Case Study: A Purposefully Future-Fit Ecosystem of Educational Excellence - Future Leadership

Case Study: A Purposefully Future-Fit Ecosystem of Excellence

The Brief

CREST Education is a rapidly growing educational ecosystem catering for 2200 students from ELC – Year 12. Their dynamic ecosystem includes Rivercrest Christian College, Hillcrest Christian College, an Equestrian Centre and Environmental Reserve at Clyde North. A Senior Learning Precinct which will offer VCE, IB Diploma and VCAT pathways will open in 2024.

The Executive Principal and Board of CREST Education recognised it was at a critical point in its growth journey to achieve its Principal purpose as a Christian school of Excellence.

It sought to partner with Future Leadership to help deliver:

    • A future ready leadership structure and composition for its mature model of CREST Education.
    • Determine the top six future capabilities for CREST to support any future key appointments required.
    • Determine the opportunities for growth to support the current leaders in the future.

A Comprehensive Leadership Structure Review & Roadmap for the Future

The CLA team in conjunction with Jenny Ethell, Education Advisor for Fisher Leadership commenced a comprehensive leadership structure review process consisting of:

      • Briefings and opportunities to understand current state and emerging conditions, and future capabilities required
      • Review of relevant materials and research in relation to current and future strategy and structures
      • Workshops with the current school leadership team to understand blockages, opportunities and future capabilities including completing EL Assessments to understand current capabilities and opportunities for future growth as well as team capability
      • Creation and exploration of possible future organisational and leadership structures and associated benefits, risks, opportunities and transition plans.
      • Development of future Capability Matrix and mapping this to leadership roles and capabilities required for future talent acquisition

The final report was presented to the CREST Executive Principal and Board for discussion and finalisation. The recommended structure and capability matrix for future appointments was adopted, and upon finalisation, leadership roles were defined and position descriptions were created for each.


“Our sincere thanks for the exceptional work you have done, Jenny and Lisa. Your ability to grasp so much so quickly has been hugely impressive – you ‘got us’ very quickly as demonstrated by the accuracy of your recommendations.“
Brendan Kelly


Ongoing Transformational Partnership

CREST’s transition to its future-ready leadership structure is now underway. Gig Executive were immediately engaged to assist with the urgent appointment of an Interim Head of People, Strategy and Culture. The school board and Principal sought an individual experienced in navigating transformative and cultural shifts, capable of providing both operational and strategic HR advice.

The Gig Executive team sprung into action and quickly produced an assessed short list of candidates with proven success in people and culture roles specialising in strategy and risk management, and culturally aligned to the values of CREST Education. The selected Gig Executive had recently concluded an interim assignment at a prominent boys’ school and brought over two decades of experience spanning professional services, local governance, and independent educational institutions. This wealth of expertise equipped them to strategically advise on people-focused strategies, ensuring operational effectiveness during a crucial phase.

The Gig Executive commenced within three weeks of the client briefing and is presently engaged for an initial six-month tenure. Their impact on the organisation has been immediate and impressive. Fisher Leadership is now assisting with some key leadership appointments, and the CLA team continues to support the transition process. We look forward to updating this case study throughout our ongoing partnership.

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