Stephen Blackadder

Managing Director, Blackadder and Associates

Stephen formed his management consulting company in 2007 after a 36 year career working in local government with 7 diverse rural and city authorities, 20 as a general manager/CEO.

Gaining considerable knowledge of interstate, New Zealand, California and UK local government through scholarship and Council sponsored study tours, Stephen has an acute understanding of local and international trends.

Stephen was instrumental in guiding the formulation of community development strategies, in particular the economic development of cities and regions - at Rockdale and Warringah Councils in Sydney and in the Southern Sydney Region and Northern Beaches of Sydney.

Stephen served as National Registrar of the Local Government Chief Officers Group from 1998 to 2007 when he left local government to establish his management consulting business.

He was a Board member of the Southern Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils, the Shore Regional Organisation of Councils, the Premsure Insurance Group and MetroPool Insurance Group.

In 2011 Stephen was privileged to be appointed by the then Minister for Local Government in NSW, the Hon Don Page MP, to the Local Government Acts Taskforce, and as a member of the 4 person Taskforce developed a comprehensive review of the 1993 Local Government Act.

He is a former Board Member of Concord Golf Club and as a management and leadership consultant since 2007 Stephen has been involved in over 1,000 assignments assisting NSW, Victorian, Queensland, Western Australian, Tasmanian and Northern Territory local governments.  He has recruited over 120 CEO’s into Councils across Australia.

An accredited Hogan Personality Assessor Stephen has gained an expertise in evaluating the leadership potential of candidates for executive positions, as well as in conducting leadership development programmes for executive and middle management teams and coaching individuals using Hogan assessments and Hogan 360 degree evaluations.


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Local Leadership – a National Priority: The role of local government in the national decision-making framework