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David Slessar OBE

David Slessar OBE is Managing Director and founder of The Walford Partnership, one of the foremost executive search firms in its specialist field.

David has considerable experience both in professional and managerial fields.

Over the last fifteen years he has successfully built the Walford Partnership’s pre-eminence in the professional services market in Australia and has been the most successful operative in moving significant numbers of partners in legal, accounting, professional service firms and specialist financial institutions.
This combination of professional and managerial skills puts him in an outstanding position to both understand and service the needs of clients and candidates.

David is also the National Chairman of the Australian British Chamber of Commerce which operates internationally and in all capital cities within Australia. He is the Chairman of the Governor Phillip Scholarship.

Sarah Street BA LLB

Sarah Street is a highly respected search partner working with The Walford Partnership on executive search assignments for partners and professional services leadership roles.

Sarah engenders confidence in clients, has a legal background herself and hails from one of the country’s most eminent legal families. She is married with four children.

In her 18 years in executive search Sarah has placed Partners, Governance & Transactional leaders and General Counsel for leading firms, banks and corporates locally and internationally. Sarah is a trusted confidante for both sides, understanding the market and drivers for each and will think outside the square to enable the best match.

Alice Milica Ilich

Alice Milica Ilich has had comprehensive experience in research and consulting. This has included being one of the leading global specialists in the field of Russian art in particular but European art in general. For over 15 years she was a Director and Consultant of both Christie’s and Sotheby’s in New York, London and Geneva.

Since moving to Australia in 2004, Alice has been most recently involved as a researcher and consultant with the Walford Partnership. She has gained extensive knowledge in the areas of finance and professional service firms.
Her maturity and extensive knowledge brings unique qualities to the industry.

Alice is a graduate of Brown University and the Sorbonne. She is fluent in French, Italian, Serbo-Croatian, Spanish and has a working knowledge of Russian and Portuguese. Her background has been invaluable to her clients.