Executive & Leadership Recruitment

Harding & Drougas are a highly experienced Search firm offering support with management level appointments across a variety of leadership positions within Australia & New Zealand. With long established networks across the C-Suite, we are perfectly positioned to deliver strong robust searches for our clients.


At Harding & Drougas we don’t try to be all things to all people. We know that quality comes from specialisation and we are Search Specialists. Our core disciplines are:


If you are an Executive or looking to appoint one Harding & Drougas have a history in Senior Leadership appointments across Australia & New Zealand. With a combined 40 years’ of experience supporting a wide variety of businesses, we are confident we have the connections and capability to deliver.
An example of our search experience encompasses CEO/MD, COO, EGM, HRD and GM.

Senior/Executive Operations & Supply Chain

Harding & Drougas have a wealth of experience in delivering searches for Manager level and above Supply Chain and Operational appointments across the Australian market. With comprehensive networks in the Sydney market they boast strong senior relationships across a large number of Sydney businesses. This in turn sees them having broader relationships across Australia which supports their more Senior level appointments.

Senior/Executive Sales & Marketing

Successfully recruiting for Senior / Executive Sales or Marketing positions, needs a business that has true depth in their networks. These positions are vital for a business to thrive as they are instrumental in a business’s growth and in their interaction with the market place. Frequently best candidates for these roles are not on the market and access to them comes through these deep networks and introductions that Harding and Drougas can facilitate.

Senior/Executive Information Technology

Recruiting IT positions since the late 90’s, Harding and Drougas have 20 + years recruitment experience within this industry. This breadth of experience gives us a strong understanding of this market and sees us connected with large number of IT Management and Executives.


Harding & Drougas is built around what recruitment should be about – People

Our core beliefs are fundamental to our approach to market and we put the emphasis on providing high touch, quality service to our clients and candidates; and deliver, every time!

At Harding & Drougas you are welcomed by a company of trusted, experienced specialists who will know you and your business intimately and be able to ensure your name, be it your surname or your brand name are represented to the highest values without question or compromise.

The two Founding Directors are highly experienced search specialists with 40 years experience between them in market and dedicate their entire lives to serving their close network of contacts better than anyone because they know what quality service is and spend their careers constantly perfecting this.


Ben has been working within the recruitment industry for close to 20 years specialising in Sales & Marketing, Senior Operations and Executive appointments across a variety of industries.

Ben has dealt with a large number of companies across most industries in Australia and has built strong, long lasting relationships with Senior Leaders across these businesses.

Ben prides himself on his consultative style and ability to understand the exact requirements of his clients which enables him to provide a superb solution to their needs. He has an extremely strong network of candidates and contacts enabling him to successfully find the right person, every time!

After spending his career in large corporations and in order to continue to offer the highest possible level of service, Ben has founded a boutique search firm, Harding & Drougas with his good friend and business partner Adam Harding.

Ben Drougas

Adam commenced his recruitment career in 1997 with a London based IT Contracting firm. Moving to Sydney in 1999, Adam worked with Icon Recruitment where he developed and managed a portfolio of diverse clients ranging from banking to government.

Other notable roles for Adam were with privately owned recruitment company; QPL, where he held the role of National Manager leading teams across 4 states.

From 2011 Adam was with Talent2 (acquired by US business Allegis in 2016) in various General Management positions. In these roles Adam supported large teams of consultants, as well as managing a portfolio of clients, focusing on Senior to Executive level appointments.

Adam left this position in 2018 to co found the boutique search business; Harding & Drougas. Here Adam focuses on his passion of building great relationships and delivering comprehensive and robust search processes for Senior appointments.

Adam Harding