About us

Fiona Hutton


Fiona has successfully moved from a distinguished educational career teaching and leading in the Independent sector, into Leadership Search and Development, forming her own national company with a specific focus in identifying, developing and recruiting leaders for middle and executive level leadership appointments. Her client portfolio includes a broad range of organisations within the non for profit sector, schools sector and for profit educational companies. Hutton Consulting has completed over 160 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 63% of successful appointments being female.

Fiona has served on the Boards of Vicentre Swimming Club, Waterpolo Victoria, and is currently on the Victorian branch executive of the Australian Council for Education Leadership.  Fiona holds a Bachelor of Education in Music from Melbourne University and a Master of Education (Leadership & Management) from Monash University. An accomplished keynote speaker at educational conferences in the areas of ‘Innovative Recruitment Practices’ and ‘Developing a Leadership Profile’, Fiona is also an invited member of the Global Educational Leadership Partnership (GELP) of national educational influencers.

“… 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

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), 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

Amanda has worked across a range of sectors including secondary and tertiary education, here and overseas. Working with Hutton Consulting Australia has enabled her to focus on developing the talents of educational leaders and supporting schools to create environments where creativity and innovation can flourish. Since joining Fiona and the team at Hutton Consulting Australia, Amanda has worked closely with schools in the Independent, Catholic and Government sectors to source suitable candidates for roles that include Principals, executive team members and middle leader roles.

Amanda obtained her Bachelor of Education from the University of Melbourne. In 2001 she was awarded her Doctorate in Philosophy where her focus was on education, language and identity. Whilst in London she attended the University of Greenwich, studying psychology and psychotherapy, completing a Post Graduate Diploma. On her return to Melbourne she completed the Master of Education in Management and Leadership and has been engaged in various training with Independent Schools Victoria and the Department of Education.

As part of her role at Hutton Consulting Australia, Amanda has developed the Middle Leaders Program which incorporates the signature DARE learning framework. She convenes the PowerUp 4 Leadership seminars and career consultations. 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

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.

Director – Finance 

Peter begun his working life as an accountant working in insolvency and small business management with Coopers & Lybrand (now PWC). With a passion for education reform, Peter moved into teaching Economics, Accounting and Business Management, and over the next 25 years built a leadership career in schools, culminating in his role as Principal of Templestowe College, Victoria.  In 2018, drawing on the latest research and his unique experiences at creating and leading one of the most innovative schools in Australia, Peter formed the Future Schools Alliance (FSA).

Internationally recognised as a leader in Innovative Education and Transformation, Peter is an experienced keynote speaker at Conferences, has featured on ’60 minutes’ and is a regular panelist on ‘The Project’ and ‘The Drum’. His TedX presentation has been viewed over 300,000 times.

Peter has a Bachelor of Economics and a Masters in Education from Monash University.

Simon Gipson OAM

Senior Education Associate

Simon has had an extensive international career in education, working as a teacher, leader and consultant across Australia, and in South East Asia, China, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States.

He was Head of St Michael’s Grammar School, an inner-city, co-educational independent school in Melbourne, from 2000 to 2017. From 2018  to 2019, Simon was CEO of The Song Room, a national not-for-profit organization delivering professional mentoring programmes in Arts Learning to teachers in high needs communities.

In 2009, Simon was named the Hedley Beare Educator of the Year by the Australian Council for Educational Leaders. The following year he was invited as a Visiting Scholar to the National Institute of Education in Singapore to assist in baseline research on models for principal leadership for the Singaporean Ministry of Education.

In 2012, Simon was the first school principal to be named the Lynda Gratton Australian Business Leader of Year by the Australian Human Resources Institute. He was conferred with a national Fellowship by the Australian Council for Educational Leaders in 2013. In 2014, Simon was admitted as a Fellow of the Australian College of Educators “in recognition of his outstanding contribution to education”. Simon was featured as one of Australia’s most innovative and influential education leaders in “The Educator” magazine’s 2015 ‘Hot List’.

Simon was on the Board of Independent Schools Victoria for 12 years and the Council of the Centre for Strategic Education for 17 years. He is the current Archbishop of Melbourne’s nominee and Chair of Council at Trinity Grammar School Kew and is a Director of  the Skyline Education Foundation. In 2013 he was elected a Fellow of the Institute of Company Directors.

Simon was conferred with a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in June 2020 for “service to secondary education”