Local Government Specialists

With decades of high-level local government experience, our specialist leadership team is a one-stop shop for local government support. We bring fresh and innovative ideas; professional, independent advice, and smart, practical solutions. We have an incredible depth of local and international experience and have specialised skills that can help guide, manage, train, counsel, support or strengthen any team of staff or councillors to unpeel their potential.

Let Blackadder Associates show how you can unpeel your Council’s true potential with our passion for and commitment to local government.

Unpeel your potential with the Blackadder Associates leadership team.



Managing Director

Stephen has extensive experience, spanning a 36-year career in Local Government; with 20 of those years in General Manager/CEO leadership roles. Since commencing Blackadder Associates, Stephen has been proactively involved in government committees and professional institutions; dedicated to the advancement of Local Government.

Stephen and his Associates are distinguished local government practitioners — former Council CEOs, General Managers, or Directors; and each with strengths of expertise in specialities specific to Local Government. Along with our talented admin team, the BA Team consistently provides our clients with exceptional results and client service excellence.

‘We know your challenges. We know your needs. Our specialists have lived, breathed, and worked in metro, regional, rural, and remote areas across Australia.’ — Stephen Blackadder


QLD Manager

Former CEO, specialising in: executive recruitment, executive performance reviews, leadership and team development coaching, culture and change management, transition planning and delivery, organisational reviews


NSW State Manager

Former Director / GM in a large merged Sydney Council and with over 13 years experience in Local Government, Helen leads important service arms – Executive Recruitment, Leadership Development, Coaching and Mentoring, and Service reviews. Most importantly, Helen brings a positive ‘people first’ approach to all her work.

John Oberhardt

QLD Associate

John held the Chief Operating Officer/ Deputy CEO position at Logan City for over 15 years until 2017. John is passionate about helping bring people together to find solutions to complex problems. His key focus areas are good governance, financial diligence, audit, understanding team dynamics, authentic leadership and organisational culture, professional mentoring and development.


Leadership Development Consultant

Senior Hogan personality assessor, specialising in: leadership development, personality assessments, 360 review assessments, leadership/team development coaching, culture and change management, senior management recruitment.


Rural Leadership Associate

Former GM, specialising in: executive recruitment, executive performance reviews and agreements, CEO/GM induction workshops, organisational reviews.


Rural Administration Manager

BA rural team’s manager for our internal processes and coordinator for our rural consultants and their assignments.


Business Leadership Associate

Former CEO specialising in: code of conduct reviews, organisational reviews, acting executive assignments.


Audit and Governance Associate

Former GM, specialising in: internal audit, fraud and misconduct investigations, fraud and corruption prevention reviews, probity, code of conduct.


The most respected and trusted local government management consulting firm in Australia.


To assist local councils in Australia to unpeel their true potential. We do this by assisting councillors and employees to shape the organisation and create a better lifestyle for their communities.


We are values-based and passionately apply the following:

INDEPENDENT PROFESSIONALISM — We deal with everyone in a fair, honest, and transparent manner, and give fearless advice

FRESH CREATIVITY — We bring innovative ideas and smart, practical solutions

HIGH RESPONSIVENESS — We meet deadlines and we take ownership of our results

UTMOST INTEGRITY — We do what we say we will do