Case Studies

Skyline Education Foundation

Executive search and placement of two CEO’s, four years apart
Skyline Education Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation that provides intensive support for high-ability students who are gifted or academically talented, with a growth mindset, leadership potential, and resilent in the face of their social and economic challenges. Skyline supports them to find pathways to further study and employment, becoming leaders for change.

Skyline Education Foundation Australia manages and implements programs supporting students across Victoria in their final two years of school in both regional and metropolitan regions. The Skyline Program subsidises and financially reimburses students & their families to cover the educational costs of attending secondary schools, such as textbooks, uniforms, materials, school levies/fees, travel and equipment.

They engage students and schools in unique, enhanced, evidence-based equity Programs, raising money to empower the lives of more high-ability students who are constrained by their circumstances.

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Galvin-Rowley Executive partnered with the Chair and Board at Skyline Education Foundation to recruit their inaugural CEO. This was a vital role for the business to get right as they were in a strategic growth position, and the suitability of the new CEO was critical in them achieving their ambitious objectives in expansion and development.

In 2018 Galvin-Rowley Executive placed Jane Sydenham-Clark in the position of Chief Executive Officer, where she was responsible for the overall leadership and reputational, operational and financial management of the organisation, and with the Board, ensuring the impact, growth and sustainability of Skyline.

After four years in this role, where Jane achieved outstanding growth and development, Galvin-Rowley Executive was again appointed to find a suitable replacement CEO.

In 2022 following an extensive executive search, Galvin-Rowley Executive again worked closely with the Board and Chair to find Bridget Sutherland, who joined the Skyline Foundation after working as the Director of Education, Research & Advocacy for the Red Nose Foundation.

“As the Chair of a small, growing not-for-profit organisation, I was acutely aware that we needed to attract an outstanding executive candidate who could take on our Board’s vision forward. Jen at Galvin-Rowley Executive conducted a thorough Executive Search for us, identified a number of excellent candidates and screened them carefully to ensure that our culture, values and experience were aligned. Jen is a consummate professional and extraordinarily empathetic. She took the time we needed to understand the candidates and conduct a high-quality interview process and presentation to the Board. She provided our Selection Panel with the report featuring thorough background information and insightful assessments of each candidate, such that we felt fully supported yet in control of the whole process. Through her positive impression on the Directors, Jen is now one of the Skyline family of supporters. I have no hesitation in recommending Galvin-Rowley Executive to any organisation like Skyline, who are seeking to attract outstanding candidates.”

Katrina Reynen, Chair, Skyline Education Foundation

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HR Director , Jungheinrich Australia

“Further to our discussions from time to time, I am writing to express my appreciation more formally to you for so well managing the process for recruitment of our new Executive Director. The process ran seamlessly, and the ultimate appointment of Lynn Haultain was correct as her performance has shown. Thank you. Kind regards.”

The Honourable Hartley Hansen QC

Victoria Law Foundation, Chair

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