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Renata Bernarde:

Renata Bernarde is a Job Hunting Expert, Career Strategist, and Host of the Job Hunting Podcast. Her coaching, services and social media presence aim to increase career literacy for professional in the corporate, nonprofit and public sectors. Renata believes that recruitment and selection are structurally biased towards the employer, and her goal is to even out the game by giving the candidate an upper hand. She believes professionals should always invest in their careers to maximize their results and achieve their goals faster.

 Renata is also the MD at Pantala, a consultancy platform for portfolio professionals, and the Head of Market Strategy at the award-winning diversity and inclusion firm MindTribes. She is a graduate from both Melbourne and Monash universities and has done executive programs at Melbourne Business School, Cranlana Centre for Ethical Leadership, and Harvard Kennedy School of Government. She is a Member of AICD and a Fellow of the Institute of Management and Leadership.

Donna Burr:

Partner, Interim Management

Donna’s experience and passion for seeing businesses thrive has led her to this role at Watermark; placing senior executives into interim assignment within businesses who can benefit from their vast experience, professional guardianship and deep specialist skills.

Her background combines a career of 25 years in chartered accounting, assurance and advisory and human resources partnering with businesses. Early in her journey, she acquired local and global experience across financial services, manufacturing, utilities and the not-for-profit sectors. She has curiosity, authenticity and a 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.

Donna has been a partner in the Watermark Interim Management Practice since 2018, deploying senior level interim executives in both private and public sectors. She has a particular focus on CEOs, CFOs, COOs CIOs, change and turnaround professionals, and senior Finance, HR, Operations, Legal and IT executives. She has successfully completed interim management search assignments across a diverse range of industries including Financial Services, Government agencies, Peak Member and Regulatory bodies, Not-for-Profit, Healthcare, Energy and Utilities.

Jacinta Whelan:

Partner, Interim Management

A partner with Watermark Executive Search, Jacinta is an author, thought leader and popular speaker on the concept of Interim Executives, Portfolio Careers and future ways of working. She leads the Melbourne office of Watermark and has over 25 years’ experience starting and leading Interim businesses in Hong Kong, New York and Australia.

Jacinta advises corporates and governments on the Executive Interim marketplace. She is regularly asked to speak to Boards and business leaders looking to stay abreast of the way organisations are engaging executive talent. The future of work has well and truly arrived – it is the NOW of work. The paradigm has shifted in how we engage with work and both individuals and companies are questioning what it means for them.

Jacinta has a BA Bus, is an GAICD (2008) and a Harvard Business School Alumni (2018).