As a candidate for a Chief Executive position, I found John Cross to be very attentive, professional and efficient in his organisation of the recruitment process. These are very important traits as applying for CEO roles can be quite traumatic for the candidates, their families who will have to relocate and the health service they are currently leading. John’s communication was very open and clear every step of the way.  I would be pleased to recommend Health Recruitment Specialists to health service Boards who are seeking to recruit a Chief Executive.


Nick Bush, CEO Echuca Regional Health

I provide a reference for Mr John Cross, Health Recruitment Specialists.

John has recently provided recruitment to key Executive staff at Bellarine Community Health. Health Recruitment Specialists developed a well-structured advertising and recruitment campaign which resulted in a number of significant executive candidates. A comprehensive screening process was undertaken which provided Bellarine Community Health with a  high quality field of candidates for these two key Executive positions. Selection for these two positions were secured accordingly. At all points throughout the entire process,  Mr John Cross, Health Recruitment Specialists keep the organisation fully informed. Mr John Cross has extensive national networks in which he effectively uses to secure quality candidates.   I would highly recommend Mr John Cross, Health Recruitment Specialists to organisations to secure quality candidates for respective positions within their organisations.


Shane Dawson, CEO Bellarine Community Health

At Echuca Regional Health we engaged Health Recruitment Specialists (HRS) early in 2018 to assist in the recruitment of a new Chief Executive Officer. We worked primarily with John Cross but also with  Jo Lowday who guided the Selection Panel through a systematic and very thorough process which has resulted in the appointment of  new CEO. I can’t speak highly enough of the professionalism of HRS in working with us and advising us but also of their considerate approach to all the candidates for the position, especially those who didn’t progress after each stage of the recruitment process.

The thing that stood out in the HRS approach was the quality of communication (especially written/email communication) with myself as Chairman of the Selection Panel thus making the job of relaying things to my other panel member so much easier. For example all candidate applications were summarized and presented in a consistent format making the job of comparing applicants so much easier. The HRS professional approach was of a superior standard and I was able to use John Cross as a “sounding board” and adviser on a regular basis throughout the process….I always felt that I had a professional consultant working with me and the Selection Panel.

I have no hesitation in recommending Health Recruitment Specialists for any organization looking for health professionals up to and including CEO level, to join their organization.

John Quirk, Chairman of the Board

Thank you so much for your generous help in the recruitment process. Your guidance and professionalism is very much appreciated and I am confident that the new General Manager will turn out fine. With your help I think we have found a good “fit”!

Jon Addis, Board Chair, CCC Hong Kong, 2017