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Education Recruitment

Our team in the Education Practice deliver outstanding executive search for schools, colleges, awarding bodies and universities. Personal and bespoke, we work with you in partnership to recruit values-led leaders, executive staff and board members 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 Drew Richardson-Walsh, Director – Education Practice, 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 long-term impact of COVID-19 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.

“The recruitment process was thorough and efficient, with consistent and helpful up-dates, and well organised shortlisting and interview processes. We were given detailed information and were impressed that in both campaigns you brought together a number of excellent candidates for us to consider, with a wide range of skills and experience.

As a team you were professional and very helpful and we appreciated all the hard work and input from Sarah, and the efficient correspondence from Laura. You were all a pleasure to work with and I personally would be very happy to work with Peridot in the future, as I am sure would MidKent College.”

Pim Baxter, Chair of the Search & Governance Committee, MidKent College

Diverse networks, exceptional talent

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

Further Education Recruitment:

  • Chief Executives
  • Principals
  • Deputy CEO and Executive Directors
  • Chief Finance Officers, Chief Operating Officers and Finance Directors
  • Vice, Assistant & Associate Principals
  • Directors of Curriculum & Quality
  • Directors of Corporate, Student & Registry Services
  • Heads of Department
  • Governance professionals

University Executive Recruitment includes:

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

School, Academy and Independent Sector Recruitment includes:

  • Chief Executive Officers
  • Chief Finance Officers
  • Chief Operating Officers
  • Headteachers and Principals
  • Chairs, Committee Chairs and Trustees / Governors
  • Governance professionals

“From the early briefings, Peridot were meticulous in gaining an understanding the type of CEO we required. Their recommended longlist of candidates did not disappoint. Throughout, we felt fully informed and supported by Drew and his team. The trust and relationship we built resulted in us having a great deal of confidence in the fully virtual process, which was managed by Peridot, and involved various assessments and activities. I often felt as though we were getting a ‘white glove service’ though I am assured the quality we received is their usual standard.”

Andrew Howat, Chair of the Whitefield Academy Trust

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