About us

Fiona Hutton

Director – Executive Search & leadership development

Fiona has successfully moved from a distinguished educational career teaching and leading within both co-educational and independent girls’ schools, into Executive Search and Development, forming her own national company with a specific focus in identifying and developing leaders for middle and senior level executive search appointments. Her client portfolio includes leading schools in the Independent, Government and Catholic sectors. Hutton Consulting has completed over 100 successful appointments and is considered a specialist company within the Education Sector. A strong advocate for inclusion and diversity, Fiona is proud that Hutton Consulting is working towards closing the gender gap in Education with 73% of successful appointments being female.

Nominated for Telstra Business Woman of the Year (2019) in the small business category, Fiona’s knowledge and experience in the Education sector has been honed over 25 years as a senior educator, holding positions at faculty, sub-school and Deputy level in Curriculum and Wellbeing. She served on the Melbourne Vicentre Swimming Club Board from 2012 – 2014 and as a Director on the WaterPolo Victoria Board from 2015 – 2017, where she was responsible for leading the portfolio involving cultural change. Fiona holds a Bachelor of Education in Music from Melbourne University and a Masters in Education (Leadership & Management) from Monash University.

Fiona is a regular keynote speaker at educational conferences in the area of leadership development and is a member of the Global Educational Leadership Partnership (GELP).

“… to provide the best fit of leader to a school, you need to have a deep understanding of the history and current context of the school …”

The art of seedlings, soil and school leaders examines the importance of aligning school leaders with the culture of a school.

Rob Sieben

Senior Education Consultant (SA)

Rob has held a number of senior administrative positions in a career spanning over thirty years in education. He has also worked as a consultant in matters of curriculum delivery, timetabling, school administration and school network infrastructure.

In recent years the primary focus of his work has been leadership and the development of a six-month program for middle managers, “Developing Influential Leaders”. He has contributed nationally and internationally with articles on coaching, STEM integration, evidence-based decision-making and educational research, most significantly in the area of Cognitive Load Theory and its implications for the classroom. With Dr Brendan Bentley from the University of Adelaide, he presented at the 2018 International Cognitive Load Theory Conference in Beijing on using Cognitive load theory to enhance learning in a minimally-guided STEM-rich activity.

Rob has a Master of Education (Educational Administration), is an Accredited trainer for the Department of Child Protection’s Child Safe Environments program, sits on the South Australian Thinking Technologically Reference Group, is the current secretary of the SA Branch Executive of the Australian Council for Educational Leaders and is a member of the Board of Directors for Educators SA. He is a 2019 recipient of the ACEL National Fellowship Award for significant contribution to educational leadership at the state and/or national level.

At Hutton Consulting, Rob takes the role of Senior Educational Consultant, working with schools in the areas of Executive Search, Leadership Development, Change Management and Developing a culture of Coaching.

Dr Amanda Samson

Senior Education Consultant

Purposeful and passionate describes Amanda’s approach to leadership and education consultancy. Her 25 years of experience covers both tertiary and secondary education in Australia and the UK, holding leadership positions in both sectors. She is committed to supporting schools build strong teams with a focus on innovation, equity and trust. Working with educational leaders to improve the teaching, learning and caring cultures for staff and students, Amanda appreciates the need for whole school involvement in change. Amanda is interested in individual growth, uncovering a person’s intrinsic motivation for learning and leadership and how they can bring their full self to their work. Guiding schools to build dynamic learning communities which create sustainable change in agile and forward thinking environments forms the basis of her consulting and professional development work.

Amanda obtained her Bachelor of Education from the University of Melbourne. In 2001 she was awarded her Doctorate in Philosophy and more recently completed the Masters of Education in Management and Leadership. Whilst in London she attended the University of Greenwich, studying psychology and psychotherapy, completing a Post Graduate Diploma. She is an engaging speaker and has presented at conferences on topics as diverse as language, equality, wellbeing, and leading educational change in Australia, South Africa and the United Kingdom.

Rosa Storelli

Executive Search Associate

Rosa is a well respected freelance educator, advisor and mentor, working with a range of businesses and projects aimed at improving leadership capacity in schools and always with a passion for improving educational outcomes for all students.

Combining 15 years as Principal of one of Australia’s leading and largest independent girls’ schools, together with 10 years on the Council of The University of Melbourne (four years as Deputy Chancellor), Rosa Storelli has significant experience in a wide range of areas in school leadership, most notably in independent girls’ school education.

Rosa served for a number of years as Principal of MLC. During her leadership journey there, Rosa led and managed a large independent school, including two residential campuses, provided multiple academic learning pathways and demonstrated strong pedagogical leadership.

During Rosa’s Principalship, she established her reputation for spirited dialogue matched with a high level of insightfulness and integrity. Her colleagues would attest to Rosa being arguably one of the most respected and admired educational leaders of her time. Rosa currently is the Adjunct Professor in the School of Education at La Trobe University and as a former Non executive member of the Board of The Smith Family, Rosa is now on the Council of Governing Members.

Director – Future Schools Alliance & Innovation consultant

Peter sees the world differently and habitually challenges assumptions and conventions. Over the past eight years as Principal of Templestowe College (TC) in Melbourne, Peter transformed a ‘school of last resort’ with just 286 students, into a school of over 1100 and recognised by Finland’s HundrED organisation as one of the most innovative in the world.

With 25 years in education including 20 years in school leadership in both the Independent and State sectors, Peter witnessed first-hand how top down educational reform had failed. In response he developed an innovative change culture, where students are actively encouraged to ‘Take Control’ of their own learning. TC students have the option of three starting times, there are no year levels and each student has an individualised learning plan where they choose from over 150 electives. Students sit on staff selection panels, provide feedback to teachers every 5 weeks, run more than 50 of their own businesses, furthermore TC employs over 100 students to help run the school. Peter believes it is time for educators to also Take Control of their classrooms, schools and communities.

Drawing on the latest research and his unique experiences at TC, Peter has formed the Future Schools Alliance (FSA). The FSA is committed to significantly improving the lives of young people by transforming the education system. The FSA provides guidance to School Leaders on HOW to build unique learning communities that equip students for times of exponential change.

Peter is an experienced keynote speaker at International Conferences, has featured on ’60 minutes’  ‘The Project’ and his TedX presentation has been viewed 170,000 times. He co-presented a 40 minute session with Sir Ken Robinson and Dan Haesler at the Future Schools Conference. Peter will continue his work on implementing alternative models of tertiary entrance with Swinburne and other Universities as well as creating greater awareness and supports around students with dyslexia.

Peter has a Bachelor of Economics and a Masters in Education from Monash University. He is now consulting to a range of schools and the Corporate sector through Future Schools Alliance and Hutton Consulting, working with executive teams and leaders in the areas of Innovation and Change Management, Leadership Development, Culture Development and Futures Planning.

Helen Bardell
Office Manager

Helen joined Hutton Consulting as Office Manager in 2017. She brings with her a broad range of experience and skills, both in the corporate sector and in education.

After completing a Bachelor of Science Honours degree from Canterbury Christ Church College in England, Helen took an opportunity to study Italian in Florence and Siena. She then worked in Tuscany as an overseas representative for a UK Tourism company. On her return to England, Helen qualified to teach English as an additional language and worked with corporate clients preparing for negotiations and overseas students preparing for IELTS exams for university entrance in UK. After emigrating to Australia Helen took an administration position in a large independent school assisting, and then administering, the Junior School office.

Wishing to return to the classroom Helen further studied and subsequently took a position in a secondary school as a support staff member working with students with additional needs and students from a refugee background requiring English language support.

Now as a qualified editor and writer and with a desire to see change in the leadership of schools and the engagement of students, Helen is delighted to join the Hutton Consulting team.

Miranda van Groningen

Miranda is a valuable team player, joining Hutton Consulting to assist with marketing, communications and administrative functions. Specialising in Media and Communications and New Business after tertiary education in Media, Global E-Commerce and Public Relations, she has undertaken a variety of positions as a Marketing executive and communications officer in large and small companies based in London and Melbourne.

Miranda has a Diploma in Public Relations, Advertising and Applied Communication from RMIT and has studied Media and Communications at the University of Melbourne. In 2020 she will begin her Bachelor of Education (Primary) at the Australian Catholic University in Melbourne, with a focus on literature, diversity and inclusion and Indigenous Australia. Miranda is passionate about connecting with people and helping to shape the future of education.