Case Studies

The selection of case studies below provide a snapshot of how we work in partnership with our clients.
22nd February 2017

Council Member – University of Bath

The University of Bath is a leading research-intensive institution with a strong international reputation.  Their achievements in research and teaching have established them at the forefront of UK universities together with being one of the highest rated Universities for student satisfaction and employability.  The Council of the University has the responsibility for planning future development and promoting the University’s interests in local, national and international markets and with their strategic aim to build a global reputation to match their UK position, they were keen to attract high calibre individuals who could bring more diversity to the Board, together with the appropriate professional skills and international experience in order to make a key and positive impact as a Council Board Member.   Having tried previously to recruit external trustees through their own networking and advertising, but had failed to find the right individuals, Peridot Partners was selected to lead a bespoke and targeted search campaign.  We were briefed by the Vice Chancellor to find candidates with requirements which included experience of international markets, existing board members with a public profile, ability to add significant ‘added value’ as well as being from a diversity group of either BME or women.   With a focus […]
31st January 2016

Executive leadership Team – City College Brighton and Hove

As an FE College and social enterprise, City College Brighton and Hove is situated in the top five cities in the UK for private sector job creation and digital connectivity. Brighton and Hove also has a high rate of business start-ups and unlike most coastal towns it has a growing population of young people. Enjoying high levels of student satisfaction and positioned as a key strategic partner in the Brighton with regards to skills, training and workforce development, as well as having a high performing Governing Body, the college enjoys many advantages. However, as is the situation for most colleges it is not immune to the significant funding challenges and the impacts of changing policy drivers facing the sector.  As a result City College was looking to appoint an entirely new senior leadership team, moving outside sector norms and configuring a team which included: Chief Executive Officer, Chief Operating Officer and Principal. This was deliberately defined to enable the organisation to adapt and transform to drive sustainability and growth whilst keeping a keen focus on high quality teaching, learning and curriculum development. The Governors were looking for bold and transformative leaders from both within and beyond the further education (FE) […]
21st December 2015

Chief Executive – Action for Blind People

The long-standing and well-respected Chief Executive of Action for Blind People was retiring and they were looking to appoint his successor. The outgoing Chief Executive had led Action for Blind People’s successful integration and establishment into the RNIB Group and his departure coincided with a new transformational phase in the RNIB Group’s development. Peridot Partners were appointed to work in partnership with the Chair and Board of Trustees at Action for Blind People and representatives of the RNIB Group board (including the RNIB Chief Executive) to find a strong successor. Given the range of key stakeholders in this appointment we undertook extensive briefings to fully understand the context, challenges and key priorities for the incoming Chief Executive. It emerged that this was a time of considerable organisational change, a new strategy would need to be embedded and it required an adept leader who could continue to strengthen the relationship with the RNIB Group. The culture was collaborative and innovative so they required an individual to bring this type of approach and importantly could inspire and maximise the contribution of their 200+ dedicated staff and growing cohort of volunteers around the country. As a charity committed to putting blind and partially […]
21st December 2015

Senior Development Recruitment – Imperial College London

Imperial College London is one of the world’s leading universities, with recognised excellence in education and research in science, engineering, medicine and business.  To maintain its position as an international leader, Imperial has in the last two years committed to a long-term and large scale investment in its development activities, in order to grow philanthropic support to the College. The College knew in order to achieve this they need to partner with a leading search firm that had a track record of achievement in Senior Higher Education Development and Alumni recruitment. After a robust market analysis of the leading firms and aligning their values and principles with their needs, Peridot Partners and Imperial College London created a partnership to source their key new major gifts and development team.  The overall campaign included the recruitment of the Deputy Director of Development, Director of Principal Gifts, Head of Major Gifts and 4x Head of Development positions for their various faculties. Although Imperial College’s academic reputation is very strong, their development programme had inconsistencies over recent years due to change in leadership and thus they have had a very challenging reputation in the fundraising community to overcome. With reputation management being key, in order to attract […]
21st December 2015

Chief Executive – Foundation

Anticipating the departure of the founding Chief Executive and at a point where they were looking to diversify and grow, Foundation appointed Peridot Partners to support the Chair and board of trustees recruit their next Chief Executive. They had already advertised themselves but failed to appoint. Understanding that the organisation was feeling both anxious about the departure of their Founder, but also looking forward to the future, we spent considerable time at the beginning of the process gaining perspectives from a range of stakeholders from trustees, staff, partners and service users to understand the context, challenges ahead and priorities for the future. This helped to clarify and inform the job brief and the person specification (and encourage them to think beyond the ‘usual suspects’ to open and diversify the field), get the organisation focused on what they were looking for in their next Chief Executive and create a more compelling message to take to the market.  We also worked with the recruitment panel to shape a selection process that included service user involvement and additional personality/psychometric assessment. To find this person we undertook a targeted search approach complemented with an online advertising campaign. As the organisation was based in Leeds […]
21st December 2015

Chief Executive – Carers Trust

Carers Trust is the biggest UK charity for, with and about carers, formed from the merger of The Princess Royal Trust for Carers and Crossroads Care in 2012. A federated charity with  173 network partners across four nations they provide support, information, advice and services for the millions of people providing unpaid care for a family member or friend. Two years after their merger they  had significantly grown their profile and reputation, and they were now looking for an exceptional and inspirational Chief Executive  to cement their position, ensure future sustainability, develop  their reach to support an even greater proportion of carers, and continue to drive  campaigning activity to enable carers to have greater voice and influence.  Due to the complexity of their structure they needed a Chief Executive who could work collaboratively, sustain effective relationships and engage effectively with a wide range of stakeholders (from policy to grassroots levels). They also needed someone who had a proven ability in developing new income streams and could bring a degree of entrepreneurialism and innovation to the role. As the outgoing Chief Executive had only been in post for a relatively short period of time the organisation was anxious about this premature […]
21st December 2015

Trustees and Treasurer – Action for Blind People

Action is part of the RNIB group, and a national charity in its own right with local reach, providing expert practical help and support to blind and partially sighted people of all ages. Having recently worked with Action to appoint their new Chief Executive, Peridot was appointed to work with the charity to support the recruitment of a treasurer and three visually impaired trustees. Action is committed to working in partnership with people affected by sight loss, including ensuring that at least 50% of their board are blind or partially sighted, and needed individuals with experience of operating at a strategic level in customer focused organisations. In addition we were tasked with finding a Treasurer who was a qualified accountant. The assignment had a number of areas of complexity: as part of the RNIB Group, Action’s organisational structure is more complex than many other charities, and with a new Chief Executive recently in post, had embarked on an exciting but challenging future strategy. Additionally, identifying individuals who are blind or partially sighted can be difficult as many people do not publicly identify themselves as such, and so our search required detailed research and the use of our established networks within […]
21st December 2015

Chair – Tavistock Centre for Couple Relationships (TCCR)

TCCR is a ground-breaking and growing charity that aims to improve the quality of adult couple relationships, prevent family breakdown and enhance the lives of children.  The charity’s long-standing Chair was retiring, and they wanted to find a successor who ideally brought similar experience of psychoanalytical psychotherapy, combined with a track record of leading growth and development within an organisation.  We took a broad approach to the search, identifying individuals who had an interest or experience in the psychoanalytic and family relationships field, and thus successfully and creatively challenged initial views among some of the board who felt that the new Chair had to be an expert in their field. We also had to take particular care of potential conflicts of interest arising from the close partnership which TCCR had with other organisations working in a similar space, and which meant that quite a number of those within the field were out of bounds. We had the additional challenge that many experts in the field work as individual practitioners, with limited exposure to strategic organisational leadership. Our shortlist included a former Chief Executive of a national health charity with substantial non-executive experience, who had led organisations through substantial change; a […]