Tier One People build world-class Fintech companies.

Executive search and advisory solutions to launch, scale and innovate.


Trusted by world-class Fintech companies.

About Tier One People.

Founded in 2016 by Dexter Cousins, Tier One People is the recommended Executive Search partner by industry body, FinTech Australia.

We’re behind over one hundred and fifty successful leadership hires with 50 plus (and counting) Fintech companies.

Tier One People – Partners to world-class Fintech innovators.

Who we help.


International Fintech launching in Australia.

Country Manager

Managing Director

Leadership Teams

Business Development


Australian Fintech Series B+ Hyper-scaling.


Board and NED

General Management


Banks and Big Tech building Fintech ventures.



Executive Management in product and technology

World-leading Fintech, Revolut partners with Tier One People to launch in Australia.

Trade ledger

Australia Country CEO 

Search completed in 3 months


Revolut is one of the world’s fastest-growing Fintech. Currently valued at US $33bn and with a recent capital raise of US800m.

In the last year, Revolut has grown to 2100 staff and 16m customers.

As the first country outside of Europe for Revolut, the Australian CEO appointment was deemed mission-critical.

The briefing process involved multiple stakeholders, including Australian regulators.

The profile required was unique –  a banker who could launch a tech startup in Australia and meet regulatory guidelines for licensing.

Tier One People delivered a diverse shortlist within two weeks.

Multiple stakeholders in different time zones, a new board and new investors could have made the process highly complex.

With Tier One People embedded into the Revolut Recruitment team, the process ran smoothly.

As the process progressed to the offer stage we supported Revolut in the remuneration and ESOP package, identifying potential challenges in tax laws.

18 months on and Matt Baxby is now acting as Global CEO for Revolut.

Listen to Matt talk about his experience on Fintech Chatter podcast.

Hire world-class talent in the next 30 days.

Tier One People completes 80% of searches within 30 business days. How do we deliver so fast?

We’ve designed a hiring process geared for high-growth Fintech. Our network of world-class Fintech talent is unmatched, giving you access to the right people when you need them.



We invest the time to truly understand your business and goals

In-depth consultation sets the platform for hiring success

First Principles and Design Thinking workshops to determine the challenges, goals and results of the role

Interviews with stakeholders to understand company culture, values and dynamics


A data-driven approach to hiring leadership 

Studies on 50+ high-growth Fintech

Insights from over 300 Fintech leader interviews

Sophisticated marketing strategies attract the best talent

A range of cost-effective solutions to help you scale

An initial consultation can save $1000's in hiring costs



A premium service at an affordable price

Role profiling, support with salaries, ESOP plans and team structures

Podcast interview - showcase your business to over 20,000 Fintech professionals

Fintech talent market mapping. Access to a global network

Shortlist in two weeks, hire in six weeks

Offer negotiation, background checks and references

Tier One People delivers outstanding talent.


  • Chief Technology Officer
  • Chief Digital Officer
  • Chief Information Officer
  • Head of Engineering
  • Head of Architecture


  • Chief Growth Officer
  • Chief Marketing Officer
  • Chief Revenue Officer
  • Sales Director
  • Head of Roles


  • CEO
  • Board Advisor/NED
  • Country Manager
  • Managing Director


  • Chief Risk Officer
  • Chief Operations Officer
  • Chief Financial Officer
  • Head Of Roles
  • Retention rates 98% 98%
  • Offers accepted 99% 99%
  • Female hires 41% 41%
  • Briefs delivered within 30 business days 80% 80%


Over 150 hires with 50 plus Fintech companies since 2016.

The people behind Tier One People.

Joanne Cousins

Joanne Cousins


Joanne runs Tier One People operations, events, media and partnerships.

Her 15 years in recruitment and time spent at professional services firm Ernst and Young makes Tier One People tick.

Dexter Cousins

Dexter Cousins

Managing Director

Dexter heads up executive search and advisory.

Recognised globally as a thought leader in Fintech and all things talent, Dexter is also host of the FinTech Chatter Podcast.

“As a family-run business our principles of trust, fairness, doing the right thing and having fun extend to the Fintech community.”

Tier One People Fintech Executive Search
David Washbrook Look Who's Charging

David Washbrook, Co-Founder. Look Who’s Charging.

” We started working with Dexter in 2018, just as LWC was gaining traction with the Big 4 banks.

Initially, we approached Tier One People to help with hiring but quickly realised where Dexter could help us most was through regular guidance and advice.

Each time we approached Dexter with a brief, he really challenged us on the end game and whether the hire was mission-critical.

We saved thousands on recruiter fees and over $300,000 on salaries. And we avoided a lot of potential headaches in the business.

We made a successful exit from LWC in mid-2019, with Dexter providing us with guidance on the market and if the timing was right.

Dexter’s professionalism and expertise in Fintech is unmatched and we can highly recommend his services. “


Get better results from your hiring.


Of briefs finished in 30 days


Success in retention of hires

Get in touch with Tier One People

We operate as a Remote First business serving clients in Australia, Asia, Europe and North America. Please use the form to contact us and we'll get back to you within 24 hours.

If you do need to send us anything by snail mail our address:

3 The Park Chase, Valentine, NSW 2280, Australia.