Directioneering Appoints New Directors in Queensland & Western Australia

by Directioneering

Directioneering is thrilled to announce the appointment of two new career experts as directors in our Queensland and Western Australian offices. Mike Roddy has been appointed to head up Queensland, whilst David Stritch has been appointed to lead the Western Australian operation. Both will assist our clients and candidates with career transition, career coaching, and leadership coaching.

In the last few years we have seen a decline in the commodities market which has affected both Queensland and Western Australia and this is impacting executives as the face an ever challenging and changing labour market.

Directioneering’s new appointments will aid our candidates and clients to manage their business and employees through this change.


Queensland experienced its golden jobs era in 2007/2008, when the unemployment rate was just 3.3%. But from 2009, the unemployment rate began to increase, peaking at 7.1% in October 2014.

In 2017, Queensland saw its jobs market begin to make a recovery, with 93,100 new jobs created as the initiatives put in place by the Queensland Government, to transition away from a commodity focussed labour market began to take effect. The unemployment fell from 6.6% in February to 6% in December and this has led to a growth in confidence among workers and an increase in the participation rate – from 64.2% to 65.8%.

Queensland is now currently experiencing its highest number of job vacancies since May 2012.

To aid executives, Directioneering has appointed Mike Roddy as Director of its Queensland office. Mike has over 18 years’ experience in the HR industry. He has specialised in recruitment, training and development, career transition, employer branding and best practice assessment methodology. His extensive knowledge of the labour markets in Queensland will help executives navigate the changing environment and give them the skills to lead their companies to success or to transition in to their next role.

“Mike is an exceptional leader with a huge amount of experience in helping senior executives manage change within their organisations. His skills and knowledge of the labour market will provide huge value to organisations wanting to ensure long-term success,” said CEO Heather Parkinson.

Prior to Directioneering, Mike was the Managing Director at Recon Solutions, as well as a Director at Randstad.

Western Australia

Western Australia, as most would know, really felt the impact of the decline of the commodities market. The boom years were in 2006 – 2009, where the unemployment rate hit its lowest point of 2.3% (Oct 2008) are now a distant memory. When the market shifted, Western Australia saw unemployment increase to 6.7% in November 2016. Job vacancies also decreased significantly during this period, halving in size between August 2012 and May 2016.

In 2017, Western Australia started seeing signs of recovery, with 33,705 jobs created. The unemployment rate also fell from 6.3% to 5.7%.

As the Western Australian market shifts, Directioneering has brought in Australian career management, psychological consulting and recruitment expert, David Stritch, as Director of its West Australian office.

With over 15 years’ experience, David is one of Australia’s foremost authorities on emotional intelligence. His experience covers psychometric testing, performance coaching, managing large outplacement and career management initiatives.

“David is exceptional in helping leaders manage their careers and learn the skills they need to manage the huge change taking place in Western Australia. He is a great addition to the team and will help Western Australian leaders build teams to take advantage of future trends and new markets,” said Parkinson.

Prior to Directioneering David was a Director at People Science, as well as leading the Hudson Talent Management business in WA.