What We Do
Chairs of Boards / Treasurers / Trustees / Council Members / Non-Executive Directors.
Chief Executives / Executive Directors / Specialist Management.
Senior and Specialist Fundraisers / Development Directors / Heads of Income streams.
Charities / Not-for-Profits / Membership Bodies / Educational Bodies.
Students’ Unions / Students’ Associations (England, Scotland and Wales).
Sport / Physical Activity / National Governing Bodies / Professional Clubs / Wider Sporting Organisations
Board reviews and Board development projects aimed at improving board performance through better working practices, developing positive behaviours and promoting higher accountability.
Meet The Team
Grant has worked in recruitment since 1999 mainly for not-for-profit organisations. He has undertaken a significant number of Executive, Trustee and Non-Executive appointments across a range of sectors, from small charities to major Universities. As MD, Grant has a varied role, although most of his time is still spent recruiting and delivering board development services. Grant has eight years’ experience as charity Trustee; although in 2017 he is taking a break from Trustee duties to focus on achieving his black belt in karate and developing his coaching skills in athletics.
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Director of Not-for-Profit Practice
With over 15 years executive search experience within the private, public and not for profit sectors Philippa has extensive experience in recruiting leadership roles for diverse organisations and an understanding of the transferability of experience across sectors. She leads much of the work for our Student Union clients and particularly enjoys supporting charities attract diverse talent for their boards.
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Director of Fundraising Appointments
Simon leads our fundraising recruitment offering, delivering key roles for major national and international charities including Directors of Fundraising for Carers Trust, Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, Mencap, Action for Children, Right to Play and Raleigh International. He has supported The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity to recruit an Associate Director, Philanthropy to deliver a £50m capital appeal, as well as working with start-up charities including The Felix Project to build fundraising infrastructure and capacity. He’s passionate about increasing the numbers of professional fundraisers on Trustee Boards, and has worked extensively with Chairs and CEOs to attract first time Trustees with expertise in income generation.
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Director of Research
She has over 25 years’ experience leading research to identify and deliver outstanding candidates for executive and board level appointments for clients across private, public and not for profit sectors. With a particular expertise in attracting candidates from the private sector, especially to board and trustee positions, she uses the most current research skills and techniques, to ensure we always deliver a bespoke, thorough and highly professional service.
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Julie has more than 20 years’ experience in executive search working with leaders in international organisations, from blue-chip multi-nationals, founder-led companies to private equity backed businesses. She began her career firstly as a Researcher then Consultant and more recently as Head of Research. With her extensive experience, Julie brings to Peridot her expertise in working with dynamic organisational cultures, diversity in assignments, delivering cross-function, and border searches and attracting top talent at Board and Executive level across private, public and not-for-profit sectors.
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Emma has worked in executive search since 2007, recruiting in the not for profit and public sectors. She has recruited Chairs, Trustees, Chief Executives and Directors in charities, social enterprises, education and central government – spanning a wide range of causes, functions and organisational scale. Emma focuses on recruitment in not-for-profit organisations, and has considerable experience in recruiting to Students’ Unions and finding cross-sector talent for charities of all sizes.
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James has specialised in senior executive search for over 10 years, working with both international recruitment consultancies and niche specialists. James leads predominantly on executive appointments in the higher education and professional membership sectors, and he specialises more broadly on recruiting senior marketing, communications, membership, fundraising and alumni professionals.
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Associate Business Manager
Bill is incredibly passionate about the student movement and his experience includes two years as a Sabbatical Officer and Trustee at a small and specialist Students’ Association. As an Officer, Bill worked on an NUS diagnostic and turnaround, the recruitment for a new trustee board and CEO as well as the delivery of Abertay’s first ever TEDx conference. Bill’s other roles have included being an Activities Co-ordinator at Salford SU and a member of NUS Scotland’s Procedural Committee. He will be using all of his knowledge and experience to recruit for positions within Students’ Unions.
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Drew has 10 years’ experience working in FE & HE student support services, redesigning services based on student need and overseeing change management, most recently as Assistant Principal in an East Midlands college. Drew is an advocate of young people and education, volunteering as Vice Chair on a youth charity board and as Governor at two schools, local to his home in Leicestershire.
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Business Manager, Fundraising Appointments
Annie has 4 years’ fundraising recruitment experience within the not for profit sector, recruiting mid to senior level fundraisers, Directors and CEOs across national and international charities including Age UK, VSO, Teenage Cancer Trust, Bloodwise and The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. During this time, she has developed her knowledge as well as an extensive network of contacts within the sector, working across all income streams. Annie is passionate about her excellent relationships, giving a tailored and professional approach to individuals and organisations alike. She works closely with Simon Callaghan to build our fundraising practice across the not for profit sector.
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Researcher, Database & Admin Support
Oli joined Peridot in the summer of 2015 following 4 years in Surrey studying Maths and Computing, which included a year at Allianz as a Project Management Officer. Oli helps to manage all of our recruitment projects, which means that he plays a huge role in ensuring that our customer service to clients and candidates is of the highest standard. Oli is also a technology whizz and his insights ensure that Peridot operates at the edge of modern business practice!
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Researcher, Database & Admin Support
Alice joined Peridot in early 2016 having previously worked as an administrator for a company running clinical trials. She has joined the team to help support and manage administration and our recruitment process and projects. Having gained an MA in Medieval Studies from York, Alice is now transferring her research skills to executive search and identifying and reaching out to find the perfect candidates for our clients.
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Researcher, Database & Admin Support
Oscar joined Peridot at the start of 2017 after studying International Trade and Operations Management at Plymouth University. He brings experience of working in customer service and administration roles within the leisure, retail and charity sectors and therefore brings a keen eye for high standards of service delivery. As a member of our support team, Oscar provides new and innovative research across sectors, organisations and people to enable us to cover every avenue in the quest to find the best candidates for each client opportunity.
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I was extremely impressed with the service and support I received from Drew at Peridot during my recruitment process. He was supportive and interested in me as a person, and really listened to my questions about the role, right from the start. I felt I could speak with him very openly and honestly, and that we were on the same wavelength. 'Professional personable and passionate about improving life chances through education' is how I would describe Drew. It is rare to find a recruitment consultant who is truly passionate about the sector they are working in, but Drew genuinely is; and he gave me increased confidence that this was the right role for me.
The handling of the search/recruitment thereafter was exemplary… and 1 month into the role, I am enjoying the developing challenge and would definitely consider Peridot Partners for future searches of this type
…the experience of working with Peridot, as it was previously, was excellent and well worth every penny. I am so pleased with the result and without you I’m certain we would not have the right person to lead Learning through Landscapes forward.
Peridot Partners have been an excellent partner to work with in our search for new Governors to join the Coventry University board. Their search resulted in a high calibre of individuals from diverse backgrounds being shortlisted and interviewed for selection. As a result we have successfully filled all of our existing vacancies and more. In addition, I have received a number of positive comments from candidates about their positive experiences working with Grant and his team.
Peridot did an excellent job all round and found us a rich and diverse field to choose from. They handled the process very professionally and communicated well with candidates throughout the process. As a result we have appointed excellent new Trustees and also found other support from within the field which we can turn to for individual pieces of advice and support.
They are also good Value for Money given the amount of time they have us face to face and in conference calls.
The team at Peridot felt very much an extension of our organisation. They grasped the brief quickly and made the process feel effortless. We fully endorse the work they have done.
Right from the outset everyone I came into contact with at Peridot Partners was really professional, helpful and supportive. The quality of information provided about the role, knowledge and understanding of the role and organisation and efficiency in terms of admin and communications was exceptional. It really made the whole experience of finding a new job much more enjoyable, when it can often be quite stressful. Thank you very much.
Emma, thank you for your support, advice and assistance during the recent recruitment process. I found the process hugely beneficial mostly thanks to working with you and the time you took to provide information and feedback both during and after the process. The experience has crystallised my thinking on my future. Once again I really appreciated the opportunity to work with, and learn from, you. I have definitely experienced the Peridot difference and it has been very refreshing indeed.
A massive thank you to Emma and Liz for all their efforts in finding us our new CEO. Emma was a joy to work with, taking calls on her days off and responding to emails out of work hours. The search process was extremely thorough and I would certainly be using Peridot again.
I’d just like to thank you for the amazing selection of candidates and the work you have put in. Without you we would not have made such a great appointment!
I'd like to thank you for an excellent couple of days and the previous Board report. It has motivated and inspired the Trustees more than I hoped. The feedback has been of universal enjoyment and motivation. In the afternoon the Trustees agreed changes to Board behaviour and a new draft vision and mission. The challenge will be to develop and keep the momentum. It's a good challenge. Thanks again. It has been one of those rare real and genuine good projects.
I really enjoyed working with Grant and the team at Peridot Partners throughout my recruitment process. They were professional and personable and had a great understanding of the role they were recruiting for and the type of person they were looking for. This made applying and interviewing much easier and put me at ease from the start. Their process was rigorous yet fair and Grant was very encouraging throughout and offered good feedback and constructive criticism. In the end I firmly believe that the role is a perfect fit for my skill set and much of that is down to Grant initially seeing something and encouraging me to apply.
I have to say throughout the recruitment process you have been and absolute delight to deal with. So many recruiters seem to forgo the customer service aspect for the candidate, and it's great to see this alive and well.
As the chair of the board for Relate I recently worked with Peridot Partners in connection with the recruitment of a new chief executive, following the departure of our chief executive, Ruth Sutherland. The departure of a successful and inspiring chief executive requires very careful handling as it can lead to a loss of confidence within the organisation. The appointment of Peridot proved to be very important in bringing confidence to the appointment panel, the whole board and ultimately the organisation. Peridot was swift, efficient and confident in their approach to a very difficult appointment. At all times I was impressed with the staff, their approach to the assignment and their understanding of the needs of the organisation. A large number of applicants were swiftly taken down to a reasonable number with the work Peridot did scoring each candidate against the qualities and experience we were seeking. Their interviews in the round enabled us to bring the long-list to a number which was manageable for the appointment panel and their support for the final interviews, which lead to a successful appointment, was excellent. Peridot Partners is a very professional organisation; I would have no hesitation in using them again for another senior appointment.
The team did an excellent job as usual - Emma in particular. Very impressed with the quality of the candidates and, most importantly, the successful candidate.
As co-chairs of the charity we had a difficult situation to deal with in replacing a long standing CEO unexpectedly. We found Grant Taylor and his team friendly, very thorough, and easy to collaborative with over an intensive month or two which included advertising, compiling jointly a search process, agreeing and interviewing a long list of ten from a response rate of 50. Agreeing a shortlist of five, and an interview day involving tasks, side meetings with staff etc, leading to a final meeting with two candidates and finally negotiating an offer with our preferred candidate who now as our CEO we are extremely happy with. We would strongly recommend Grant Taylor as an astute and extremely efficient adviser on the many problematic issues we had to deal with throughout the process.
This is the first time we've engaged Peridot Partners, and won’t be the last. we've been impressed with their attentive approach at every step of the process. They listened carefully, interpreted an unusual brief extremely well, and provided sound advice and guidance. We were impressed with their clear and concise written summaries, prompt responses to queries and generally upbeat approach to the project. This all helped made it a pleasure to work them, and chuffed with the high calibre of candidates!.
We have a great deal of experience in recruiting external Trustees for Warwick STudents' Union but when we needed recently to recruit a non exec director for our trading subsidiary, MSL, we knew that we needed specific expertise if we were to have any chance of finding someone with the right vales and knowledge for such a key post. Peridot proved themselves to the right choice! The team completely understood our focus on values based recruitment and we were spoilt with a high quality shortlist of candidates from which were able to appoint a suitably experienced NED. We were delighted with our appointment and found Peridot to be highly professional, thorough and most importantly, completely in tune with our needs.
Peridot provided a comprehensive quotation for the assignment at short notice. Whilst not the cheapest quote we received we felt that they provided the best all round value. We were not disappointed. At our request they produced a tight timetable, and delivered it. They successfully attracted a number of excellent candidates, and we were able to appoint a first class CEO. They were always available to lend support.
I thought the team fielded was great, very easy to work with, skilled and insightful. Not at all the Recruitment agency reputation of 'estate agents for people'! They complemented the internal team well, getting a good balance between challenge, support and a different perspective. They also totally got our ethos which is crucial. I would have no hesitation in recommending them highly to others. I think they took the graft out of the procedure for us.
Peridot showed us a flexibility that allowed them to meet our specific demands and budget. They delivered good quality judgements, were very supportive in providing high quality administrative support and external validation and, most importantly, delivered us excellent candidates. The Peridot team were quick to build a good quality understanding of both our recruitment brief and our employer and organisational environment which ultimately ensured the recruitment was successful. Big thanks to Grant and the team.
We have been extremely impressed with the service we have received from Peridot throughout the entire recruitment process of our CEO. The attention, focus and commitment provided has been second to none. We have been particularly impressed with the frequency and depth of the communication we have received and the quality of the reports provided. We felt supported and understood at every step. Thank you
Great working with Peridot who work hard to get under the skin of your organisation before they set out to persuade others to join you. Always a pleasure!
We worked with Peridot on the recruitment of two trustees and we were so impressed with the quality of the field of candidates, we ended up appointing three! The initial list of candidates was beyond our expectations and our successful candidates are already having a profound impact on the organisation.
This is the second time we have used Peridot to conduct a search for an external Trustee. We were very well supported throughout the process by Grant, and received regular updates. The quality and suitability of those shortlisted was outstanding.
I have worked with James in both his current and previous employment. I have always found him to be approachable, helpful and knowledgeable. He understands his market and takes a personal interest in his clients. I would recommend him as an effective and personable recruiter.
Simon Callaghan provided a wealth of practical guidance based on his evident depth of knowledge of the market. He really understood the needs and challenges of the charity, finding us a great candidate for a hard-to-fill role. I couldn't recommend him more highly.
Peridot claimed to be a values driven organisation which was certainly my experience. They were consistently hard working in filling a very specific role. I was impressed by their research, identification of candidates and follow up to any questions or concerns that I might have. They provided a very professional and engaging service. One that I will use again.
A very professional and high quality service. We were given regular updates on progress and nothing was too much trouble for Simon Callaghan. Excellent engagement from start to finish of the process. We felt really valued as a client throughout and would not hesitate to use for future vacancies.
Peridot - and Liz in particular - clearly put a great deal of effort in to understanding QMSU's non-exec requirements and finding suitable candidates for the role. Liz was insightful in explaining why she had approached me and extremely helpful throughout the process. I would thoroughly recommend Liz and Peridot in future. Placed Trustee at QMSU Ltd
Philippa ran a great campaign to recruit our new CEO. She made the whole process easy, worked closely with us to understand what we needed and lined up candidates who met our requirements. Great support and a great result.
I have recently worked with Philippa on successfully recruiting a new Chief Executive for Foundation. This was a critical appointment for us and Philippa went to great lengths to research, develop and clarify the brief so that we had a good selection of candidates to choose from. I found her to be insightful, efficient and personable. I would recommend Philippa and Peridot not just for their service but also for their cost effective approach to senior level recruitment.
Emma and Philippa handled the recruitment of a Chief Executive for Action for Blind People (part of the RNIB Group). The process was effective, efficient, sensitive to the needs of the client and clear at all stages. A very successful process throughout.
Philippa and Emma, thanks so much for all your good work. As well as being professional, thorough and easy to deal with, you accommodated the rest of us who were occasionally (I imagine) difficult to corral. More important than any of this, you came up with a strong short list, mainly composed of people we would not have thought of ourselves – surely the test of any really successful search. We are extremely happy with the outcome…and extremely grateful.
We find the Peridot team excellent. Their people, values and delivery are all of the highest calibre and integrity. We have now done two senior management recruitments and a board review with them and will definitely work with them again if the opportunity arises.
We worked with Philippa and the Peridot team to successfully appoint to the key role of Chair of Trustees. From the outset Philippa was in tune with the organisations values and the kind of individual we were looking for and worked to source appropriate individuals in a way that felt like they were very much part of our team. We worked together to develop the role and key messages and the Peridot team fulfilled a key role in sourcing our final short list of candidates on time and within budget. A number of individuals who went through the process commented on how seamless the process was and how effectively everyone worked together to achieve the end result of successfully appointing a Chair.
Liz and James worked hard to understand our specific requirements for the role and the organisational culture in which we work. Their attention to detail and understanding of the marketplace enabled them to present us with a range of candidates that all met our specification and their customer focussed approach meant that they kept us informed throughout. At the end of the process, we feel that we have the right candidate for our role and we look forward to working with Peridot again in the future.
Thanks so much for your help in putting my application together for Classics for All. It was a real pleasure to work with you – it was my first real experience working with an agency for any longer than one prospective meet. I felt very well communicated with, well taken care of and, best of all, came out of it with a job I wouldn’t necessarily have found or pursued on my own. And thank you for making sure I was well-positioned for the job!