Wayne Parkes

Wayne Parkes is the Founder and Managing Director of The Executive Shortlist. He has accumulated more than 36 years experience as a Manager and Director in Senior Human Resource consultancy and been a trusted advisor and confidant to senior executives in some of Australia’s largest corporate entities. He has a BA degree from Victoria University of Wellington, NZ and is the author of the popular business text “Recruiting in Australia”
published by Reed Books in 1986.
From a marketing role with a major US Oil company his consulting experience grew through Information Technology recruitment to become the Australasian Director of Australia’s
largest Executive Recruitment advertiser. He pioneered the introduction of
Leadership-based 360° feedback programs in the early 1990s while leading a team of consultants operating out of 5 offices in Australia and New Zealand.

He has dealt with senior executives and CEOs across a wide variety of organisations including Blue chip corporations, SMEs, Government and NFPs. He served as a Board member of Charities and Sporting Clubs for 18 years including the Guide Dog Association (Chairman for 6 years), Middle Harbour Yacht Club and NSW Water Ski Association. The Executive Shortlist was founded in 1980 and partnered with Wareham International until 1999. Although spending a ‘lifetime’ in the field of recruitment, executive evaluation, appraisal and placement he especially enjoys helping managers to grow and excel as leaders in their own right.

History of Achievement


Appointed Managing Director of Australia’s largest Recruitment Advertising firm


Founded The Executive Shortlist – a boutique senior executive recruitment firm


Author of ‘Recruiting in Australia’ Published by Reed Books


Led offices in Sydney, Melbourne, New Zealand, Perth


Introduced LEAD (Leadership Development and Development) a unique 360° Feedback tool developed for senior executives


Australasian Chairman for Wareham Associates with 5 offices and 30 staff, (a partnership with The Executive Shortlist)


Executive Appraisal Package for Evaluating and Predicting Executive behavior


The Executive Shortlist assumes control of Australian consulting activities


Outplacement consulting for IT sector


Career Coaching for Senior Executives


Leadership coaching programs for Middle Managers