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About Pacific People

Learn more about how Pacific People, the first Pacific-wide specialised end-to-end recruitment service.

AVI Pacific People is the first Pacific-wide specialised end-to-end recruitment service headquartered in Suva, Fiji.

We work with clients across all sectors to design their organisational structures, roles and responsibilities and advise them on how to attract, develop, reward, and motivate their employees. We also help them develop robust business/organisational plans that will deliver business results in a sustainable manner.

We offer our clients a range of HR and Business solutions including Talent Acquisition, Organisational Development, Rewards, Leadership Development and Business Advisory Support.

Why choose us?

  • Our consultants understand workplaces. We have real life business experience across a wide range of industry sectors.
  • We know the Pacific. Our knowledge of local issues and our networks across the region have been built over many years.
  • We draw upon the combined expertise and experience of our local consultants with our international reach through Australian Volunteers International (AVI), to provide the best people solutions for your workplace needs.
  • We utilise world’s best recruitment practices and technology to underpin our expertise and experience to maximise our ability to identify, select and validate the right people for you.

We look forward to working with you.

Our People

Kathy Townsend


Kathy is Managing Director of Kathleen Townsend Executive Solutions, a national executive search firm, working with organisations in the corporate, government and not-for-profit sectors to appoint Board Directors, CEOs and their direct reports. Prior to establishing the firm, Kathy was a Partner with Australia’s largest search firm, Amrop International. Previously she spent a number of years as an Adviser to the Attorney General before being appointed as the head of the Office of the Status of Women in the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet in Canberra. 

Having worked in international development in Malaysia and Pakistan, Kathy maintains an active personal and professional interest in the sector. An experienced company director, Kathy served on the Council of Swinburne University where she was Deputy Chancellor for six years. She is a member and occasional presenter for the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Kathy is the Chair of the AVI Board.

Paul Bird


Paul is the Chief Executive of AVI. As a Chartered Accountant (England & Wales, Australia), Paul qualified with Andersens, before managing KPMG in West Africa. Since returning to Australia 25 years ago, Paul has held leadership roles in business (General Manager of The Body Shop in Australia and New Zealand) and not-for-profits (Australian Red Cross, Mission Australia, World Vision). Paul has long standing relationships with a number of Australian Universities, including the University of Melbourne.

Jenny Seeto

Advisory Board member

Jenny was Managing Partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers until her retirement in December 2017. Jenny’s 40 years’ experience include services she has provided in the areas of assurance, taxation and a wide range of advisory work in finance and human resources related areas. She has provided services to a diverse range of international, regional and local entities in various sectors of the economy. She has advised Company Boards, engaged in active dialogue with Regulators and has a proven track record of providing advice on public policy, regulatory issues, strategy and organizational structures.

Jenny’s vast human resources consulting experience includes executive search and selection, remuneration reviews, job evaluations, identification of key competencies, design of position descriptions, HR policies and practices and organizational reviews. Jenny is a fellow of the Fiji Human Resources Institute. She is currently the Chair of Fiji Mediation Centre (FMC) and has previously been involved in many national roles including Public Enterprise Reform Advisory Committee and Public Service Commission. She has also been a member of USP’s Council and the Board of Governors of the Fiji Institute of Technology.

Ian MacCallum

Advisory Board member

Ian has amassed over 30 years’ experience in the recruitment and employee benefits industries. After graduating from Swinburne Institute of Technology, Ian realised his passion was in the Human Resources field. He has held notable roles including COO for Hays Personnel Services for Australia and NZ, Managing Director Select Care Personnel, Director at Vedior Asia Pacific (now Randstad) and as Co-founder of Accesspay, a provider of employee benefits programs. Ian continues to act as a Non-Executive Director of Rimfire Resources, the largest search and selection business in the Agriculture sector in Australasia.

Thelma Taria-Savua

General Manager

Thelma is the General Manager of AVI Pacific People. She is a Certified Member of Australian Human Resources Institute and Certified Professional of the Fiji Human Resources Institute. Thelma is a qualified business executive with over 15 years’ leadership experience in senior and executive management positions with three years’ experience as a General Manager with BAT Samoa.

Thelma possesses more than 10 years’ experience in senior HRM roles across statutory and private sector organisations. She has a proven track record for delivering business results, driving organisational change and has a great passion for developing and nurturing strong leaders and teams. Thelma recently served on the senior leadership teams of British American Tobacco (BAT) companies in Fiji, Papua New Guinea, New Zealand and Samoa.