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Ruth Hayes

I am the director of Felix Consulting.

I have been working in executive search for 20 years. I began my career with Russell Reynolds Associates.

I started Felix Consulting 13 years ago with the vision of providing SME clients with a quality service equal to that provided by the tier-one search firms, but at a more competitive rate.

Felix Consulting grew as I built my executive search business in the NFP sector. Coaching was the next step.

Throughout my career in executive search, I have encountered many people in career transition. My interest in supporting them led me to study both coaching psychology and career development. I am proud that the coaching services that my associates and I provide are underpinned by rigorous study and that we use theory to support our coaching approaches.

Ongoing professional development

I am active in developing a vibrant community of coaches through my involvement on the Executive Committee of the University of Sydney Coaching and Mentoring Alumni Chapter (USCMA). I was elected President of USCMA in November 2013. I also hold professional membership of the Career Development Association of Australia and participate in CDAA professional development opportunities.

To support my growth as a coach, I regularly participate in coaching supervision as well as a coaching professional development group.

I adhere to the ‘best practice principles’ outlined in the Standards Australia publication, Coaching in Organisations (2011).

I abide by the Code of Ethics of the Career Development Association of Australia and meet the Career Industry of Australia’s professional standards for Australian Career Development Practitioners.


  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Canberra
  • Master of Arts in Organisational Communication, Charles Sturt University
  • Master of Applied Science in Coaching Psychology, University of Sydney
  • Graduate Certificate in Career Development, University of Queensland
  • Certificate IV in Workplace Training, TAFE NSW


To deliver a consistently high level  of service, I draw on the expertise of qualified and skilled associates for both research and coaching.


  • We have worked with Ruth Hayes from Felix Consulting on a number of critical senior executive roles. Her approach is directly aligned to the values of the Society and she provides both the candidates and the employer with exceptional service. All parties are respected, valued and, most importantly of all, the relationships are maintained at a professional level. Felix Consulting have ensured we have the right organisational fit and all the appointments made have been extremely successful for the Society.

    Dianne Lucas - St Vincent de Paul Society
    - Dianne Lucas , Deputy Chief Executive Officer, St Vincent de Paul Society
  • We engaged Felix Consulting to undertake executive searches for two senior leadership roles in the University. Ruth Hayes quickly built rapport with us, questioned and probed to understand our needs and gather the information she needed to engage with prospective candidates across the UK and Australia. With a structure of meetings and feedback loops in place and communications confirmed with us, we could see at any point who Ruth was in contact with and the strength of interest shown. She demonstrated real strength in understanding our organisation and presenting a strong pool of genuine applicants.

    - Professor Sheelagh Matear , DVC Academic Programmes & Student Experience, Lincoln University
  • Felix Consulting, and particularly Ruth Hayes, provided a warm and specialised service that didn’t just cease when I got the job. They made the cumbersome, administrative aspects of going into a new position easy; took the load off; negotiated between parties with respect and ease; and opened lines of communication. Ruth even checked-in a couple of months down the track, just to see all went well and to ensure Felix Consulting had done all they could to complete the job. I felt very supported and secure that I was working with an outstanding, well-established outfit. Overall, I would say it was a 10 out of 10 experience.

    Tracy Howe
    - Tracy Howe , CEO, Council of Social Service of NSW
  • Our Board engaged Ruth to source a new CEO. We were very specific in our requirements and Ruth and the team certainly delivered. The whole process was seamless, from the initial discussion with our Board subcommittee to gather the brief to the delivery of an excellent short list with informative candidate notes to support the interview process. Ruth kept me fully informed of progress of the search with regular updates, both written and verbal. The Board subcommittee was very happy with the group of quality candidates presented for interview, and are beyond pleased with the CEO we chose. I have no hesitation in recommending Felix Consulting for any recruitment and search process you may be undertaking. You will be assured of quality all the way.

    Marg Lennon
    - Marg Lennon , President and Chair of the Board YMCA NSW
  • Working with Ruth and her team over the past three years has been very rewarding. The team at Felix are professionals who go the extra mile to ensure that the coachees are well considered  and programs are tailored to meet the need of the individual, whilst balancing the business needs too! This partnership is based on sound business fundamentals, a mutual respect for the client and her team. I would have no hesitation in recommending the team at Felix Consulting.

    Maree Leonard
    - Maree Leonard , Director, Corporate Services at Natural Resources Commission