MARIAN SMITH 

Marian graduated from UNSW with a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) Psychology, achieved APRHA registration as a Psychologist and later attaianed full membership of the Australian Psychological Society (MAPS).  Marian has been a Director of The Barra Group for more than 20 years.  She is compassionate and creative, a solutions focused practitioner with an ongoing interest in the 21st Century workplace.

As Recruitment market changed and the demands of the workplace evolved, the reach of The Barra Group widened to include targeted Executive Search in Cyber Security and was later extended to include Executive Outplacement services, Career Coaching and the writing of Resumes, Cover Letters and LinkedIn profiles. and Career Development workshops for Emotional Intelligence, Leadership and Resilience Skills Training together with workshops to assist HR and Hiring Managers secure the right people and reduce the time to hire. 

Marian is curious by nature and a life long learner.   She has wide experience across a variety of industries in both the public and private sectors, having worked with employees at all levels, from entry level, to mid-level management and senior executive positions. 

GWEN DURHAM                                                                                                                                                       

A Graduate of Australian Institute of Company Directors, Gwen has gained an outstanding reputation as an Expert in the provision of Career Development, Outplacement, Change Management, Coaching, Leadership and Team Development to both the public and private sectors.

A creative and original thinker she has a strong ability to understand a client's real needs and translate them into the delivery of novel and accessible outcomes.

Gwen’s success has seen her support Service Managers and Employees across multiple industries as they work through the complexity of change and re-engage their energies.

She has designed, developed and implemented innovative Programs that enable individuals to identify new roles that align their competencies with current organizational needs, or provide them with motivation to transition to new opportunities outside of their host organization.

 Gwen has been a Director in a successful Career Transition business in Sydney servicing a four-year contract for Department of Transport NSW.  A small sample of her experience includes:

  • International restructuring within IBM Global Services in their Canberra and Singapore offices
  • HR Consulting and Career Transition services to staff affected by the privatisation of Queensland Rail National
  • As Co-Owner and Director of INS Career Management assisted in developing the strategy for the successful transitioning of over 1,000 staff from the Department of Transport for NSW in an environment of no forced redundancies.

                         TESTIMONIALS 

"Marian has been outstanding in delivering the outcomes desired by me.  I not only got my resume and cover letter prepared, Marian also provided over the phone consultation that really helped me achieve the right job. Marian is an asset and her service is greatly appreciated."   Rohit Mitra, Melbourne

 

"Gwen is extremely professional, successfully managing all stakeholders, developing exceptional client relationships based on trust and transparency and demonstrates great dedication to her profession. Gwen is a delight to work with and someone who always comes highly recommended."    Abby Rodwell, Sydney