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Webinar: Understanding and capitalising on the executive recruitment landscape in 2022

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 professionals 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 the Founder and Managing Director of Pantala, a consulting and coaching firm helping organizations and leaders navigate the path to meaningful business improvement and personal transformation. She was formerly Director, Enterprise Portfolio at Monash University, and CEO of the John Monash Scholarship Foundation. Over the course of her career, she held leadership positions including National Manager, Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA), Relationship Manager, Institute of Chartered Accountants, and MBA Career Manager, Monash University. She is a graduate of 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 Executive

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 Executive

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 is the author of “The Rise of the Interim Executive - A Guide to Navigating Your Success” ( The purpose of this book is to provide insight and guidance on how to be a successful Interim Executive. It is the first book to expose the Interim Executive marketplace for executives.

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

Caroline McAuliffe:

Senior Partner

Caroline has over 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.

For over sixteen years, Caroline has specialised in Interim Executive placements in Australia and has been responsible for deploying hundreds of senior executives into interim executive roles to transform organisations, bridge experience gaps, manage change and provide expertise.

Caroline is a Senior Partner and leads the Interim Executive team in Sydney. She helped establish the practice over ten years ago and specialises in deploying senior level interim executives into both private and public sectors. Caroline has a particular focus on CEOs, CFOs, COOs, CIOs and change, turnaround professionals. Also specialises in Transformation and Program Directors. Has successfully completed interim executive search assignments across a diverse range of industries and specialises in Government, Not For Profit, Human Services, Infrastructure, Transport, Energy, Utilities, Industrials, Manufacturing, Construction, Property and FMCG.

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, 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.

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Lisa McAuliffe:

Partner, Interim Executive

Lisa has over 20 years’ experience in HR related services specialising in recruitment, career transition and leadership development 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. She has extensive experience in partnering with business leaders across multiple industries including Banking and Finance, Professional Services, Legal, Media, Telecommunications, FMCG and Retail. A natural relationship builder, Lisa has been a trusted advisor to many organisations experiencing major transformational change working alongside them to find the best solutions for their needs.

In her previous capacity as a coach, Lisa has assisted Senior Executives from a variety of industry sectors and functional roles, transition successfully into a portfolio career. Some of her most recent Interim assignments include CFOs, CIOs, CISOs, CTOs, Senior HR, Marketing and Operations roles.