How does your pitch really come across? Ask the headhunters


What are non-executive recruiters looking for in a board candidate? What do they want to know about you? And how does your ‘pitch’ really come across?


Women on Boards' Meet the Headhunters series was introduced last year to provide members the opportunity to connect with supportive search firms. 

In the virtual sessions, our guest headhunters share a brief insight into their work and what they are seeing in the market currently. In discussion with WOB Chair, Ruth Medd they also discuss:

  • The search process: What’s in demand; is it women? Is it particular skills?
  • Tips for candidates wanting to be known by their firm.
  • Advice to a candidate that makes it to interview and beyond​.

The objective of the one-hour chat style virtual events is to enable attendees to get a view of what non-executive recruiters are looking for in a board candidate. What do they want to know about you? How does your ‘pitch’ really come across? This will vary depending on the headhunter as they tend to specialize.

Our next Meet the Headhunters webinar is on Wednesday 29 June at 5pm with headhunters Seamus Scanlon and Dylys Bertelsen OAM.

About the headhunters

Seamus Scanlon, Senior Partner - Executive Search & Advisory at Davidson - Speciality areas: Targeted search campaigns for organisations involved in the management or delivery of infrastructure or services to the community.

Over the past decade, Seamus has worked closely with boards, CEOs and senior leadership teams, building long-term partnerships and industry relationships. Seamus has extensive experience managing searches across a variety of CEO and executive appointments along with senior delivery & technical positions.  In 2019, Seamus was recognised by the Recruitment industry as the RCSA Recruitment Professional of the Year.

Dylys Bertelsen OAM, Chief Executive Officer, Windsor Group & Director, PA Research Foundation - Speciality areas: Providing strategic advice, service and capacity building programs to many of Australia’s most recognised not-for-profits

Combining an affinity for social good with her passion for superlative service, Dylys Bertelsen began Windsor Group in 1999, as what she termed “an all-service recruitment business with a conscience.” Today Dylys is the human resource and recruitment consultancy delivers extensive social enterprise programs to boost the capacity of clients, candidates and other interested parties.

Backed by a post graduate qualifications and almost two decades’ of providing strategic advice, service and capacity building programs to many of Australia’s most recognised not-for-profits, Dylys is acknowledged as a leading expert in this field.

The 2021 Series

We also held three virtual events in the second half of 2021. The headhunters who took part were:

Vanessa Jolly, General Manager - Board Recruitment, Directors Australia
Speciality areas: boards, board committees and advisory councils.


Jeremy Wurm, Founder and Managing Director of Booker Consulting
Speciality areas: Director and senior executive search for Biotech, Health and Human services, member-based organisations and purpose driven sectors

Richard Evans, Managing Director TalentNation
Speciality areas: Sustainability, Environmental Management, Human Rights & Climate Risk



Gregory Robinson, Founder & Managing Partner, Search & Advisory, Blenheim Partners
Specialities: Senior International executive & board appointments, ASX top 50 & ASX 200, private & not-for profit organisations.

Rachael McLennan - CEO & Co-founder, People for PurposeSpecialty area: not-for-profits

Tom Mutch, Partner at Odgers BerndtsonSpeciality areas: C-suite, senior management and board appointments.

To register for the next Meet the Headhunters event click HERE

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