Transforming education, one leader at a time, so educational communities thrive.

We are a specialist educational leadership search, development and strategy company investing in leaders today and for the future.

Who we are

We are an Australian-based educational leadership consultancy firm, specialising in executive search, strategic planning, leadership development and reviews. We serve clients nationally and internationally.

At HCA we bring together a wealth of experience in education, best practice approaches from a corporate consulting environment and leverage our global knowledge of innovation and future focused education.

A leading distinction of HCA is our team of expert consultants.

Our senior consultants have all held executive leadership positions in schools and/or industry, and have an intimate understanding of the current and future educational context.

We have an enviable reputation for sustaining trusted relationships with School Boards and Leadership teams.

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Leadership Search

We provide a bespoke, comprehensive search process, bringing our knowledge and expertise in education, setting the benchmarking standards in search methodology and excellence. At HCA we are passionate about fitting the right character of leader to culture; ensuring alignment with purpose, pedagogy and values.

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Strategic Planning

We provide unique value by sharing our insights into the future of education from a national and global perspective. Founded on research and analysis, we work with Executive Leadership teams and Boards to define and develop their strategic vision and implementation milestones.

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Leadership Development

HCA has combined its deep understanding and experience in the education sector with expertise in the design and delivery of customised mentoring programs and leadership reviews. Our leadership reviews are structured around the National Standard for Principals and Leaders, supporting the growth of leaders, and tailored specifically to the evolving expectations of the executive role.

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Clients we've helped

Case Studies
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Principal at St Patricks School

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Principal at St. Charles College

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Principal at St. Charles College

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Principal at St. Charles College

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Principal at St. Charles College

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Edu Blogs

Access the HCA team's articles. These insightful pieces cover a spectrum of subjects to broaden your understanding of educational leadership, and help you embark on a journey of continuous learning.

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5 Essential Tips for a Successful Interview for a School Leadership Role

Interviewing for a school leadership role is a crucial step towards advancing your career in education. Aspiring school leaders are...
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Nurturing Collaboration: The dynamic relationship between school principals and governing body chairs

The symbiotic relationship between a school principal and the chair of the governing body is pivotal for the effective functioning...
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5 Essential Tips for Writing an Impressive Resume

Your resume is your first introduction to potential employers, and it plays a critical role in securing job interviews. Crafting...
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Upcoming Events

Hutton Consulting Australia events foster professional growth, drive innovation, promote collaboration, and contribute to the collective advancement of education.

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Executive Search

Immanuel College partnered with Hutton Consulting in the search for a Principal to replace our long-serving, highly successful incumbent. Hutton’s process was comprehensive and appropriate. At the start, Hutton engaged effectively with our Council, executive, staff and students to help clarify our objectives and risks. During the application period they discovered and communicated with prospective candidates to help provide a strong pool. The assessment process was clear and multi-staged, which imbued the selection panel with increasing confidence as it approached its final decision. Hutton’s ongoing communication with candidates displayed a level of care that I’m sure was appreciated.

Chair of Council
Immanuel College
Adelaide South Australia

Executive Search

The breadth and quality of applicants that they sourced was most impressive and the level of support and commitment, together with wise advice through some complex challenges, was the HCA team showed their depth of knowledge.

Chair of Council
Saint Stephen’s College
Coomera, QLD

Executive Search

The strength is HCA’s stakeholder engagement process and their key understanding of the needs of our school to fit the candidate to culture.

Board Chair
Pembroke School
Kensington Park, SA

Executive Search

Outstanding partner in Hutton Consulting Australia, they are comprehensive, insightful, succinct and highly professional, delivering wise insights into candidate fit.

Board Chair
Canberra Girls Grammar

Deakin, ACT

Leadership Development

We have been encouraged by HCA’s focus on growth and development of each Principal.
The level of service and depth of feedback has been insightful for each Principal involved in this process and for their governors as they also seek to support the Principal’s ongoing professional development and leadership growth. We have no hesitation in commending this service.

Chief Executive Officer
The Anglican Schools Corporation

Strategic Planning

HCA’s consultants genuinely sought to understand our culture and context and our desired outcomes to ensure they were able to facilitate productive days. The expansive knowledge of different educational settings that HCA brought to the strategy discussions assisted the EREA NSW Colleges Board and School-based teams to think beyond their own contexts and imagine our shared future in our new governance structure. 
I will definitely use HCA’s services again based on the professionalism, responsiveness and flexibility they showed in this first engagement. 

Director of NSW Colleges and CEO
Edmund Rice Education Australia NSW Colleges Ltd

Executive Search

Hutton Consulting Australia was an outstanding partner to support the recruitment process for the next leader (principal) of our School.

Our thanks to Hutton Consulting for all their support, knowledge and insight into our unique context and for the high level of service that restored my faith in recruitment!

Board Chair
Hills Grammar School
Sydney, NSW

Executive Search

HCA spend a significant amount of time seeking to understand the context of our school before commencing the search.
Their educational expertise is a key strength in the recruitment space.

Board Chair
Siena Girls’ College

Camberwell, VIC

Strategic Planning

We engaged Hutton Consulting Australia to help lead our strategic plan development. They spent time getting to know our school, our community and our culture which helped us to identify areas for opportunity while recognising our strengths. I am grateful for their expertise and professionalism, and I am delighted with the end product, our new strategic plan.

Principal
Meriden
An Anglican School for girls

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