Partner, Board and Executive Search, ANZ

Sharne Bryan is a Partner leading Korn Ferry’s Board and Executive Search practice in Melbourne.

Based in Melbourne, Sharne Bryan is a Board and Executive Search Partner, who is focused on supporting her clients to solve their most complex talent and leadership challenges.

Sharne is experienced in supporting the full range of senior talent needs including Board and CEO succession, through to Board effectiveness reviews and accelerated integration of executives transitioning to new roles. She is a trusted advisor to listed and unlisted companies in Financial Services, Healthcare, Industrial and the Food & Agriculture sectors. She has deep experience in partnering with Government (Commonwealth and State), Arts, Sports & Cultural organisations, Humanitarian NGOs, and Educational institutions. Her legal background also drives a special interest and expertise in the Chief People Officer / Human Resources functions, as well as in the Legal, Risk & Compliance functions.

Prior to commencing her career at Korn Ferry, Sharne partnered closely with Boards, CEOs and C-Suite executives at another global search firm. Sharne’s career began as a lawyer at the Victorian Government Solicitor’s Office, before advancing to the role of Principal Legal Adviser in the Victorian Department of Premier and Cabinet. In these earlier roles, Sharne provided advice on a vast range of subject matters including complex commercial negotiations, roads and transport infrastructure, the environment, healthcare, justice and constitutional issues. Her ability to provide insights into working with government is uniquely complemented by her appointment as Clerk of the Executive Council to two former Governors of Victoria, as well as her experience as the Freedom of Information Officer and Whistleblowers' Protection Coordinator, with responsibility for driving a whole of government perspective.

Sharne earned a Bachelor of Laws from Monash University, which she concurrently completed with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from the University of New South Wales. She is admitted as a Barrister & Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Victoria and the High Court of Australia. Sharne and her husband have four children, and together they share a passion for sport (particularly Basketball and Australian Rules Football), and galleries, museums and live theatre.