Penny is a Partner at SHK and leads the Government & Public Policy practice.
Penny specialises in executive and board appointments within government and national non-profit organisations. She brings practical understanding, broad cross-sectoral networks and an appreciation of contemporary leadership methodologies. Penny began her professional career in the Commonwealth public service, returning to the Victorian public service as an executive after a series of leadership roles in public policy, research, lobbying, and regulation in community services and peak bodies, including as Chief Executive Officer before joining SHK’s executive search practice in 2015.
As a search consultant, Penny is sought out by clients for her frank advice, considered insight and practical experience, and her flexibility in adapting to the needs of boards and Ministers, particularly in evolving processes related to key policy agendas. Her advisory work includes partnering with non-profit clients in succession planning for C-Suite roles.
Penny has interests in women and leadership, and in assisting internal candidates to participate fully in executive selection processes. She has extensive governance experience, including as a current Director of the Adult, Community and Further Education Board of Victoria.
Penny holds a Bachelor of Social Sciences (Honours) from La Trobe University, complemented by qualifications in business, communication and training. In 2010, Penny became a Williamson Fellow with Leadership Victoria.
Deputy Secretary – state government
Chair and Directors – state-wide board
Chief Executive Officer – local government
Chief Executive Office – institute of TAFE
Chief Executive Officer – national non-profit education and advocacy organisation
Chief Executive Officer – key regional health provider
Commissioner – Australian area, government
Commissioner – international, government
Executive Directors – state government
Executive Director, legal and governance – statutory authority
General Counsel – state government
State Chief Engineer – state government.