leadership and executive search
across life sciences
and healthcare

Our vision is to elevate the quality of leaders within the healthcare and life sciences industries to accelerate executive careers and organizational performance.

Our story

Hunton Executive was founded by Vanessa Meikle in 2020 with a simple but important vision; to raise the standard of leadership across the global healthcare and life sciences industries.

After completing a degree in psychology and many years of building leadership teams for organisations, Vanessa understood that outstanding leadership is not about a job title, but qualities like influence, adaptability and capacity to inspire others.

She built Hunton Executive on the basis that extraordinary leadership comes from an ongoing cycle of hiring, developing and retaining the best talent. In this way, Hunton Executive is not just doing more, but redefining the standard of what leadership should look like.

Since then, Hunton Executive has built an exclusively senior team who span key areas of executive search, coaching, organisational psychology and organisational development. This team has decades of experience in regions including the US, Asia Pacific, Europe and the Middle East, as well as unrivalled industry networks.

Clients who work with Hunton Executive become long-term partners, and they see strong return on investment in terms of increased leadership capability and team performance.

How we work

Our approach to leadership development is designed to evolve your approach to hiring, developing and retaining leaders in a way that has a direct impact on your people, processes and performance.

We affect businesses on a profound level by working across the entire leadership ecosystem. We do this by offering a suite of inter-related services including high-quality leadership executive search, coaching and talent development, and organisational consulting.

We form partnerships that are long-term and strategic, beginning in advance of any individual transaction and continue well beyond.

This approach ensures clients are always thinking strategically about leadership, ultimately providing them greater ability to pivot in line with emerging changes and ability to deliver more for customers, patients and the organisation.

We’re bespoke, we’re high touch and we’re genuinely invested in getting the best outcomes for our clients.

Our values

We believe in the power of extraordinary leadership

We’re genuinely committed to improving leadership for our clients and our industry as a whole.

We facilitate meaningful connections

Our senior team maintains a deep and diverse range of relationships across the global healthcare ecosystem.

We favour partnerships over transactions

Real change comes from long-term strategy and commitment, and we will work with our clients as partners until the job is done.

Our team

Hunton Executive has an exclusively senior team who span key areas of executive search, coaching, and organisational development.

We have decades of experience in regions including the US, Asia Pacific, Europe and the Middle East, as well as unrivalled industry networks which we continually maintain.

We service clients globally from our Sydney and Hong Kong offices, and also have an extensive range of partners in various locations.

“Inspirational, Passionate, Driven and Enthusiastic. Just some of the words I would use to sum up my experience with the Hunton Executive Team. Working with Vanessa Meikle and her team has been a truly positive experience.”

Executive Director, Australia


Vanessa Meikle

Every day I identify, transform, and connect extraordinary senior and executive talent to global job opportunities within life science and healthcare, accelerating executive careers and organizational performance. I proudly have a relentless commitment to deliver the best outcomes for leaders and organizations.

I have dedicated my career to the success of the workforce and have enjoyed over 2 decades attracting, recruiting, and retaining talent for start-up and scale-up companies, small to medium enterprises, through to multinational organizations within the healthcare, digital health, medical technology, biotechnology, and pharmaceutical industries.

For over 20 years, I have been partnering with employers, executives, and professionals. I have coached people throughout their careers, helping them to unearth their potential and get access to the jobs that have advanced their executive careers. I have consulted with organizations as they pivot and scale, helping them to attract, recruit, and retain the high-quality leadership talent that have accelerated their organizational performance and competitive advantage.

I am a personnel problem-solver, head-hunter, and confidante to the aspiring. I take pride in identifying and unearthing ability, commitment, and entrepreneurial souls. And I’m known for generously giving advice and connecting candidates with organizations, even when they’re not clients. Because I believe that when you do the right thing, the return will come.

My extensive qualifications in psychology, organizational coaching, and professional career coaching give me the foundations to unearth the potential in people and leadership performance. And it’s all backed up by a bundle of passion and tenacity. I love to help, and won’t stop until the job is done.