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Understanding the growth and impact of the Advisory sector

Louise Broekman:

Founder & CEO, Advisory Board Centre

Louise Broekman is an award-winning entrepreneur, researcher and business advisor with industry and government recognition at a local and national level for her contribution to the Australian business sector. Louise has the unique advantage of having been on both sides of the table; in the shoes of a founder and that of a Chair of multiple Advisory Boards.

After establishing an Advisory Board in 2004 for her own business, Louise recognised first-hand how a well-run Advisory Board can positively impact CEOs and the business at large. Upon exiting her multinational business, Louise served as Chair for commercial Advisory Boards before starting her second business.

Now, as the founder and CEO of the Advisory Board Centre, Louise facilitates leading executive education programs for incredibly ambitious, progressive, and committed Advisory Board members, supporting their professional development and in turn, the businesses that they serve.

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).

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.

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.