Creating a world of difference

Executive Leadership Solutions for the new world of work.

Changing the way we work means changing the why we work. Whether you're looking for sustained leadership to steer the future, agile executive talent to hit the ground running, organisational redesign or leadership transition, we solve for tomorrow, today.

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    Executive Search

    Sourcing for sustained leadership to deliver on positive impact.

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    Gig Executive

    Connecting organisations to the benefits of the gig economy at executive level.

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    Strategic Advisory

    Co-designing people strategies for the new world of work.

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    Leadership Transition

    Instilling in leaders an ability to embrace change and thrive.

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Reframing leadership for the future.

We are Australia and New Zealand’s leading Executive Search and Advisory specialists across the social impact sectors. At Fisher Leadership, we believe the way people want to connect to work is changing. And importantly, the way organisations need to connect to talent is changing faster.

Curating the right mix of diverse leaders around the decision-making tables of the future is critical. Diversity generates better debate, better risk management, better strategy and better outcomes. Over 20 years, we have significantly impacted gender and cultural diversity at senior levels. Our responsibility now lies in arming leadership teams with cognitive diversity, or diversity of thought.

Every aspect of our business is geared to challenge and lead the executive journey of the future. Whether engaging for a long-term CEO role, a short term Gig Executive placement, undergoing a coaching or transition program, or seeking strategic advice, human-centric care connects every touch point. We believe that to thrive in the new economy, business leaders must question the answers rather than answer the questions.

Featured Solution

Breathing Space - A mental wellness program designed to look after the people who look after our people.

High performing executives face a particular set of challenges in their lives. With greater complexity, more rapid change and high-stakes decision-making on the increase, mental wellness for leaders is a business imperative.

The sectors we impact.

  • Education & Research

    Our education and research clients reflect the diverse range of institutions and organisations operating in Australia, New Zealand and the APAC region.

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  • Healthcare & Life Sciences

    Our health clients work across community health, health service providers, pharmaceuticals, medical technology and medical research.

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  • Public Sector

    Our Public Sector clients value high ethical and governance standards matched by strong people and communication skills.

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  • Not For Profit

    Our Not For Profit leaders strive to be influential, commercially astute, accountable and inspirational.

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  • Corporate & Commercial

    Success in the private sector requires leaders with a demonstrated ability to forge strong, long-lasting relationships and networks and an innovative approach to problem solving.

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  • Independent Schools

    We help independent schools leverage their own unique culture and purpose to define and attract leaders.

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  • Medical Research

    An area of enormous impact, our medical technology and medical research clients rely on us to find the best talent to stay ahead of rapid innovation.

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I write to thank you and your organisation for your professionalism and the diligent manner you worked with myself and Board in presenting to us an excellent range of candidates. Recruitment of a new Chief Executive Officer is never easy and for us it was at a crucial time for our organisation. At all times we felt comfortable with your professionalism, confidentiality and availability in the manner you and your staff answered our questions and the guidance you provided. We obtained an excellent outcome.

John Maher

Chair Southwest Healthcare

After an extensive process we chose Fisher Leadership because of their track record. Everyone we spoke to were delighted with both the process and the outcome when working with Fisher Leadership. We have been most impressed with all aspects of the process, in particular the communication and flexibility. They put together an outstanding candidate list.

Michael Bennett

Chair Launceston Church Grammar School

I just wanted to thank you for all your efforts in the recruitment process – it was a great pleasure to work with Fisher Leadership. We appreciated very much your advice and insights, your professionalism and responsiveness to us and to the candidates. We feel confident that the successful candidate will prove to be a very capable and dynamic CEO and the Board are really looking forward to working with him.

Virginia Bourke

Chair St John’s Ambulance Victoria

Auckland University of Technology has been very pleased to use Fisher Leadership for a number of high level appointments in recent times. In each case we were delighted with the outcome. Significantly, we were impressed with the quality of interaction and the proactive approach of the Fisher Leadership team. They always responded quickly to any questions and requests and we were kept very well informed at all stages of the recruitment process. Candidate briefs were excellent and overall information for shortlisting was thorough and relevant. Working with Fisher Leadership gave us a high level of confidence in the overall recruitment process.

Dr Andrew Codling

Head of Vice-Chancellors Office Auckland University of Technology

The Board and the selection committee were very pleased with the outcome and the transition from a long standing Principal to a new one occurred almost seamlessly. Since the appointment of a new Principal the School has had the need to appoint two new Deputy Principals/ Campus Heads. Based on our experience with the first assignment the School engaged Fisher Leadership to undertake both of these assignments. The School now has two excellent Deputy Principals who have the full support of the Principal and the Board.

Peter Kempen

Former Chair, Ivanhoe Grammar School Chair, St Hilda's College

Global Partnerships

With many of our clients doing business globally, we are a proud and fully accredited member of the international peak body since 1959, the Association of Executive Search and Leadership Consultants. We operate from offices in Melbourne, Sydney and Auckland with executive search partners in Singapore, China, Hong Kong, Canada, Belgium, Brazil, Chile, Denmark, Finland, France, Italy, Germany, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United States of America and United Kingdom.

Our reach captures diverse talent globally with trusted partners collaborating to source the best opportunities across geographical location and industry expertise. Established in 1972, IMD International Search Group is on the global top-20 list of executive search businesses. As a member of IMD, we provide our clients access to local specialists as well as the finest international consultants in the field. Fisher Leadership is also a proud member of the Association of Executive Search and Leadership Consultants (AESC), which sets the professional standards for retained executive search and leadership consulting firms worldwide.


A New way to access talent – the Gig Executive

A world of difference FISHER LEADERSHIP HAS LEVERAGED ITS DEEP EXPERIENCE IN BRINGING PEOPLE TOGETHER WITH FRESH IDEAS TO CREATE  A NEW WAY TO ACCESS TOP TALENT.  AICD Magazine, September, 2019 Our workforce has entered a period of profound change. The onset of new technologies is disrupting industries and the pace of change within business … Continued

RUOK? or worse… R U ‘fine’?

We acknowledge that #RUOKDAY was created to prevent the silent suicide. Many of us have been in the shoes of the person who says ‘but they seemed fine.’ The truth is, that ‘fine’ is the barrier to many things. It’s the barrier to us looking ourselves in the eye and asking if we are living each day … Continued

AESC Honours Jo Fisher with Lifetime Achievement Award for Impact

The AESC Lifetime Achievement Award honors long-term achievement in the executive search and leadership consulting profession. This year’s award goes to Jo Fisher, Founder and Managing Director of Fisher Leadership. Based in Melbourne, Fisher has dedicated 20 years to the advancement of executive search. Known as an iconic leader in gender diversity, from the early … Continued

Recent Appointments

Vincenzo Caltabiano, the new Director Legal Aid Commission of Tasmania at the Department of Justice, Tasmania

Lead high quality legal aid services for the state of Tasmania Vincenzo Caltabiano is the new Director at Legal Aid Commission of Tasmania where he will be responsible for the effective management of the Legal Aid Commission of Tasmania in accordance with the instructions, decisions and direction set by the Commission. Vincenzo joined Victoria Legal … Continued

Lisa Davidson, the new Manager of People & Culture at Horsham Rural City Council

Positive HR leader contributing to source best practice people solutions Lisa Davidson is the new Manager of People & Culture at Horsham Rural City Council where she will provide strategic and operational leadership in developing and delivering organisational and people capacity to meet the current and future needs of the council. Lisa brings demonstrable human … Continued

James Thyer, the new Head of People & Culture for the City of Whitehorse

Strategic People & Culture leader driving organisational capability James Thyer is the new Head of People & Culture at the City of Whitehorse where he will strategically manage, plan and coordinate services, programs and projects within the People and Culture Department to enhance organisational capability and development. James brings a successful track record developing people … Continued