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With four decades in local government, Stephen Blackadder has strong networks locally, nationally and internationally. His experience as a general manager with two large Sydney councils gives him a rare insight to the kind of person that will be suited to executive roles within a council environment.

Blackadder Associates is well placed to seek out suitable applicants for roles including General Manager, Director, Manager and key specialist positions. We have successfully recruited for positions of General Manager, Chief Executive Officer, Director Engineering Services, Director Infrastructure Services, Director Corporate Services, Manager Development Control, Human Resources Manager and Organisation Development Manager. Our broad contacts result in a significant number of applications and our friendly and professional approach is greatly appreciated by both applicant and client. Our rates and service are superior to that of established recruitment firms.


We readvertised the role of Director Infrastructure Services as we needed to ensure the recruitment of a high quality person with the requisite experience and depth of knowledge that the position demands. Our choice in appointing Blackadder Associates was vindicated in the subsequent appointment of an outstanding local government professional to the role. Stephen’s personal involvement and industry experience was fundamental in attracting a high quality field for the role. His communication throughout was outstanding and we would not hesitate to use his services again for recruitment to specialist positions.

Andrew Crakanthorp, former Director Corporate Services, Wagga Wagga City Council

Thank you very much for your assistance with the Tamworth role. Your honestly and support was a breath of fresh air for me and has left a lasting positive influence. Your recruitment process was warm, welcoming and allowed me to feel at ease. One of the significant advantages of your process was the wealth of information that you provided on my strengths and the possible areas for improvement. I look forward to the next recruitment opportunity with Blackadder Associates.

Brett Exelby, former Manager Finance and Customer Service, Colac Otway Shire Council

I thought I would send you a quick note just to give you some feedback about my experience dealing with you from a candidates perspective. I have now dealt with a number of recruitment agencies in Australia and haven't yet come across any as efficient or as positive to deal with as you, so thought I should tell you! I particularly valued the personal approach you use and how quickly you responded to requests and how well you kept me informed with progress and made sure I knew what was expected of me. It was really great to get almost immediate feedback after the interview in Sydney and to hear about your thoughts in relation to why I did not get the job. While I realise that agencies are dealing with lots of applications, it is quite disconcerting when you have no idea what is happening with your application, or why you are not successful - this was never the case with you. Thanks for the very professional way you dealt with my application process

Stella Ford, Service Delivery Integration Manager, New Zealand

Having seen the fantastic opportunity at Woollahra Council advertised, I was just about to contact Stephen to discuss the role when he contacted me. It seemed from our initial discussions that it would be a good match and that is exactly how it has turned out. From my experience, Stephen has a great skill in matching the right person with the right Council and his professional and friendly approach makes what can be a stressful process very easy. Stephen makes an effort to get to know as many people as he can in local government so when opportunities arise, he already has a good understanding of who may be interested in the role.

Stephen Dunshea, Director Corporate Services, Woollahra Council

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