What our clients and candidates say about us

From the first interaction and throughout my experience as a candidate, I have appreciated Sandra Brown’s honest and open approach. Clearly committed to ensuring that the best match is made for both the client and candidate, Sandra provided me with invaluable strategic insights and feedback throughout the recruitment process. While I wasn’t looking for a change, I am delighted to have been approached and subsequently appointed to a role that fits so well with my values, skills, experience, and qualifications. Many thanks to Sandra for the professional support she provided throughout the recruitment process.
Michelle Crawford

Chief Executive Officer, Children’s Cancer Foundation

I had the pleasure of being supported by Sandra Brown from TRANSEARCH Australia in moving jobs recently and I cannot recommend Sandra and TRANSEARCH highly enough!

Sandra approached me directly after a search showed my name as being possibly suitable for a General Manager role at Glen Education, another early years provider, similar to my current role at the time. I was not directly looking, however I was considering it may be time for a move. From our first chat Sandra encouraged me to consider the opportunity, gave me time to reflect and then supported me brilliantly throughout the recruitment process. I hope to stay in my current role for many years, however if I change roles again, I will be giving Sandra a call. Simply thank you so much for your support!

Mark Gibbens

General Manager – Business Development, Glen Education

I recently worked with Lindsay to secure my first NED board position. Lindsay was professional yet warm and engaging through the entire process. He really listened to me and also communicated clearly and with integrity. He has a broad experience, but most of all, he understands people. He needs to juggle his clients and his candidates – they may be both at the same time, and he achieves this with aplomb.

I would recommend anyone to have a talk with Lindsay about their career aspirations.

Rebecca Prain

Managing Director, Cube Consulting

Lindsay has a confident yet relaxed communication style, likely shaped by his many years of experience and conversations with varied personalities. Lindsay’s provision of information to me regarding the position was clear and regular and I never felt Lindsay was pushy for information required of me.

The interview process with Lindsay and my new employer was enjoyable for me, engaging, direct, beneficial. I’m happy to thank Lindsay for being a conduit to my current role and have no hesitation in recommending his services to employers and job seekers alike.

Russell Dwyer

Project Development Manager, KGL Resources

The position was a role that required an approach of managing some internal sensitivity together with ensuring we received a strong competitive external field. The brief was successfully completed by Sandra Brown with a fantastic outcome for the program.

Maurice Davoli

Acting Executive Director, Melbourne Health

Sandra has demonstrated understanding of TLC’s recruitment needs by providing quality candidates using various sourcing methods that demonstrates integrity and ethical behaviour. She is knowledgeable across all areas of the health industry, be it the public or private sector on a national basis. Sandra has been successful in meeting the needs in the areas of either medical, non-medical, specialist, executive and/or other roles relevant to TLC Aged Care.

Faye Reppas

GM Human Resources, TLC Aged Care

Through my time as Managing Director our business undertook critical realignment and restructuring to keep pace with its rapid growth. We went to market to find the best search agency, and for me, the individual to lead that search. I found that with Bill Sakellaris. He understood, and articulated back to me, in his brief, a clear understanding of what I wanted and what the organization needed in terms of skill sets and personality. He took time to talk to other senior staff in my organization to understand the culture and the key drivers of the business and used clear, precise language in a refreshingly honest style in reflecting that back to me… The level and the variety of talent that Bill was able to assemble on all of his briefs was a credit to his skills in this area and always made that final decision difficult! I would unreservedly recommend Bill and his team at TRANSEARCH to any major search assignment you are currently contemplating.

Kerry Osborne

CEO, Citywide Service Solutions

A brief note to thank you for providing a particularly good outcome with the recent search for our two new Board appointments. The process was efficient and you provided an unusual level of insight and focus at the appropriate junctures. I was very pleasantly surprised at both the calibre of prospects developed and the liaison you provided with the successful candidates. Senior management will benefit from exposure to both of the new Directors and it has arguably been the most efficient search process I’ve been involved with over the last decade.
Ross Dobinson

Non Executive Chairman, ACRUX

After 10 years with another organisation, the prospect of making a career change, albeit exciting, is a rather confronting one even for an experienced executive manager. Sandra Brown made the process easy by being responsive, informative and encouraging at all stages of the application. So many of the large recruitment agencies seem unable to offer a personalised service and as a candidate you can often feel frustrated by the lack of a response. I am delighted to say this was not the case from TRANSEARCH International Australia and I would not hesitate in recommending you and your team to sector colleagues.

David Furniss

Regional Director, SA, Dementia Australia

When I first met Sandra Brown I was actively on the market looking for my next opportunity. While she did not place me at that time, Sandra provided me with valuable insights into the industry and the shareholders of the business I considered joining. Subsequent to my appointment, we had occasion to recruit two of our most senior executives within the organisation, which I placed with Sandra as a result of her demonstrable depth of industry knowledge. This combined with her previous dealings with our firm allowed Sandra to identify cultural and technical fit-for-purpose candidates for both roles. Sandra is always available for discussion and advice as needs arise and maintains contact on a regular basis. I have no hesitation in recommending Sandra to other organisations seeking a reputable search partner.

Lou Pascuzzi

Chief Executive Officer, TLC Healthcare

Lindsay spent the time to ensure that he clearly understood our requirements for a new non-executive director before commencing his search process.

He and his team followed a systematic process, kept us engaged throughout, sought our feedback and also managed our feedback and also managed our expectations in terms of likely people and timing. He contributed a strong data set of candidates and accommodated our suggestions – many of whom he knew personally, which streamlined the process significantly.

We really enjoyed working with Lindsay and his team and together we achieved a great response – within a tight timeline. Thank you.

Mike Rosenstreich

Managing Director, Helix Resources

From a candidate point of view, Anita Ziemer is in my opinion the finest recruitment and selection executive working in Australia today. Anita is the consummate professional – organised, transparent and extremely well informed. She effortlessly juggles a considered & strategic search for her clients, with a genuine concern for the candidates’ experience, whatever the outcome.
Amber Knight

Former Sales & Marketing Director, The Walt Disney Company, Australia/NZ

Dear Bill, I just wanted to send you a personal ‘thank you’ for your work in finding our new CEO Paul Guerra for us – and then getting him on board! The process and breadth of search gives us great confidence we have the right person for the job. Thanks also for your patience with some of our own board processes and communications – sometimes a challenge. I look forward to working with you again.

Karyn Sobels

President, Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Lindsay did a fantastic job of filling our President role at Black Mountain Metals. Not only did he listen intently to what we THOUGHT we wanted in the candidate, but he coached us as to what he believed would be strong additional traits (he was right). Lindsay presented a great target candidate list, stewarded the interview process, and assisted as we made our decision. Couldn’t recommend using Lindsay more – the consummate professional!
Ashley Zumwalt-Forbes

Director, Black Mountain Metals

What you get with Geoff is lots of conviction and personal commitment. He is always prepared to put forward candidates who at first might seem outside the box, as well as an honest critique of even the almost perfect candidate. With that comes the effort and commitment to deliver an outcome. Having been on both sides of the process, I know he is working in everyone’s best interest.

Malcolm Jackman

Chief Executive, SAFECOM

Working with Lindsay and the TRANSEARCH team was a great experience as a candidate. There was constant communication on the process, regular updates as steps moved forward and excellent guidance on the strengths and weaknesses I possessed as a candidate. I would recommend Lindsay and the team both as a candidate and an employer in the future.

Matthew Allen

Chief Financial Officer, Global Lithium Resources

Bill Sakellaris has been personally involved in our Senior Management recruitment process for the past seven years. Bill takes the time to understand your business from an internal and external perspective to ensure he is able to attract, recommend and recruit the best people for the task at hand. Bill is totally professional, easy to talk to and has a straight forward approach which you appreciate as a CEO. His industry knowledge is broad and Bill’s ability to match the right candidates to his client’s needs is a major consideration for our company retaining Bill’s services over a long period of time. We highly recommend Bill and his team for all your recruitment and organizational development needs.

David Waldron

Managing Director, Bucher Municipal

Geoff was outstanding. He took the time to understand our requirement, and importantly our culture to ensure he could complete the Search accordingly. Geoff respectfully challenged our thinking at various stages in a way that helped us become clearer around our criteria… We are delighted with the outcome, and commend Geoff of his professionalism and quality of service. Without hesitation, we would utilise Geoff and his team at TRANSEARCH again.

Paul Guerra

Chairman, Queen Victoria Market

Sandra Brown demonstrated exceptional knowledge of, and connections within, the Australian market in both healthcare and medical research and this was extremely valuable in finding the right candidate quickly.

Angela Nolan

Executive Director People and Corporate Support, St Vincent's Hospital

I just want to thank Sandra Brown for her persistence, professionalism and customer service. Having dealt with several Executive Search firms recently, you certainly set the bar for gold standard. I really appreciate all that you have done to make this a more interesting role, and for creating the two positions.
Tami McMahon

Executive Candidate

Sandra Brown is highly professional and has supported me and my career over many years. Sandra’s insights and knowledge of the sector enables her to provide constructive career guidance and advice. Through Sandra I have been successful in landing an amazing role, my dream job in many respects. Sandra was able to match the organisation’s needs with my skill set and the process was seamless. Thank you so much Sandra for your support, excellent communication and wisdom.
Tracie Andrews

General Manager

A great recruitment professional understands their value is not in the transactional but in understanding and fulfilling on the hopes, desires, fears and needs of all parties involved. Bill Sakellaris spent the time to understand Citywide, their needs and culture so he could find the right candidate. He then spent the time understanding who I was and what I was looking for. I felt regarded and respected, and Bill’s vast experience, integrity and honesty were clear to me as he guided me through the process of aligning me with the right organisation. The reason I have maintained a professional relationship with Bill over the years is because of his dedication to his profession, his reputation across industry for excellence and the passion and integrity to which he approaches his craft. Bill is recognised by industry as one of the best in the business, he is an ambassador for his profession and all my business dealings with Bill have been positive and successful.

Loren Murray

Group HSEQ Manager, Citywide

Silvana Pardo is one of the most customer centric individuals I have worked with both as a client and a candidate. Her passion, dedication and enthusiasm and her willingness to always go the extra mile has led to her consistently achieving the highest results for me. She is a pleasure to work with and I look forward to working with her again in the future.

James Bell

Head of People and Performance, Peters Ice Cream

It was a pleasure to deal with Lindsay on a recent NED appointment. Lindsay’s strong values, integrity and professionalism are reflected in everything he does.
His deep experience in recruitment enabled him to fully understand the needs of his client and he was able to clearly articulate those to me. This strong capability, combined with his genuine engagement and keenness to understand what candidates offer to ensure the most appropriate match, I believe, enables Lindsay to achieve the successful outcomes that he does.

Lindsay has a warm personality and his work ethic was always present. I highly recommend Lindsay to both employers and candidates.

Fiona Murdoch MBA GAICD

Non-Executive Director

We have been involved with Bill on recruitment engagements and are very impressed with his skills and manner. The calibre of candidates put forward has been strong, and Bill’s emphasis has always been on fulfilling our need rather than merely making a placement. I have engaged in several business discussions with Bill in which he has displayed a deep understanding of difficult business issues… Bill’s industry knowledge places him, in my view, amongst the higher echelon of recruitment experts in Australia.

Cory Williams

Chief Executive Officer, Clean TeQ Limited

I have worked with Lindsay for many years as a CEO candidate. He has always carefully listened to what I am looking for in my career.

With my recent MD appointment he managed to match almost every criteria of mine with his client’s criteria. Thank you Lindsay.

Sean Gregory

Managing Director, Sarytogan Graphite Limited

As a small to medium ASX listed enterprise, every hire in our business is critical, so when I first worked with Bill and his team, I was pleased to see them willing to tour our operations and take a genuine interest in our business. I have used both the Executive Search and Executive Recruitment services of the firm and have been very pleased with the calibre of people presented and ultimately chosen. Sensitive assignments were handled with the confidentiality and professionalism I expected and I was impressed with the range of candidates presented who were both on spec and left of centre that challenged my thinking. Bill was particularly focused and interested in understanding our culture, the team within which the person would work and their leadership competencies. I found Bill’s judgement and counsel during these senior appointments very useful and unlike many of my previous experiences working with other search firms.

Mark Simari

Managing Director, Paragon Care Limited

I have had the pleasure of working with Bill Sakellaris since 2009 and found him to be a trusted advisor providing professional executive recruitment and organisational development services… I have subsequently briefed Bill on many recruitment assignments for senior executives. The quality and diversity of candidates has always been impressive. The recruitment process undertaken by Bill has been professional, organised, timely, honest, flexible, insightful and consultative at every stage. I would have no hesitation in using Bill’s services again and would highly recommend him for senior executive recruitment across a broad industry base.

Janine Hoey

Non Executive Director, Ecogen Energy

Bill takes the time to get to know his clients so that he understands their business. I really like the way he refers to ‘we’ when he talks with us, like he is part of our organisation and that he is invested in the outcome. He has placed many people with us and his knowledge of our business, our culture, and our structure really allows him to match candidates to our specific needs.

Jayne Crow

Executive, People and Reputation, Citywide

I would like to recommend TRANSEARCH International Australia and Sandra Brown as Search partners. We have engaged with Sandra specifically for roles at Board level and at the senior executive level. Throughout our dealings with her, Sandra has been open and honest in her approach, with a keen ability to locate the type of talent we are seeking to fit the culture of our organisation. She has managed some very politically challenging assignments and acted with poise when our Board changed direction mid-assignment. Candidate care is vital at such times and she has managed to do this very skillfully. On a personal level I have found Sandra to be a valued sounding board when facing career challenges and someone who is willing to give of her time to offer constructive advice.

Dr Zena Burgess PhD

Chief Executive Officer, RACGP

I would like to thank you for your excellent service during the Employment process. We found Bill Sakellaris and your organisation completely professional and helpful. Your understanding of our position in dealing with a Committee was greatly appreciated.

Wendy Swift

President, Commonwealth Golf Club

Thank you again for your hard work and persistence in securing such a great candidate for our Market Intelligence role. I had a great time working with you.

Craig Martin

General Manager, Product, RACGP

Sandra Brown has assisted OC Connections with executive recruitment for more than four years. Over that time she has been incredibly responsive, has listened to our requirements and then added value, by providing additional insights that have assisted us to think outside the square and attract the right person for the role. Sandra has developed strong relationships across a very wide range of networks which has enabled her to tap into extensive resources, and as a result, has broadened the recruitment pool. She has made it her business to know our organisation and its culture and this has contributed to highly effective recruitment. For an organisation of OC Connections’ size it is a big decision to outsource recruitment; however the decision has paid off, with a strong and positive Executive Management Team now in place thanks to TRANSEARCH, represented by Sandra Brown.
Therese Desmond

Chief Executive Officer, OC Connections

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