Penrhyn International

Fish & Nankivell - Canberra

Kathy McLean

kathy mclean

  • Office: Fish & Nankivell - Canberra
  • Location: Canberra, Australia
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  • Fields: Associations, Education, Government & Public sector, Non Profit


Kathy McLean’s career in executive search started in 2000, and she has been a Principal in Penrhyn International since joining Fish & Nankivell in Melbourne in early 2004. Much of Kathy’s practice is in the public and not-for-profit sectors, in which she has served leading state and national organisations in Australia.

Kathy has a Bachelor’s degree in English with Honours from Monash University, Diplomas in Education and in Information Studies from Melbourne University, and an MBA from Melbourne Business School.

Kathy was originally a teacher, and has taught in Germany as well as Australia. Later she became a national specialist in curriculum and assessment issues, being appointed co-leader of the National English Curriculum and Assessment Project and Director of the National Benchmarks Project which developed standards in literacy and numeracy for all students in Australian schools.

Kathy is a member of the Board of the Victorian Institute of Sport and on various committees of the Royal Yacht Club of Victoria. In the past she was very involved in her professional association, as a member of the Board and chair of the Professional Development and Publishing committees.

Representative assignments:
Chief Executive, Department of Employment Education and Training, Northern Territory
Chief Executive Officer, Open Family Australia Inc.
General Manager Indigenous Housing, Department of Housing, Queensland
Director Public Affairs, Victorian WorkCover Authority
Principal, Tintern Schools
Director Human Resources, State Library Victoria
Non-executive directors, Trust for Nature
Director Alumni Relations, Melbourne Business School

Contact Fish & Nankivell Ogilvie Watson - Canberra

Fish & Nankivell Ogilvie Watson is a pre-eminent Australian owned executive recruitment firm providing executive search and advertised recruitment services through two brands – Fish & Nankivell and Ogilvie Watson.

The firm is 100% owned by the Principals. This gives us a vested interest in building a sustainable business through client satisfaction. All initial contact with potential candidates and sources is conducted by a Principal, unlike most other recruitment firms where this critically important work is delegated to junior employees. From our base at 1 Collins Street, Melbourne, we carry out assignments across Australia.

Fish & Nankivell is the oldest locally-owned executive search firm in Australia, having been founded in 1984. Ogilvie Watson was established in 1995 and continues to provide a high quality vehicle for conducting mid-level to senior advertised executive recruitment.

Level 7, No. 1 Collins Street, Melbourne Vic 3000 
+61 3 9654 7622