14th December 2017

How culture helps you grow your business

How culture helps you grow your business Interview by Georgina Combes, Partner, Within People Founder and Managing Director Grant Taylor of Peridot Partners talks culture and growth for his recruitment business “Surely you can’t do your best at work if you aren’t happy with how you work or how you’re asked to work” says Grant as if it’s a no brainer. And when you put it like that, it is. Grant founded his business Peridot Partners out of discontent with the status quo of working life at most recruitment agencies. It was a reaction to the competitive and controlling‘ ‘quest for profit at all costs’ culture of the industry. So, he set out to create a working environment that was the antithesis of what he’d experienced. He feels very strongly about it, clearly role modelling the behaviours he expects of his colleagues to encourage them to believe in and live the culture too. This includes making time for your passions, which for Grant is karate and athletics. In the Peridot Partners culture no-one does typical office hours, everyone is treated with equal respect, there’s zero politics and people have both freedom and responsibility. It’s very professional too. Everyone in the […]
10th August 2017

Guest Blog – What do we want? Women trustees! When do we want them? Now!

One of the most exciting parts of recruiting new external trustees for Lancaster University Students’ Union, a charity located in the north-west of England with an £8million turnover, is that it has focussed our attention – trustees, full time officers and staff – on the composition of our trustee board. 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 can mean the following: making a 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. In 2017, we live, work and study against a larger local, national and global background that people characterise as “VUCA” – volatile, uncertain, complex and 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. Despite this turbulence, the preparation for […]
23rd June 2017

Don’t ask me to be a Trustee, unless…

I’ve had two Trustee roles and enjoyed both immensely. I stayed in both for over four years, and then I left before completing a fifth year in either. I felt that potential to add value had eroded and it would be better for new people to come in with fresh skills and new thinking. I know when it’s time to move on, and I do. Time is not renewable. When it’s gone, it’s gone. As the Managing Director of a growing business with 13 colleagues and lots of clients, the pressure on my time is ever expanding. I have a wife, three children aged 6 to 14, I practice karate and like to go to the gym. I have friends I rarely see. If I gave more time to any of these things my life would be further enriched. I work hard to protect my time for where I can have a positive impact and gain most enjoyment, so why would I want to take another Trustee role? If I do, why should I join your charity? Looking at most adverts for Trustee roles advertised via the Guardian, Third Sector, Charity Job etc., is an underwhelming experience. Most are little […]
15th May 2017

Peridot Partners Welcome Drew Richardson-Walsh, Business Manager

  Peridot Partners are delighted to welcome Drew Richardson-Walsh to our team. Drew joins us as a Business Manager, leading our executive and board recruitment services in the Further Education sector. Grant Taylor, Peridot’s Managing Director commented “This is an exciting market for us and one that aligns very well with our approach and values as a business.  Since our successful work with City College Brighton (now Brighton MET) to recruit a Chief Executive, Director of Education and Director of Finance (http://www.peridotpartners.co.uk/executive-leadership-team-city-college-brighton-and-hove/), we have been keen to bring in somebody who can focus exclusively on this sector.  I am thrilled that person is Drew. His experience as Assistant Principal at Grantham College and as a board member or governor of several educational organisations gives him excellent insight and understanding of the sector and its nuances.  Combining Drew’s knowledge, experience and enthusiasm with Peridot’s recruitment and executive search experience, values and approach is an exciting prospect.” Drew commented “I am excited about my new role with Peridot Partners. I’m passionate about the work of colleagues in the FE sector and how colleges have the ability to change the lives of people spanning generations. It’s because of this that I’m looking forward […]
3rd February 2017

About this time last year, I started to tackle the question of what next?

As a second-year sabbatical officer, I had to seriously consider what next. Run for an NUS full-time officer position? Go back to full-time study? Get a job? I opted for the latter, but I thought it might be helpful to others to share five challenges I’ve faced to give you a head-start. 1)   Work out your why. Make sure that whatever you do next is something that excites you. I can’t stress this enough, you are about to take the next journey in your own adventure. Only you know what makes you get out of bed in the morning. If you’re proactive and start your job hunting early it means you can explore opportunities without the time or financial pressure and provides the ability to reject offers if they are not right for you. As a rule of thumb if you’re not excited about the prospect of being offered that job don’t waste your time applying – the passion won’t come through and you probably won’t secure an offer anyway. 2)   Have THAT conversation with your team. You are going to be leaving so you need to consider your exit before it’s forced upon you. It’s worth having a conversation with both your […]
14th September 2016

Why New Philanthropy Capital are missing the point regarding paying charity trustees.

New Philanthropy Capital (NPC) recently released a report called IT STARTS FROM THE TOP, IMPROVING GOVERNANCE, IMPROVING IMPACT. I wait with baited breath, sad I know, for such reports in the hope that one day I will be further enlightened. The UK, across all sectors, has an opportunity to lead the world in its governance practice and I’m keen in my own small way, as an advisor to Boards and as a trustee, to pick up new thinking. One of their recommendations is that The Charity Commission should its amend guidance on paying trustees to avoid disincentivising charities from exploring payments and empowering individual charities to make the decision about paying trustees if they wish to do so. This is not a new issue, but the guidance is helpful. I’m all for promoting more freedom for charities to test new ideas that promote better governance. In my experience this is a question increasingly asked when recruiting Chairs of Boards of Trustees, as these roles are particularly onerous and almost part-time employment. In many cases a Chair will give 1-2 days per week of their time and sometimes more when an organisation is going through a period of major change or […]
5th September 2016

T.M. Lewin, What to Wear at Work

We often get asked by people what they should wear to interview in different work environments. Whilst charities are often more informal than public sector organisations each work environment is unique so it’s worth finding out directly in advance of any meetings. We hope this style guide is useful as broad overview.
2nd September 2016

The Grind Behind the Gold

As we bask in the late summer glory of Team GB’s magnificent performance at the Rio Olympic Games the athletes who so notably achieved such astonishing feats are rightly receiving the plaudits they deserve. London 2012 was a notable high point for both this country’s ability to stage such a wonderful global event and also the level of performance by our athletes; levels unprecedented in living memory. This time around expectations were lowered. No country had improved their medal tally after hosting the Games and there was no expectation this time around that Team GB would put paid to that statistical quirk. That they did is a fantastic achievement and the fact that medals came thick and fast in such a diverse range of sports is testament to the breadth and depth of talent this country produces. Who would have thought the nation would be gripped by canoeing, taekwondo or synchronised diving and a British gymnast winning not one but two Olympic gold medals was frankly inconceivable not that long ago. The athletes will rightly be lauded for a long time to come but what did it take to get them there? During my 20 years in the sports industry […]