Schools - Gig Executive

Innovative team players with outstanding social values

As a significant and growing component of Australia and New Zealand's schooling system, independent schools are recognised as leading innovators in their wider sector. With growing diversity in their communities and increasing competition for exceptional talent across both academic and professional roles, the challenge is to look for and develop a wider range of potential future leaders.

More than ever, independent schools must leverage their own unique culture and purpose to define and attract leaders whose personal values and unique abilities will further differentiate and strengthen their capacity for innovation and excellence. They must embrace multidimensional diversity including gender, ethnicity and physical ability to create leadership teams that truly reflect the communities they serve.

Our breadth of experience

School clients rely on Fisher Leadership to find and support exceptional leaders across a wide variety of board and senior executive roles.
  • Board Director
  • Principal
  • Director of Business
  • Deputy Principal
  • Head of Senior School
  • Head of Middle School
  • Head of Junior School
  • Director of Teaching and Learning
  • Director of Development
  • Director of ICT
  • Head of Faculty

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


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 are nearing the end of our recruitment and have been most impressed with all aspects of the process, in particular the communication and flexibility. They have put together an outstanding candidate list.

Michael Bennett

Chair Launceston Church Grammar School


I have worked with Fisher Leadership for 6 years now. During that time I have been on both sides of the table – Liz Jones approached me about the inaugural role at MGS and since that time, the School has engaged JFE to assist us with four other Executive appointments and another three senior appointments. Liz Jones has been our lead consultant on every assignment and the quality of communication throughout the process is one aspect that sets Fisher Leadership apart from many competitors with whom I have worked in the past. Liz, and her team, have a genuine talent for presenting quality shortlists that offer diversity, depth of experience and the odd ‘left field’ candidate – some of whom we have ultimately appointed. Candidate care is an important element of any recruitment process for MGS and I feel very confident that Fisher Leadership delivers on this every time.

Helen E Voogt-Dillon

Director of Human Resources Melbourne Grammar School


Fisher Leadership consulted widely with all school stakeholders from the Board, the leadership team of staff, the Foundation, the Parents Association and our students. Fisher Leadership conducted a full search throughout all of the leading Catholic Girls’ Schools in Australia and New Zealand and we were very pleased with the final longlist of candidates. We are delighted to have found an outstanding candidate who will take up her appointment as our new Principal. The recruitment process was rigorous and thorough and we were very happy with the attention to detail and care shown by the whole team at Fisher Leadership.

Joan Fitzpatrick

Chair Sacré Coeur School


Liz and her team at Jo Fisher were courteous, personable and dedicated to the task of securing a principal for our school. Liz was always highly responsive to any issues raised and the recruitment process ran smoothly. We were very pleased with the final outcome.

Principal Selection Committee

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