Ian Cordiner graduated as a Civil Engineer at Witwatersrand University in Johannesburg. There was growing political unrest in South Africa and he soon left for the UK to work on major construction projects.
Then, in his thirties, he made a significant career change, joining a leading international business consultancy and migrating to Australia. This move away from engineering was the foundation for decades of business consulting and restructuring advice that led to general management, governance and change management roles in six widely different organisations. He has previously written a memoir, The Accidental Headhunter, a thoughtful, yet lighthearted, look at risk and coincidence as they have impacted on his life and those six careers.
With such a diverse portfolio of experience, an approach from Richard King to set up a new headhunting firm (Cordiner King) was risky, but attractive. The firm operated successfully for over 25 years, playing an important part in an affiliation of some fifty international firms. Ian was elected one of that group's ten-member Board.
Ten years ago Ian ?retired' to provide governance advice to a number of corporate and government business enterprises.