Richard Searle


MPA (Harvard), BA (Hons) (Melbourne)Richard Searle is an Educator and Consultant with wide experience in Australia and internationally. He specialises in executive and management development, with a particular focus on leadership, strategic decision making and negotiation.

Richard is Director of management education consultancy Leaders & Searle and a long time Program Director and now Associate at Melbourne Business School Executive Education (formerly MBS Mt Eliza Executive Education}. He has also consulted widely to Executive Teams and Senior Management Groups, and conducted development programs in the private and public sectors. Clients of Leaders & Searle have included ANZ, Orica, WDS Pty Ltd, Australian Institute of Police Management, Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, the International CFO Forum, Johnson & Johnson Medical, St John of God Hospitals, Department of Justice NT, ProBuild, Aussie Home Loans, Maben Constructions, Departments of Corrections SA and NT, the Victorian Managed Insurance Agency, Australian Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (AVCAL), Dandenong High School, Bursars Association of New South Wales, Lipman (Construction) Pty Ltd, Greater Dandenong Network of School Principals, Mind Australia, Greater Wellington Regional Water NZ, Gisborne District Council NZ, Synlait Milk Ltd NZ, Beca NZ, Costa Group, HESTA, Siemens HealthCare, Victorian Leadership Academy for the Victorian Public Sector Commission, Dental Health Services Victoria, Young Presidents Organisation, Bounce Inc and NAB Business. Some of Richard's corporate clients at MBS are listed below.

Richard is recognized by clients and managers as an exciting and inspiring teacher who brings his whole self to the way he develops leaders and executive teams – being open and challenging, embracing risk and finding the courage and compassion to deliver real and transformative outcomes. Read commendations of Richard by clients, participants and colleagues by clicking here.

Richard designed, and for ten years was Program Director for MBS/Mt Eliza's flagship senior leadership program Leading for Strategic Success. He guest facilitates with Professor Amanda Sinclair on her Leadership and Change Course for the Melbourne Business School MBA, as well as working with her on the Mindful Leadership Program. He teaches the Leading Innovative Teams' Course as part of the Innovation Practice Program for the Masters of Engineering at the University of Melbourne in partnership with a group of leading engineering and technology companies. Richard is also lead Presenter for the Leadership On Top ("The LOT") Workshops and Programs conducted in-house for senior managers by Leaders & Searle and more information can be found by clicking here, and recent feedback from clients about Richard and the LOT by clicking here .

Richard writes extensively about leadership and negotiation and his articles appear regularly in Australian and international business magazines. He is author of the book "Leadership On Top: How Managers and Others Become Leaders".

Richard is also an expert negotiator and is recognized by clients and managers for the energy, insight and humour which he brings to his consulting and teaching about negotiations. Richard has worked with hundreds of commercial clients and thousands of managers and he has also presented the Negotiation Course for the University of Queensland/Mt Eliza MBA which for five years consistently received the highest ratings for an elective. For fifteen years Richard has presented the Strategic Negotiations Program and the Negotiation Skills Program for Mt Eliza Executive Education, and he also presents the negotiation module for the Procurement Executives Program.

Richard’s corporate clients at MBS have included AXA Asia Pacific, Transurban, Australian Football League, Baulderstone/LendLease, McNab Constructions, MAB Property Developers, Herbert Smith Freehills, Jacobs, Tassal, Hickory, Pacific Brands, Honda, General Motors Holden, Australia Post, Telstra, Tanker Pacific Singapore, NAB, Hilton Asia Pacific, Methanex New Zealand, Bank of New Zealand, Trust Power NZ, Australian Security and Investment Commission, Austalian Sports Commission, Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet and the Department of Human Services. He has delivered management development programs throughout Australia, and in the USA, China, Singapore, New Zealand and Fiji. Previous work projects have taken him to Japan, Indonesia and the Philippines.

Richard lived in the USA for two years completing a mid-career Master of Public Administration from the John F Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and engaging in a short work assignment with the World Bank in Washington, DC.

Richard was a Senior Ministerial Advisor to the Victorian Government for four years, engaged in the Ministerial Office in the portfolios of Housing and Construction, Education and Training, and Conservation and Natural Resources. Richard spent ten years as an Industrial Relations Negotiator, and he also worked in the community housing sector and with international development agencies.

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Richard Searle
PO Box 154
Gardenvale 3185 
0407 509 261

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