Creating a world of difference

We build executive leadership solutions for the future. In these challenging times, how can we help you?

Whether you're looking for highly qualified leaders to navigate an uncertain future, shorter-term executive talent to hit the ground running and innovate solutions at pace, 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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Creating the space for leaders to learn to balance high pressure and high performance.

For 18 years we have been working intimately with senior leaders at the coal-face of change. We understand the pressures and challenges faced at executive and board level in high-performing environments.

Covid-19 has put mental health on the agenda like never before. We strongly believe mental health is a duty of care and must be an organisational strategy.
Breathing Space is a 12-month evidence-based program supporting awareness, behavioural change and mental health leadership by working your senior people. The program incorporates wearable technology, psychosocial analysis, team action-learning and one-on-one reflection.

Reach out to us to learn more today:

Supporting individuals through COVID-19

  • Outplacement

    In times of unprecedented change, helping organisations and individuals navigate what next looks like. Contact

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  • Career Transition and Coaching

    Career transition programs for executives in need of support, guidance or outplacement. Contact

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  • Crisis Coaching and Support

    Crisis coaching for individuals and teams; leading through immediate risks and emerging opportunities. Contact

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  • Online Interviewing

    Designed for executives in need of support and guidance to navigate the new normal of 'Online Interviewing'. Contact

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Supporting organisations through COVID-19

  • Executive Mental Health and Wellbeing

    Executive programs supporting high performance leaders and teams operating under pressure.

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  • Skills Review and Workforce Planning

    Skills review and workforce planning to redeploy team members as needs shift across the business.

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  • Emergent Conditions Mapping Workshop

    Emerging conditions workshop mapping global conditions to take into account in a pandemic response.

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  • Covid-19 Risk & Opportunity Assessment

    COVID-19 risk and opportunity assessment provides a strategic lens for immediate tactical action.

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Featured Solution

Gig Executive - Right Time. Right talent. Tight Table.

Gig Executives are proven functional and sectorial leaders who choose to work differently. If you have a challenge you need solved by an experience pair of hands, why not engage a Gig Executive. It’s difficult to know what skills your organisation will need next quarter let alone next year. So why not bring in a Gig Executive? Solving tomorrow, today.

The sectors we impact.

  • 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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  • 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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  • 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.


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Human Resource Directors in Independent Schools

Source: Image provided by Melbourne Grammar School From the Head of Melbourne Grammar School, Philip Grutzner As little as 15 years ago, Human Resource Directors were unheard of in independent schools. The HR responsibilities were usually amongst the Principal’s responsibilities. Despite their best efforts, not many Principals(Heads) were able to do this well, as they … Continued

Managing through change

When departing Headmaster of Melbourne Grammar School, Mr Roy Kelley, approached Fisher Leadership to secure a high performing Human Resources Director to lead the function for a 13-month period, the Gig Executive team stepped in. Their high calibre, fast-turn-around solution has clearly brought immense value. Have you ever wondered how a senior leader steps into an interim role? There is much to be learned from these change-ready leaders who come in at a moment’s notice and take the reins with ease. Take a moment to hear from Malcolm Leigh-Smith on his recent experience.

Recent Appointments

Martin Schlatter, innovative cyber security leader to drive The Salt Group operations

Martin Schlatter was appointed to the position of Chief Operating Officer at The Salt Group, an Australian IT security company providing products and services to support the security of its customers e-services delivery channels. Martin commenced in May 2020 and will work to increase the firm’s local and global presence supplying software, and associated professional … Continued

Jodie Watson to lead community engagement and governance excellence at Darebin

Jodie Watson was recently appointed to the position of General Manager Governance and Engagement at Darebin City Council, due to commence in October 2020. In this pivotal role, Jodie will deliver a transformational strategic plan and directly supports Council’s inspirational long-term goals. Jodie brings broad experience in both local government, not for profit and private … Continued

Christine Ferguson PSM to lead the Forest, Fire and Regions Group at DELWP

Christine Ferguson was appointed to the position of Deputy Secretary, Forest, Fire and Regions (FFR) in July 2020. Christine is responsible for provision of strategic and operational leadership of the Group. It develops forest, fire and emergency management policy and delivers programs and services across the State. Christine has made a significant contribution to the … Continued