About Us

Lawford Robinson is an Australian boutique executive search firm specialising in alternative investments, corporate strategy & development and high growth startups.

We were founded in 2013 and have an entrepreneurial approach that partners with forward-thinking companies to find and recruit the best and brightest from the smartest associates to the most extraordinary leaders.

We have successfully placed great people with respected private equity firms and their portfolio companies, venture capital, Australian and global corporates and growth focused companies.

With 25+ years of experience, we have long-term but constantly evolving networks and relationships that allow us to identify highly talented people. We have an approach that is honest, thorough, open and inclusive with unparalleled customer service.

We love what we do and create and nurture innovative, long-term partnerships, offering specialised services that make a real difference to the success of your business. Our placements are long-term and we are proud to have a 100% retention rate over the course of over six years.


Alternative Investments

  • Private Equity
  • Portfolio Company Services
  • Growth Equity and Venture Capital
  • Infrastructure & Renewables

We find brilliant people for private equity, venture capital and alternative asset investors and have successfully placed talent from associate to executive level.

We have an established client base in the Australian market and work with leading buy-out companies as well as smaller developing venture capital businesses.

In addition, private equity clients partner with us for specialist portfolio company recruitment support. We have successfully placed key members of leadership teams to execute the investment strategy.

High Growth

  • C-suite
  • Head of Partnerships
  • Chief of Staff
  • General Manager
  • Strategy & Operations

We love to helping small businesses grow! We deliver a specialist service designed to match the requirements of start-ups and high-growth companies. We get to know you and your business, as we recognise how important your unique culture and team really is. We then provide you with highly intelligent, passionate and talented professionals that accelerate your growth.

Our team works closely with the founders and leaders of start-ups and high growth businesses, who are often backed by venture capital or growth equity.

Our clients are generally looking for great talent in their C-suite (CFO, CTO, COO), corporate development, strategy and operations.

The great people we align with your business come from start-ups, leading corporates, investment banking, management consulting, private equity and venture capital.

Strategy & Corporate Development

  • Corporate Strategy
  • Corporate Development/M&A
  • Commercial
  • General Management

Lawford Robinson successfully place strategy and corporate finance experts into industry on a permanent or interim basis. We have a track-record working across a diverse range of sectors, including TMT, financial services, consumer, retail, energy and industrials, working with a mix of listed and private equity backed businesses.

We find the brightest people from investment banking, management consulting or leading corporates and place them into various functions, including

Our Team

Vanessa Robinson

Vanessa Robinson

Founder and Managing Director

Vanessa is an executive search professional and the founding director of Lawford Robinson Consulting. She has 13+ years’ experience in the recruitment industry and has managed high performing teams in the UK and Australia wide.
Vanessa’s recruitment expertise includes executive search, private equity and portfolio company placements, venture capital, strategy & corporate development and growth companies.
Vanessa holds a Bachelor of Science (Exercise and Health Sciences) from the University of Western Australian and is a certified Hogan Personality Assessment Practitioner.

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Anna Pearson

Anna Pearson


Anna brings over 13 years’ executive search experience and has worked both in-house and as an external service provider. Anna’s areas of expertise includes executive search, strategy & corporate development and start-ups.
Anna’s relationship building is based on mutual trust and commitment which enables her to provide services of the highest levels. She prides herself on achieving goals in a professional and ethical manner.
Anna graduated from the University of Leeds with an Honours degree in History & Politics.

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Linda Dextor

Linda Dextor

Researcher & Executive Assistant

Linda joined the team in 2017 and assists with seamless candidate management, research and operational activities for Lawford Robinson. Linda has exceptional attention to detail and is truly passionate about the business and all clients we work with.

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