Meet the team
Mark Anderson, Manager, Management Solutions. Leading our team, Mark started his role at LGMS in July 2008 and has more than 25 years’ experience in Executive Recruitment and Human Resources. In his current role, Mark has assisted councils to recruit more than 80 individual chief executive/general manager, senior staff positions in NSW since 2008. Mark formerly held senior management positions with Sydney Water, Commonwealth Bank, RailCorp and Optus, and undertaken large scale management consulting assignments with numerous blue-chip companies including Westpac Bank, Zurich Australia, AMP and NRMA. Mark also spent three years with HR Partners, a specialist human resources consultancy based in Sydney. He brings a highly professional, inclusive, client focused and pragmatic approach to the recruitment process, underpinned by his unwavering commitment to ensuring the right fit for the individual councils he is engaged to assist.
Christian Morris, Senior Management Consultant. Before joining LGNSW in 2007, Christian led performance, project and change management for several legal practices, the Law Society of New South Wales and several management companies. He holds extensive experience in executive level recruitment within the legal private practice sector and the corporate and state government sectors. During his tenure with LGNSW, Christian has facilitated more than 100 general manager, CEO and director recruitments. However, the real value Christian brings to a council is his confidential understanding of who are the high-performing general managers and directors within the local government sector. Christian understands community expectations in obtaining the best possible people to lead and manage change, engage with the community, inspire trust and respect, and deliver results. Having facilitated the performance reviews for general
managers and directors for 14 years, he has an intimate knowledge of what warrants best practice and high performance.
Anantha Dinavahi, HR Consultant. Anantha has more than 13 years of experience in Human Resources and IT. She has held different roles in organisational development, talent management, HR consulting and project management in large multinational organisations such as ANZ Bank, Novartis, Mercer and Infosys. In her current role, she is working on the end-to-end implementation of the different analytics products that LGNSW is offering its member councils, in addition to supporting the Management Solutions Team in key assignments. Anantha comes with a rich experience of managing HR projects of diverse scale, impact, and complexity. She has had the opportunity to lead projects in the areas of organisational design, culture, operational excellence and technology enablement. Her roles in organisational development have helped her build expertise in conducting organisational diagnostics and using the findings to conceptualise, design and implement transformation initiatives. She has also demonstrated excellence in leading HR governance initiatives and leveraging the power of HR analytics to make strategic people decisions.
Emily King, HR Consultant. A seasoned HR/recruitment adviser, Emily's major responsibilities are to look after candidate sourcing, screening, business stakeholder management and advisory (including demand/supply forecasting), talent pooling, and manage relationships with external councils as well as internal stakeholders, including contract and commercial negotiation. She has also been responsible for the management of international candidate supply and relocation, management of direct reports, advertising, and facilitated performance reviews as well as change management. After over 10 years working within leading recruitment agencies, and more recently global consultancies including PriceWaterHouseCoopers and Accenture, she joined LGMS to provide specialised HR/recruitment services to our partnered councils across Australia. Whether you are a CEO or a blue-collar applicant, everyone holds the same attributes and values for Emily and are respectfully managed. She will always gently guide councils and candidates through the recruitment process, and is always open to any questions.
Claudia Nossa Cortes, HR Consultant. Claudia has more than 15 years of experience in HR. She began her career in the healthcare sector. Working in a large facility gave her exposure to a variety of interesting and complex HR matters. She has a record in delivering strategic and innovative HR solutions that align with the mission and culture of the organisations she worked for. Most recently, Claudia worked as a senior HR consultant, coaching executives to enhance their HR skills and knowledge to give them the confidence to tackle HR issues while creating a cohesive work environment. Claudia is also skilled in navigating complex employee relations issues, ensuring compliance with legal regulations, and managing sensitive HR matters with confidentiality and professionalism. She is motivated by the opportunity to empower people and teams to achieve their goals and potential.
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