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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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:

  • Charlotte Hoddle - Gunnedah Shire Council - Economic Development Manager
  • Stephen Harding - Cabonne Shire Council - General Manager
  • Phil Costello - Shoalhaven City Council - Director Planning, Environment and Development
  • Liz Rankin - Eurobodalla Shire Council - Divisional Manager Strategic Services
  • Kim Bryan - Armidale Regional Council - Service Leader People, Safety and Communications
  • Greg Lawrence - Armidale Regional Council - Service Leader Economic Development and Marketing
  • Rob Shaw - Armidale Regional Council - Service Leader Roads and Parks

Executive Vacancies

Armidale Regional Council - 5 Program Leaders

This exciting, progressive Council is seeking five (5) Program Leaders to help bring the vision for this region to fruition. 

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Cabonne Shire - Two Directors Required

Cabonne Shire - 2 x Director Positions Cabonne Shire - 2 x Director Positions (223 KB)

The new General Manager is seeking to create an exceptional senior management team. These two positions have now become available due to Council no longer being amalgamated, and here is your opportunity to lead the way with this well resourced and financially sound organisation.

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Interim Management Opportunities
Proven business leaders needed for inclusion on our Interim Manager Database

Are you a high achieving, proven business leader, capable of stepping into critical roles at short notice? Do you have a solid background in senior local government management? If so then you may want to consider registering for inclusion on our Interim Manager database.

An interim manager career offers some distinct advantages over full time employment as it can:

  1. Fast-track your experience – you’ll have increased scope to work in different environments and specialties areas and face varied challenges.
  2. Enable effective outcome delivery - It’s often easier to get required results by not being a permanent member of staff, as you aren’t drawn into organisational politics and bureaucracy.
  3. Expand your network - Meeting more people leads to wider networks. Performing well in a role can bring referral work and build your profile.
  4. Give you greater flexibility - Assignments are usually for a short to medium period of time enabling a higher degree of life work balance.

Status: Ongoing Applications Accepted

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