Our Team

Our Team

Every partner in our team has at least 20 years’ experience gained working in roles from CEO to managing director and senior partner across a broad range of industries. 


Brown & Chase Team

Brian Russell managing director brownandchase

Brian Russell


Brian is a highly sought after recruitment sector trailblazer with over 30 years’ recruitment and executive search experience, including as managing director of Dunhill Management Services and Robert Walters Australia.

Brian specialises in c-suite and board-level appointments and is highly regarded for his deep expertise in leadership and development, executive search, talent advisory, business management and investor relations.
Noel Rowland Partner brownandchase

Noel Rowland


Noel has over 20 years’ experience as a CEO and leader across a range of businesses. As CEO of the Tax Institute for nearly 20 years and a senior executive in industry associations Noel has an un-paralled network in and knowledge of the association sector and NFP sector. He is a specialist in c-suite and executive roles and Head of our NFP group.

Paul Van Eck Partner brownandchase

Paul Van Eck


Paul van Eck brings a wealth of business experience to the Brown & Chase team, having spent over 30 years at C level building high performance teams and leading business turnarounds across Industrial Services, Franchising, Office Equipment, ICT Distribution & Software/SaaS Vendors. Paul’s strengths include identifying Talent and building high performance cultures; especially in sales & marketing-oriented businesses through his detailed knowledge of business processes and wide professional network.

Dave De Laine partner brownandchase

Dave De Laine


Dave has over 30 years of experience leading organisations in the Technology sector across APAC. His expertise spans Cloud management, infrastructure and ERP software, Cyber Security and Financial Services platforms.

He is passionate about leveraging this experience to find market-leading talent in the Technology industry. Dave prides himself on his ability to pair great talent with great businesses and create long lasting partnerships.

Caroline Flatley partner hr advisory brownandchase

Caroline Flatley

PARTNER| HR Advisory

Caroline is a versatile and strategic leader with a proven track record as a senior HR executive across large, complex organisations, in both domestic and international markets.

Caroline brings a passion and energy to help solve business problems – she can advise on building diverse, connected and engaged teams; experience sourcing, retaining and developing robust multi-generational talent leadership strategies and succession plans.

She is known as a trusted and pragmatic coach and is passionate about helping leaders build teams that leverage the full potential and strengths of their employees.

Steve Rowe partner hr advisory brownandchase

Steve Rowe

PARTNER| HR Advisory

Steve is a senior HR/Transformation/Change executive withexperience in multiple industries including financial services, pharmaceuticals, hi-tech and construction.

As both HR lead and advising consultant Steve has planned, led and implemented sustainable business transformation for organisations that are looking to optimise their process, structure, people and culture”

Steve is highly regarded as a strategic, ’big picture’ thinker who has developed, planned and implemented clear and compelling change strategies to future proof organisations.

Chris Sutton


Chris has deep experience in executive search spanning more than 25 years. He has worked extensively with the ICT, engineering, banking technology and professional services sectors in Australia and overseas. 

More recently his work has involved assisting scale-ups achieve their goals, working with CEO’s, business executives, advisory boards, and shareholders in managing growth and change initiatives, building new capabilities, raising funds and launching new ventures.  

Suzanne Mercier associate partner brownandchase

Suzanne Mercier

Associate PARTNER

Suzanne is a highly experienced Strategist and Executive Coach specialising in mindset and expanded behavioural flexibility to deliver high performance.  As the first female Board Director at Australia’s leading advertising agency, Suzanne experienced the challenges and growth that come from breaking new ground.  

Her programs help integrate candidates into new organisations increasing retention, to resolve conflict and build collaborative relationships and to develop both deep confidence and resilience enabling them to deliver on their potential and make their significant contribution to any organisation.

Rosanna Sundgaard principal research and communications brownandchase

Rosanna Sundgaard

PRINCIPAL | Research & Communications

Rosanna manages Brown & Chase research and communications functions including corporate communications, proposal/ tender writing,  project and research management. 

Previously, Rosanna has had extensive experience recruiting across the digital space in areas including digital marketing, graphic design, conversion rate optimisation and data analytics. 

Phil Crenigan associate partner brownandchase

Phil Crenigan

Associate PARTNER

Phil is an experienced and highly regarded executive coach, consulting to senior leaders and their teams across Australia and internationally. 

With over 25 years’ executive leadership experience, Phil is well positioned to assist our clients with their executive coaching needs. 

Steven Bullock


Steven specialises in talent search across Consumer Goods and Legal sectors. 

Steven has over 20 years experience as a global General Manager with a successful track record of business strategy formulation and execution, commercial expertise, company development and growing luxury and premium brands to scale across Australia, Europe and Asia.

Paul Grindrod


Paul’s bredth of experience spans many several sectors, with a primary focus centers on clients within the Industrial, Manufacturing, Automotive, and Logistics sectors. He has a stellar track record of successfully placing executives at the C-suite, general manager, and non-executive director levels. His unparalleled ability to forge enduring professional relationships with both clients and candidates is a testament to his proficiency.

Melanie Mossman


Melanie has over 15 years’ experience working across the community, government and not-for-profit sectors including roles as a board member and director. At Chase & Brown she specialises in these sectors, drawing on her own expertise in both policy development and community engagement.