The Team:


Dr Rachel Lucas

Rachel Lucas

Rachel Lucas  has completed landmark international executive searches at Board, CEO and senior leadership level for education and research institutes and government as well as for large and small companies.

Rachel began her career as a research scientist in molecular biology at the University of New South Wales before taking on roles encompassing business development and management, strategy development and implementation, R&D management, technology transfer and intellectual property management. Later, as a business development consultant, she gained further experience in research management and business development across many sectors including banking, biotechnology, food, healthcare, aquaculture, agriculture, engineering and manufacturing. In addition, she gained significant insights into government and into state-wide and national strategic planning and implementation during her contract as Director of Science and Innovation with the South Australian Government.

Immediately prior to establishing RLCSearch, Rachel was a senior search consultant with one of the major global search firms, Heidrick & Struggles.
Rachel has held a number of board positions including Playford Capital, which invests in IT start-up companies, and the Grains Research and Development Corporation. She was Chair of the Sustainable Energy Research Advisory Committee of the Premier's Science and Research Council in South Australia, and the Advisory Board of the Ian Wark Research Institute which works closely with the mining and other industries.

Rachel has a BSc with Honours (Class I), and a PhD in Biotechnology from the University of New South Wales as well as a Business Management Certificate from the Australian Institute of Management. She is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.


Dr Kathryn Buller


Kathryn Buller  has gained significant experience operating as a tertiary education executive search consultant over the past three years. She has performed numerous executive searches for Australian universities spanning a wide range of disciplines including various Research and Clinical Professors, Heads and Deputy Heads of Disciplines in health, built environment, construction management and law; a Head Librarian; Institute Directors in health, economics and business related disciplines; Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research) and a Pro-Vice Chancellor (International).

Before stepping into the executive search arena, Kathryn was a senior biomedical research scientist and had a successful academic career in New Zealand and Australia for more than 20 years. After completing her PhD at the University of Otago (New Zealand), Kathryn took up a post-doctoral research position in neuroscience at the University of Queensland. Through her extensive list of publications and conference engagements she developed a significant national and international reputation for her research. Kathryn has led and managed multiple internally- and externally-funded research projects. She has also been actively engaged in lecturing and teaching undergraduate and postgraduate students through to their PhD completions. In addition, she has coordinated university courses and sat on various tertiary management committees. Kathryn has extensive and intimate knowledge of academic life, research and University policies and procedures.

Kathryn has a BSc, PGDipSci (Distinction) and a PhD (Physiology) from the University of Otago, New Zealand. She is also the Director of the ‘swimsync’ mobile app development business.

Dr Mark Matthews


Mark Matthews joined RLCSearch in January 2016 and is responsible for the practice’s operations in the United Kingdom and Europe - with a particular emphasis on senior university and public sector appointments. Mark uses his previous senior management experience in both Australia and the UK, together with his international profile in institutional strategy development and in public policy, to further strengthen RLCSearch’s international reach. He is based in Sheffield (UK) and travels widely across Europe.

Mark has more than twenty-five years of professional experience split equally between Australia and the UK. Prior to joining RLCSearch Mark was Executive Director of a government funded policy unit embedded at the Australian National University and, prior to that, headed-up a science diplomacy program jointly funded by the European Commission and the Australian Government. He has previous experience at a senior level in public policy consulting and in academia.

Mark began his professional career with a doctorate in science and technology policy and moved on to do research work in science and innovation policy and subsequently developed a broader focus on building successful government-academic collaboration in public policy. He has served on a number of government advisory committees in Australia and continues to teach well-received short courses for government departments on science and innovation policy and on uncertainty and risk management. Mark has been research active in these areas throughout the business phase of his career (including PhD supervision). His management consulting and governance experience has spanned public sector reform, health and drugs policy, social policy, trade and investment attraction, research and higher education policy, industrial productivity and competitiveness, science policy and science diplomacy, innovation policy and policy capacity-building in developing countries.

In addition to practicing as an executive search consultant Mark has research affiliations with the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) in London and with the Crawford School of Public Policy, Australian National University. This active engagement with think tanks and academic research together with his expertise on the uncertainty and risk management challenges faced by senior executives, gives Mark’s executive search work a distinctive competitive edge.

Mark’s major qualifications include a B.A. (Hons) in Geography, an MSc. in Science, Technology and Industrialisation and a Doctorate (D.Phil) in Science and Technology Policy, all from the University of Sussex, UK.

International Affiliate

Ann Gales


Ann Gales  had a successful career in senior Executive Recruitment firstly in a specialist boutique search firm and latterly building the Life Science Practice in the London office of Heidrick & Struggles, before she decided to set up and develop her own Executive Search consultancy, AGales Consulting Ltd, which provides international Executive Search and Consulting services to the Life Sciences and Healthcare sector. As a search consultant Ann has worked with a diverse range of healthcare companies in Europe, North America and Australasia to build senior leadership teams.  Clients have included major pharmaceutical companies, healthcare services organisations, biotechnology companies, speciality pharmaceutical companies and Third Sector/Non profit organisations. She has recruited in all major functional areas, across both commercial and R&D organisations

Ann spent 3 years in Veterinary Practice before joining the pharmaceutical industry with what was Fisons plc (now part of Sanofi-Aventis).  After a short period in Animal Health, she moved into the main Pharmaceutical Division of the company. Ann gained wide experience across many areas including regulatory, commercial strategy and sales, corporate finance and development functions. She has also worked for several years in the Energy Sector post privatisation where she was involved in strategic change management roles and then led the establishment of a new competitive utility distribution business.

In addition to her work at AGales Consulting Ltd, Ann continues to work as a Trustee with the Samantha Dickson Brain Tumour Trust as part of her interest and commitment to the wider field of medical research.  She is also active with the Princess Royal Trust for Carers who provide the very practical day-to-day advice and support which carers and patients need.

Ann originally qualified as a Veterinary Surgeon and holds a BVSc, Veterinary Medicine from the University of Liverpool.

Finance Director

Mr Craig Devlin


Craig Devlin provides strategic business advice as well as tax and accounting advice to the company. Craig understands the financial complexities of bringing overseas candidates to Australia. He provides insight into pension and superannuation issues, remuneration packaging, international tax issues and tax residency issues. Craig’s background is as the Founder and Principal of his own accounting and strategic business advisory firm. He was in practice for more than 40 years prior to selling his business. He is now an advisor to a number of successful companies where he provides high-level strategic advice either as a Board Member or as the Chairman of the Board.

Craig holds a B.Commerce from the University of Melbourne. He is a qualified CPA (Australia), a registered Australian Tax Agent and a Chartered Secretary.

Research Associate

Sherene Taylor


Sherene Taylor began her career as a pathology technician working at Prince of Wales and Royal North Shore Hospitals. She went on to become a sales representative for a major global pharmaceutical company before traveling to the USA and Europe.

Sherene has international experience in strategy development for companies focused on customer service. She has led the research to underpin strategic change and has managed the change process. Throughout her career she has seen the importance of communication and education in the strategic development of businesses and while in Europe established and ran an adult education program.

Sherene is responsible for the research that underpins our work.

Sherene completed a Pathology Technician Certificate at Sydney Technical College and an Australian Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Association Diploma. In 2000 she received her Masters of Management from University of Technology, Sydney.

Data Management

Ben Laird


Ben Laird is currently studying for a B.Business at the University of Technology Sydney. He works with us on a part time basis assisting with data entry, IT and data base management.