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Talent Quarter recruits 30-year health veteran as inaugural independent chair

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25 October, 2023

Leading Australian healthcare and executive recruitment agency Talent Quarter Group has appointed experienced hospital CEO David Swan as its new chair.

David brings a wealth of experience in private and health services to the role, including 30 years as a CEO of major hospitals around the country.

His appointment caps off an incredible year for Talent Quarter Group (TQG), which has increased its revenue by 116 per cent, grown its team by 60 per cent, and added new service lines including a clinical services division.

“Our team is very excited to welcome David, who has such incredible experience in the healthcare sector,” TQG Managing Director Sue Healy said.

“David has held Chief Executive roles in hospitals and healthcare services where he’s overseen large workforces, so he has that real-life experience in the organisations we place people into.

“His expertise and knowledge will really shape our business as we build upon the impact, we’re having on Australia’s healthcare system by connecting the best talent with the best opportunities to make a real difference to people’s lives.”

David most recently served as CEO of St Vincent’s Private Hospitals, a large private healthcare company spanning Victoria, NSW and Queensland. He has also led public, not-for-profit and private health services in South Australia, Tasmania and NSW, and ran the South Australian public health system for six years.

He’s excited about stepping into the chair role at Talent Quarter Group (TQG), which has three core divisions: Healthcare recruitment provider Talent Quarter; search, advisory and coaching firm Executive Quarter; and Disability Service Provision and Specialist Support Coordination provider TQ Care.

“There’s no doubt Talent Quarter Group is purpose-led, which is what attracted me to the role,” he said.

“I’m very impressed with both the leadership and the culture of the organisation – it’s very positive and making an incredible contribution to meet resource needs right across Australia’s healthcare system.”

David said he appreciated the value of Talent Quarter as specialists in placing healthcare and social care staff, particularly in regional and remote areas.

“Having spent nearly a decade in rural health, I really see the benefit Talent Quarter can bring to those communities by connecting organisations with the right talent who can deliver healthcare locally,” he said.

“I love that they have a strong focus on rural and remote communities. I know, from experience, that these communities struggle to get the health clinicians and the expertise required to have much-needed health services available locally.”


More information: Melissa Grant at Bespoken, [email protected] / 0402 717 107.