Geoff Hines (1940 – 2014)


Geoff Hines originally commenced his career as a Schoolmaster but soon moved into personnel and production management with the leading food company, Mars, in the UK. There, he gained substantial experience before being transferred to Australia in 1975 as Personnel Director of Uncle Ben’s of Australia.

He arrived in Queensland in 1979 to head up Personnel, Industrial Relations and Public Affairs for MIM Holdings Ltd, a major natural resource company. In 1983 he founded the firm of Hines Management Consultants, pioneering the profession of executive search and selection, whilst also providing strategic HR services for many clients. For the next thirty years he built an unrivalled professional reputation and as Executive Chairman he remained active for over thirty years until his unexpected passing in 2014, aged 74.

Geoff had over forty years’ experience of executive search and advertised recruitment gained in Australia, the UK, North and South America, South Africa and Europe. He was particularly active in natural resources, consumer goods, the banking and finance industries, government owned corporations, as well as the arts and education.

He held a Master of Arts degree in Chemistry and a Diploma in Education from Trinity College, Oxford and was an Alumnus of the London Business School. At Oxford he gained two blues for rugby football and was an England Trialist. Later, he represented Rhodesia in the Currie Cup.

Geoff was a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Directors, a Life Fellow and past President of the Australian Institute of Management (Qld Division), a Fellow of the Institute of Personnel and Development (UK) and a Fellow of the Australian Human Resources Institute. He was also on the Board of a number of business, educational and artistic organisations.

He was very active in the performing arts field, both as a performer and an administrator, and held a strong interest in the management of artistic enterprises. He sang bass in both the Sanctuary and Brisbane Concert Choirs of Saint Andrew’s Uniting Church and was a past Chairman of the Parish Council. For nearly six years he was the Chairman of the Lyric Opera of Queensland. Geoff also enjoyed golf, rugby football and entertaining.