Meet the Team

Bill Banham, Publisher & Editor

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Bill Banham, Publisher and Editor at The HR Gazette, is a Toronto-based Marketing and Editorial professional with a background in Publishing, Events and Software.

Bill has worked with numerous HR-focused brands in the UK and North America including HRreview, TalentCulture, HRmarketer, Sprigg HR, and Team Fitness Tool. Bill is also President at Iceni Marketing and Co-Founder of the innovatework event series and the WorkingTech show.

Tim Baker, Community Director

Tim Baker is a Toronto-based HR Consultant & Advisor for startups and small business at Tim Baker HR. His diverse professional background includes Operations, Customer Service and Human Resources Management. Throughout all of his professional endeavors, there has been a commonality – the impact people have in an organization. Tim is also an active volunteer with his HRPA chapter in communications and social media.


Kevin W Grossman, Advisor / Community Advocate

kevingKevin is the Talent Board President responsible for all aspects of the Candidate Experience Awards program and other Talent Board activities for North America. In partnership with The HR Gazette team, Kevin also produces and hosts the popular weekly Reach West Radio show and co-hosts the popular WorkingTech podcast.

Kevin co-founded the TalentCulture “world of work” community with Meghan M. Biro and developed and co-hosted the popular weekly TalentCulture #TChat Show (radio show and Twitter chat).

Liz Sheffield, Community Manager

lizsLiz Sheffield is Community Manager at The HR Gazette, avid writer and regular contributor to O.C. Tanner’s ‘a magazine’, covering topics such as organizational culture, employee engagement, rewards and recognition, health and wellness, big data, HR, #hrtech, work-life balance.

Liz works with brands in the HR space to deliver content in a variety of formats including articles, blog posts, case studies, white papers, social media and training materials.

Rob Catalano, Community Manager

Rob CatalanoRob Catalano is passionate about helping companies succeed by leveraging technology to make employees successful. As a founding employee, Rob spent 10-years at Achievers.. With his unique experience in HR Technology, Rob co-founded WorkTango – a platform that helps managers build authentic relationships and trust with their employees and teams. Rob is also co-founder of the innovatework event series.

Barb Buckner, Community Manager

BarbBarb Buckner is a seasoned HR professional with over 20 years experience working in start-ups, family-owned businesses, small/medium-sized corporations and not-for-profit volunteer organizations.

As a true strategic partner, Chicago-based Barb adds value to each organization she has work with from initiatives such as: streamlining and updating processes, increasing manager-employee communication, formalizing hiring & performance management procedures and adding new benefits to help attract and retain top talent.


Chris Bailey, Community Manager

chrisbChris has developed a considerable skill set in Talent Acquisition, HR, Business Development and outsourcing during a successful career covering several jurisdictions including Europe, Bermuda and Grand Cayman.

Cayman-based Chris is a highly experienced pro in international HR, search and selection. As a Director at PwC, Chris leads some of the most successful offshore HR & Recruiting teams in Grand Cayman and the Caribbean.

Steven G Davis, Community Manager
stevedSteve is Director of Human Resources at NCABGroupUSA, one of the leading PCB suppliers in the world. The company has locations in 13 countries around the globe including states in Europe, China, and the United States.Steve, based in New Hampshire, is also a co-moderator of the popular #Jobhuntchat

Kate Salmon, Community Manager

katesKate Salmon is communications and content specialist. In addition to covering events for The HR Gazette and leading lots of our social media efforts, Kate is Communications Specialist at Learnography, a non-profit consulting organization committed to creating transformative learning experiences. Kate’s writing is informed by Learnography’s team of former educators, and by her own indomitable affinity for self-reflection.

Kate’s writing is informed by Learnography’s team of former educators, and by her own indomitable affinity for self-reflection.

Matt Manners, Community Manager

matt-362x366London-based Matt Manners is Founder of The Employee Engagement Awards & Conference which happen in the UK, US and Australia. Matt and his team’s mission is to recognise and celebrate the people-companies who remake the way organisations think about and engage people to achieve their purpose.

Matt helps educate the industry and economies worldwide to deliver a better employee experience. – to shine a light and celebrate the great work that was being ignored and to help educate those seeking to improve.


Shanna Landolt, Community Advocate

shannalIn addition to acting as a Community Advocate, Shanna is the author of Secrets From a Headhunter: LinkedIn Secrets for Pharmaceutical & Biotechnology Professionals and a contributing author to the book 101 Great Ways to Compete in Today’s Job Market.

Shanna’s recruitment firm, The Landolt Group specializes in pharmaceutical and biotechnology search. Her consulting firm, Linked Insider Secrets works with corporations to leverage the combined power of their employee’s networks to attract talent.

Rowena Morais, Associate Editor

rowenaRowena Morais is the Editor and Programme Director of VerticalDistinct.com. An entrepreneur and writer based in Kuala Lumpur, she has a passion for HR and Tech.

She helps professionals stretch their imagination and reach for the stars through the Vertical Distinct publishing platform and through a range of internationally accredited on-demand technical and professional courses offered throughout Asia Pacific and the Middle East. Follow her blog on the entrepreneurial journey and personal growth

John Hollon, Associate Editor

John HollonJohn Hollon is an award-winning journalist and expert on leadership, talent management, human resources, and smart workforce practices. John worked as Vice President for Editorial at ERE Media where he founded the highly popular HR and talent management website TLNT.com. Before that, he was Editor-in- Chief of Workforce Management magazine, the nation’s oldest HR and talent management publication. During his 30-year career, he has also held editing positions at the late Los Angeles Herald Examiner and California’s Orange County Register.

Paul Gray, Community Advocate

paul_gPaul Gray is Publisher at the award-winning UK-based HR publication HRreview. The publication is the UK’s leading independent HR news, information, opinion and analysis resource dedicated to human resources and related professionals.

Paul is also MD of Symposium, the UK’s leading independent producer of conferences for HR and related professions with dozens of events planned each year. The company’s conferences target delegates with interests in HR Strategy & Practice, Recruitment, Marketing and Communications, Health & Safety, Pay & Benefits, Employment Law, Training & Development, Diversity & Equality, and Branding.


Nicole Bendaly, Community Manager

nicoleNicole Bendaly, President of Kinect, helps organizations around the world to bring out the best in people. Nicole’s research in organizational behaviour began almost 15 years ago and she now focuses her research on understanding the factors critical to high-performance teams and leaders.

Nicole applies her knowledge and experience to the development of learning solutions and assessment tools, a number of which are being used in over 200 organizations across North America to successfully  change how people work together for the better.