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(Original copy) Functional Roles

Functional Roles

Fish & Nankivell has an outstanding track record of helping clients to address their c-suite talent requirements to achieve their business objectives. Fish & Nankivell's unique structure, discretion and Partner expertise has allowed us to support and advise on many high profile appointments.  All of our Partners have had significant business careers prior to becoming a search consultant, and these skills and experiences add to the depth of knowledge and market insight into functional roles. 


Board & Chair

Fish & Nankivell established Boardroom Search as an operating division of the firm in 1987 to advise on the appointment of chairs and non-executive directors for both the commercial and not-for-profit sectors. The growing recognition that recruiting progressive board members from a diverse range of backgrounds, and with the ability to contribute both expertise in functional areas and effectiveness in governance, requires objective and constructive counsel from experienced consultants.

Fish & Nankivell have supported clients on many high profile chair and non-executive director appointments.  We provide a thoroughly customised process which pays particular attention to the Board’s current composition and future requirements to identify the skills and value of potential candidates, who fulfil your strategic needs and diversity objectives.


Chief executive officers

Working in close collaboration with boards we dedicate a significant amount of time to analysing the challenges and opportunities that are unique to your organisation and the role. While determining the skills, knowledge and competencies required, we explore, and when appropriate challenge client assumptions, offering new perspectives, insight and potentially alternative solutions and recommendations.

As leadership continues to evolve technical skills and strategic vision must be combined with cultural fit and a close connection to the emerging environment in which organisations operate within.


strategy & corporate development

  • CEO, Amaze
  • CEO, Catholic Social Services Australia
  • Board Directors, Red Cross Australia
  • Senior Adviser Disaster Risk Reduction, Save The Children
  • CEO, Hanover Welfare Services
  • CEO, Marymead Child and Family Centre
  • Senior Manager Fundraising, Brotherhood of St Laurence
  • Group General Manager Children and Family, Brotherhood of St Laurence
  • CEO, Kindergarten Parents Victoria
  • CEO, Mt. Buller & Mt. Stirling Alpine Resort Management Board


Cfo and financial roles

  • Chief Executive, Aboriginal Housing Office NSW 
  • Deputy Director General, Dept of Family & Community Services NSW
  • Commissioner, Public Service Commission NSW
  • CEO, ACT Chief Minister’s Department
  • CEO, ACT Dept of Education
  • GM Indigenous Housing, Qld Dept of Housing
  • CEO, Northern Territory Dept of Employment, Education & Training
  • Regional Directors and General Managers (five roles based in Darwin, Katherine, Tennant Creek and Gove), Northern Territory Dept of Employment, Education & Training
  • CEO, Victorian Funds Management Corporation
  • Executive Director Organisation Reviews, State Services Authority Victori

Human resources

  • Group Manager Network Capability, Australian Energy Market Operator Ltd
  • CEO, Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority
  • Marketing Director, Australian Conservation Foundation
  • Pricing & Risk Manager, Powerdirect
  • GM Human Resources, Alcan
  • Commercial Manager, Eastern Aluminium

marketing & sales

  • Principal, Scotch College, Adelaide
  • Principal, St Hilda’s Anglican School for Girls, Perth
  • Principal, St Michael’s Collegiate, Hobart
  • Principal, Oxley College, Bowral, NSW
  • Principal, Camberwell Girls’ Grammar, Melbourne
  • Principal, Scotch Oakburn College, Launceston


    legal,risk & compliance

    • CEO, Link Housing
    • CEO, NSW Federation of Housing Associations
    • MD, Becton Living
    • CEO, St George Community Housing 
    • CEO, Urban Communities Ltd

    digital & technology

    • National CEO, Royal Flying Doctor Service
    • CEO, Vision Australia
    • National Director of Mission, Calvary Health Care
    • GM Strategic Marketing, Multiple Sclerosis Australia
    • Executive General Manager Client Services, Royal District Nursing Service
    • CEO, Pharmacy Guild of Australia
    • CEO, Australian Health Services Alliance