Executive search

our talent is your talent







We consistently identify, source and personally meet and assess talented educational leaders who fit each unique educational context.


The process of securing high quality Principals, Senior Executives and Middle Management leaders is time consuming, expensive and complex. Sourcing and selecting the right candidate is crucial in ensuring consistency of school culture and successful implementation of key strategic programs.

By appointing quality leaders, schools are not only building a reputation for their school in the development of leaders of the future, but also directly impacting the positive learning opportunities and outcomes for the students.

What Hutton Consulting Offers

Experienced senior educator and executive search professional, Fiona Hutton leads the Executive Search team. Fiona’s reputation for sustaining positive relationships within the education sector has resulted in over one hundred successful leadership searches. Hutton Consulting works closely with Boards, Principals and school leaders in providing a meticulous yet streamlined process, ensuring the right fit for both the successful candidate and the school.

Hutton Consulting consistently uses a National Standards based candidate methodology to asses and benchmark leaders in the Educational sector. Our highly interpersonal approach and investment in the development of leaders ensures that all candidates are provided with specific feedback to facilitate further growth as leaders.

Executive Search  Process
Establish the brief with client
Stakeholder engagement meeting with School Community
Source and Establish a list of Potential Candidates
Advertising Campaign
Formal pre-screening interview
School based interviews
Reference check and social media checks
Successful Appointment


Hutton Consulting Australia led the recruitment of a new Business Manager for Kilbreda College. I was extremely happy with the recruitment process from start to finish and would certainly engage them again.  The breadth and quality of applicants that they sourced was most impressive and far greater than any number of advertisements would have attracted. Amanda took the time to develop an understanding of not only the role, but also the culture of the College and the type of Business Manager we were seeking.  As a result the candidates put forward to the panel for shortlisting were well suited to role not only in terms of their qualifications and experience but also their personal attributes. Hutton’s communication and organisational skills were excellent throughout.  The appointment made has been an excellent one for our College and would not have eventuated without Hutton’s leadership of the recruitment process.

Patricia A Cowling
Board Director - Siena College, Melbourne
Appointment of Principal

I can’t thank you enough for the wonderful way in which you have shepherded us through what has been a big task for us as Board at Siena in seeking our new Principal.  You have been so good to work with, so very thorough in your note-taking and in ensuring that the process was highly professional, considerate of all stakeholders (and angles), appreciative and respectful of all applicants,  and very much in tune with what was best for Siena.’

Deborah Negri
Chairperson - The Currajong School
Appointment of Principal

‘It was clear from the beginning that you had a solid understanding of our school and the type of Principal we required.  You were excellent throughout the whole recruitment process, with regular communication and updates, the presentation of candidates and the final panel interviews.  The quality of the short-listed candidates was of a very high standard, so it was a difficult decision.  Your guidance and support helped the Board choose an outstanding Principal.

We were very impressed with your professionalism and the outcome you achieved.  I would highly recommend you and your company to anyone requiring executive search and consultancy services.’

Melinda Izvekov
Chair - Crest Education, Victoria
Appointment of Executive Principal

We recently had the privilege of working with Fiona Hutton when needing to recruit our new Executive Principal, it is a daunting task and carries a heavy burden but after one meeting with Fiona we knew we were in the right hands. We can’t speak more highly of Fiona and her team, she is thoughtful and thorough, professional and has great knowledge and insight and is well respected in the education sector. You can trust Fiona with your school!

Linda Douglas
Principal- Ruyton Girls’ School, Melbourne
Appointment of Head of Junior School

Fiona’s involvement and leadership of the process from start to end has been most professional. Her attention to detail, flexibility in assisting with all parts of the process, care of the candidates, ability to listen and to distil the needs of the school are exemplary.

Fiona’s understanding of our particular educational context is deep and enables her to find the candidate of best fit. Fiona is unique in this space, providing detailed and personalised feedback to candidates as they progress through the process, offering suggestions for where they can improve future applications.

Her honesty is refreshing, and working closely with her I have observed her to be kind, generous, insightful and transparent.’

Director – Executive Search & Leadership Development
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Rob Sieben
Senior Education Consultant
Amanda Samson
Senior Education Consultant (VIC)