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About us

Philip Mayers AM - Director


Academic qualifications

Bachelor of Arts

Bachelor of Laws

Senior Executive Program (London Bus School)

Australian Human Resources Institute (CAHRI)


Board and Association Membership

Freemasons Foundation Victoria – Deputy Chairman (current)

Link Health & Community – Director (previous)

Royal District Nursing Service – Deputy Chairman (previous)

Make-A-Wish Foundation International – Director/Past Chairman (previous)

Victorian Healthcare Association

Victorian Women’s Trust

Philanthropy Australia


Professional Experience

Philip’s specialist areas cover the Community, Health, Education and Philanthropy sectors, and he has searched and recruited over 700 successful Chief Executives and senior managers, with a specific interest in the community and health sectors. He is currently Deputy Chair of Freemasons Foundation Victoria. Philip has lectured in HR at Victoria University on the Master of Health Science program and has been a member of the Advisory Panel on Disability Studies at Deakin University.


Commencing his early career as a Solicitor in South Africa, he joined a major client as Director of Legal Affairs and was later given responsibility for Group Human Resources. After fourteen years with the company, he joined an international consulting group and later became Chief Executive of Montefiore Homes for the Aged in Melbourne (now Jewish Care), which gave him personal insight into the challenges of running a major community healthcare organisation in the not-for-profit environment.


He has extensive experience in Board leadership and governance, and fully understands the expectations of NFP Boards. In South Africa Philip was President of an organisation that established a Matriculation school for disadvantaged black children that has won international awards.


Over the past 26 years he has built a strong reputation for successfully recruiting in the not-for-profit sector. Philip is a regular writer and public speaker on issues relating to leadership and management in non-profits.

In January 2021 Philip was proud to become a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for his significant service to community organisations.


Rick Mayers - Associate Director


Academic qualifications

Bachelor of Arts (Honours)

Professional Memberships and Associations

Fundraising Institute Australia (FIA)

Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI)


Professional Experience

Shortly after graduating from Monash University in 1999, Rick began his career in the Information Management sector with Infotrieve Australia Pty Ltd servicing government agencies, education, NFP and corporate sectors; including blue chip pharmaceutical, legal and consulting firms.


Over 9 years, Rick played an integral and diverse role, encompassing research, partnerships and key account management, recruitment and Human Resource management.


Having built a valuable portfolio of clients and developed long standing relationships, Rick gained an insight into the invaluable work many of them delivered to the community. This prompted a transition to the NFP sector as a professional fundraiser, applying a passion for building and stewarding long-term relationships.


Joining Victoria University in 2009, Rick served as a member of the Advancement Office for five years, working across a full spectrum of fundraising channels including Major Gifts, Corporate Partnerships, Sponsorships, Workplace Giving, Trusts & Foundations and Bequests; engaging and developing stakeholders across Melbourne’s western region and beyond.

In 2014, after having built key relationships within the NFP, Research and Health sectors, Rick accepted a new opportunity as Community Fundraising Manager with Arthritis and Osteoporosis Victoria, leading up to the organisation re-branding as MOVE – the voice of muscle, bone and joint health.


In February 2016, Rick transitioned into Recruitment, bringing with him a passion and in-depth understanding of the NFP sector, in particular marketing and fundraising for community services, social justice, health and education. 


In October 2018, Father and son Philip and Rick Mayers joined forces to create Mayers Recruitment.

We provide solutions in several types of employment relationships

  • Contract-to-Hire  

  • Long-term & Short-term Projects 

  • Direct Placement


David Wood - Associate


Academic qualifications

Honours Degree in Psychology  – University of South Africa (UNISA)

Bachelor of Social Science  – University of Cape Town (UCT)


Professional Memberships and Associations 

Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI) 
Past President - The Collins Club 

Professional Experience

David has an honours degree in Psychology and ten years experience working in the manufacturing and construction sectors in South Africa.  He commenced his career in the human resources profession working for Anglo American’s Scaw Metals Group.  During this eight year period, David was responsible for managing a broad range of services in a high pressure environment, attending to both HR and ER matters for up to 7,200 employees at strategic and operational levels. Subsequently, David spent two years as Divisional HR Manager, working for a large contracting firm that specialised in the construction of roads, highways and other civil infrastructure.  


He was successful in establishing his own recruitment business a year prior to migrating to Australia in early 2001. Since then, he has specialised in executive recruitment mainly for a broad range of engineering, technical and operational roles on behalf of clients, including within the construction, manufacturing, consulting engineering, mining and utility sectors.  David has successfully managed many challenging assignments for various clients who have come to rely on his resourcefulness and ability to network with people from all over the world.


David places a strong focus on providing a responsive service and has the capacity to evaluate and match client and candidate needs. He is a talent acquisition professional who possesses a deep understanding of the world of work having recruited a broad range of professionals across general management, sales & marketing, engineering, accounting, finance, IT and human resource disciplines.  Placements include C-suite, executives, professional, technical services, office support, administrative and health care skill sets.


Prior to joining Mayers Recruitment, David enjoyed the challenge of adding significant human capital to SMEC’s engineering consulting business by proactively recruiting staff across all of SMEC's business areas. Many of his hires have achieved outstanding career advancement and accolades supporting and enhancing SMEC's strategic growth targets and their diversity and inclusion initiatives for 7,5 years. David focussed on proactively resourcing SMEC's Roads and Highways business prior to partnering with former colleagues Philip and Rick Mayers in March 2024.


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We provide solutions in

  • Executive search

  • Advertised recruitment

  • Permanent appointments

  • Contract hire

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Rick and Philip Mayers

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