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DO YOU BELONG HERE?

Have you ever thought about a career as a headhunter? Perhaps you belong here!

If you are interested in finding out about joining the team at Hourigan International either as a consultant, candidate manager or researcher, please contact
Monique D’Arcy-Irvine.

SERVICES
Coaching & Mentoring
New Talent
Talent Development
Future Culture
Organisation Design
Karen Taylor
Karen is a proud and passionate Kiwi who is never happier than when she is either walking or running in the great outdoors. Born in England, raised in NZ, married to a Scot and living back in Sydney after having successfully transitioned her career to London for three years. Karen is blessed with a truly global perspective. As a leading light in our industry and as one of the most experienced headhunters in the Australasian region, Karen is our most senior Partner and leads the entire team of Consultants across all disciplines within Hourigan International. Her deep experience now spans marketing and brand communications, advertising, digital, media, design and PR. Karen has placed CEOs, as well as agency leaders, (across planning, creative and account service) into some of the most coveted roles globally. Her drive and energy and a passion for the industry, along with an exceptional network of key client and agency relationships, means there is no one Karen doesn't know or can't reach. As a result, Karen is a truly unique and formidable operator, and a key differentiator in the success of Hourigan International.

Managing Partner

SYDNEY AUSTRALIA
Simon Hadfield

Simon became a senior member of the Hourigan International team after a varied and rich career in advertising across Europe and Australia. He is excited about further developing our global reputation as a creative and leading choice for talent. Simon brings with him a wealth of creative agency experience from Saatchi & Saatchi London, DDB & BWM Dentsu in Sydney, the latter running Telstra for seven years as GM. More recently he broadened his experience into media, spending the last few years with UM Sydney where he helped champion the agencies Creative Connections positioning.

Simon is one of the industry’s smartest and most trusted operators, he understands the primacy and potency of great ideas to culture and brands, and possesses a keen, experienced eye for great talent only matched by his warm, engaging nature. He’s proud of his association with many award-winning campaigns and knows first-hand the challenges and rewards of building a successful and rewarding career in our industry.

In his downtime, Simon is a keen collector of vintage Vespas, watching Formula 1 and going to as many live gigs as possible. Look out for him at the Enmore Theatre when you’re next there. To date he has invited about 10 of his favourite touring bands around to his home for a pre gig BBQ. He has yet to have one accept but is adamant and not a little confident that it will happen soon. Watch this space!

Leadership Consultant

SYDNEY AUSTRALIA
Kate Ferguson

Kate Ferguson (Wivell) runs at life with all the zest and full flavour of her parents' apple and oyster farming traditions. A proud and passionate Tasmanian, Kate is, as she puts it, 'the best mistake my family ever made!'

From an epiphany riding a bike in Tuscany to a realisation that a career in law was going to fall short of her desire to carry passion into every role, Kate has progressed into a career in executive search via a succession of blue chip marketing roles in high calibre organisations such as Phillips Fox, Volkswagen, See Australia and Westfield.

With an enduring passion for people, Kate was always made for recruitment. It eventually found her, after she was headhunted by Hourigan International to discuss a potential marketing role. The opportunity to step into a new career direction then unfolded and the rest, as they say....

Today, Kate, a mother of two boys, is an integral part of the Hourigan family. We're so proud of her successes and the impact she makes on our unique culture. We love the fact that Kate is never happier than when she's working with great talent who place their trust in her very capable hands. Kate Ferguson - Tassie's loss, our great gain.

Associate Partner

SYDNEY AUSTRALIA
Jo Trapnell
Jo looks after our senior innovation and marketing roles. Her hybrid career across senior positions at integrated agencies and client marketing, gives her an in-depth understanding of the dynamics of both. Jo is fascinated by everyone’s story, as each candidate is unique. She has a genuine passion and natural skill for helping clients find the right leaders.

Leadership Consultant

SYDNEY AUSTRALIA
Monique
D'Arcy-Irvine

Monique co-founded Hourigan International with Anthony over a decade ago after having spent fifteen years in marketing management. Her experience as both a candidate and a client lead her to believe that 'there must be a better way' and informed Hourigan International's philosophy of 'business partnering' and 'talent management'.

The culture that is nurtured at Hourigan International is about creating rewarding experiences, and on creating interesting opportunities and connections. The business has itself attracted some amazing talent who have all brought their successful careers to bear in providing advice. Monique loves to celebrate the diversity of the Hourigan International team where collaboration amongst corporate, agency, creative and digital specialists drives robust ideas and creative solutions.

Monique believes strongly in 'giving back', aptly captured by the words of the poet Maya Angelou "When you learn, teach. When you get, give". This commitment has driven Hourigan International's Marketing Mentor programme, which tangibly assists many community organisations achieve their outcomes (you can read their stories on our web site).

Monique is passionate about marketing with her career spanning the FMCG, luxury goods, cosmetic and fragrance, and retail industries before joining IBM Asia-Pacific and working on transforming the IBM brand after the PwC acquisition. Monique holds a Bachelor of Economics and a Masters in Management.

When she's not working, Monique has a passion for travel. And, if she's not working or not travelling, she's busy planning her next adventure.

GM & Co-Founder

SYDNEY AUSTRALIA
Anthony Hourigan

Any business is only as good as its people. Anthony Hourigan together with Partners, Monique D'Arcy-Irvine and Karen Taylor believe this passionately. They have created a leading global talent business. Their ambition has always been to provide businesses with a new kind of leadership. Hourigan International has strived to find and champion the talent capable of transforming, growing and guiding companies in today's ever-turbulent digital world.

Now after 14 years the results speak for themselves. Hourigan International's relentless quest to represent this unique talent has resulted in partnerships with many of Australasia's major corporate, agency and media companies where they have placed, coached and mentored many leaders. The business is awarded transformational roles and moves talent all over the world.

This enviable track record is the result of Hourigan International's ability to identify true Creative Leaders and their ability to advocate the tremendous value that Creative Leaders bring. The innovators, visionaries and change-agents - these are the Creative Leaders who can transform brands and businesses, indeed share prices.

Anthony's earlier background was in agency management where he quickly learned the value of big ideas and the value of compelling content, never more relevant than in today's world which is increasingly consumer-centric.

Anthony devotes what precious spare time he has to surfing his beloved Malibu in Byron, to travel and being immersed in the world of politics, history and the arts.

CEO

SYDNEY AUSTRALIA