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One team, a multitude of talents

We have walked in the shoes of business owners, CEOs, investors and board members enabling us to provide deep insights and experience to companies looking to scale up.

SAM WILLIS
CEO & Director

SAM WILLIS
CEO & Director

Sam has a strong finance background having worked in investment banking and wealth management prior to spending 10 years in the corporate advisory space. He worked with a number of emerging listed companies prior to founding, developing and running (as Managing Director) a listed resources company that completed a major farm-in agreement with Conoco Phillips. He is an experienced executive and non-executive director, with skills running across strategy, corporate finance and governance.

CHRIS BATES
Founder & Director

CHRIS BATES
Founder & Director

Chris Bates founded Checkside in 2004. He has a background in financial services and succession planning, and has been advising businesses owners for over 20 years. Able to process numbers and complexity at rapid speed, Chris is gifted at designing, simplifying and explaining solutions that are clear and practical for clients to implement. He is also an advisory board member to several private companies.

SCOTT O’HEHIR
Director

SCOTT O’HEHIR
Director

Scott holds tertiary qualifications across Industrial Relations, Human Resource Management and Management, post-graduate qualifications in Finance and has been advising businesses for over 15 years. Scott is a talented problem solver who is expert at helping clients formulate and implement strategies, structures and systems (including technology) required to successfully scale-up. Scott has also been recognised for his success in business turnaround projects and is a former committee member of the Turnaround Management Association.

JOHN BEECH
Client Director

JOHN BEECH
Client Director

John has held various senior executive positions across the mining, energy and technology industries. He was a senior executive and director of NYSE and ASX listed Orbital Corporation from 1987 until late 2002. He was also an award-winning Chair for the international CEO leadership group, The Executive Connection (TEC) for 15 years. Since 2003, John has provided consulting and advisory services to assist companies to commercialise their technologies into global markets.

John has been a director of publicly listed companies and is currently on the advisory board of several private companies. He continues to provide leadership development, coaching and mentoring services within companies and to a select number of senior and developing executives.

TAMARA HOYSTED
Associate Director, Recruitment

RYAN NOBLE
Senior Adviser

JULIA WOOD
Senior Adviser

Our Values

The ‘Checkside Way’ has been built around our three core values:


One Team

Making an Impact

Down to Earth

These values are underpinned by defined standards and habits that drive our behaviour, focus and decision making, both internally and externally. We invite you to ask our team members how we use and ‘live’ our values.

The smartest high performance IP and tool-kits in the market…

Bringing a unique combination of skills and experience to the table, covering every stage of the business lifecycle.

Clients choose us as their people and performance partners because:

We’ve been building our team and services since 2004…

Starting out in 2004, Chris Bates founded Checkside with a focus on succession planning for emerging and mid-sized private companies. He quickly found clients wanted more help with their people challenges, but could not find HR or recruitment firms who really understood business strategy and numbers in any depth. Six months later Scott O’Hehir joined to help fill that gap in the market and build the complementary Strategic HR, Executive Recruitment and Leadership services we deliver today.

We have grown steadily over the last 15+ years and helped a wide variety of companies across all sectors and stages of business. From start-up, to turnaround, to fast growth, to exit, we have built IP and tool-kits to handle a range of scenarios. We have also added great technology and people to our team, including appointing co-director Sam Willis in 2016.

We maintain an absolute passion for helping clients reach their full potential and take our responsibility as advisers seriously – this is one thing that will never change.

High performance is more than a mindset. It’s a journey...

Our Strategic HR, Executive Recruitment and Leadership services bring you everything you need to drive performance through your people. Get in touch to find out more.

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