Meet Denise, National General Manager – Government

IWD 2021 - Choose to Challenge Denise Wetherall 1

I lead the team of Consultants who provide recruitment support services to the WA and NT public and local government sectors.
In addition, I also work closely with clients and help support them through their recruitment needs.
It’s a challenging role where no one day is like any other – I love the interaction I have with the clients and am very appreciative of the professionalism and loyalty displayed by the team.

Highlights and challenges?

Highlights would be every day. I really enjoy what I do and love achieving great outcomes for our clients. I am motivated by achieving short term goals – so get a buzz out of concluding processes, knowing a vacancy has been filled and that project is finished. I also enjoy working with my team and with the broader BDT team within the office.

Challenges would be juggling client delivery with team interaction and support. But each objective is equally important – so I do what I can to ensure I am as proactive as possible.

How do you challenge gender bias and inequality?

I have a young family who I enjoy supporting with school activities – so one challenge I experience is incorporating this within my daily work.
Fortunately, the WA public sector is very supportive of flexible working practices and I frequently observe panel members (male and female) wanting to schedule our work around school commitments – which makes me feel more confident in also voicing my requests.

Similarly, within BDT I never feel under pressure when I excuse myself due to a family commitment. Some times work requests are unavoidable and need to be upheld – but generally I am fully appreciative of the flexible working environment within which I work.


Work hard, be open in your communication and deliver on your promises.

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