JF Transitions is part of the Jo Fisher Group - a trusted, credible brand providing executive search and leadership advisory services.

JF Transitions delivers tailored career development, transition and facilitation services at the individual, group and organisational level. Providing strategic advice for executives and organisations, we take a genuine and professional approach in designing programs to support executives at different stages of their careers, including leadership development, coaching, mentoring and transition.

With extensive knowledge and experience our team of accredited, highly skilled experts are well positioned to provide you with the advice you need.
Jo Fisher

Jo Fisher founded Executive Auditions in early 2011 in response to the clear gap in the market and an ever increasing demand by individuals and organisations for tailored professional advice and insights around Career Progression and Advancement, Transition, Board prospect preparation, and MBA Graduates just entering the executive workforce.

As Managing Director of Jo Fisher Executive Search, Jo is in the box seat to appreciate the needs of executives and interviewees and in contrast to the general offerings of outplacement companies, Jo and her expert team at Executive Auditions believe that this premium service offered at an affordable price is meeting the needs of both individuals and groups who require professional, current, relevant advice to make their career decision in this highly competitive candidate environment.

Having established Jo Fisher Executive Search in 2002, Jo has grown the firm to over 25 dedicated staff, operating across Australia and New Zealand, and undertaking international and Australian executive search assignments for Government, Healthcare, Education and Industry based clients. Holding an MBA with a major in human resource management, and postgraduate qualifications in Management, Jo is also a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD), and a member of the Women Chiefs of Enterprise.

David Clark
Executive Mentor

David has over 30 years experience as a business executive, working in a broad range of companies, industries and geographies. He has held executive leadership team roles in a number of ASX listed companies and worked across business strategy, risk, culture, human resources, executive development and employee relations agendas, with a specific emphasis on organisation change.

David has spent substantial time with mergers and acquisitions, business turnarounds and in charting new strategic directions and has undertaken a significant amount of board and board committee work, seeing through the major governance changes which came about following the GFC.

Experience has been gained in organisations involved in the manufacturing, financial services, airline and consulting industries. David has held Group Human Resource Director roles with Goodman Fielder, National Foods and Southcorp Ltd and has worked across different geographies including Australia, NZ, Asia, Europe, USA and the Pacific region.

David is an experienced coach and mentor who has worked with a range of senior executives throughout his corporate career and more recently through his consulting business which specialises primarily in coaching and mentoring work. David is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Company Directors Course (GAICD).

Laurinda Gardner
Executive Mentor

Laurinda has over 25 years' experience as a senior executive in State and Local Government, most recently as a Deputy Secretary at the Victorian Department of Treasury and Finance. She has had leadership responsibilities across diverse activities including organisational reform, HR, strategic planning, risk, finance, IT, outsourced services, communications, stakeholder engagement and town planning. Laurinda also has extensive experience as a director and chair of not for profit and statutory boards, and as a member of audit and risk, and executive remuneration committees. Laurinda has played the role of trusted adviser to several government CEOs and brings an ability to quickly read how organisations work and support leaders to position and effect change. She has used mentoring and coaching techniques as a leader in the workplace and as a consultant to improve individual performance, assist individuals to determine their future directions, guide them through organisational challenges and enhance the effectiveness of leadership teams.

Laurinda has a BA (hons geog) degree and is a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a Fellow of the Institute of Public Administration and a level 1 and 2 accredited coach with the Institute of Executive Coaching.

Barbara Hingston
Executive Mentor

Barbara has over 25 years' experience in governance, and executive management in government and non-government organisations in the health and social services sectors. Her professional roles have included as Executive Director of a National association of health, aged care and community assets. She has also governed, managed and delivered services addressing mental illness, family violence and sexual abuse in metropolitan and regional Queensland, ACT and Victoria, and consulted in health care governance and community engagement in Tasmania.

This experience is complemented by a significant Non Executive portfolio. She is a highly experienced non - executive Director, Chair and Committee Member experienced in organisational and clinical governance; finance, audit and risk; consumer, community and public stakeholder engagement in both the public and NFP sectors. Having successfully managed her own career across diverse professional roles, sectors and geographic locations, she draws on this experience in mentoring executives in public and community organisations. This includes senior academics in tertiary educational institutions, and executives in public and not for profit organisations in the arts, health, education and social and community sectors. Barbara is well placed to support their leadership, career and personal development aspirations, including offering guidance in the development of a governance portfolio. She has strong networks, knowledge and experience relating to health, community and government agencies - Commonwealth. State and local.

Barbara has tertiary qualifications in Management and Social Work and is a Graduate Member of the AICD. Exec Cert Positive Psychology Coaching UTS, Levels 1 and 2 Institute of Executive Coaching.

Irene Irvine
Executive Mentor

Irene is a highly experienced and successful senior executive and company director widely respected for her strategic, critical and innovative thinking. She is also known for her quick wit and keen sense of humour.

Over a diverse 30 year plus career Irene has worked in both the public and private sectors in Canberra and Melbourne in a variety of roles including lecturing, policy, operations management, sales, recruitment, public relations, government lobbying, marketing and business development. This included periods in a senior capacity for Deakin, Swinburne and Melbourne universities as well as CSIRO, the not for profit disability entity Interact Australia and the recruitment company Morgan and Banks. She currently operates a boutique consulting service Irvine & Associates specialising in the education and not for profit sectors. Irene holds and has held a number of directorships in both a voluntary and a paid capacity resulting in her becoming an experienced chairperson, board member and board reviewer.

As a company director, former recruiter, manager and senior executive Irene is aware of the need for individuals to manage their own careers and passionate about helping people do so. Irene's qualifications include a Ph. D and a B Sc (1st Class Honours) as well as post graduate qualifications in education and management. She is a member and graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a member of the Australian Institute of Management.

Christine Maingard
Executive Mentor

Christine is a highly experienced senior executive with more than two decades in management and leadership roles across a variety of industries and organisations such as such as Wang Computers, Southern Cross University, NextEd/Global University Alliance and Raytheon. Her in-depth understanding of the unique needs and challenges associated with JF Transitions at the executive level comes from mentoring and coaching others, as well as from her own experience in changing careers at a senior level.

Christine is passionate about using mindfulness practice to bring about transformation and is a certified Senior Trainer with Potential Project and an Associate Consultant with the Australian Institute of Management. Christine has a PhD, is a qualified Six Sigma Specialist and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management. She is the author of "Think Less, Be More", a self-help book for personal and professional transformation.

Mikki Swindon
Executive Mentor

Mikki is an experienced career coach and mentor with a strong understanding of the challenges faced by executives when progressing on their professional path or when changing directions.

She has almost two decades of executive experience across human resource and change management in both public and private sectors. Mikki has implemented significant corporate change initiatives at both the state and regional level with a focus on transitional management, internal corporate restructuring and change management support during major technology implementations. Mikki recently completed an executive contract to lead the human resource component of the relocation of a medium size organisation to Regional Victoria.

Mikki has previous experience as a Board Director for a not-for-profit organisation and a Victorian Statutory Authority. She attended Harvard Business School to undertake a specialist change management program which provided a modern methodology approach to introducing and managing change in the workplace.

Philippa Murphy
Executive Mentor

Philippa is a highly experienced HR professional who has developed a reputation and expertise for providing strategic advice to individuals who find themselves tangled in the complexities of career progression at the mid-tier level.

Philippa has a career which spans more than 25 years in the finance, human resources and public sector industries. Philippa initially started her career with an accounting focus in the private sector and moved to the financial sector where she had the opportunity to combine her technical skills with an interest in HR and working with people. During this time, Philippa managed large teams and became focussed on workplace culture and motivating staff to deliver quality customer service.

With over 16 years' experience in the recruitment sector, Philippa established her own recruitment business 10 years ago to provides a broad range of recruitment and HR advisory services across the Canberra and Melbourne markets. Philippa's focus is now at the mid-tier management level working with people to enable them to see the potential in their future career. She acknowledges that being prepared to embrace the 'next step' in your career path can be daunting. Her experience in dealing with a broad range of clients and industries has provided her with good insights into the market conditions and what potential employers look for at the mid-tier level.

Philippa's commitment to the human resource industry resonates through the quality of the work she and her team deliver. Philippa has formal qualifications in Accounting and Marketing and post graduate studies in Strategic Management. She is also a qualified trainer and active member of the RCSA (Recruitment Industry Association) and Family Businesses Australia.

Sue Renkin
Executive Mentor

Sue is an experienced business leader and company director who possesses in-depth understanding and strengths in the areas of executive coaching, corporate governance, strategic planning, business growth, fiscal management and risk management. Sue has been responsible for turning a number of businesses from loss making enterprises to profitable entities in her roles as Chief Executive.

Sue is an extraordinarily capable business networker and works comfortably with all levels of Business and Government, garnering respect from all with whom she works. She has also worked extensively in mentoring and coaching roles within emergency services, corporate sector, not-for profit entities and the university sector, and has a broad understanding of the challenges within each of these areas.

Sue was a finalist in the Women Chiefs of Enterprise International (WCEI) Business Leaders award (1995); awarded the Victorian and also the Australian Telstra Business Woman of the Year for private companies with more than 100 employees (1997); received the Monash University Distinguished Alumni Service Award (2012).

Somone Johns
Executive Mentor

Somone is well respected professional with twenty years financial services experience. She is seen as an inspiring, transformational leader with a proven ability to deliver results in complex and changing environments with a key focus on balancing strategic insight with pragmatism. Somone has the unique ability to distil complex business transformational change programs into practical roadmaps for implementation.

A passion for helping others to achieve their potential has led Somone to pursue a career in coaching. As a leader, Somone's key focus was growing the business through growing and developing people. Of particular interest to Somone is empowering females to unlock their potential to achieve business success, coaching leaders on leading transformational change programs together with the development of emerging leaders.

Somone holds a Bachelor of Commerce, Graduate Diploma of Banking, Master of Business Administration and is a certified Organisational Coach (Level 2).

Ruth Hayes
Executive Mentor

Ruth Hayes's experience in career development coaching is built on a platform of almost 20 years' experience in executive search supported by a Masters in Science, Coaching Psychology and further qualifications in career development. Ruth has provided coaching services to clients from a variety of sectors with a particular emphasis on career development and career transition.

Ruth has been a member of the executive committee of the University of Sydney's Coaching and Mentoring Alumni Chapter since 2010 and is currently its President. Ruth is also a member of the Career Development Association of Australia.

Ruth receives coaching supervision from a senior faculty member in the Coaching Psychology Unit at the University of Sydney as well as participating in a peer professional development group for Sydney University-qualified coaches.

Mark Jankelson
Executive Mentor

Mark has over 35 years of global experience in the people management business - 14 of these at CEO level in the management consulting industry, the balance with large multi-national corporations in a variety of senior human resources roles. Mark has served as an advisor to Boards and Chief Executives on the entire range of organisation and people-related issues.

Currently he is engaged in a portfolio of activities including: running Boonderoo Company, a commercial walnut business with orchards in Central Victoria and Southern NSW; as a Senior Fellow at the Centre for Ethical Leadership at Melbourne University; as Partner with The KBA Consulting Group, a value-based strategy and organisational development consultancy and as a Board Director and Partner investor in Social Venture Partners Melbourne. Mark has a special interest in mentoring and coaching emerging leaders, advising organisations on ethical leadership issues and helping organisations transform their cultures.

Through his career Mark covered the full spectrum of human resources activities and developed a reputation as an innovative thinker and trusted advisor. His career in Management Consulting led him to becoming Managing Director and CEO of Hay Group Pacific Region. During his 14 years with Hay Group, Mark worked with many of Australia and Asia's most senior executives and Boards, acting as a trusted advisor on their people and organisational issues. He also served on the Global Executive Committee and Board of Hay Group. Following a distinguished career with Hay Group, Mark joined Korn Ferry International and served as a Senior Client Partner helping them build their Management Assessment business in the Asia Pacific Region. He was a member of the Global Management Assessment Practice Leadership Team and served on KFI's Global Partners Selection Committee. Over the last 10 years Mark has held a range of Senior Executive business and corporate general management roles at ANZ.

Mark has a B.Com (Accounting and Economics) from Rhodes University and an MBA from the University of the Witwatersrand Business School (Dissertation with Distinction).