Bedford Big Sports BBQ 2019

It’s a function that Morton Philips looks forward to every year.

Phil Morton, Alison Surjan and Jason Barrington hosted our table full of keen sports enthusiasts who all gained another level of appreciation for the wonderful community work that Bedford is renowned for.

We learned of the new partnership between the Football Federation SA & Bedford to create a new soccer league for people with disability. Trials will be held at The Parks Community Centre on March 11.

We were also treated to some great insights from a vast selection of South Australia’s sporting stars and hearing about their goals, challenges, awards and sacrifices.

Always a highlight is learning further about the work and direction of Bedford and the impact the organisation continues to make in changing the lives of people living with disability. Across 22 sites, Bedford provides support services including employment opportunities and social participation activities empowering people to live their best lives.

Alison Surjan, Ros Agate & Jason Barrington.  Photo from InDaily .

Alison Surjan, Ros Agate & Jason Barrington. Photo from InDaily.

Boss Blind Date

On March 14, Phil Morton will be spending the day in darkness to raise awareness and funds for Guide Dogs SA/NT.

For the entire day from getting out of bed to getting home at night he’ll be blindfolded and guided by his daughter Rachel to get through his daily tasks - completely in the dark and reliant on assistance.

His day will include:

  • Getting ready for work

  • Breakfast

  • Commute to and from the office

  • Lunch

  • Meetings with clients and candidates

  • Answering phone calls and emails

Phil’s goal is to raise $5000 to do his part to support the community, but he can’t do it without you! Donating is quick and easy. Simply click here and contribute what you can.

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Welcome Back

This week Morton Philips welcomes back Claire Pennington, Associate Consultant and Alison Surjan, Director Consulting Services to the business following the birth of their daughters, Grace Girolamo & Ilaria Surjan.

2019 is off to a great start with our team celebrating personal and professional achievements and we look forward to sharing them with our clients and candidates through the year.

Tara Hancock - Office Manager, Ilaria Surjan, Alison Surjan - Director Consulting Services & Claire Pennington - Associate Consultant.

Tara Hancock - Office Manager, Ilaria Surjan, Alison Surjan - Director Consulting Services & Claire Pennington - Associate Consultant.

103km - The Great Koala Ride 2019

Morton Philips’ Managing Director, Phil Morton took to the streets on Monday with a group of like minded cycling and environment lovers on a 103km ride through the streets of Adelaide, into the Adelaide Hills and finishing at Cleland Wildlife Park.

The ride was led by ambassador for the International Koala Centre of Excellence, Phil Liggett and his partner, Trish to help raise awareness for the conservation of our much adored Koalas and to understand the need to ensure their long term future.

The group rode using the Strava app which mapped out their route in the shape of a giant Koala.

We are grateful to ride organiser, Matt Johnson, Group Executive Director, Economic and Sustainable Development, Department of Environment and Water for inviting Phil along for what was a memorable day.

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Gear Up - Stage 4 - Tour Down Under

Morton Philips was proud to support the free community event hosted by the Campbelltown City Council today at Foxfield Oval and witness the exciting finish to Stage 4 of the 2019 Santos Tour Down Under.

Our cycling guru and Managing Director, Phil Morton had a great afternoon with guests and the international cycling community. We are very lucky to have this amazing event in #southaustralia


$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.