Derwent Executive

A leading executive search and talent advisory firm

With expertise across a range of industry sectors and a strong in-country presence, we are ideally positioned to provide high-calibre talent and effective guidance to your organisation.

We specialise in talent acquisition strategies and solutions, including Executive Search, Interim Management, Board Appointments, and senior executive roles. We invite you to explore our website to learn more about the services we can offer you and your organisation.

Please contact us to discuss your requirements in more detail.


Derwent Executive

Comprehensive Executive Search & Selection

A sound knowledge of industries we serve and understanding the business dynamics of markets positions us to set up an assignment for success. Sourcing and assessing top performers are essential features of our search process. Our value proposition extends beyond generating talent pools, to advising clients through to offer management, onboarding strategies

At Derwent Executive, we have proven experience and expertise in conducting searches for Board, C-suite and senior executive roles in a range of industries.


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Building Board Effectiveness

At Derwent Executive, we have deep understanding of board composition, structure, duties, and responsibilities gained through extensive experience across industry sectors.

We have two distinct board channels in our Advisory service: Executive Search across the 5 Board settings (ASX or equivalent, Government/Semi-Government, Private, Not-for-Profit/Charity, and Local Subsidiary of a Multinational) and Board Reviews focusing on board composition, skills, diversity, and board effectiveness.

We have the ability to search and select high-calibre individuals for executive and non-executive director appointments using traditional and innovative search methods.


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Flexible Interim Solutions

Organisations often need to appoint a senior executive on a short-term basis. This can be for a variety of reasons including specific projects, mergers and acquisitions, or to implement strategic or organisational change.

Benefitting from an interim executive’s specialist expertise for a fixed period of time can be a very flexible and cost-effective solution for an organisation.

At Derwent Executive, we have the ability to respond promptly and effectively to interim executive search requirements across industries and functions.


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Functional Specialists, Every Time

At Derwent Executive we have developed our business across industry verticals, functional specialisation and locations. We have extensive knowledge and exposure to the region's growth opportunities.

Our Industry experts find exceptional talent through a combination of deep industry knowledge, profound research competency, high media profile and extensive database which positions us uniquely in the market to provide quick access to passive and active talent pools.


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The Derwent Difference

Track Record
Close Collaboration
Industry Expertise
Strong Relationships
Comprehensive Approach
Market Knowledge

Featured Jobs | View all jobs ...

21-Oct-2016 · NSW · Industrial

Partner the CEO and Board to drive the growth of this business

Highly successful facilities management business looking to appoint proven sales director
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20-Oct-2016 · China · Consumer & Retail

New role with a successful consumer business looking to hire a Call Center Director with a strong track record in providing customer excellence.
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Sydney Pathway to the Boardroom event a huge success
Speakers Alison Deans and Chris Cuffe addressed over 100 CEOs and Senior Executives
26-Aug-2016 | Michelle Gardiner

Pathway to the Boardroom event in Sydney
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HONG KONG - Designing the Perfect Pre-IPO Board
14-Jun-2016 | Chris Contino

For this Better Boards Breakfast, Derwent Executive in partnership with Financial Times, have invited Sam Garg, a professor of strategy and entrepreneurship at HKUST Business School in Hong Kong, to share his insights into why the structure and organisation of a pre-IPO board is so crucial to the success of a company listing.
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I would like to commend the services provided by the Derwent Executive team which was at all times highly professional, committed and effective. I would be very happy to recommend your services to other clients and use your firm again in the future

Roger Hussey, Chairman
Southern Ports Authority

Derwent Executive proved to be a partner who listened, analysed and advised. They met the brief by presenting a range of diverse and relevant candidates that ultimately delivered a quality hiring result.

Jennifer Schembri , Executive General Manager Human Resources
Australian Turf Club, Randwick

Derwent Executive and the process ran by Mike O'Sullivan provided a great selection of external CFO candidates and an impartial process for us to fairly assess them against our own internal applicants that demonstrated good practice to all involved and the best possible appointment.

Andy Crane, CEO
CBH Group

Derwent Executive provide an excellent ongoing service. They take the time to understand the culture of the organisation and the people within it. Derwent executive can be relied upon to provide a strong list of highly suitable candidates.

Gaye McMath, Chief Operating Officer
University of Western Australia

I have enjoyed a strong relationship with Sally Langer and the Perth team over many years. Professional service, honest dialogue with urgency and transparency.

Ned Montarello, Managing Director / CEO

Derwent Executive provides a highly effective, professional recruitment service by taking the time to understand your culture and using their fantastic networks to source people who will be a great fit. Highly recommended.

Linda O'Farrell, Group Manager

I have always found my experiences with Derwent to be a very good collaborative approach to drive the most successful outcome. They listen to your requirements, take the time to understand the business and ensure candidate fit with the values and non-negotiable competencies required for the role that they are looking to fill.

Michael Ricci, Chief Executive Officer
MG Kailis Group

Brookfield Rail has worked extensively and closely with the team at Derwent with great success over many years. The Perth team have continued to deliver great results for our business and we really enjoy working with them.

Paul Larsen, CEO
Brookfield Rail

Derwent Perth has delivered significant value over many years. Their ability to understand organisational culture and role requirements mixed with expert knowledge of the market and candidates have allowed Sally, Julie and the team to continuously introduce great talent at crucial times.

Jason Clifton, Executive General Manager Strategy

I have known the Perth team at Derwent Executive for several years. Derwent has assisted with some key appointments to BC Iron and I have always found their approach professional, timely and most importantly, specifically customised to the Company and the role.

Morgan Ball, Managing Director
BC Iron Limited

Working with Mat Newman has always been a pleasure as he has a terrific balance between providing strategic insights, 'black-hatting' alternatives when necessary and running a tight process, all with a relaxed and amiable style. In the often challenging environment of recruiting the best executive for your organization, I could not recommend Mat Newman more highly.

Chris Nunis, CEO

Mat Newman is an outstanding executive recruiter because of his ability to intuitively understand the needs of a business, and then leverage his extensive networks to quickly find the best person to meet the requirements. More than once, Mat’s insights have added real value in filling challenging roles for me and my organisations by working with me to better define position requirements and then quickly building a short-list of the right candidates. Most importantly, I have found all the candidates sourced by Mat to be highly reliable and excellent at what they do.

Brent Dankesreither, former COO
Murdoch Children’s Research Institute

I worked with Andrew McEncroe and Derwent Executive for an important Investor Relations role in a previous job. We wanted to go outside the basket of ‘usual suspects’ to find a different type of candidate. Andrew and his team sourced a highly skilled expat in London, who was subsequently appointed to the role. Throughout the search, Andrew kept me up to date with potential candidates and I always appreciated his frank assessment of their positives and negatives. He also took the time to understand the needs of the organisation and to ensure there was a strong cultural alignment – he didn’t just try to jam a square peg in a round hole. I’d happily recommend him as a recruiter for a role in the communications area.

Karyn Munsie, Group Executive
Bank of Queensland

Over the last few months I have had the privilege and pleasure to work closely with Winnie Wan. Not only have I found Winnie to be reliable but also a good judge of character. She will not hesitate to think outside the square to deliver the best outcome for her clients. In addition, she is punctual and follows the process, highlighting all the details at every step. I certainly recommend Winnie and her team to any future clients or candidates.

Olivier Godbille, Vice President Sales
Asia Pacific of Mamas & Papas

I have known the team of consultants at Derwent Executives for a few years, and they are all highly effective professionals who would go an extra mile to help their clients. I am always confident with each candidate profile Derwent Executive send through, knowing they take the time to screen and measure competencies & cultural fit for our organization. I am also impressed with their working style, never too pushy, however remain assertive over areas they feel they need to insist on, which also challenges me or my company to think from different perspectives. All in all I am happy to work with Derwent Executive, and I look forward to having more assignments with them in future.

Joyce Yu, HR Director
Pernod Ricard Asia Duty Free