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Meet the team

Our Executive team consists of highly experienced educators and recruitment specialists who have held senior leadership positions at Independent schools and in the corporate sectors, both in Australia and abroad.

James Mundy

National Head of Executive

Over the past four years James has led significant executive search appointments. Prior to joining anzuk Education, he spent 22 years teaching and leading in the Independent school sector. As Head of Middle School at Caulfield Grammar School, James led a student body of over 600, overseeing the growth and development of over 100 staff. He was responsible for staff recruitment and leading Department and House Heads to deliver the school’s operational and strategic goals. James remains active in the Independent and Catholic Schools network through involvement in key events and counselling the careers of aspiring and experienced educational leaders.  

Brendan Fraser

Senior Executive Recruitment Consultant

Brendan recently joined anzuk after 25 years as a teacher and leader both in Australia and overseas. In Brendan’s 16 years of service in education in Australia, he has held several key roles including Dean of Middle Years at Xavier College – Burke Hall, Head of Junior School at Caulfield Grammar – Wheelers Hill and more recently as Acting Director of Xavier College – Burke Hall. As the Chair of the Victorian Deputy Heads Group of IPSHA, he was instrumental in improving collaboration and connection between the Heads, Deputies and Heads of curriculum within the group. Brendan has always had a passion for building leadership capacity and he has been able to do this successfully in the various leadership positions he has held.  His knowledge of organisational culture has been highly advantageous in recruiting leaders including those at middle and senior management levels.

Phil De Young

Phil De Young

Carey Baptist Grammar School Principal 2002 – 2010, Trinity Grammar Headmaster June 2018 – 2019, Senior Executive Consultant - anzuk Education

Phil’s 31-year career in education culminated as Principal of Carey Baptist Grammar School. Prior to this, Phil had been Head of the Senior School at Wesley College, Deputy Principal of Caulfield Grammar and a Director of Wilson Dilworth, a successful financial services company. Phil retired from Carey in 2010; however, he was seconded by the board of Trinity Grammar in June 2018 to lead its school as Headmaster. In 2011 he also served as the interim and inaugural CEO of the prominent Investment House, Evans and Partners. Since 2012, Phil has consulted to several Melbourne independent schools on leadership matters. Married to Rosemary for 49 years, Phil has three sons and seven grandchildren. 

Nigel Fairbairn

Nigel Fairbairn

Blackheath & Thornburgh College Principal 2012-2019, Sunshine Coast Grammar School Principal 2005-2011, St Andrew's College (NZ) Principal 2002-2004, SCOTS PGC College Principal 1995-2001

Senior Executive Consultant anzuk Education
Nigel's 39 year career in schools commenced in Victoria and has included leadership roles in Melbourne, Perth and New Zealand, with the majority of time spent in Queensland. He was a Principal for nearly 25 years, culminating in a very successful time at Blackheath & Thornburgh College retiring at the end of 2019.  Nigel has undertaken post-graduate study throughout his career, with two Masters of Education amongst his qualifications. As a Principal he has worked closely with ISQ (Education Committee) and QCAA (Committee of Principals). Nigel is married to Chris and has three children and four grandsons.


 

Alice Blair

Alice Blair

Marketing Manager

Alice has worked for anzuk Education since 2014, starting in our London office. Originally from Auckland, New Zealand, Alice completed her Bachelor of Commerce, Marketing Major (Hons) from the University of Canterbury. Alice joined our Melbourne office in 2018 and currently leads our Australian Marketing team.  

Ian Basser

Ian Basser

Strategic Advisor 

Ian has over 30 years of Senior Executive experience in the Human Resources Services sector, having established and run executive recruitment business in Australia, Asia, the UK, Europe and the USA. He has been involved in the education sector through the chairmanship of a school technology company and anzuk for the past five years. Previously he was Managing Director and CEO of Chandler Macleod, Harvey Nash Group PLC, The Mettle Group and part of the global management team at Michael Page. 

Simon Withers

Simon Withers

NSW State Manager

Simon graduated with a Bachelor of Health and Physical Education. After a stint teaching in Northern NSW and London, Simon moved into Education recruitment. During his first four years of recruitment, Simon inspired better education by continuing to teach in the schools he worked with, matching the right educators across London for full time placements. On arrival back to Sydney, Simon pursued a different area of expertise, specialising in sourcing experts in Resources and Energy. One year in, Simon realised his passion was in education and is the company's NSW State Manager. 

Annie Hooper

Annie Hooper

NSW Education Recruitment Consultant

Growing up in Sydney, Annie followed the path of many in her family through pursuing a career in education. Initially studying a Bachelor of Education (Primary) at James Cook University in Cairns, Annie soon returned to NSW to begin her teaching career on the South Coast in Wollongong. Gaining experience initially as a relief and contract teacher with department schools, Annie returned to study her Masters in Education (TESOL) at the University of Wollongong the following year. With her Masters opening the door to an opportunity at a British school in Brunei, Borneo, Annie was an infants teacher for some time before relocating to London, where she further broadened her experience in a range of public and private schools. Annie started with anzuk in November 2018. Working in the permanent schools team, Annie has a first hand understanding of the qualities exceptional teachers must possess to meet the needs of the independent schools she works with.

Mitch Jones

Mitch Jones

NSW/ACT Education Recruitment Consultant

Having completed his Bachelor of Education from the University of Sydney, Mitch commenced his teaching career internationally before returning home to move into education recruitment. With over a decade of experience in the field, Mitch joined anzuk Education in 2018 to support regional & rural NSW schools in their own unique recruitment challenges. Holding a Master of Education, hailing from regional NSW and having completed formative schooling in an all-boys Catholic boarding school, Mitch brings a personal background that is able to professionally support regional & rural independent schools.

Nathan Blunt

Nathan Blunt

QLD/NT Education Recruitment Consultant

Nathan began his career in both the corporate higher education and finance sector. Over the course of 4 years, Nathan worked across various facets of Human Resource Management, including strategic and operational roles, talent acquisition and learning and development. Having found a passion for the recruitment and selection process, Nathan sought an opportunity within anzuk Education. His previous experiences have enabled him to effectively create opportunities for Educators and Educational Leaders, develop long lasting relationships with Queensland and Northern Territory based schools and deliver on expectations.

Taryn Linnan

Taryn Linnan

QLD State Manager

Taryn graduated with a Bachelor of Primary specialising in Human Movement and taught across both Queensland and London for many years. While working in London, Taryn moved into Education recruitment and worked in the Primary space assisting UK schools source exceptional teachers. She then moved back to Australia and started with anzuk to open up the Early Childhood arm of the business in NSW. After a successful two years in NSW, Taryn had the opportunity to move to QLD to open up the state's Early Childhood department, she quickly showed her capability and moved into a State Manager role to oversee the School and Early Childhood teams.  

Gianni Sgualdino

Gianni Sgualdino

QLD/NT Education Recruitment Consultant

Gianni graduated from the University of Southern Queensland with a Bachelor of Education. After a period in Teaching, Gianni took the leap and transitioned to a career in Human Resources, where he completed a Diploma in Human Resource Management and undertook a variety of roles within the corporate sector.

The opportunities education provides and its profound impact on him as a student and teacher is why he has always gravitated toward a career in the industry. Looking to maximise his experiences in Human Resources and Education, Gianni started work with anzuk Education in the spring of 2017 and has since been an integral part of the permanent opportunities team, developing long lasting relationships with many schools across Brisbane, Gold Coast, Rural/Regional Queensland and the Northern Territory.

Daniel Mundy

Daniel Mundy

CEO and Founder

Daniel is the visionary behind anzuk. After graduating as a PE teacher at Ballarat University in 1996 and teaching locally and in the UK, he imagined a service that would provide a more targeted and personalised service to teachers relocating to the UK.

Fast forward 14 years and that one-way ticket to Europe has now turned into a global network of teaching opportunities that serves over 3,000 schools and 100,000 global educators on a temporary and permanent level in five countries. Daniel continues to inspire our growth with his shared vision and this alignment provides us with a competitive advantage. 

Interested in joining the anzuk team?

We're always on the lookout for exceptional talent in a variety of professional areas, including recruitment, administration, marketing, and much more.

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