Gerard Daniels Names Leader for Sydney Office

September 10, 2019 – Executive search firm Gerard Daniels, headquartered in Perth, Australia, has appointed Geoff Curran as lead of its Sydney office. He will be spearhead a local team that brings together a broad range of sector specialties and experience. Mr. Curran will report directly to the firm’s CEO, Alison Gaines.

Mr. Curran brings over 30 years of experience in executive search to the role, spanning the Asia Pacific region. He brings a depth of hands-on experience in senior executive leadership roles, as well as having founded and run his own firm, Curran and Associates. His relationships, knowledge and entrepreneurial drive cover a broad variety of sectors including resources, health, aged care and disability services. His functional expertise includes general management, data and analytics, sales and marketing, operations, finance and customer management.

Mr. Curran has deep experience in the healthcare sector, which will be his key focus as he builds on the extensive work Gerard Daniels already does in this sector. He will also be engaging with clients in professional associations, members-based organizations and government. Having worked as an adviser across a broad range of clients, Mr. Curran has extensive experience working with both listed, private and not-for-profit organizations.

“Welcoming Geoff to the team is a really exciting move for us,” said Ms. Gaines. “He brings a drive, capability and understanding of both our clients’ markets as well as their fast-changing requirements that is rare to find. His appointment enhances both the strength and breadth of our offering in Sydney, a market with real growth potential within our business.”

Recent Appointments

Recently, Gerard Daniels named Paul Pryde as the new practice leader for its oil, gas and energy activities. Mr. Pryde will lead the firm’s work across the Asia Pacific region. With more than 20 years of experience in the energy and resource sectors, Mr. Pryde’s expertise in international executive search extends across Asia Pacific, EMEA and the Americas. This experience, combined with his background in senior human resource management roles across the oil and gas industry, adds additional senior leadership and regional expertise to Gerard Daniels’ team of HR consulting and advisory specialists.

In June, Gerard Daniels named Jason Wright to the role of managing partner Americas, based in its Houston office. Mr. Wright is a highly-experienced recruitment and staffing professional with more than 20 years’ involvement in the oil and gas and energy sectors, primarily in the Americas markets.


CEO Close-Up: Alison Gaines
Alison Gaines serves as CEO of Gerard Daniels. Following a 12-year tenure as the head of its board consulting practice and recently as managing partner of the firm’s Asia Pacific practice, Ms. Gaines now leads the firm to continue to drive growth across all regions and offices. She works closely with the advisory board, which includes the firm’s founders, and executive management group to execute strategy and lead financial performance, business development, assignment quality, internal talent acquisition and compliance.


Over the course of his career, Mr. Wright has handled senior-level project management and engineering professionals’ assignments for global oil and gas operators and EPC engineering businesses, including NYSE, TSX, FTSE, ASX and OSE listed entities, private companies and private equity backed businesses.

Mr. Wright is active in the upstream, midstream and downstream oil and gas sectors, the renewable energy sector, and the utilities and related infrastructure sector.

Gerard Daniels also made two senior appointments to its Perth team to undertake AsiaPac search, naming Alex Da Silva as practice leader and Doug McKay as principal consultant.

“We are pleased to attract professionals of the caliber of Alex and Doug,” said Ms. Gaines. “Our Perth office has operated successfully for more than 30 years, partnering with some of the best-known and most highly regarded companies operating in Western Australia and across the Asia Pacific. These two new appointments will ensure we continue to grow and deliver the outstanding service that our clients have come to depend on us for.”

Mr. Da Silva helps bolster the firm’s finance and strategy search team. He has over 10 years’ experience recruiting at the senior professional and executive level, across a variety of industries in Australia and internationally. After beginning his career with KPMG, Mr. Da Silva moved into the recruitment industry, holding a senior role with a leading global recruitment firm based in Canada. On his return to Perth, he joined a specialist finance recruitment firm where he managed a team of recruitment consultants.

Mr. McKay is a strong addition to the firm’s public sector, non-profit sector and HR executive search team. He has more than 21 years of talent management and executive search experience in the public sector, community, not-for-profit and industrial sectors across the Australian market, particularly in Perth and Melbourne. Mr. McKay has extensive experience executing chief executive, general manager, statutory leadership, corporate services leadership, finance and human resources assignments.

Established in 1986, Gerard Daniels is an international executive search and board consulting firm with offices in the regions of Asia Pacific, Europe, Middle East and Africa, and the Americas. The firm serves a wide array of industries and senior roles.

Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor; and Andrew W. Mitchell, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media

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