Sydney office consultants

Meet the team

James Allen

Managing Director

James has been in executive search since 1987 and has been the Managing Director of the Sydney office since 1993. He is a chemical engineer by training, having graduated with University Medal from the University of Sydney. James has a particular focus on the natural resources industry having worked in that sector for many years with companies such as BHP and CRA in a range of technical, commercial, marketing and management roles. Immediately prior to entering the executive search business, he was the Marketing & Commercial Manager for Energy Resources of Australia. He has also conducted numerous senior executive searches for clients in other sectors, particularly professional services, electronics, engineering & high technology, food and financial services.

Industry Practice Expertise:

  • Natural Resources and Energy
  • Industrial
  • Logistics and Transportation

Fiona Lavan

Regional Vice President - Asia/Pacific
Vice Chair Regions

Fiona joined Stanton Chase International's Sydney office in 1988 as an Associate, providing support in research and assignment management. She was appointed Head of Research in 1993, full-time search consultant and Director in 1997, and became an equity partner in 1998. She has handled searches for a range of clients in agribusiness, banking & financial services, government, healthcare, international aid, primary industries, professional services and retailing. She has also developed a strong practice in the appointment of boards to statutory authorities and other public and private sector organizations.

Fiona's professional background is in investment banking, having spent several years in both corporate banking and international treasury with Australian, Japanese and British banks. She has a diploma in Human Resource Management from Monash University and has completed studies in finance through the Securities Institute of Australia.

Industry Practice Expertise:

  • Life Sciences and Healthcare
  • Government, Education and Non Profit
  • Logistics and Transportation

Mike Mitchell


Mike commenced his recruitment career in Australia with Executive Recruiters in 1983 and he has been involved in recruitment ever since. In 1992 he set up Mitchell Sutton and Gallagher, a Recruitment and HR Consulting company, with two partners. The company grew into a National firm and won many accolades including quality awards.

In 2002, Mike left and set up his own Search and HR Consulting firm, namely Search One. Mike has focussed on two core areas; the recruitment of senior level personnel, primarily through Executive Search and the provision of high level Human Resource practices both within Australia and also overseas in countries such as UK, USA and Malaysia.

Mike spent his early career in UK, undergoing Officer training at RMA Sandhurst followed by 10 years commissioned service in the British Army. It was during this time he completed an Honours degree in Aeromechanical Engineering.

Mike recruits across a range of industries including Manufacturing, Engineering, Industrial, Technology and Aerospace. He also specialises in HR Executives across all industries.

Industry Practice Expertise:

  • Industrial
  • Natural Resources and Energy
  • Technology

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Sydney Office
Level 7
261 George Street
Sydney NSW 2000

Tel: +61 2 9251 7188
Fax: +61 2 9251 7193
James Allen, Managing Director