18th March 2019

Chair of Board: Don’t hold your organisation and board back

Is your Chair holding your organisation and board back? Let’s make no bones about it, the Chair of Board role is a significant commitment. It will take at least 3-4 days per month and a great deal of emotional investment and energy to do well. It becomes a major part of a Chair’s life, and often in socially-focused organisations a Chair will do it as a volunteer with no financial remuneration. The Chair of Board must be alert, attuned to the smaller signs & signals, thoughtful and often selfless by holding back their personal views for the greater good of the board and decision-making. They conduct the orchestra without playing a single note themselves and, when done well, it is a skilful art and a pleasure to observe. I have the utmost respect for anybody undertaking a Chair of Board role, paid or not. Understanding core board responsibilities Of course, every organisation and board room context differ, so nuances and emphasis of the Chair role will vary. However, the Chair will always, to a greater or lesser extent in each area, have five core responsibilities: Board Leadership: ensuring the recruitment, succession of board members and providing the support and frameworks […]
8th March 2019

What do we want? Women trustees! When do we want them? Now!

Women Trustees – empowering the next generation of female leaders One of the most exciting parts of recruiting new external trustees is that it focuses the attention on the composition of the trustee board. Attracting more women to boards Research within the charity sector and in the wider corporate governance environment, highlights the challenges and opportunities of attracting more women to become trustees. Like any volunteering scenario, becoming a trustee is a big commitment, in terms of both time and to the values and ethos of the charity. Negotiating time spent on trustee business with time spent at work, with friends and family or leisure time and, in the case of students’ unions, being available to support, coach or mentor less experienced first-time trustees. We live, work and study against a larger local, national and global background that people characterise as ‘VUCA’:- Volatile Uncertain Complex Ambiguous Yes, it’s true that organisations are facing uncertainty and university students’ unions are certainly not immune from this on a number of fronts – given the ongoing debates regarding Higher Education. Improving leadership qualities The tone of leadership in any organisation is influenced by the tone at the top level, which means the trustee board members […]
7th March 2019

Excellence in executive search leadership for education and charities

Expanding our executive search team in education and research  We’re delighted to announce that specialist education recruitment adviser, Samantha Bunn joins Peridot Partners as our new Business Manager and Michael Earnshaw joins as Head of Research. Sam joins a growing education team at Peridot, which is headed up by former college Assistant Principal, Drew Richardson-Walsh. Leadership recruitment in education The team of four focus on the recruitment of board, executive and senior roles across the education and skills sectors, for schools (state and independent), FE and sixth form colleges, employment and skills providers, awarding organisations, alternative providers, universities and charities with an education-focused mission. With over nine years’ experience in executive recruitment and five years specialising in the education sector, Sam brings a wealth of understanding, knowledge, networks and most importantly a sense of humour – with an ability to put both clients and candidates at ease. She’s most recently been involving in recruiting high profile roles at West London College and NCG. Sam Bunn said: “I’m delighted to be joining Peridot Partners, their values based, flexible working culture shows that they put an emphasis on staff wellbeing and walk the talk. I’m excited to join the team and continue […]
6th March 2019

The Governance Paradox

Charity Trustees – Are they following a trend towards risk averse governance? Our report: The Governance Paradox  explores how your charity trustee board can become more effective, efficient and innovative. The report explores these nine charity governance themes with critical thinking for charity trustees and charity CEO’s: Is the current model of charity governance the best one available? Can you separate out fiduciary from strategy and does that distinction work? Innovation is difficult without good governance. The sector needs to build its confidence and celebrate its successes. The sector needs to be bold enough to innovate and ‘disrupt’ from within. Impact of technology on creating more effective and efficient trustee boards. The relationship between the executive team and trustees needs to be built on trust. Trusteeship needs to be promoted as a “noble profession”. Diversity on boards is poor. Download the report: The Governance Paradox> Interested in learning about our new Leadership Network, sign up here>  Charity Trustee Recruitment If you’re looking to create a forward thinking, generative board, find out about how Peridot Partners helps organisations develop better boards. Contact Managing Director, Grant Taylor for more information or for an informal chat: Grant@peridotpartners.co.uk We offer: Board Recruitment (including Trustees, Governors […]
12th February 2019

From artificial intelligence to Brexit – APM Chief Executive, Debbie Dore talks project management in UK business and being an ambitious organisation

From artificial intelligence to Brexit, project management is at the heart of UK business – Chartered membership body the Association for Project Management is being radical in its approach to CPD – and they want you to join their team The Association for Project Management (APM) is an award-winning registered educational charity with over 27,000 individual members and 500 corporate partners, making it the largest professional body of its kind in Europe. Following a landmark two years, the APM is evolving. The receipt of their Royal Charter in 2017 marked a significant step for the organisation’s development and 2018 saw them announce their first cohort of Chartered Project Professionals (ChPPs) covering nearly 50 different sectors. These milestones have helped lay the foundations for APM to build on their success and perfectly sets up 2019 to be another transformational year. Leading this exciting transformation, since being appointed as Chief Executive in August 2018, is Debbie Dore and with more than three years’ experience at APM, she, more than anyone, recognises the impact the organisation can have for project management. “The Royal Charter is the single biggest step forward that the organisation was waiting for,” Debbie says. “Having received the Charter, we […]
11th September 2018

Values driven recruitment – how it starts with people and passion

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, […]
10th May 2018

Peridot Partners: Enabling YGAM to grow

The Young Gamblers Education Trust (known as YGAM) is a UK Registered Charity with a social purpose to ‘inform, educate and safeguard young people against problem gambling or social gaming.’ Since YGAM was founded three-years ago, the charity has quickly established itself as the emerging leading education charity around gambling & gaming harm-minimisation in the United Kingdom. Last year alone YGAM worked with almost 28,000 young people and collaborated with almost 300 educational organisations (schools, colleges, universities and charities) to deliver their programme. YGAM have been fortunate to have amassed support from several corporate partners including Peridot Partners, where we have supported their social impact from day one. Grant Taylor, Managing Director, Peridot Partners recalls ‘In August 2014, Lee Willows the founder of YGAM reached out to me following his own devastating experience of problem gambling which almost drove him to commit suicide however, what struck me about Lee is he had a deep resolve to turn what was a terrible experience in to something more positive. He asked me for help……..’ Over the past three years, Peridot Partners have been proud supporters of YGAM and have enjoyed supporting the charity grow and expend their social purpose. YGAM’s initial board were made up […]
28th March 2018

Drew Richardson-Walsh – “It’s ironic that I’ve learnt more about FE since not working in it”

Drew Richardson-Walsh – “It’s ironic that I’ve learnt more about FE since not working in it” I would never claim to know it all about anything, but I did feel pretty clued-up on the FE and skills sector before joining Peridot Partners in May 2017. In the last [almost] 11 months I have been proved wrong time and time again and I am so very glad of that. I have learnt more about the sector through providing services to it, than being a senior leader in it. Here’s a few reasons why I think that is: 1) At Peridot, I am encouraged to listen, to learn and to understand. Whilst working in the sector it sometimes felt impossible to take time out to have a sandwich, let alone read a sector-wide government plan and consider its implications on the business plan of the organisation. Now though, through taking the time to understand the challenges across the sector, across diverse colleges and education providers, I truly feel able to consult, to advise and share best practice from others who are doing a great job and as a commercial business, I think we at Peridot have a duty to do this for […]