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HR Executives Discussion Group - Future Proofing your Organisation for a Post-Pandemic Workplace

Caroline McAuliffe:

Partner, Interim Management

Caroline has more than 25 years’ commercial experience gained in the UK and Australia working closely with Executive Teams of large corporate International businesses. She has broad experience in human resources, recruitment, cultural transformation and strategic planning in a variety of sectors.

Caroline has specialised in Interim Management placements since 2005 and has been responsible for deploying senior executives into short term contract and interim management roles to transform organisations, bridge experience gaps, manage change and provide expertise.

Caroline has been a Partner in the Watermark Interim Management Practice since 2011, deploying senior level interim managers in both private and public sectors. Caroline has a particular focus on CEOs, CFOs, COOs CIOs, change & turnaround professionals, and senior Finance, HR, Operations, Legal & IT executives. Caroline has successfully completed interim management search assignments across a diverse range of industries and specialises in Government, Not-for-Profit, Healthcare, Human Services, Infrastructure, Transport, Energy, Utilities, Industrial, Manufacturing, Property and Construction with public and private sector clientele.

Caroline is currently completing a Bachelor’s Degree, Social Sciences (Psychology) through Swinburne University and has a Post Graduate Certificate in Career Education and Development through RMIT University. She is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, The Australian Psychological Society and a Professional Member of the Career Development Association of Australia. Caroline also recently completed an Advanced Professional Development Certificate in Executive Coaching from the Institute of Coaching and Consulting Psychology, Sydney.

Lisa McAuliffe:

Partner, Interim Management

​Lisa has over 20 years’ experience in HR related services specialising in recruitment, career transition and career coaching in both Europe and Australia. During her career, Lisa has been successful in the management and growth of three start-up recruitment companies. Managing teams and clients nationally.

A natural relationship builder she has extensive experience partnering with business leaders across multiple industries including Banking and Finance, Professional Services, Legal, Media and Telecommunications providing suitable career transition and coaching solutions throughout major business transformations. In her capacity as a coach, Lisa has assisted Senior Executives from a variety of different industry sectors and roles, transition successfully into a portfolio career.  

Jacinta Whelan:

Partner, Interim Management

A partner with Watermark Executive Search, Jacinta is a thought leader and popular speaker on the concept of Interim Management, Portfolio Careers, and future ways of working. She has over 20 years’ experience starting and leading Interim businesses in Hong Kong, New York, and Australia.

Jacinta advises corporates and governments (Federal, State, and Local) on the gig economy and what it will mean to labour policy and is regularly asked to speak to Boards and other executives groups looking to stay abreast of the way business is engaging talent. The ‘gig’ economy has arrived. There is a paradigm shift in how we engage with work and both individuals and companies are questioning what it means for them.

Jacinta has a BA Bus, is a GAICD (2008), a Harvard Business School Alumni (2018) and currently serves on the Board Selection Committee for the Archdiocese of Melbourne.

Donna Burr:

Partner, Interim

​Donna’s experience and passion for seeing businesses thrive has led her to this role at Watermark; brokering interim senior executives who chose a portfolio career into businesses that can benefit from their vast experience, professional guardianship, and deep specialist skills. 

Her background combines a career in chartered accounting, assurance & advisory, and human resources partnering with businesses.  Early in her journey, she got local and global experience across financial services, manufacturing, utilities, and not for profit sectors in troubleshooting business problems, customer needs, and good and bad management.

She has a curiosity, authenticity, and passion for making things better, which has seen her involved in major transformational and performance work for many corporates.  She advocates for purpose-led business management, well-being, and economic empowerment for women.  The later seeing her volunteer as a strategic committee member at SisterWorks Inc and becoming a member for the Melbourne Women’s Fund.