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Julia Soutter

Julia Soutter Profile


Julia Soutter

For over twenty years, Julia has been committed to delivering exceptional executive search and consultancy services. She is a graduate of the University of St Andrews, Scotland (MA Hons) and she began her recruitment career in a leading UK financial search and selection firm. She was appointed Director FSS Group in 1999 leading large multidisciplinary teams to deliver recruitment solutions to broad range of clients. In 2005 she was approached by the global search firm, Odgers Berndtson to join their not-for-profit practice as a Principal. Julia has continued her search career in Australia, joining Fish & Nankivell in 2013.

For the last five years Julia has been working in Melbourne to establish a deep and broad network of contacts across Australia.  Working closely with Directors and Executives, often with organisations that intersect the private and not-for-profit sectors, Julia has delivered on a wide range of projects. Her expertise is sought by organisations which are experiencing an unprecedented period of strategic change, whether this is due to digital disruption, increasing competition, significant growth or changing models of funding, each of her clients is seeking the leadership to drive its organisation into the future.

Chairs, Non-Executive Directors, Chief Executive Officers and Executives are her core business, along with complex roles requiring a unique blend of technical or specialist skills.  Many of these projects require concentrated research and search beyond traditional networks. High levels of confidentiality and integrity ensure that clients, sources and candidates are treated with respect, resulting in business intelligence that is second to none. 

Representative assignments:

  • beyondblue, General Manager Strategy & Policy
  • Crime Stoppers Victoria, Chief Executive Officer
  • Haven Home Safe, Executive Director Strategic Innovation
  • Melbourne City Mission, Chief Executive Officer
  • Principals Australia Institute, Chair & Chief Executive Officer
  • R.E. Ross Trust, Chief Executive Officer

Julia has also conducted several Chief Executive Officer salary reviews, board skills audits, board and CEO performance reviews and other consulting projects. 

Julia was appointed as Global Lead Education and Not for Profit Practice at the Penrhyn International AGM in Melbourne 2017. She also has considerable experience across other practice groups including transport, infrastructure, healthcare & life sciences, sports and entertainment. 

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