22nd August 2011

Leadership Development article in The Guardian

This is the first in a series of blogs written by Nikki Kynoch, Head of Service at Central Bedfordshire Council. To read the article, click on the link below: http://www.guardian.co.uk/public-leaders-network/2011/aug/05/leadership-development-process-approach
22nd August 2011

Peridot appoint another interim manager in adult social care

An important local authority client approached us to source an interim manager to assist their assistant director within adult social care. The project was specifically targeted in order to create extra capacity within the directorate. The assignment will be ongoing until the financial year end next year.
21st August 2011

Being a great leader, not a holistic healer

19 August 2011 Both Michael and Sarah are contributors to the Peridot Partners Entrepreneurial Development series running this autumn; join them and other established social leaders from The London Early Years Foundation, Motivation UK and The Big issue to discuss ‘What a Successful Social Enterprise looks like’  and other critical leadership elements needed by social entrepreneurs on 15th September. Many leaders find themselves in the position of CEO because they are great visionaries. However, once a business is off the ground a whole new set of skills are required. Tanya Stevens asks how a visionary can become a great leader. By Tanya Stevens, Development and Delivery Consultant at Peridot Partners, who are running a leadership development programme starting in September 2011 ‘Maverick, narcissistic, unreliable and too easily distracted.’ These were the words used by one leading social business commentator to describe the characteristics shown by many CEOs of social enterprises. Who Liam Black, the co-founder of Wavelength and former CEO of Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen Foundation, was referring to we, probably thankfully, will never know. But his apt observation that many CEOs are ‘terrible leaders’ is not something confined to social enterprises. Many leaders find themselves in the position of CEO because they are great […]
8th August 2011

Julia Roberts joins as Director of Fundraising Practice

  Julia Roberts has joined Peridot Partners as the Director of the Fundraising Practice.  Julia brings 20 years experience in fundraising, both as a practitioner and a recruiter, and joins from a specialist fundraising recruitment business where she led the recruitment of a variety of senior development and communication roles in organisations as varied as Cass Business School, the Refugee Council and the Institute of Cancer Research. As a fundraiser, Julia specialised in Major Gifts and held Director level roles at St Martin-in-the-Fields, Cranfield School of Management and King’s College, London.  Julia generated over £30m income for her organisations during her fundraising career. At Peridot Partners, Julia will be developing a highly differentiated fundraising recruitment practice that deploys Peridot Partners leading edge search techniques.  Part of her remit is also to develop new leadership development programmes, in particular for aspiring directors of fundraising, as well as helping people from other sectors to transition their skills effectively to fundraising in the not-for-profit sector. To contact Julia please email julia@peridotpartners.co.uk  
22nd July 2011

Super Trustees

  The recent Charity Insight Essay by Sudhir Singh (Chairman of the Charities and Education Group at Baker Tilly) summarises that a shaky economy makes charity governance harder than ever. While there is evidence from the Third Sector Leadership Survey that good governance practices are improving, and  leadership of the sectors organisations gets steadily better, the challenges now are about organisations proving their fitness for purpose and being able to adapt to the tougher funding climate. The Board plays a key role in ensuring a clear strategic direction but achieving Board diversity is a perpetual challenge, and over a third of charities responding to their Third Sector Leadership Survey felt that their Boards did not have the right mix of skills and experience.  The main skills that were felt to be lacking were in fundraising, commercial and marketing areas as well as financial expertise. The survey also picked up that a recurring problem for many a charitable organisation is recruiting new Trustees.  The survey sites “a limited pool of potential candidates”. As an executive recruiter, and Trustee who leads on the recruitment brief for other Trustees, I disagree.  I make a point of asking senior executive candidates if they are interested in Trusteeships.  Many […]
30th June 2011

Entrepreneurial Development Series and Network for Civil Society Chief Executives and Directors

Peridot Partners is launching a unique series of ‘hands on’ Development Days to enhance the commercial, entrepreneurial and business expertise of “social leaders.” Two sessions will run this autumn: • 15th September: ‘What does a successful social enterprise look like?’ • 8th December: ‘Sharpening entrepreneurial skills in social business’ Both days will feature an impressive mix of high profile speakers, topical case studies and interactive workshops on a variety of entrepreneurial topics including managing risk, full cost recovery and effectively utilising social media. Contributors include John Bird MBE – founder of The Big Issue, Michael Pyner – Chief Executive of Shoreditch Trust, Sarah Dunwell – Chief Executive of Create, Julie Nerney – Social Entrepreneur and Patrick Shine – Chairman of The Challenge Network and non-executive director of Mow & Grow to name several. All participants will be connected for future collaboration through a growing but exclusive Entrepreneurial Development Network featuring an online forum fostering dialogue, troubleshooting and partnership opportunities with series contributors and participants.  An annual networking event for this network will launch in 2012. These days aim to give developing social leaders hard hitting, practical commercial insights and access to a long-term network of established and developing social entrepreneurs, […]
28th June 2011

We’re Hiring Experienced Recruitment Consultants

  Ambitious?  Interested in the freedom and autonomy to create your own niche? Think you have the right values?   We recruit people based on attitude, aspiration and values and will create the right roles for the right people.   If you are interested in joining us call: Dawar on 07772 368 388 – Interim Management recruiter opportunities Grant on 07958 690 184 – Executive Search and Senior Permanent recruiter opportunities      
15th June 2011

Improve efficiency and reduce costs…

Third Sector Alliance LLP has an ethos to help ensure that charities and not-for-profit organisations are improving their efficiency savings to support their frontline services. To receive maximum value for money, the 3 key areas of proven expertise are to tackle property and procurement related costs, in addition to optimising value in VAT liabilities. A unique and cost effective model has successfully achieved significant value for a variety of charity clients, typically on an incentivised ‘no savings-no fee’ basis. Third Sector Alliance delivers a free charity audit to identify risks and opportunities, whilst the essential property services include acquisition, lease management, lease re-structuring and business rates solutions in addition to portfolio management. For more information or to discuss further how Third Sector Alliance can help your organisation, please contact: Jonathan Cohen, Director | t: 020 8371 3285 | e: jonathan@thirdsectorallianceuk.com www.thirdsectorallianceuk.com