As an experienced local government recruitment business, we have access to a pool of highly experienced executive leaders and senior-level professionals who are ready for an immediate short-term or longer-term assignment.

Our work across Australia tells us that times are moving quickly, and managers are moving even faster. Whether through retirement, organisation change or the greater mobility of the workforce, jobs for life are uncommon. When managers move on to other ventures they leave a temporary gap in the management team that must be filled.

Many Councils see the advantages of bringing in a highly experienced leader or professional who can independently and carefully settle the organisation and provide the necessary leadership and expertise.

We have access to a pool of leaders and professionals, with a range of skills and abilities, across all areas of local government and available for immediate short-term (weeks) or long-term (months) assignments, including:

CEO/GMs – We have executives with impressive leadership experience in the CEO/GM role, some with professional backgrounds in engineering, finance, law, corporate and community services. Contact us to discuss your CEO/GM Interim needs.

Engineering Specialists – Our Interims are experienced at CEO/GM, director and manager levels and specialisation in civil engineering, traffic management, asset management, building construction and maintenance and project management. Contact us to discuss your Engineering Interim needs.

Town Planning Specialists – Some of our Interims have over 30 years experience in regional and rural councils, with specialisation in development control, strategic planning, building certification, health control, environmental services and compliance and strategic policy making. Contact us to discuss your Planning Interim needs.

Community Services Specialists – Our interims are highly experienced in community and library service management, asset management, project management, community engagement and policy development. Contact us to discuss your Community Services Interim needs.

Governance Specialists – working across multiple levels of government we have interims with experience in governance, general counsel, internal audit, records management, and project management. Contact us to discuss your Governance Interim needs.

Water and Sewer Specialist – Extensive water and sewer experience with expert knowledge in operation and maintenance of over 300 water and wastewater treatment plants and networks. Contact us to discuss your Water and Wastewater Interim needs.

Human Resources Specialists – Interims with human resources, system design, policy development, change management and organisation development experience. Contact us to discuss your Human Resources Interim needs.

Finance Specialists – Experienced with over 30 years’ in local government, including developing financial plans to meet community needs, preparing and managing effective annual budgets. Contact us to discuss your Finance Interim needs.

Contact us now to learn more about how our Interim Placement service can best meet your Council’s needs.


Blackadder Associates specialises in providing a range of high-quality consultancy services to local government.

Whether you want to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of your business, ensure that your managers and leadership teams are operating to their maximum potential, be confident that the organisation is well-governed, or need to recruiting senior managers, we have the proven capacity and capability to assist you.

Our key services are:


A recognised leader in local government executive recruitment, Blackadder Associates provides successful recruitment and placement for key executive leadership positions across all areas of Council.


As an experienced local government recruitment business, we have access to a pool of highly experienced executive and senior level professionals who are ready for an immediate short-term or longer-term assignment.


Leadership Development is central to our core business. Our expertise covers all aspects of leadership development.


An effective leadership team will ensure the successes of any organisation.


Do you know if your organisation is unpeeling its potential?


Future-proof your Council with strategic forward planning.


Knowing, understanding, and meeting your governance requirements is critical for local government.


The science of personality. Determine the best people with the best fit for your organisation.