7th June 2012

Peridot Partners Welcomes New Advisory Board

  On the evening of the 23rd May our new voluntary Advisory Board came together for the first time at St. James’s Hotel and Club.  The Advisory Board meets twice a year to provide scrutiny, advice and guidance on Peridot Partners strategy and planning and to support the development of our business in our core market sectors. Highlights of the first meeting included a lengthy debate about our re-branding exercise and organisational positioning (more to be revealed on this next month), as well as an excellent discussion about the role of recruitment businesses now and in the future. Peridot Partners have taken a long to-do-list away and will be reflecting on the discussions and implementing a range of tangible actions over the next 6 months.   Advisory Board Members are: – Lesley-Anne Alexander, Chief Executive at RNIB and Chair of ACEVO – Karin Woodley, Chief Executive at Continyou – Rodney Buse, Governance Consultant – Robert Longley-Cook, Chief Executive of Hft – Richard Jones, Executive Director of Adult & Community Services at Lancashire County Council – Andrew Harris, Director of Fundraising at Action for Children – Stephen Lawrenson, Senior Interim Transformation & Turnaround Director – Laura Wood Cantopher: Vice President, Grenzebach Glier and Associates   […]
24th April 2012

Three new people join Peridot Partners

  Brigitte Stundner – Assistant Consultant Brigitte Stundner graduated in 2008 with a degree in Career Development from University of Quebec in Montreal.  Her first job was with a global IT consultancy as a trainee recruiter. Then she had just over  three years with HURECA an international recruiter based in Montreal with a small team of 8 peopleworking across a range of sectors and levels of appointment. Her track record includes placing 2 Marketing Directors for a well known restaurant chain in Canada, a Director of Engineering for an international firm based in Montreal, an IT Manager for a software company among others. She moved to London in September and after a short spell as an internal recruiter at ARAMCO on a contract and then with Granite Search & Selection working in the building and construction sector, before joining us in February. She is currently involved in recruiting a number of executive level roles in the not for profit sector. Among these include the Director of Development & Alumni Relations and a Head of Major Gifts for Durham University and a Trust and Foundation Manager Cass Business School.   Emily Benjamin – Office Manager / Recruitment Administrator Emily graduated in […]
29th February 2012

Peridot Partners Presents: CASE Europe/IoF Breakfast Roundtable

  In a time of straightened budgets and increased demand of fundraising results, is it worth looking to colleagues in other sectors for a bit of inspiration?   We think so!   Peridot Partners, in conjunction with the Institute of Fundraising and the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education, is proud to host a free breakfast seminar exploring what colleagues in the charity and education sectors might be able to learn from one another. We are very lucky to have Stephen Pidgeon and Colin McCallum leading the charge and kicking off with their thoughts on what the sectors might learn from one another.  We will then open the discussion to the group to share thoughts and ideas. If you would like to kick your day off with a bit of expert insight followed by relevant and engaging conversations with colleagues across the sector, please do book now and come along.   Colin McCallum -President, GCU Foundation and Assistant Vice Principal, Glasgow Caledonian University Colin has over twenty five years’ experience in leading higher education and cultural development and marketing.  Prior to joining GCU, Colin was Chief Executive of leading international philanthropic consulting firm Grenzebach Glier + Associates in Europe and […]
28th February 2012

Cass Business School – Trust and Foundation Manager

  City University London is an international University committed to academic excellence with a focus on business and the professions and an enviable central London location. The University is in the top 5% of world universities according to the times Higher Education World University Rankings 2010 and attracts over 22,000 students from around 160 countries. As one of Europe’s leading business schools, Cass Business School is known as the intellectual resource of the City of London. Cass Development and External Relations Office was set up in 2005 and comprises three teams: Individual Giving, Corporate Development and Alumni Relations. The Individual Giving and Corporate Development teams are made up of fundraisers who generate income for the School’s core activities. The Development and External Relations Office at Cass was established in 2005 and counts 18 members of staff. It is a successful team that has quickly established a strong fundraising record.   Responsibilities This post-holder will be responsible for informing the strategy for increasing income to Cass from trusts and foundations as well as Coordinating and developing Cass’s relationships with charitable trusts and foundations and other institutional funders, as appropriate. The post-holder will lead / coordinate / assist with the development of […]
13th February 2012


Setting the Scene In today’s tight financial climate, students’ unions face increased pressure from students and universities to deliver value for money and innovative new commercial services that capture the interest and fulfil the needs of an ever-evolving and increasingly diverse student population. With this challenge comes opportunity.  Students’ unions can enhance their standing with the university and develop the overall student experience by bringing in people with new ideas and different experience.  With the rise of new trading schemes such as student letting agencies, IT repair centres, nursery services, taxi collection schemes and lucrative retail and food & beverage partnerships, students’ unions increasingly want to hire people who can drive their existing commercial offer forward in new and exciting ways.  There are of course some excellent people working for students’ unions, but they are in demand and too few in number. As recruiters we’ve seen a couple of consistent issues emerge when students’ unions seek to recruit commercial talent. The first is an over-reliance on seeking candidates from other students’ unions because of the perception that ‘external’ candidates don’t understand the nuances of the sector.  The democratic and political elements as well as the complexity of stakeholder relationships take […]
22nd December 2011

After The Riots, by Chris Robinson Chief Executive, Mayor’s Fund for London

There were riots. Then there was reaction. Sometimes, particularly early on, that reaction is mostly a desire for retribution. Then, maybe, there is reflection. And then, maybe we can move to a reasoned response. When we see individual rioters looting or being destructive, or listen to people who have lost their homes or businesses, it is not surprising we want the wrong-doers punished. We seek retribution. The courts working around the clock seem to be doing that. Some politicians seek catch-all answers and scapegoats as part of their reaction. If we can find a convenient enemy then this serves as a focus for quick knee-jerk activity. It would seem ‘gangs’ are the early nominees. Now clearly some gang activity is very damaging and negative. However, as is often the case, the picture is more complex than the initial reaction suggests. Hopefully the debate on gangs over the next few weeks – and even more crucially any responses in terms of new funding – will focus on the evidence not opinion. But my point here is wider than that. If we just focus on individual rioters we may focus on retribution. But does that hold up when we start running into […]
29th November 2011

Allison Trimble joins Peridot Partners as Director of Leadership

We are delighted to announce Allison Trimble as our new Director of Leadership. Allison is a personal and organisational development consultant with over 25 years experience in the health and social care sector. She has extensive experience of working with senior leaders in the public and private sectors as well as working with frontline and community-based leaders. Allison specialises in personal and organisational development using a range of methodologies including whole systems ideas, 1:1 coaching and peer learning activities. Allison is a founder member and former chief executive of the Bromley-by-Bow Centre, an integrated health and community regeneration organisation in Tower Hamlets. Allison was responsible for setting up the Centre’s Community Care Programme and used learning from this initiative to develop the distinctive approach to community ownership and participation which underpins the Centre’s leadership model. Allison has worked with the following clients: • National Skills Academy for Social Care: leadership development adviser 2010; Director of programmes for New Directors of Adult Social Services and Top Leaders Programme. • NCSL (National College for School Leadership): Associate Consultant including leadership programmes for school leaders including a pilot systems leadership programme for national leaders of education. • Kings Fund: Associate Fellow. Faculty for […]
29th November 2011

Kent Union appoints Two Directors to the Senior Management Team

Peridot Partners are pleased to announce two excellent appointments to Kent Union. Hannah Wallington joins as Director of Marketing & Business Development from ICE Creates.  Hannah is CIM qualified with 10 years marketing and communications experience.  She specialises in the public and voluntary sectors and has experience managing end-to-end solutions across the whole marketing mix including experiential, viral and social media. Hannah describes herself as an ethical marketing specialist who is passionate about achieving positive, profitable community change. Tony Logan joins as Director of Operations from Kent Invica Chamber.  Tony enjoyed a fifteen year career with Tesco working across store management, head office and internationally before moving into business advisory roles in Kent where he has enjoyed the past four years.  Tony has exceptional commercial leadership skills and having straddled the private, public and not-for-profit sectors will bring a wealth of experience to Kent Union’s commercial and advisory services. Peridot Partners wish Hannah and Tony the very best of success in their new roles!