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Advisory Board

The Derwent Executive Advisory Board was established in November 2011.

It comprises four senior executives all of whom bring a wealth of expertise and experience in their specialist fields.

The Board is an invaluable source of advice, ideas and support to the Derwent Executive senior management team.


Ben Derwent

As Managing Director, Ben leads the strategy and overall management of the Company. Ben has a hands-on focus, playing a key role in our client acquisition, relationship management and retention processes. He also focuses on our board selection practice and private equity relationships.

Ben guides the overall strategy for the company and is a key driver of our culture and philosophy. As a result of Ben's vision, stewardship, strategic business development and long term client relationship management skills we have achieved brand recognition and a reputation for consistent delivery.


David Jones - Chairman

David is Executive Chairman of VGI Partners, a global fund manager. David has spent over twenty years investing in businesses. David spent seventeen years in the private equity sector, as a Managing Director at CHAMP Private Equity (2002-2011); Executive Director and Country Head of UBS Capital (1999-2002) and a Division Director at Macquarie Direct Investment (1994-1999). Since 2011, David has been focused in the renewable energy sector via Kudos Energy, and previously at Better Place Australia. He started his career at McKinsey & Company, and was General Manager of Butterfields Cheese Factories, part of the King Island Dairies Group. David studied Mechanical Engineering (University of Melbourne, First Class Honours) and an MBA (Harvard Business School). He is also Chair of the National Museum of Australia, and a Non-Executive Director of EMR Capital, Global Sources Limited, and EC English.


Murray Bleach

Murray is a corporate adviser and non-executive director of a number of innovative companies and institutions. Murray has 23 years experience in investment banking with a particular focus on acquisitions and financing, funds management, infrastructure, transport and property. He has been the CEO of an Australian listed company and CEO and USA Country Head (based in New York) for one of Australia’s leading Investment Banks. His current adviser and director roles cover a wide range of sectors and his responsibilities include Chairman as well as Committee member for Risk, Audit, Compensation and Investment Committees. Murray is a NED for start-up Internet companies Zanbato, Society One and Together Let's, for listed company Energy Action Limited, for unlisted Strongform group, for fund manager IFM Investors and Chairman of Suicide Prevention Australia. He is also a partner in Alfred Street Investment Partners.


Sue Tuffley

Sue served as Strategy & Operations Director of Korn/Ferry Australia and Managing Director (Australia) at Futurestep a Korn/Ferry company. She was instrumental in helping Futurestep become a market leader in the country and was part of APAC leadership team. Prior to joining Futurestep, Sue worked in a variety of consulting and operational roles with a major Australian human resource consultancy. Her earlier career was in the health arena, in public and private sector Australia and the U.K. Sue holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Queensland, a post-graduate diploma from Cumberland College of Health Sciences, an Executive MBA from the Australian Graduate School of Management, University of NSW and is a Graduate of the AICD.

Sue complements our Board by bringing deep industry insight and diversity of opinion.


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Testimonials

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

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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
Rentsmart

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
Fortescue

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
Bankwest

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
Placard

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

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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