Serious experience, different thinking, & high level people.

Tap into C-Suite expertise to achieve the business outcomes of your dreams. Smarter & Faster.


Why are we called FifthEagle?

We want to do more. We want our clients to be more. We want our community to deliver more.

Let’s break it down some more.

It’s our desire to provide more than just advice like the Big 4 – which is why we have ‘Fifth’ in our name. More than words and documents. We deliver outcomes – something real and tangible.

It’s also our mantra to take a holistic view on a business’s complete operation, with an ‘eagle’ eye. Not just looking at individual parts of a business, but the entire entity, and then delivering affordable and meaningful counsel married with practical execution strategies.

Strategies that actually make a real difference to your bottom line.

There you have it. FifthEagle.

We cover the full spectrum of business advisory, including strategy, planning, finance, human resources, mentoring, raising funds – all creating a pathway for positive operational outcomes, and a clear pathway for success.

How do we do this?

FifthEagle delivers real world advice and strategy borne from experience, and proven results through a three-part ideal:

To provide superior outcomes for the distinct communities driving business today, which are clients, professionals and suppliers.

Our purpose is to harness the potential of each to achieve their collective goals.

These three communities are not mutually exclusive, which is why we invest in each and build trusted relationships, referring only for outcomes.

We fit in with you, adapting to your organisation’s unique requirements, with a solution that is specifically tailored to you.

That could be overseeing a short-term project, or partnering with a client for the longer term to ensure every aspect of their business is running at optimal performance. Our point of difference is the combination of talent and technology we have at our disposal through our trusted professional and supplier communities.

Our team of professional leaders work with businesses to tackle their challenges head-on, while proactively identifying the navigation and decision-making required for tomorrow.

We are the next generation of business advisory, taking action, and getting the job done.

  • We give clients a new way to access the strategy and talent to achieve their goals. We will not charge, then walk away.
  • We give KEY suppliers a network of trusted advisors to test and implement their solutions.
  • We provide a place for professionals to leverage their skills and work with peers. We won’t limit opportunities or pigeon hole individuals.


Our team is committed, genuine and ready to take precise action to get results for our clients.

We’re ready to roll up our sleeves and do whatever it takes to get the job done.

Here’s why. We’ve done it before.

Our Consultants have the demonstrated experience and track record of success to provide winning solutions and strategies irrespective of the complexity of the problem, or the scale of the project … we’ve been there.

Our team works in a positive and collaborative capacity to deliver the right advice and support at the right stage of your business, working for you, and alongside you, every step of the way.

We understand the importance of trust and principled professionalism in all partnerships, and uphold FifthEagle’s core values of Honesty, Simplicity, and Commitment at every engagement.

To find out how your business could benefit from one of our many FifthEagle professionals contact one of our leadership team members below.


Andrew is the founder and Managing Partner of Fifth Eagle Australia.

Andrew has a passion to assist people achieve their goals. With 20 + years’ experience working with Australian and foreign owned entities as a strategic, operationally focused CFO and more recently as the Managing Director (Australia) of an International CFO Services business.

Andrew’s desire to get out from behind the desk and understand what makes businesses successful lead him to a successful career as a CFO and ultimately drew him into consulting. Andrew understands the business landscape for clients and professionals is evolving and was the core to establishing a firm where clients and professionals can mutually achieve their goals.

Andrew is an avid surfer and loves the ocean. If time permits you will find him at the beach with his kids or out the back searching for the next wave.

Stephen is a Fellow of the Australian institute of Company Directors and a Fellow Certified Practicing Accountant, an Adjunct Professor at the University of Queensland in the IT and Electrical Engineering School and previously in the Business School.

He has played a pivotal role as mentor, investor, advisor, and director to a portfolio of businesses, assisting them with their growth and succession planning.

He is a Director of Leaders International, and a member of the Queensland Leaders Advisory Board.

He has also held many non-executive board roles within the manufacturing, education, Government and not for profit sectors.

His professional career spans numerous industry sectors, including finance, insurance, investment banking, technology, media and creative industries. His activities have included the successful management of finance operations for multi-national corporations, plus he has brokered significant dollar international acquisitions and divestments, and built start-ups from inception through to trade sale and to ASX listing.

David has such broad and deep experience across numerous industries at the senior executive level, he is not only a financial management professional but understands business processes, systems and human requirements across most business functions. His understanding of business needs across all business functions places him in a unique position in providing greater value that is usually expected.
With over 28+ years’ experience in a variety of industries, business sizes and structures, David has genuine knowledge, care and interest in delivering on the needs of the business, the owners, and those working within it. He continually succeeds in driving practical commercial outcomes and assisting with improved business performance.

“Jumping headfirst into the consulting world was a real eye opener.
Being able to provide assistance almost immediately and help businesses achieve their goals and navigate challenges was so refreshing”.


Gillian Smith
Gillian is a Life & Leadership Coach, HR Consultant & Facilitator. Her passion is to inspire, develop & influence leaders to lead with their heart & their head in equal measure; and create safe, innovative & creative places to work. Overall encouraging cultures of connection and sustainability, where everyone feels seen, heard, and understood.
Gillian is a commercial HR professional with over 20 years’ experience working in Engineering, Software, Construction and Professional Services industries with FTSE 100, ASX listed and privately owned companies across UK, Ireland, Europe, US, Australia, and New Zealand, including ABB, Ventyx, Shepherd Group and Hays Specialist Recruitment.
Gillian holds a BA Business Administration from University of Wolverhampton, a PG Dip Human Resource Management from Thames Valley University and is a ICF Member (International Coaching Federation).
Mark has over 20 years experience across multiple technology leadership roles throughout a number of industries.
From building data centres, and running call centres for the hospitality and insurance industries, to managing multi-million
dollar tech budgets in the industrial and mining sector. His involvement in numerous mergers and acquisitions, working closely with executive stakeholders, and managing teams of highly diverse individuals, has helped Mark refine what it means to make technology a true enabler of business success.
Along with Tertiary Qualifications in IT, and various technical qualifications, Mark also holds certifications in Business Management, and Behavioural Economics, and is an avid property investor, and self-confessed “student of life”. When not working, you’ll find him on the bay with his wife and two young kids, or sneaking a midnight gym session accompanied by a good audiobook.
Adrian is a passionate business sustainability professional, with more than 20 years of activity in the field. He is focused on guiding organisations towards maximising the return on their sustainability spend and on future proofing their business. Prior to this, Adrian worked in energy, operations and technical leadership roles in the heavy industry in Australia and Eastern Europe.
Starting with an engineering degree, his passion for sustainability led him to a PhD in corporate sustainability. He practically applied this knowledge in the industry, publishing sustainability reports, helping release lower carbon footprint products, significantly reducing emissions and fossil fuel consumption, implementing environmental performance improvement strategies and so on.
Further to Adrian’s extensive qualifications, most recently, he completed business sustainability programs with the business schools of Cambridge, Oxford, Yale and MIT, on topics such as sustainability strategies, circular economy, leading sustainable corporations and sustainable finance.
Craig Larsen leads FifthEagle’s Projects and Consulting Practice across Australia, bringing over 20 years consulting and financial services experience in Australia, United States and United Kingdom to the team.

He has worked for some of the top multi-nationals including General Motors – Finance, JPMorgan and Deloitte. Craig holds a Master of Business Administration and specialises in corporate and operational strategy along with organisational reviews.

Craig has a passion for not-for-profits and has recently completed a nine-month contract as the Chief Transformation Officer for a leading aged care provider. In addition, he has led complex consulting engagements in both public and private sector clients.

Craig is a keen boatie, loves camping and chasing his kids and dogs around parks.

Matthew Busby
Matthew Busby
Matthew provides FifthEagle clients with smart, practical solutions to their legal requirements across a broad range of disciplines. He creates a solid platform to work in partnership with businesses supporting both corporate and personal goals.

More broadly, Matthew has experience in business start-ups, complex property transactions, contracts, expansion efforts, business dissolution or unwinding, restructuring and estate planning as well as general questions arising from day-to-day operational activities.

Matthew takes the time to understand what matters to his clients and delivers tailored services that meets those needs. Working in collaboration with his colleagues at FifthEagle, Matthew provides cohesive guidance based on the individual and unique circumstances of each business.

Michael Cook
Michael Cook
Michael believes that cultivating long-term relationships with his clients and colleagues elevates the working environment, creating that spark of excitement that drives passion and innovation. Michael is a seasoned leader who thrives on challenge, with over 35 years of experience leading large-scale, complex organisations and, more recently, undertaking consultancy engagements for both large and small clients.

Michael is well-known for his ability to assimilate and analyse large amounts of complex information and conceptualise this into strategies, people development skills, and leadership abilities. Michael is passionate about forming and nurturing effective business relationships and assisting them to flourish. Michael excels at managing delicate environments to enable clients to achieve their business objectives.