What We Do

Peridot Partners exists to deliver better leadership to accelerate societal change.
We are ambitious and have the courage to think differently about the role of leadership as a genuine driver to create the change we seek in society. Working with us feels both supportive and challenging. We build long-term relationships based on openness and trust. We give people confidence to lead in a way that delivers the societal benefit they're looking to create.

This means we spend our time recruiting people for leadership roles, executive and non-executive, and working with boards to become more effective.
Our Values:

Bring rigour - We're thorough, thoughtful and speak up for what's right.
Be brave - We push the boundaries to improve outcomes for ourselves and our clients.
See the bigger picture - We build real partnerships and work together for long-term success.
Sense and respond - We respond in the most meaningful way to what's needed at any given time.
What we do is interesting, but how we do it is the clincher. Everything we do is underpinned by our values. Nothing is off the shelf; our services are tailored to be efficient, effective, relevant and complementary to your aims.

Meet The Team

Simon Callaghan

Director of Fundraising Appointments

Loves Tom Waits, Nick Cave, Norwich City Football Club, sushi, watching any kind of sport and real ale.

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.

e: Simon@peridotpartners.co.uk
m: 07702 678658

Will Holderness

Digital and Communications Executive

As a sporting monomaniac, Will has hockey in the genes and if he’s not playing sport then you can be sure he’ll be watching it on the box. He also loves to chase the sun, explore the world and get lost in a novel.

With an English Literature BA and a Sports Journalism NCTJ, Will has recently joined our newly formed marketing team as Digital Communications Executive. He brings experience in writing copy and content in a digital format when working as a trainee journalist for several publications and has developed a good social media understanding. Before joining Peridot Partners, Will spent a year as an overseas professional hockey player and coach in Hong Kong and helped set-up a sports coaching business which provided English teaching to Chinese children aged 3-8 through sport.

e: will@peridotpartners.co.uk
m: 07494 596048



  • Emma and Philippa

    Just a short note to say thank you for your work on finding three excellent Trustees for Vista.

    The candidates that you found were much stronger than we could have found on our own. We really value the work that you do, it means we have a better board, making better decisions about the future of the charity.

    So thank you and we look forward to working with you again.

    Paul Bott, Chief Executive of Vista
  • 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.

    Sue Noyes, Chair of Coventry College
  • 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

    Candidate placed as Chair of the Corporation Board (Autumn 2017)
  • …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.

    Juno Hollyhock, Chief Executive of Rose Road Association and formerly Chief Executive of Learning through Landscapes
  • 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.

    Matthew Challoner, Clerk to the Board of Governors at Coventry University
  • 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.

    Nigel Chapman, Chair at Nacro
  • 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.
    Cameron Ogden, Chairman at the Ogden Trust
  • 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.
    Kate O’Brien, Business Development and Programmes Director
  • 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.
    Shortlisted candidate for a recent charity Chief Executive role
  • 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.
    Interim Chief Executive, Anonymous Charity
  • 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!
    Ahmed Hassan, President 2016/17 - Aston Students’ Union
  • 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.

    John Chambers, Chief Executive of Archives & Records Association following a Board review and a project to design and deliver a new induction programme for Trustees.
  • 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.

    Manish Joshi
  • 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.
    Kate Rose, HR Professional
  • 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.
    Andrew Ketteringham Chair, Relate
  • 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.
    Paddy Reilly, CEO, Durham Students’ Union
  • 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.
    Joint Chairs, Anonymous Charity
  • 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!.
    Mike Wojcik, CEO, Queen Mary University of London Students' Union
  • 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.
    Jacqui Clements, Chief Executive, Warwick Students' Union/ MSL
  • 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.  
    Angela Smithers, Interim CEO, Prospect Housing and 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.
    Sal Wilson and Joy Mercer, Board Members, City College Brighton
  • 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.
    Ben Vulliamy, Chief Executive, University of York Students’ Union
  • 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
    A client from a Students’ Union
  • 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.
    Joe Cooper, Managing Director of Imperial College Union
  • 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.
    Ian Robinson, Chief Executive, University of Bath Students’ Union
  • 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.
    Yvonne Hanly, Director of Professional Services at the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
  • 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.
    Jago Russell, CEO, Fair Trials
  • 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.
    Jeremy Horner, CEO, Emerge Poverty Free
  • 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.     
    Theresa Dooley, UK HR Business Partner Manager, OXFAM
  • 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
    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.
    Bernadette Kenny CEO, the Church of England Pensions Board and Chair, Yarrow
  • 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.
    Jo Carnachan - HR Director at Foundation
  • 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.
    Mike Nussbaum – Chair of Trustees, Action for Blind People
  • 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.
    Kip Meek – Vice Chair, TCCR
  • 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.
    Mark Norbury, Chief Executive – Chelsea and Westminster Health Charity
  • 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.
    Paul Snell – Chief Executive, Walsingham
  • 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.
    Emily Rycroft Deputy Director Development, University of Birmingham
  • 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!
    Jules Mann, Executive Director, Classics for All

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