Blackadder Associates

Blackadder Associates is a Sydney-based management consulting practice specialising in executive recruitment, strategic advice and development programs for local government across Australia.

Since being established in 2007, we have built a reputation for providing quality services to Councils and are sought after for management advice and support. We understand the dynamics and complexities of local government, especially in the high-pressure environment in which Councillors operate.

The company has skills in organisation and community strategic planning, management development, organisation reviews, shared services, executive recruitment, policy development and governance reviews. It also has significant experience in providing training for councillors in governance and performance management, and for executive staff in performance management through performance agreements, mentoring and coaching.

Business Efficiency

We work with Council to identify opportunities to increase efficiency and effectiveness, reduce operating costs and provide services which exceed community expectations. Our business efficiency tools include organisation reviews, best value service reviews, shared services and strategic planning.

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Executive Recruitment

When it comes to recruiting the right people to join and lead your team, our team has strong networks locally, nationally and internationally that help us draw on enthusiastic and experienced candidates for a range of executive roles. We also have a network of experienced interim managers to fill the gaps during recruitment or extended leave.

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Leadership Development

We have a passion for working with council and senior management to ensure that individuals and teams are operating to their maximum potential. From coaching and mentoring to inductions, training, team development and performance reviews, we have the ability to develop outstanding leaders and managers.

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Governance

Using our self-assessment toolkit, we can help council review its performance as a board and identify opportunities for improvement. We can provide a framework to ensure the organisation is structured, operated and controlled in a way that achieves long-term strategic goals and good customer and employee relations.

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Recent Appointments

Congratulations to the following people on their new appointment:

  • Denny Groth - Waverley Council - Executive Manager People and Culture
  • Dirk Wymer - Cowra Shire Council - Director Infrastructure and Operations
  • Kerry Anne Fitzgerald - Armidale Regional Council - Program Leader Information Technology
  • Warren Faulkner - Liverpool Plains Shire Council - Director Engineering
  • Luke Taberner - Cabonne Shire Council - Director Finance and Corporate Services
  • Philip Perram - Armidale Regional Council - Service Leader Business Units
  • Peter Neil - Queanbeyan Palerang Regional Council - General Manager Organisation Capability

Executive Vacancies

Armidale Regional Council - Program Leader Safety and Wellbeing

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This is a challenging and exciting leadership opportunity to bring your workplace health & safety expertise to this progressive Council. 

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Inverell Shire Council - Director Corporate and Economic Services

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An exciting opportunity to bring fresh, energetic leadership and drive the corporate and financial operations for Inverell Shire Council.

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King Island Council - General Manager

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Deliver service excellence with passion and drive in this key leadership role and advance King Island Council to the next phase of its exciting future.

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