$1,540 raised for Australian drought relief - Bloomfield

During the months of September and October, Morton Philips embarked on a fundraising activity for Australian drought relief. Dubbed the ‘Farm Raiser’, the office hosted a boardroom lunch with a guest speaker talking about the hardship currently faced by Australian farmers.

While not attempting to raise a set amount, through the generosity of staff members, clients, family, friends and also selling unwanted items from an office spring clean, we were able to raise a generous total amount of $1,540.

These funds were used to purchase 11 bales of hay for the beef cattle property, Bloomfield which is owned by the parents of Alice Pohlmann, partner of our Associate Consultant, Christopher Hughes. Bloomfield is located in rural QLD, a 4 hour drive west of Brisbane in the Darling Downs and is experiencing its worst conditions since their occupancy in 2005.

On Tuesday of this week, the truckload of hay was delivered by Wood Ag Chinchilla, along with a letter from us detailing the situation, kept under tight wraps to add to the surprise. We received an incredibly warm phone call from Bloomfield’s occupants, the Pohlmann’s, thanking us profusely for not only the hay fundraiser, but for them knowing that there are people that not only want to help them, but help Australia’s wider farming community.

Also on Tuesday, Bloomfield received a much needed 8mm of rain, followed by more in the week.

Peter Pohlmann, owner and operator of Bloomfield, stands happily with his hay while storm clouds close in.

Peter Pohlmann, owner and operator of Bloomfield, stands happily with his hay while storm clouds close in.

Morton Philips would like to thank all of the fundraiser’s supporters, as well as Wood Ag Chinchilla for making this possible.

The Morton Philips Family Continues to Grow

The Director, Consulting Services Alison Surjan together with her husband Jake and their twin boys Zander and Anthony, welcomed a little girl into the world on the 17 August 2018. Ilaria Margaret, her second name after Alison’s late mother, is a happy and healthy addition to the Surjan and Morton Philips Families and she is already showing all the signs of a great recruit. 

Alison is enjoying this time with her newest little lady but continues to be present in the business and available at times to connect with her valued clients and candidates. Not long before we see frequent visits from Alison and Ilaria around the city enjoying a decaf coffee at Pranzo!


In attendance - CEDA Mining & Resources Luncheon

The Committee for Economic Development Australia (CEDA) hosted Wednesday’s Mining & Resources Overview at the Adelaide Convention Centre. Key industry leaders discussed the challenges and opportunities currently facing the sector that today employs 300,000 Australians.

Morton Philips’ Senior Consultant, Katherine Scott, and Associate Consultant, Christopher Hughes, were in attendance to gain insight and understanding into the sector that represents nearly 10 per cent of Australia’s gross domestic product. A broad range of topics from within the mining sector was covered, particularly Australia’s high position in the global economy in regards to minerals.

With CEDA State Director SA/NT, Hamilton Calder as Master of Ceremonies, OZ Minerals Managing Director & CEO, Andrew Cole delivered a keynote address outlining the current state of the national economic landscape for the mining sector. Cole spoke of all competitors potentially working together to create a collectivist outlook, as well as the possibility of perceiving risk as a way to view opportunity.

(L to R) Hamilton Calder, Prof. Stephen Grano, Kyra Reznikov & Andrew Cole during the panel discussion.

(L to R) Hamilton Calder, Prof. Stephen Grano, Kyra Reznikov & Andrew Cole during the panel discussion.

Following Cole’s address, Kyra Reznikov, Head of Environment, Climate Change and Planning at Finlaysons joined Professor Stephen Grano, Executive Director, Institute for Mineral and Energy Resources at The University of Adelaide for a panel discussion focusing on South Australia's mining industry. Topics discussed included diversity within the workplace, and university participation regarding work placements in South Australian organisations.

Mark Dayman, Managing Director of Fyfe delivered the closing address.

Morton Philips were delighted to have been part of an event discussing one of Australia’s largest sectors.



In attendance - PwC & Committee For Adelaide's Federal Budget Insight Lunch Event

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PricewaterhouseCoopers and Committee For Adelaide hosted last Friday's PwC’s Federal Budget Insight’s Lunch Event, to hear one of the first addresses from South Australia's new State Treasurer, The Hon. Rob Lucas MLC.

Morton Philips directors Phil Morton and Alison Surjan, Committee For Adelaide Board Member were in attendance to hear about the recently released 2018/19 Federal Budget, with a range of reforms and key policy announcements included, and what the budget means for South Australia and its future prosperity.  The event hosted some 140 guests at the Adelaide Town Hall.

With Committee For Adelaide's CEO, Jodie van Deventer as Master of Ceremonies, The Hon. Rob Lucas MLC delivered the keynote address of South Australia’s involvement, and the future of our local and national economy. The new Treasurer’s perspective was spoken of, ahead of delivering the newly-elected Marshall Government's first state budget this September.

The Hon. Rob Lucas MLC, Treasurer of South Australia

The Hon. Rob Lucas MLC, Treasurer of South Australia


As well at the Treasurer’s address, Ian Smith of Bespoke Approach, Margot Forster of Defence Teaming Centre, along with Jamie Briggs and Alistair Hutson of PwC were included for a panel conversation on the budget’s meaning for South Australia.

Directors Phil Morton and Alison Surjan are delighted to have been part of an event forecasting the 2018-19 Federal budget.

All Done! The Mercer SuperCycle Wrap-up

After 1,160kms over the course of seven days, the Mercer SuperCycle arrived at its Adelaide finish line on Saturday (March 24th) afternoon. Beginning in Melbourne and culminating in Adelaide, the SuperCycle took its competitors through picturesque surroundings in Sorrento, Geelong, Apollo Bay, Port Fairy, Mount Gambier, Robe, and Meningie.

The four Morton Philips team members in action on Day 5.

The four Morton Philips team members in action on Day 5.

Morton Philips would like to thank everyone who has donated to The Hospital Research Foundation. The total funds raised for the building of accommodation at Bowden for country cancer patients receiving treatment in Adelaide was $350,000. We are thrilled with the impact this ride has made.

Managing Director, Phil Morton, would especially like to thank the Mercer SuperCycle volunteers and support crew, who performed incredibly with the logistics to ensure everyone was thought of, and safety being the number one priority. 

Mercer SuperCycle Volunteers & Support Crew.

Mercer SuperCycle Volunteers & Support Crew.

The volunteers, support crew, the sponsors, and organisers are to be congratulated on pulling together a well-run and very professional event. Safety was number one priority and all returned home without incident.

Morton Philips Team, L-R: Dale Wyman, Mat Hannan, Phil Morton, Chris Organ.

Morton Philips Team, L-R: Dale Wyman, Mat Hannan, Phil Morton, Chris Organ.

All supporters have played a part in the massive $350,000 total and should be proud. The Morton Philips team are humbled to think that we are able to make a difference to families in this way at a most crucial time in their lives. Never losing sight of the cause through the whole event, the Morton Philips team have been privileged to be involved and witness the human spirit in action.

We are pleased to announce the launch of our brand new website!

After months of hard work, we are delighted to officially announce the launch of our revamped website at mortonphilips.com.au.

Our goal with this new website is to provide our visitors an easier way to learn about Morton Philips services. Clients are able to view our Executive Search capabilities, with candidates being made aware of our current job opportunities.

Our new website layout featured on all content pages.

Our new website layout featured on all content pages.

Amongst the new features, the site contains an integrated social media link for LinkedIn. A news page has also been added to provide our visitors with company news and events.

We hope you find the new website fresh and modern. We will continue to work hard to make sure it contains valuable information to assist you with your Executive Search needs.

Mercer SuperCycle...we're competing!

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Morton Philips have assembled a team of cyclists to support one of the most popular and longest fundraising rides occurring in Australia this year, The Mercer SuperCycle on March 18.

Commencing in Melbourne and finishing in Adelaide, The Mercer SuperCycle encompasses over 1,000km in seven days, traveling along the picturesque and well-renowned Great Ocean Road through Geelong, Apollo Bay, Port Fairy, Mount Gambier, Robe, and Meningie.


Managing Director Phil Morton has committed to this ride, with all funds raised going directly to the Hospital Research Foundation’s Under Our Roof project. Patients undergoing cancer treatment and their families will soon have a new home-away-from-home in Bowden, Adelaide; and it is the only subsidised family-sized accommodation available for country cancer patients near Adelaide’s two largest cancer treating hospitals: The Royal Adelaide Hospital and The Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

Your sponsorship donation for this event will be going directly to supporting individuals who need these services at the most critical time in their lives, and the family all needs to be together at this time to support each other as well as the patient.

The Morton Philips team hope you can see that this work by the Hospital Research Foundation is indeed worthy of support.

Phil is now in serious training mode, and has promised updates along the way for those who donate, as well as a wrap up at the end to communicate the outcome and how your support has been so important to the project.

Morton Philips completes Executive Search for the Committee For Adelaide


Morton Philips, wants to proudly announce the placement of Albert D’Aloia as Engagement & Communications Manager for the Committee for Adelaide, working under Chief Executive Officer Jodie van Deventer. Albert was officially placed in October 2017, with the new position created to increase the Committee’s relevance by driving membership, delivering marketing strategies and managing events and special projects, all while protecting and enhancing the Committee for Adelaide’s brand.

Morton Philips strengthened its relationship with the Committee for Adelaide, while partnering with the Committee for greater brand awareness.

When applying for the role, Albert described himself as being immediately drawn to the Committee for Adelaide’s vision of ‘making Adelaide an even greater city than it already is’. With the Committee being a strong supporter of all dealings in Adelaide and South Australia, the idea of being part of a team with this purpose excited Albert to apply for the role.

Currently in his third month as Engagement & Communications Manager, Albert has enjoyed the access to work with and be surrounded by some of Adelaide’s most credible individuals who all share an enthusiasm towards Adelaide. The Committee is different in that its members are encouraged to ‘roll up their sleeves’ and help make Adelaide a better and stronger city. Albert believes that businesses and community groups are drawn to the aspect of being actively involved. Sharing a large array of networks, the Committee provides access to everyone from community and business leaders to some of the most amazing thinkers on the planet.

With the end of an era with Holden closing, the Committee views an enormous potential as Adelaide’s economy transitions from traditional manufacturing to advanced manufacturing with a revitalised service industry. South Australia’s experience in renewable energy is leading to the creation of new industries while Adelaide is a hot bed for social enterprises, start-ups and innovators. When asked about further Adelaide strengths, the Committee responded with agribusiness, health, and defence. The Committee is aiming to raise the profile of Adelaide and its potential through projects including their Boards Without Borders initiative.

When asked about his experience with Morton Philips, Albert admitted that going through job application processes “are never easy”, however Morton Philips’ “professionalism and willingness to genuinely help” put him at ease.

Morton Philips want to congratulate Jodie and Albert on the successful placement, and look forward to continuing the partnership with Alison Surjan Director Consulting Services Morton Philips now recently appointed to the Board of Directors with the Committee for Adelaide.