and manage large teams.

Sue Kirkham
Culinary Manager

Sue first joined Octopus 8 months after it opened its doors. She has been the pre-eminent consultant, providing Melbourne’s largest team of quality chefs ever since. With Sue’s extensive knowledge of Melbourne’s hospitality industry, she is perfectly equipped to work the miracles you need to run your business!

Ebony Mellor
Business Solutions Director

Ebony is a Business Solutions Director with Octopus Hospitality and Events, part of the Emprevo Group.
By capitalising on her strengths in market knowledge, strategy and communication Ebony initiates new channels of business, whilst nurturing existing client relationships. She has been able to generate results with all levels of business and is known as a ‘doer’, ensuring that no stone goes unturned in getting the best outcome for a client.

Cris Koukoutsis
Senior Staffing Coordinator

Cris has worked with Octopus for the past five years in the field and the office and has an extensive knowledge of hospitality. She has established strong relationships with candidates and major clients in her role as the Senior Staffing Coordinator.  

Leigh Herbert
Business Solutions Director

Leigh has over 25 years’ experience in B2B & B2C distribution channels where he has worked with & grown market share with some of the world’s leading sports, footwear, apparel & outdoor brands. Leigh has successfully dealt with many major retailers in Australia/NZ & has extensive knowledge of international markets.

Toni Flynn
General Manager Human Resources

Toni serves as a key player on our executive team, working collaboratively to develop and implement effective recruitment strategies; training & development, compensation and employee benefit programs, HR & OH&S policies and procedures, and healthy employee/employer relations. She has a Graduate Diploma in Business majoring in Psychology and Organisational Behaviour and a Diploma of Education.

Josh Piper
GM Information Technology & Communications

Josh is General Manager of Information Technology and Communications. He has over 25 years of Corporate experience in Aged Care and professional services. His experience and skill set is significant, including improving service delivery through embracing efficient use of technology and communications.