Whether you are seeking more meaningful career engagement or recruiting new talent, we provide an executive search and placement service to improve the flow of talent into, and within the for-purpose space. The relationships we foster with our clients are not transactional, but rather transformational and multi-faceted in nature. We are rarely engaged to recruit for an executive without an additional request or requirement, and many times these needs are only identified as a result of our comprehensive and thorough due diligence processes that we undertake with the board and the management team.


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

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



    We cater to candidates who are in the early stages of considering a move or career transition, through to those with extensive sector experience.


    We encourage individuals seeking more meaningful career engagement to get in touch, and to consider our workshops, which may provide additional clarity and guidance.

    Whether you have social sector experience or looking for a career pivot, our monthly Head & Heart event series is designed to help you carve out your unique path to living and working 'on purpose'. Our Leadership for Social Impact sessions are for corporate executives wanting to engage in a leadership capacity in the for-purpose sector. Get on Board is a workshop for corporate executives wanting to engage in a leadership capacity as a non-Executive Director on a for-purpose board or a skilled volunteer/mentor.






    We take the time to prioritise understanding 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 work alongside you to structure-up your roles and help you to develop a compelling employee value proposition to present the role in a way that is fresh and captivating, giving you the best chance of attracting the right candidate.


    Our approach is personalised and comprehensive and spans scoping, searching, screening and selection. We have the full range of tools at our disposal to find and secure the best candidates.

    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. More

  • 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, , Non-Executive Director - Batyr, 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.

    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'.


    Celia Hodson, Former CEO

    School for Social Entrepreneurs (SSE) Australia

    ‘People for Purpose really took the time to understand my aspirations and challenges and our organisational culture. They treated me as an individual, offering honest and constructive feedback that supported the whole recruitment process. There was no ‘hard sell’. Getting it right very much felt like the main driver rather than it simply being another transaction. There was no HR or recruitment jargon - they very much worked in collaboration, sharing ideas and then tested my assumptions. I very much valued that they have a diverse team who drew on a range of life experiences and who are consciously positioned at the intersection of sectors'.



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