Our Expertise

  • As a service-driven organisation we strive to meet the specific needs of each client, remaining committed to strong ethical and professional standards, excellence, confidentiality and success.
  • Our well-tested methodologies and highly personalised approach continue to achieve optimum solutions for Career Transition clients as well as candidates and participants.  We also aim to incorporate emerging technology and creative approaches where these will enhance the effectiveness of our business.
  • The innate value gained from the firm’s 28 years successful recruiting experience across a wide variety of assignments.  Some of the key positions we have filled can be viewed here.
  • The caliber, training and individual professional expertise of our Directors, Consultants, Strategic Alliance Partners and Administrative team listed below.
  • Our established Career Transition and Outplacement Clients across government, private and not-for-profit sectors.
  • The feedback, learning and fine-tuning that comes from having long-term client relationships which facilitate genuine ‘strategic partnering’ in resolving organisational issues.  Read the testimonials from our clients.

Peter Dakin

Peter has thirty years’ experience in Career Transition & Outplacement, Executive Search & Recruitment and Contracting. Following several successful years as a Partner with Cruickshank Management Resources, a leading human resources consulting firm, Peter established his own company, Dakin Management Group, specialising in Executive Contracting & Recruitment in Melbourne. He subsequently merged his business and became a pioneer and leading provider of Career Transition & Outplacement Services with outstanding success providing highly personalised services for executives, management and staff departing, or in redeployment, across government, private and not-for-profit organisations.

Similarly he has a proud history recruiting C -Suite executives and Board Directors for a well established client base across all sectors. Many of these successful appointees continue to progress with their employer for periods in excess of 10 years. Read more about Long Term Executive Placements here.

Peter’s wealth of commercial and HR experience has afforded him the opportunity to develop a comprehensive and in-depth understanding of the full range of interlinking human resources disciplines.

Peter holds qualifications in Accountancy and was awarded Fellowship of the Australian Society of Certified Practicing Accountants and the Institute of Management Consultants (IMC).

With strong sporting and community affiliations, Peter was a Committee Member of the Melbourne Cricket Club for 11 years, Past President of Kingston Heath Golf Club, the Rotary Club of Melbourne and Powerhouse Amateur Football Club. These appointments illustrate his extensive personal experience operating at Board and Director levels.

Peter Dakin
David Crow - Dakin Mayers - Headshot
Senior Consultant, Career Transition and Executive Coach

David Crow

David has been a Senior Consultant with Dakin Mayers since 2012. His ability to motivate and gain the confidence of individuals has been a significant factor in his success as a business leader and consultant. Combined with his comfortable friendly yet direct style he builds trust and rapport with his career transition and coaching clients enabling them to maximise the benefits of his support.

As a qualified Accountant, David has experience in a wide range of industry sectors including professional services, manufacturing, retail, distribution, sport, import and export, food and compliance within not-for-profit, private, public company and Government environments. He has worked in a variety of roles and uses his learnings from his general management/CEO, financial, sales, operations and marketing roles to add great value and understanding to his discussions with individuals he is assisting. With his support, David’s clients develop a pathway forward and a “career resilience” which will serve them well in the future and the opportunity to grow and flourish as individuals and team members as they progress through their working lives.

David has been providing one-on-one, tailored, highly personalised support to both Career Transition & Outplacement and Executive Coaching clients for several years. His Executive Coaching/Leadership Development training, combined with his own experiences, provide him with a wealth of knowledge of what works best for individuals in business, information which he readily shares.

Blaire Anderson

Blaire Anderson is Dakin Mayers Digital Strategy, Career Transition Support & Marketing Consultant.

A double degree in Business Management & Human Resources supports her strong background in B2B & B2C brand strategy, digital marketing and small business start-ups across a variety of industries including Human Resources, Retail, Aviation & Beauty.

Blaire is also Co-Founder of Australia’s leading drone repair facility and Co-Owner of Aviation consultancy Wolf Industries Pacific.

Director - Altered Career - Strategic Alliance Partner

Kerina Alter

Kerina has deep knowledge and skill in career coaching, training and change management. For 10 years she has been the Director of Altered Career, a consulting firm focused on change and transition projects and spent her career assisting individuals and businesses to be more successful.

With a fresh and flexible approach, she supports individuals of all ages, stages and levels in their career. Kerina coaches individuals & organisations moving through change and inspires people to realise their potential.

Her broad range of skills extends to assisting individuals who seek to improve their personal or professional performance, personal branding, further their leadership skills or plan their careers as they transition from one role to another, especially if they have been made redundant, retiring or returning to the workforce. She develops mentoring and leadership programs and conducts individual and group training over a broad selection of professional development topics.

Kerina spent eight years in corporate marketing roles at organisations like ANZ Bank and Victoria Police, prior to moving into coaching. She has coached over 2000 individuals and completed work for the Australian Ballet, Monash University, RACV, VicHealth, Youth Law, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, MLC Insurance, Red Energy and TAC just to mention a few. Having headed up the employee support program for Toyota when it shut down its R&D facility, Kerina is comfortable managing both small and large projects.

Managing Director – Macarthur Human Capital - Strategic Alliance Partner

James Slade-Symons

James has been a Strategic Partner of Dakin Mayers since 2018. He has over 20 years’ experience advising executives and boards from leading brands, to start-ups throughout Australia and the UK. James has garnered a wealth of experience as a leader, board director and human resources consultant.

In recent times, James has worked closely with sectors that have been at the forefront of change and transformation including transport, aged care, emergency services, mining resources and education. His corporate advisory, organisational development and innovative HR practices have positioned him as a highly regarded consultant, with a reputation for optimising organisational impact, efficiency and commercial performance.

Prior to working with Dakin Mayers, James held HR leadership positions with Vodafone, Coles Myer and Chandler Macleod, where he consulted to clients such as BHP, Serco, Glencore, Aurizon and a range of Government organisations. During this time James led projects which included change management, leadership development, HR & corporate strategy and organisational design and development initiatives with outstanding success.

James is passionate about taking a “back to basics” approach.

“Organisations often have the answers already; it’s just a question of helping people find them. I deeply believe that too many people are chasing the next big thing, when often all that’s required is doing the basics well. Keep it simple, do it well and be clear what you want to achieve. Let innovation and success find you”.

Managing Director - ICG Careers - Strategic Alliance Partner

Mark Waterman

Mark is a business leadership professional and has held senior General Manager and General Manager – HR leadership roles with Fletcher Challenge, The Warehouse and Steel & Tube as well as being a Business JV Owner/Operator. This includes exposure to the APAC region. This experience has included significant involvement in major change programmes impacting on individuals and groups of up to 500 people. Together with a range of Directorships and Trusteeships this gives Mark a unique insight into both macro and micro business environments. Mark also consults on Business Turnarounds, Start-Up’s and Development.