Values driven recruitment – how it starts with people and passion

We have a new face here at Peridot Partners. Philip Nelson joins the team as our Associate Director, bringing with him extensive experience in executive recruitment and practical ‘know how’, as a third sector champion and trustee.

Passionate about the community in which he lives and with a determination to ‘do good better’, Philip is an experienced hands-on Trustee and Chair of several innovative organisations.

A resident in Bloomsbury for over 16 years, Philip saw first-hand the devastation that the 7/7 bombings caused both immediately and then the aftermath – which ripples on in the memories of those affected and the public.

He describes the weeks afterwards: “It was surreal. You often see pictures on lamp posts of people who have lost their cats and dogs, instead you were seeing photographs of people who were trying to track down their missing relatives and friends. It was harrowing.”   

In 2012, following a successful campaign to restore Tavistock Square Gardens to their former glory following the London Bombings, Philip was invited by the 7/7 community, the families of the bereaved, survivors and members of the emergency services who attended Tavistock Square, to set up and Chair the 7/7 Tavistock Square Memorial Trust, to support the community in remembering and dealing with the very real trauma of that day.

Following a period of consultation, the trust was stablished with two key aims, the first was to establish a living memorial in the form of an annual lecture for those affected across all four sites; an endeavour which gained international recognition in the year of the 10th anniversary and which attracted key note speakers such as Baroness Helena Kennedy QC, Lord Ian Blair QPM and the late Baroness Tessa Jowell and to campaign for a new 7/7 memorial in Tavistock Square Gardens the site most closely associated with the event of that morning.

We often talk about how important it is to work in or with organisations that fit with your values – Peridot Partners and Philip are a perfect fit.  Because Philip walks the talk and understands the value of community and the impact that people have on it and how they can make change. He is one of those people.

Both through his charity work and in his day job, it’s people that makes Philip tick. He finds it a privilege to work in a role that gives him a global view of what’s happening in the sector.

It’s exciting for him to be part of developing the culture and leadership of an organisation by placing the right person. He says: “What I love about executive search, is that there is an often a business issue that needs to be addressed. But often you’re providing not only a solution to that given business issue within that particular organisation, but you are also able to witness the impact that candidate will have not only on that organisation but also more widely on the sector.” 

He illustrates this impact through his placement of Margaret Casely-Hayford in 2014.  Margaret became the first black Chair of an international development charity at ActionAidUK.  She raised the profile of the organisation by being a very visible Chair, driving sector wide change and showing the power of recruiting a different type of leader.

Why Peridot Partners?

Philip joined Peridot Partners because he loves the concept that ‘small is beautiful’ and working with a team who embodied experience and expertise.

He says that often in larger recruitment agencies, the personal touch can be lost:

“The X-Factor here at Peridot is the human factor. Behaviours play an integral part in the type of work we deliver. Peridot are bolder and more creative – I particularly like their value of being brave. You need to be brave to suggest to a client that perhaps they need to look at candidate communities which they may not have considered previously. Shared values are equally important especially between Peridot and their clients.” 

Through his work in executive search and on the ground as a trustee, Philip sees the bravery of people every day. This week, his role at 7/7 Tavistock Square Memorial Trust sees the charity unveiling a permanent memorial to the 13 people who died in the square.

It will be unveiled in the presence of the community, relatives and friends, and the people who were on the ground that day doing the best they could to care for the victims in unknown and dangerous circumstances.  A fitting tribute to their bravery.

Contact Philip:

You can connect with Philip on LinkedIn here> 

Email: Philip@peridotpartners.co.uk | Mob: 07889 215999

Philip tweets about news, history, arts, Norfolk and sometimes hedgehogs here>  

 

About Philip:

2016 to 2018               Oxford HR, Managing Director UK

2010 to 2016               Prospectus, Associate Director, Board Appointments

2008 to 2010               Veredus, Executive Search Consultant, Education Practice

2004 to 2008               MartinWardAnderson, Manager, Public & Not for Profit Division

1997 to 2004               Hewitson-Walker, Manager, Temporary & Contract Division

1994 to 1997               Senior Consultant at Robert Half, Senior Consultant

1989 to 1994               Reed Accountancy, Senior Consultant

1988 to 1989               Towry Law & Co, Graduate Trainee

 

Voluntary Roles:

Oct 2012 to Present                7/7 Memorial Trust, Founder & Chair

Sept 2014 to Jan 2018            Best Beginnings, Vice-Chair

Sept 2005 – Jan 2018             Coram’s Fields, Trustee

 

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