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:

  • Graham Kennett - Kyogle Council, General Manager
  • Jane Redden - Narromine Shire Council, General Manager
  • Peter Dennis - Armidale Regional Council, Chief Executive Officer
  • Mark Piorkowski - Armidale Regional Council, Group Leader Service Delivery
  • Lindsay Woodland - Armidale Regional Council, Group Leader Organisation Services
  • Debra Dawson - Bayside Council, Director City Life
  • Michael McCabe - Bayside Council, Director City Futures
  • Daniel Fabri - Bayside Council, Director City Performance
  • Suketu Bhatt - Eurobodalla Shire Council, Director Infrastructure Services
  • Jason Deller - Bega Valley Shire Council, Manager Strategy and Asset Services

Executive Vacancies

Queanbeyan Palerang Regional Council - Four Portfolio General Managers

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A great future lies ahead for this growing and prosperous region and we need four outstanding portfolio General Managers to help guide the new Council.... read more
Shire of Weddin - Director Engineering

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Help shape the future of this thriving rural community.

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Bega Valley - Manager Project Development

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A highly effective Project Manager with excellent stakeholder engagement skills is needed.

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