Mara Bun – Chief Executive Officer – Green Cross Australia

“Arete Executive has delivered exceptional services in supporting the expansion of the Green Cross Australia Board of Directors.

Green Cross Australia is an exciting, entrepreneurial not-for-profit which helps people to adapt to our changing climate working in partnership with Australian business, research, community and government sectors, using a cutting edge science-based digital outreach model. Green Cross has been operating in Australia from its Brisbane headquarters since 2008, and in 2011 the organisation made the strategic decision to refresh its Board of Directors including recruitment of a new Chairman for the Board.

In mid 2011, Green Cross commissioned Richard Triggs and his team to refine the role description for an externally recruited Chairman for our Board. The Board worked closely with Richard to define and agree on the profile sought for a new Chairman, as well as for potential additional non-Executive Director.

…The contribution of Arete Executive and Richard Triggs has been invaluable to the development of Green Cross in Australia. We recommend their services enthusiastically to other businesses and not-for-profits.”

Bruce Myers – Chief Executive Officer – Lenard’s Pty Ltd

“I’ve known Richard for a number of years, and had the opportunity to engage Arete Executive for the first time recently under their five percent (of salary package) market mapping and long listing service.  The role was General Manager – Franchise Operations, a critical member of my executive leadership team.  Arete were able to deliver six strong candidates within ten working days, that I subsequently interviewed.  This has resulted in us securing not only a new General Manager, but also having a “bank” of talent for another senior vacancy coming up in our team, at no additional cost.  Arete delivered a great result and I would certainly recommend them to other organisations.”

Prof Robert van Barneveld – President – Autism Queensland Inc.

Dear Richard

Re: Autism Queensland Limited Chairperson

On behalf of the Board of Management of Autism Queensland, I would like to thank you for yourcontribution to the selection process for a new Chair.We are extremely pleased with the candidate who has accepted the position and the overall high qualityof applicants you directed towards us. We believe the organisation has a firm base on which to build a strong future and the highly dynamic individual who has accepted the position of Chair will ensure the organisation prospers going forward.

What some of our clients and candidates have said about us

  • “I will have no hesitation in referring Arete Executive to other HR colleagues. I think the service provided by the team was excellent. I particularly liked the honesty that was displayed when discussing prospective candidates.”
  • “The most important thing Richard did was listen to what we wanted and be flexible enough to deliver it.
  • Arete offers difference. The Long List service enables you to maintain control and build relationships with the top candidates, while outsourcing the initial search/screening and enquiries.Thanks to Peter, Fiona and the team for a stellar experience.
  • Personnel are excellent, they take the initiative and undertake consistent follow-up, even over extended periods.
  • Professional, thorough, personable and realistic advice provided.
  •  Great follow up and follow through. Really kept on top of the process and kept me well informed.
  • Professional, personal,provided regular updates and a very good selection process.


Our Executives

Richard Triggs

Managing Partner

Tim Wallis

Lead Research & Sourcing Consultant

Yasser Bahsoun

Associate Partner