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Education Recruitment

Our education practice delivers outstanding executive search for schools, colleges and universities. Personal and bespoke, we work with you in partnership to recruit values-led leaders in education.

Executive recruitment for universities, colleges and schools by Peridot

We're specialists in recruiting dynamic, experienced and transformational leaders in higher and further education. From CEOs and vice-principals to governor and board recruitment, we recruit the best people.

Recruit the best leaders in education

‘Professional, personable and passionate about improving life chances through education’

This is how one of our candidates talked about the experience of working with our Education Practice.

Headed up by Associate Director and Head of Education, Drew Richardson-Walsh, who has over 10 years’ experience working in further and higher education leadership roles, our education team is thoughtful, expert and focused on delivering the best outcomes for the educational institutions we work with.

We understand the challenges the education sector is facing at the moment – from budget constraints, uncertainty around the impact of Brexit on the education system and ongoing educational reform among others, meaning the only constant is change.

You need leaders who can help your organisation grow, bring skills to ensure financial sustainability and transformation if it’s needed.

Recruiting leaders in education is what we do – from executive level to chair and board recruitment.

Education executive recruitment – how to attract the best leaders

Executive Recruitment Agencies for Education – woman Principal in further education

When you talk to us about service improvement, partnership development, external funding, strategic planning, structural reorganisation, leadership and organisational development, we know what we’re talking about because we’re been there and done that ourselves.

Our experience of being leaders, governors and expert recruiters means we know how to look for exceptional people who will fulfil your requirements – whether you’re looking for a Trustee for a multi-academy trust, or CEO and Principal for a college in financial turmoil.

If you’re a candidate with us, we’ll work with you in the way that we’d expect to be treated. We’ll be friendly, available and respectful. We’ll understand what you want out of your career and help you to find a role that fits your values and your ambitions.

We’ll give you constructive feedback and whatever the outcome we’ll be transparent and honest.

“Peridot researchers contacted an extremely wide field and came up with an astonishingly impressive list of candidates. One applicant told us that they felt the whole process had been a pleasure and that Drew had supported them with feedback that was both honest and constructive. In summary, I can’t recommend Peridot highly enough – high quality candidates; timely support and Drew made the experience a pleasure. Thank you all so much!”

Ra Hamilton-Burns, Director of Governance at the East Sussex College Group

Diverse networks, exceptional talent

We have an excellent track record in recruiting senior level management in both further and higher education.

Further Education Recruitment:

  • CEOs & Principals
  • Deputy CEO and Executive Directors
  • CFO and Finance Directors
  • Vice, Assistant & Associate Principals
  • Directors of Curriculum & Quality
  • Directors of Corporate, Student & Registry Services
  • Heads of Department

University Executive Recruitment includes:

  • Executive & Academic Leadership
  • Directors of professional, academic and corporate services
  • Committee Chair & Governor
  • Chair of Board/Council

Working with clients across the education sector; in schools, colleges, universities and skills to deliver better leadership:

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