The Morton Philips team are a collaborative group of trusted professionals and consultants, with expertise, and credibility in the sector. We have recruited our own team using the same methods we undertake for our clients, and with a loyalty and success rate we are very proud of. We offer career advancement, and flexibility to our staff to foster a positive, dynamic and inclusive workforce.  We strive to be received as the trusted advisors who can provide valued and professional advice without fear or favour.  Our team operate with integrity at all times and guarantee an honesty over all approach.



Phil Morton

Phil Morton is a familiar face in the Executive Recruitment space in South Australia, having led one of Adelaide's best-known executive recruitment practices to a dominant position during his time.

Phil has spent over a decade in the recruitment industry, after an earlier career in engineering and construction management.

Beginning his career in local government, he gained further qualifications and experience in public works engineering and building surveying. Phil then moved to Boral and Adelaide Brighton where he proceeded rapidly to general management level, recognised for his technical skills but also relationship and business development capabilities.

Phil joined Morgan & Banks in 1997, which later became Hudson, where he was recognised with a President's award as Hudson's Top Operations Leader for Australia and New Zealand in 2003. His interest in the human aspects of business operation has driven a desire to continually improve services in a sector where relationship management is critical and success relies on networks and performance.

Phil co-founded Morton Philips in order to explore his passion to build a cohesive, decisive HR practice that is immediately responsible for and responsive to its clients and candidates. As of 1 July 2014, Phil became the sole owner and Managing Director of Morton Philips.




Alison Surjan

Alison has established her career as an experienced and credible Executive Search Consultant.  Now as Director, Consulting Services Alison is responsible for the management of staff and the Morton Philips business operations.

She works with clients both locally to multinational scale organisations and provides them with an exceptional service offering and strategic head hunting approach that has made her many successful and rewarding placements over the years with some of Australia’s most iconic brands.

Alison has worked with Phil Morton for eight years, and continues to develop and grow the brand and legacy that is Morton Philips now proudly as V2 after an ownership transition in 2014.  As a trusted and highly respected Consultant, Alison demonstrates a genuine commitment to service her clients above expectations and has excelled in Executive Search recruitment across a number of industry sectors.  Some of the most difficult to find candidates, have been placed through Alison’s approach to identify, convert and secure the best talent for her clients. 

Recently appointed to the Board of the Committee for Adelaide, Alison is a well networked professional and works collaboratively with her clients across all their recruitment and HR requirements.




Katherine Scott

Katherine is an experienced human resources, communication and marketing professional with expertise across not-for-profit, government and corporate industries, including health, aged care, professional services and construction sectors.

Katherine has expertise and a passion for long term recruitment solutions, strategic workforce planning and employee development and relations. Along with a broad background of internal human resource experience, a comprehensive understanding of Return to Work legislation and best practice strategies for promoting and achieving health and well-being of employees, Katherine provides our existing and potential clients’ with a multi-faceted yet integrated approach to solutions. Past experience in partnering with organisations to deliver solutions on key organisational matters including injury prevention and management, health promotion and employee development, Katherine intrinsically employs a holistic approach to both recruitment and HR consultancy.

With qualifications in both human resources and marketing, Katherine has the ability to understand and articulate clients’ recruitment needs and deliver professional and timely solutions, aligned with a clients’ cultural values and budgetary constraints. Katherine’s emphasis on communicating and partnering with a client to personally understand the breadth of requirements is an asset and married with her ability to manage relationships in complex stakeholder environments, Katherine continually strives to successfully manage and exceed clients’ and candidates expectations.




Jason Barrington

A highly experienced Senior Executive Search Consultant and Recruitment Manager with over 12 years international recruitment experience. Previously out of Perth, Western Australia and also the UK, Jason’s focus has been primarily in the Energy & Resources industries, specialising in placing Executive, Technical, and Senior Management and Engineering professionals into a variety of industries globally.

His knowledge and experience within recruitment is gained from a diverse background: initially Business Development Manager for AutoCAD (Autodesk) design software, he then moved into recruitment within Construction, Design & Building industries in the UK focusing on Technical, Commercial, Senior Management & Board Director (Pre IPO / IPO) positions. Jason worked his way into an active Branch Manager role for a well-established national consultancy in the UK where he continued to build on accounts across many different sectors.

Jason holds significant experience within the mining and resources sector in Australia, Africa, South America and Europe including residential, FIFO and DIDO. He brings an excellent record of accomplishment for placing long-term employees into organisations where they have made a difference and benefit to long standing loyal clients. Jason understands individual client requirements and is extremely solutions focussed, and dedicated to providing unique and tailored Executive Search solutions to clients nationwide and internationally.




Rachel Francis

With a Masters in International Marketing Management and a Bachelor in Business Studies and a Language (Russian), Rachel is a confident Research Consultant with experience working in Europe and Australia.

Each position Rachel has held has involved evaluating the capabilities or requirements of one party and matching those with the skill set and offerings of a second.

On her arrival in Adelaide in early 2010 Rachel began working as a Principal Recruitment and Research Consultant, primarily within the executive space. Prior to this she was employed within both Irish and Danish Government departments promoting, developing, advising and assisting Irish and Danish companies (at all stages within the supply chain) to gain maximum benefit from globalisation. Both roles involved offering competent, customised and results orientated consultancy along with industry research projects to each client according to their specific requirements.

Rachel regularly worked closely with key decision makers to develop and implement short, medium and long-term export growth strategies.

Rachel held a voluntary committee position within the Diabetic Federation of Ireland – a role which involved delivering a number of formal presentations to industry groups and the media in relation to promotional activities. Rachel was the Secretary for the Irish Danish Business Association for two and a half years and also vice-secretary on the Board of Governors for a progressive Childcare Centre in Adelaide.

Rachel’s strengths and successes are attributed to her personable manner, mature, ethical and respectful approach to projects and her ability to gain a solid understanding of each client and their specific business, objectives and motivations. Rachel is driven by a passion to add value and promote positive, transparent business interactions and relationships.




tara Hancock

Fresh from an extensive and successful career in the advertising industry where a sound understanding of the importance of client service to any business was instilled, Tara came to Morton Philips to assist with administration and operational requirements.

With a team orientated focus, Tara works to ensure the day to day operations of the business are effective and efficient. She is enjoying working with our clients and candidates and building on her knowledge of the recruitment industry.

Tara is an active member of Grange Surf Lifesaving Club voluntarily patrolling Grange Beach during Summer. She swims a couple of times a week with a social group of people at Seaton Swimming Centre and is the President of SMOSH West Lakes Junior Football Club. Most proudly though, Tara is the mum of a very active and fun loving 16 year boy, Max.




Lindsay Griffiths

An integral part of Morton Philips’ business matters, Lindsay is a highly qualified Finance Manager with over fifteen years’ experience working in a range of industries. Studying Accounting both in Adelaide and abroad in London, Lindsay’s transition into HR was seamless.

Working in industries including Record Labels, Creative Design, Banking and Property; Lindsay joined the Morton Philips team in 2014. Certainly a ‘people person’, Lindsay enjoys working in the HR and recruitment sector, allowing her to speak with numerous people.

Outside of the office, she enjoys listening to vinyl, baking cakes and spending quality time with her children.




Christopher Hughes

Joining Morton Philips in 2017 after university studies in Commerce, Christopher originally began in an administration and marketing capacity to help support the operations of the business.

Christopher was appointed Associate Consultant in 2018 working with the consulting team and supporting clients and candidates.

As an active member of the growing and vibrant West Torrens community he is often spotted at one of the local cafes or distilleries with family and friends. Christopher is a keen supporter of many local sports and activities.