Fish & Nankivell

Practice Groups

Practice Groups

Practice Groups

Through the thorough application of our research expertise, we are able to successfully conclude assignments in a broad range of industry sectors. In addition, we have areas of specialisation which have emerged from winning repeat or referred business in a particular industry sector or functional role. Examples of our areas of special expertise are:


Fish & Nankivell has been the executive search firm behind many high profile appointments across Australia’s Public and Not for Profit sector. Our experience, insight and resources are maximised to craft the most effective search strategies and we have Partners dedicated to the sector.  Boards and senior executives operate in a highly complex and increasingly competitive environment. Many organisations are facing unprecedented change, grappling with the need for greater innovation; and the challenge of securing premier executive and non-executive talent has never been greater. 

  • Arts & culture
  • Charities, foundations & non-government organisations
  • Government & public sector
  • Social housing
  • Associations & professional membership bodies
  • Sport

Energy, resources & infrastructure

Fish & Nankivell works with a broad range of regional energy companies. Roles have included CEO, CIO and CFO, board members and a wide variety of key strategic managerial roles in energy, distribution, services, regulation and the market operator.

Australia, like other countries, is seeing incredible transformation of the business models and capabilities of the energy market companies. The continuing evolution of the generation mix, investment strategies, maintenance and capex delivery and the risks facing the industry, means that our understanding of the industry and its strategic challenges is critical to appointing the best candidates for critical roles. Sectors include:

  • Energy & renewables
  • Electricity, gas, water
  • Customer facing utilities
  • Transmission and distribution
  • Engineering & services
  • Transport 

Financial services

Our financial services specialists have recruited executives at every level and across all functions within the industry globally, including CEOs, COOs, CIOs, and non-executive directors. Our Partners have worked with financial institutions of all sizes through the ups and downs of the economic cycles over many decades to meet their executive resourcing needs.

  • Asset management and alternative investments
  • Capital markets and investment banking
  • Corporate banking
  • Private wealth management
  • Insurance
  • Strategy & risk

Professional services

Fish & Nankivell has long-standing relationships with many of the top global and Australian based professional services firms including management consultancies, technology systems integrators and outsourcing services companies. We have assisted expansion strategies, identified practice leaders and built specialised industry teams throughout Australia. Additionally, Fish & Nankivell has broad experience in tax, audit, accounting and law.

  • Management consultancy
  • Accounting & law firms
  • Technology & engineering services
  • Construction services
  • Facilities management
  • HR and corporate services


Fish & Nankivell specialises in school education and has appointed Principals of major independent schools, Principals of some specialist state-run schools, the Director General/Secretary/CEO of most Australian state education departments, and CEOs of a number of education bodies such as the Association of Independent Schools of South Australia and the National Catholic Education Commission.

We have a deep understanding of education, and in particular faith-based institutions and boarding environments including university residential colleges. We understand that independent schools must provide first-class service in academic and pastoral matters and in curriculum and the co-curriculum programs, but that they are also businesses which require sound stewardship in order to be sustainable. We understand the unique role of independent schools in their communities, and specialise in finding Principals who are the right fit for those communities. With an exceptional national and international network, unrivalled depth of knowledge of the sector, and a methodology which ensures the process is thorough, respectful and empathetic, our reputation is second to none. We are the firm of choice for independent schools in Australia, and are immensely proud to have been associated with many outstanding schools (co-ed and single-sex) over the past 10 years.

  • Principals and Deputy Principals
  • Heads of sub-schools and campuses
  • Directors of curriculum / teaching and learning
  • Chief Executive Officers
  • Secretaries and Deputy Secretaries of state/territory departments of education

Consumer, retail & Luxury goods

Fish & Nankivell has a long history of working with iconic Australian brands along with global companies and household names. The consumer industry in particular has been impacted by digital transformation, and the speed with which organisations have had to respond to the demands of this highly competitive market and this has had a considerable impact on leadership. 

  • Entertainment and sport
  • Gaming and media
  • Retail and luxury goods
  • Consumer durables
  • Fast moving consumer goods

HealthCare & life sciences

Our Life Sciences and Biotechnology practice benefits from the wide knowledge and insight of the partners and associates in Europe, America and Asia. Our expertise extends beyond the pharmaceuticals market to also include medical devices, diagnostics and generics, as well as OTC and specialised service providers.

  • Medical research institutes
  • Hospitals
  • Allied health services
  • Health insurance
  • Pharmaceutical
  • Biotechnology and medical device companies