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Specialist Advisers to the Boards of Australia
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Boardroom Partners offers services on a consultancy basis to boards and their directors to improve performance.

Having worked with boards exclusively for the past 15 years, we understand what makes the difference between a functional and an outstanding board. We are able to assist with issues of board composition, procedures, dynamics and performance review.

What sets Boardroom Partners apart from other advisers, registers or board consultants?

Boardroom Partners can help your board move up the performance ladder.

Depth
The depth of our experience as board consultants and advisers would be hard to beat. We have an enviable position in the board advisory market through:

Able to source the best available solution, no matter the origin A specialised knowledge of the available 'supply' of non-executives
Extensive market intelligence about both the 'supply' and 'demand' of the non-executive world
Extensive market intelligence about both the 'supply' and 'demand' of the non-executive world
A strong reputation for identifying new and high potential directors who have not yet achieved a public profile
A strong reputation for identifying new and high potential directors who have not
yet achieved a public profile
An unmatched reputation and contacts in the female non-executive director market.
An unmatched reputation and contacts in the female non-executive director market.
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Independence
We are a truly independent board consulting service, specialising in non-executive work.
This means we are:
Not involved or compromised in any way by executive search
Not involved or compromised in any way by executive search
Not owned or controlled by any other parties
Not owned or controlled by any other parties
Able to source the best available solution, no matter the origin Directly involved in the business as hands on principals
Able to source the best available solution, no matter the origin Able to source the best available solution, no matter the origin
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Client Sensitive
We are particularly attuned to client needs, meaning that we can offer:
A reasonable fee structure
A reasonable fee structure
Comparisons across boards based on our diverse client base
Comparisons across boards based on our diverse client base
Tailored approaches to individual assignments, not a boiler plate approach
Tailored approaches to individual assignments, not a boiler plate approach
A flexible team approach, built to suit your specific needs.
A flexible team approach, built to suit your specific needs
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Values
Good Governance (underpins a successful operation)
We have always been strong advocates of good governance and the core principles of independence, transparency and accountability are important in our operations.

We believe that a sensible approach to governance will produce rewards for any organization, either in terms of immediate returns or long-term sustainability.

Intellectual Curiosity (will always find a better way)
We do not work in a 'boiler plate' style, and delight in considering your issues afresh. While we see common themes in governance and board composition, we will always seek to explore your situation and design a suitable approach based on our years of experience. We are all well qualified and respect the discipline of structured learning and thinking.

Absolute Independence (allows for creative thinking)
We value the independence of quality advisers, and like to work with clients who see this as an asset too. We are not owned or accountable to any firm with whom we might have a conflict of interest.
We pride ourselves on our ability to give honest and objective advice without fear or favour.

Diversity (means that we guarantee to find people you don't know)
In search assignments, we pride ourselves on an extensive knowledge of qualified people in this country who may be considered for board appointment. We have always included candidates who are less well known than the high profile directors; we also ensure that we include qualified women in our search shortlists and feel confident that we can continue with this track record, no matter the industry or organisation.

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Philosophy
In our work, we always seek to work in a way that reflects our philosophy:

Honesty and Integrity
In our conduct and the provision of all our services. This means giving quality advice in a frank and open way.
Courtesy and Respect
Towards all those with whom we come into contact. We aim to leave all our clients with a positive memory of doing business with us.
Discretion
In all our dealings with candidates and clients. This translates into always protecting the dignity and privacy of all parties.
Fairness and Equity
Always striving to identify a diversity of candidates for every search, male and female, known and unknown, who meet the agreed criteria.
Adding Value
To the experience and skills of our clients. We pride ourselves on our high percentage of repeat business and want our clients to feel confident about using our services again.
Continuous Improvement
In our own business. We invest heavily in research and development so that our clients can benefit from up to date solutions.
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Profiles
Jane Bridge

A founder and the Managing Director of Boardroom Partners, Jane has worked with boards for over 15 years and is well qualified to advise and assist with board practice and composition. After a career in HR management and policy work for state government, Jane worked as a consultant specialising in leadership and planning. She has worked as a consultant to boards advising on a range of matters relating to recruitment of directors and performance of boards. Jane is interested in the human elements of governance, and in the difference that can be made by active and effective boards.

Jane is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors; The Australian Institute of Management; the Australian Institute of Management Consultants and Chief Executive Women. She is a member of the Advisory Board for the School of Corporate Governance at the University of Technology - Sydney and the Council of the University of Wollongong. She has qualifications in design, education and management.


Ian Horton

Ian Horton was a founding principal of Boardroom Partners and now works as a consultant to the company. He worked in the financial services industry for over twenty years, for much of that time occupying senior roles in the investment management industry and was an original director of the Investment and Financial Services Association. In the early nineties he led a team developing corporate governance guidelines for investment managers. He is currently a director of not for profits organisations.



Susan Tiffin
Susan Tiffin

Susan provides a depth of experience in the not for profit sector; policy development and capacity building. Susan has been a senior manager in both public and higher education sectors, with a focus on human resource management, organisational effectiveness and change management.

Prior to her association with Boardroom Partners Susan was Director Human Resources and Director Building Capability for the University of Technology, Sydney. Her career has also included significant involvement in the not-for-profit sector; both as Chair of an internationally based student exchange organization and as a consultant to not-for-profit Boards. She has a strong commitment to the promotion of ethical organizations, and is a member of the St James Ethics Centre, as well as a member of the Australian Human Resources Institute. Her qualifications include a Masters in Professional Ethics and a PhD from UNSW.



Judy Ashenden

Judy has been Director of Research at both Spencer Stuart and Korn Ferry International and advisory firms.  She has been responsible for managing teams and the analysis and research of client organisations and competitors as well as data base management.  Judy also has long experience in the NFP sector through volunteering for diverse organisations. She has managed major recruitment drives in the volunteer sector and was responsible for organising interviews for 1,200 volunteers for the Protocol Division at SOCOG and has a well developed understanding of the NFP and volunteer sectors.


David Band

David brings a wealth of international consulting experience to Boardroom Partners. Recently returned to Australia, David has spent the last 20 years in global consulting firms, running business schools, and as a non executive director with technology based firms. David’s professional expertise includes corporate governance, human capital management and commercialisation of innovation. He brings experience from a wide range of sectors and will continue his involvement in Australia and New Zealand with overseas listed companies as a NED, and with universities, while working with Boardroom Partners on a range of review and search assignments.

His qualifications include a BA (Hons) in Government from Sydney University and a PhD in Political Science from ANU.


Carolyn Jackson

Carolyn has broad consulting experience in policy development, governance and human resources. Carolyn has over 20 years consulting experience in both the public and private sectors across Australia and overseas. She has successfully completed major consulting assignments in the banking, finance, transport, retail, manufacturing, publishing and government sectors.


Prior to her involvement with Boardroom Partners, Carolyn held the positions of Director and Principal Consultant with Cullen Egan Dell Ltd and was a co founder and Director of Hewitt Associates in Australia. Her principal areas of interest are regulatory governance, institutional and organisational design, independence and accountability of public agencies, social policy, program evaluation and performance management. Her qualifications include a Bachelor of Science (Hons) majoring in Psychology from ANU, a Master of Policy Studies and a PhD in regulation and governance from UNSW. In addition to consulting, Carolyn lectures in postgraduate programs on policy, regulation and governance at UNSW, is an active member of the St James Ethics Centre and continues to publish in the areas of public management and governance.


Marie Spencer

Marie has a strong economic and government background with experience in HR policy, with management and organisational review. Marie has had more than 20 years management experience in the NSW public sector including some years as a Deputy CEO. Her experience has covered financial, audit, property, HR and IT. Marie has worked in central and line agencies and Minister’s offices.

Marie's experience as a senior manager and policy expert provide a sound basis for her work as an expert consultant to government through the Internal Audit Bureau, and with Boardroom Partners, Marie assists on assignments requiring up-to-date knowledge of public sector practice. Marie has an economics degree (B Econ) and an MBA from Macquarie University.

 
 
Bronwyn Partridge

Bronwyn is an Organisational Psychologist with a Masters in HRM & Coaching and a member of the Australian Psychological Society, and has spent her professional life working with people and their organisations so as to improve both individual and organisational outcomes.

Bronwyn works with individuals as well as work groups or teams across a variety of issues, including coaching, change management, performance management, job analysis and organisational redesign. Over the past 15 years Bronwyn has worked with many different organisations in both the private and public sectors.


Iain Thompson

Iain has nearly 40 years' experience in international banking, funds management and corporate governance and has worked in Australia, the USA, Japan and Hong Kong.

Iain has an MA in politics and political economy from The University of Glasgow and an MBA from Cornell University. He is also a course director in the Graduate Diploma in Applied Corporate Governance, offered by Chartered Secretaries Australia.

   

Gail Walsh

Gail has joined Boardroom Partners after nearly 15 years with the global executive search firm, Russell Reynolds Associates, where she had worked as an Executive Assistant in the Financial Services and Board practice areas.

Originally from the UK, Gail has been employed in the finance, resources, recruitment and property sectors in both London and Sydney. Gail brings wide administrative experience to Boardroom Partners, and complements our board search practice well.


 

Spyridon Revithis

Spyros holds a BSc in Informatics Engineering (TEI-A), an MS in Computer Science specialised in Artificial Intelligence (Univ. Missouri), and currently completed a PhD in Computer Science specialised in neuromimetic Cognitive Science (UNSW). He has several years of IT industry experience, and is employed at Boardroom Partners as a data & research manager and database administrator.

Spyros is a member of IEEE, International Neural Network Society, Cognitive Science Society, Association for Psychological Science, and IHIQS.
   
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