We know that the key drivers for creating social impact are strong leaders and clarity of purpose.

    Whether you're an organisation looking for talent or an individual looking for an opportunity to contribute your time and talent, we can help.


    Our executive search and placement service is designed to support your organisation's leadership capability, focusing on executive and non-executive (board) roles.


    Our team is made up of people who are passionate about, and connected to the for-purpose sector. Our carefully selected team bring a wealth of experience from across the sector have themselves been CEO’s, fundraisers, volunteers and non-executive Directors.


    Please get in touch if you are seeking assistance with your next placement

    +61 468 625 252 or hello@peopleforpurpose.com.au

  • Why clients choose us

    We get to know you

    We take the time to understand your organisation’s unique story including your culture, purpose, needs, challenges and opportunities. We familiarise ourselves with your team, board, strategic plans and funding model to align them to your human resource requirements.

    We focus on the sector

    We are a boutique social enterprise motivated by the goals, values, and needs of the organisations in this sector. We are passionate about supporting talent to improve social outcomes. Our engagements involve working with Boards, CEOs and senior management.

    We take a holistic approach

    Our services go beyond placing the right candidate, and often include a combination of talent planning and placement, leadership development and governance performance improvement. We can do this because we ourselves volunteer, fundraise and serve on boards.

    Our experience

    For the last decade, People for Purpose consultants have worked in the sector from volunteer to CEO/NED and understand the dynamics at play, the challenges and opportunities that exist and the mindset and attitude it takes to succeed.

    Our network

    It’s unique, diverse, informed and highly skilled. It boasts a mix of commercial and non-profit expertise and is focused on sustainability and improved impact. Our learning and development program ensures we have fresh talent joining our network every day.

    Our fees

    They are flat and price accessible. For resource-constrained organisations who know the value of applying due process to recruitment, we have formulated a price accessible package to streamline the recruitment process.

  • Recent Placements

    Head of Development - Westmead Medical Research Foundation, CEO - The Eye Surgeons' Foundation, Head of Development - Cure Brain Cancer Foundation, CEO - Gowrie NSW, COO - Gowrie NSW, GM Business Development & Strategy - The Creche and Kindergarten Association, CEO - PCYC, Chief Operating Officer - Greenpeace Asia Pacific, General Manger - Paul Ramsay Foundation, Head of People & Culture - Silver Chef, CEO - United Way Australia, CEO - Australian Schools Plus, Development Director - National Centre for Childhood Grief, Chairperson - Uplifting Australia, Executive Director - Good Samaritans Foundation, Chairperson - Milk Crate Theatre, CFO - Social Ventures Australia

  • Testimonials

    We work with some of the most reputable and progressive organisations driving change in the for-purpose space, including non-profits, social enterprises, corporate organisations and private philanthropic foundations.

    Alex Harvey, Chairman


    'We recently engaged People for Purpose to recruit for our CEO role. I was impressed by the level of knowledge the team had about the for-purpose sector.

    People for Purpose are more than just recruiters; they took a holistic view in approaching our challenge and provided valuable advice and support beyond the recruitment process. Rachael took the time to fully understand our needs and ensure candidates knew exactly what the job entailed. As such, we were able to secure a highly capable and purpose aligned individual and are already seeing positive change within PCYC.

    People for Purpose went on to support our board recruitment process and we continue to discuss with them the opportunities and challenges the for-purpose sector presents.'

    Brian Powyer, Deputy President

    National Trust of Australia (NSW)

    'I would highly commend People for Purpose to those who are looking for an agency to assist in the selection of senior officers in not-for-profit organisations. The team provide an outstanding level of service at all phases of the process. Their services are provided in a highly professional manner that are always focussed on the needs of the client but considerate and supportive of the applicants throughout. Communication and responsiveness are the cornerstones of their service delivery which are underpinned by their commitment to ensuring an outcome that exemplifies quality, integrity and client satisfaction.'


    Michael Traill, Chair SVA Leadership Council​

    Social Ventures Australia

    'At SVA we know one of the critical system challenges that needs to be addressed to drive real change in the for-purpose sector is finding the right talent. People for Purpose think broadly and creatively about how we identify and find talent, and use broad networks across the sectors to do that properly. That’s why we have used them as a client on a number of key placements at SVA and in a range of organisations we partner and connect to. '

    Marylou Verberne, Founder

    Play for Life

    ‘Play for Life approached People for Purpose to seek out some assistance with the recruitment of a new Chair for our organisation. We were impressed with the speed, understanding of the brief and the professionalism of Rachael and her team in recruiting for this very important role. We have since referred others in the industry to them!'

    Dr Sam Prince, Chairman & Founder

    One Disease at a Time

    ‘People for Purpose is a refreshing addition to the non-profit landscape with their mission to provide the sector real access to talent. Core to their approach is a commitment to understanding individual organisational culture and the values that help define it so that they can make the right match. Melissa Macpherson presented us with a very strongand targeted short list of high performing and passionate candidates. We felt listened to and supported throughout the process. Their experience having worked in the sector makes them very efficient in the matching process and their bold determination to attract and support additional talent into the sector is admirable'.


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