27th June 2010

Peridot Partners appoint interim Head of Commissioning

Peridot Partners were approached by a City Council to help them secure an interim Head of Commissioning to lead on their mental health agenda within adult social care. The local authority made the approach after hearing about Peridot’s unique and innovative pricing and service models. Within a week of taking a brief from the recruiting Director, Peridot provided the authority with a shortlist of three candidates who had been specifically interviewed by Peridot for the job in hand. One of those candidates has accepted a three month contract with the local authority to help them move their commissioning agenda forward.
24th May 2010

Peridot Partners appoint interim safeguarding manager

Peridot Partners have just appointed an interim manager at a local authority in the South West to lead their safeguarding and governance service within Adult Social Care. The current postholder is leaving on a secondment and the council is short on management capacity. They are also going through a period of transition with an ambitious change agenda. Peridot Partners shortlisted and recommended a particular interim manager who has subsequently been offered an 11 month contract with the council.
21st May 2010

Friends of the Guardian campaign

You may have noticed that the Guardian newspaper seems to be getting thinner and thinner. If you are interested in health, the third sector and social care, you will probably have been using the Society section on a Wednesday to follow the debates, to find jobs, to advertise jobs and to keep up with the politics in general. If you are like me, you will have become increasingly frustrated by the diminishing amount of news contained in this section. Some of us are so concerned about this situation, that we have decided to set up a campaign to Save Our Guardian (SOG). Our first step is to send a letter to the Trustees who seem to have made the decision to gradually (or speedily) move away from being the leaders in promoting debates on the public sector. The trustees have acknowledged our letter and we are now in the process of arranging a meeting with them. If you would like to support this campaign, please contact Dawar Hashmi at dawar@peridotpartners.co.uk.
4th April 2010

Peridot Partners appoints Interim Assistant Director for Learning and Achievement

A local authority commissioned Peridot Partners to source a suitably qualified interim Assistant Director with specific expertise and knowledge in the areas of schools improvement and education. The role required an individual to work on efficiency savings and also a complete re-structure of the Education department. Over the next six months, our interim manager will contribute to transforming foundation stage learning, extended services and early years.
4th April 2010

Supporting Kent Union to appoint external Trustees

Peridot Partners are working with Kent Union to support the appointment of three new external Trustees.  Please see a shortened excerpt from the advertising below. Based in Canterbury, Kent Union is the representative body for students of the University of Kent and provides wide-ranging services for its members across Kent and on the continent. Recently included in the Sunday Times 100 Best Companies to Work For, Kent Union has charitable status, annual revenues of £9 million and employs 500 staff. We are looking for three people with a range of corporate and professional skills, including the ability to forge community and corporate partnerships, to join our Board of Trustees. If you would like further information please do not contact Peridot Partners as we are not managing the advertising and response process.  An application pack and further information is available at www.shapethefuture.me, or contact Maria Mann, Clerk to the Board, on 01227 824250 or m.a.mann@kent.ac.uk.  Applications close on 14th May.
4th April 2010

Peridot Partners and the National Union of Students

Peridot Partners are pleased to announce our partnership with the National Union of Students (NUS) and National Union of Students Services Ltd (NUSSL).  We have been selected to manage appointments for the newly created post of Group Finance Director as well as concurrently running an executive search campaign for the IT and Business Analysis Director. Please check back for more information about these posts in the coming weeks. If you would like to register your interest in either post please feel free to contact Grant Taylor on grant@peridotpartners.co.uk or on 07958 690 184 or through the contact details published on this website.
24th March 2010

Making news in The Guardian – Involving Young People in Governance

After hearing about our unique event to bring together expert speakers and people interested in engaging young people in governance, Debbie Andalo, a Journalist with The Guardian, contacted Peridot Partners.  After interviewing some of the speakers and participants this article was published on the 24th March on the back page (22) of SocietyGuardian.  Trusting in Youth Most charitable trustees and non-executive board members are over 45, but young people are being attracted into governance. By Debbie Andalo Sean O’Halloran, 17, spends six hours a week as a member of a youth advisory group in his home borough of Waltham Forest, east London. O’Halloran got involved in Waltham Forest Young Advisors – a branch of the national Young Advisors Charity, which has 43 groups involving 497 young people aged between 15 and 21 – two years ago and is now the charity’s national chair and a member of its board of trustees.  He became interested after being recruited to the council’s children’s rights service, which represents the views of looked-after children. O’Halloran, who has been in care since the age of five, says: “I was very interested in getting not only my voice heard but that of other people’s as well. I like the idea of being able to influence big […]
11th March 2010

Involving Young People in Governance (25th March) – Event Update

With under two weeks to go until our evening dedicated to promoting the practical involvement of young people in governance we are pleased to announce Julie Nerney as a fantastic addition to our line-up of speakers. Here is a brief biography: Julie Nerney, National Government Ambassador for encouraging diversity in Public Appointments Julie was one of the youngest ever appointees to an NHS Board, having spent her early career as a serial entrepreneur. Starting the first of 13 businesses when she was just 17, by the time she had graduated she was running a group of 4 companies and is well placed to share experiences which were a help or a hindrance to a young person getting involved in business. By her early thirties she had built a portfolio of Non-Executive positions in the public and private sectors whilst also providing mentoring and support to young people through the Princes Trust and young Directors through the Institute of Directors. Her portfolio is complemented by interim assignments and she is currently the Chief Executive of a large charity with a significant commercial trading arm.  Julie joins our other speakers: Ruth Lesirge, an experienced voluntary sector chief executive, trustee and chair – now an […]