Higher Education - Gig Executive


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Changing the why we work

Interim Executives help unlock the future of Higher Education with on-demand, cross-sector skills that enable leaders to get ahead of disruption.

Our deep history partnering with higher education firms allows us to connect specialised Gig Executives who can support the sector to rebuild for a sustainable future. Traditional universities are at risk from falling birth rates, pressure on affordability, the costs and benefits of digitization, and emerging new competitors. By covering for senior team members, supercharging critical projects, or bringing technology experts, commercial strategists, or international education pioneers to the table, our interim talent solutions are specifically designed to support the higher education sector’s unique needs.

How can a Gig Executive help solve challenges in Higher Education?

Drive organisational transformation with a change specialist

Cover senior team members to enable secondment opportunities

Implement digitisation programs to augment live courses

Build capacity for human-centred data and insights in delivery design

Everything you need to know about engaging a Gig Executive in your Higher Education institution

If you are a developed senior leader who would like to build a portfolio career and enjoy the flexibility, impact and exciting challenges that Gig Executive offer, get in touch. Hear from Clair Schultz, who was recently on assignment at the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning. Clair talks about her experience as a Gig Executive with our Manager Client Development, Paula McCabe.

A selection of our Education & Research clients

Our Education and Research clients reflect the diverse range of institutions and organisations operating across this sector in Australia and New Zealand.

“I write to thank Liz and Fisher Leadership 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.”


“The position of Board Chair of a Rural Health Service is a daunting and challenging role with significant responsibility and accountability. The feeling I had after 5 years in the role to be confronted with the responsibility of seeking a new CEO was overwhelming. The support, guidance and deliverables provided by Deborah and Fisher Leadership eased the tremendous burden. I am so glad we engaged Deborah and the team to provide the excellent service and support we needed.” ​


How can we help?

Connect with the right specialist

Connecting organisations to flexible executive talent. Gig Executives can be in place within days as opposed to weeks or months; essential for rapid change environments. Gig Executives are selected due to their experience, expertise and adaptability, geared to complete assignments effectively with due speed. We call this approach right talent, right table, right time.



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