Our goal is to make your people solutions easy.

About ChandlerWoods


Founded in 1995, ChandlerWoods has been providing high-quality talent management and people solutions to the public and private sector for over two decades.

Under new management since 2017 by director Melissa Powick, the company puts people first and focuses on collaboration with clients to help them achieve the best possible outcome and maximum return on investment for the long-term.


Our Values


  • Honesty: we provide the feedback you need, not just what you want to hear
  • Collaborative: we work with you to deliver the best result
  • Supportive: we look after our clients and our team
  • Integrity: we do everything with your best interests at heart
  • Care: we care about people


Our Guiding Principles


  • We think win-win
  • We believe collaboration brings the best results
  • We play to our strengths
  • We promote each other’s strengths
  • We believe in finding the best person for the job – always
  • We are about people, not just human resources
  • We love our clients – and our clients love us!

Meet the Team

Melissa Powick


Melissa is the director of ChandlerWoods. With over 25 years’ experience in small business and large-scale corporate enterprises, Melissa is skilled, experienced and knowledgeable in the recruitment process, as well as the development of tailored talent and human resource programs, cultural development strategies and organisational structures.

With a caring, collaborative and people-focused approach, Melissa can effectively analyse an organisation’s business strategy and operating model and develop tangible solutions that increase performance and strengthen workplace culture.

Richard Brincat

General Manager, People Strategy & Solutions

Richard brings over 25 years’ experience to ChandlerWoods as a leader and practitioner in learning and organisational development, working in the public and private sector.

Focused on personalised service, teamwork and careful analysis, Richard has a track record of successfully translating business strategies into sustainable people outcomes through effectively engaging people and developing people.

John Irwin

Executive Search Partner

John has over 25 years of senior-level search experience, specialising in the three levels of Government as well as the non-profit sector. He has successfully completed mandates for Board Appointment, CEOs, CFOs, Managing Directors and a range of General Managers, with a focus on technical and specialist executives.

John consults to major organisations on workforce planning, organisational capability, retention strategies and executive assessment.

Also of note is John’s significant portfolio of work experience for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employment.

Our Solutions are Award-Winning

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