Summa is a qualified Criminologist who has been in the background checking industry since 1998 when the industry was in its infancy in Australia and Asia. In these early days, Summa was instrumental in developing the principles of international screening in the Asia-pacific region as demands developed from the USA and UK.
Summa is PeopleCheck’s Managing Director and is responsible for the overall operations, day-to-day and strategic decisions, including overseeing all client relationships and processes. Summa reports to PeopleCheck’s board on a regular basis and prides herself on being an active Managing Director. Although PeopleCheck has grown significantly since 2006, Summa believes in “getting her hands dirty” to ensure she is in touch with her clients, candidates and PeopleCheck’s day-to-day processes. When starting PeopleCheck in 2006, Summa’s goal was to establish a unique background checking provider with three core philosophies:
- Customer service
- Industry knowledge
These key goals continue to underpin PeopleCheck’s service delivery to this day.
Summa’s passion lies in educating the market and clients about background checking solutions with an emphasis on the Asia-Pacific region. Her product knowledge and experience in the background checking industry is well recognised in her speaking engagements at various fraud prevention conferences, industry webinars and in publications. Summa continually assists her clients and peers across all aspects of the process including: initiating and implementing a background checking program; guidance on privacy and security; understanding reported results; and client communication strategies with candidates and stakeholders.
Summa is a founding member of the APAC National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS) Chapter, Secretary of the APAC NAPBS Executive Committee, as well as Chair of the APAC International Education Committee. The goal of this committee is to create meaningful dialogue across the international screening community to increase education, as well as the understanding of needs and expectations of background checking firms and their clients.