Fish & Nankivell

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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:

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 in which organisations have had to respond to the demands of this highly competitive market has had a considerable impact on leadership. 

  • Entertainment and Sport
  • Gaming and Media
  • Retail and Luxury goods
  • Consumer Durables 
  • Fast Moving Consumer Goods

Energy, resources & infrastructure

Fish & Nankivell works with the breadth 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 placing the best candidates for critical roles. Sectors include:

  • Energy & Renewables
  • Electricity, Gas, Water
  • Customer facing utilities
  • Transmission and distribution
  • Engineering & Services
  • Transport 

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 developed 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 Staff Services

Financial services

Our financial services specialists have recruited executives at every level and across all functions within the industry globally, including CEOs, COOs, CIOs, other board members and non-executive directors. Our Partners have worked with financial institutions of all sizes through the ups and downs of the economic cycle 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



Fish & Nankivell has represented government education departments, schools and universities, excelling at finding the ideal fit for each educational institution.

We are immensely proud to have been associated with many outstanding schools (co-ed and single-sex), Chairs and Principals over the past few years. Fish and Nankivell is the pre-eminent executive search firm in this field and recognise that successful appointments are very much the result of the strong collaboration between the selection committees and consultants.

With an exceptional national and international network, our depth of knowledge of the sector, and a methodology which ensures the process is thorough, respectful and empathetic, our experience is second to none. We find candidates who are an exact match with the profile you have in mind for your Head – whether this be a leading-edge thinker about pedagogy, a strongly relational person who can market your school effectively, an excellent organisation manager, etc.

  • Principals
  • Heads and Deputy Heads of Schools
  • Directors of Development or Alumni Relations
  • Chief Executives Officers
  • Secretaries and Deputy Secretaries Departments of Education 

public & not for profit

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 challenges 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

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.

For healthcare providers in Australia there has been a significant growth and increased competition in both the private and not for profit sector. Organisations need to be responsive, creative and flexible to deliver great outcomes in this emerging and dynamic market place. Aged care and disability are leading the way in reshaping the sector; individualised funding models and greater customer engagement have created increasing expectations often in environments where there are considerable fiscal challenges. Strategy, innovation and commercial acumen are key leadership qualities in this transforming sector.  

  • Medical Research Institutes
  • Hospitals
  • Aged Care and Disability
  • Allied Health Services
  • Health Insurance
  • Pharmaceutical
  • Biotechnology and Medical Device companies