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Membership Recruitment

Specialists in executive and specialist recruitment for membership organisations. From the most senior level positions to specialist roles we can support you to recruit the best people to grow your organisation.

Leadership in membership recruitment - James Hunt

Membership organisations are at the forefront of innovation and development for their members. This means your recruitment matters. We recruit specialist, expert people to drive your organisation forward.

Get in touch and recruit the best talent

Specialist membership recruitment delivered with skill and pride

Membership bodies provide specialist support to countless individuals and organisations.  You keep industries moving, businesses growing and people skilled, knowledgeable and supported.

We want to make sure that when you’re recruiting your key people, you receive the same level of support and recruit exceptional staff.

If you’re a membership organisation, you know that relationships are key and our team at Peridot prides itself on creating long-lasting and successful partnerships with our clients.

We’ll be inspired by your vision, listen to what you want and understand the sort of people you need to build a high-performing and nurturing culture. With a significant track record in recruiting forward-thinking people, James Hunt can support you to develop a far-reaching and targeted recruitment campaign.

With advancements in technology leading to new innovative membership products and services, we find you people and leaders who can make transformative change happen using those new technologies.

From CEOs to Technology Directors, HR specialists and marketing experts, we have an exceptional track record in recruiting ambitious people for growth and sustainability.

Bespoke service, exceptional people and lasting success across membership organisations

We work with the very largest Royal Colleges to small professional membership associations, developing bespoke solutions and campaigns to suit your particular needs and budget. Our membership recruitment practice recruits:

  • CEO
  • Membership
  • Education & CPD
  • Operations & Business Development
  • Finance & HR
  • Marketing, Digital & Communications
  • Events
  • Project Management
  • IT & Governance and Facilities
  • Specialist roles

“From the very first interaction, James and Philippa sought to understand what success would look like for the Science Council in the recruitment of a CEO. They delivered a short-list of experienced candidates leading us to make an outstanding appointment. As Chair of the Board, I was supported throughout and felt extremely confident with both the process and the approach.”

Chair, Science Council

Our selected track record

Association for Art History – Chief Executive

Association for Project Management (APM) – Head of Education & Lifelong Learning, Head of Technology, Head of Public Affairs, Head of Membership

Bar Council  – Head of Governance

Bar Standards Board – Director of Communications and Public Engagement

British Marine – Head of Member Relations (maternity cover)

British Pharmacological Society – Non-Executive Director (Sales), Non-Executive Director  (Technology), Non-Executive Director  (Legal)

British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC) – Chief Executive Officer

British Retail Consortium (BRC) – Membership Director

British Society for Rheumatology – Director of Practice and Quality

Business Continuity Institute – Head of Training and Education

Canning House – Corporate Manager

CIOB (Chartered Institute of Building) – Finance Director

CIPFA – Independent Board Member

CQI (Chartered Quality Institute) – Head of Commercial Development

European Chiropractors’ Union – Secretary General

FMB (Federation of Master Builders) – Head of Membership Services


IEMA (Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment) – Relationship Manager, Head of Partnership Development, Finance and Performance Director, Professional Development Manager, Professional Standards Manager, Policy and Engagement Lead x2

Institute for Family Business – Membership & Development Director

Institute of Brewing & Distilling – Chief Finance Officer

Institute of Physics – Inclusion and Diversity Representative to Council

Institute of Quarrying – Chief Executive

International Tourism Partnership – Director, Partnerships and Operations Manager (YCI)

IPA (International Psychoanalytical Association) – Head of Communications, Head of Projects & Operational Development

Market Research Society – Head of Businsess Development

National Council for the Training of Journalists – Head of Partnerships and Projects

NHS Providers – Chief Operating Officer

Reform Club – Membership Development Manager

RIAS (Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland) – CEO

Science Council – Chief Executive Officer

The Bar Council – Commercial Director (1yr FTC), Commercial Development Manager

The Institution of Structural Engineers – Digital and Data Director, Chief Operating Officer, Head of Learning and Development, Head of HR

Worshipful Society of Apothecaries – Academic Registrar, Head of the Academic Department

Membership organisations we have recently worked with to recruit exceptional people:

I have been impressed by how friendly, supportive, informative and professional the team have been throughout the five week process.I would highly recommend Peridot Partners to anyone seeking a role. They seem to care about you as an individual and are truly invested in helping you attain the perfect role.

Head of Learning & Development, Institution of Structural Engineers and successful candidate.

Podcast: The Future of Membership Organisations

In January 2020, we held our first membership focussed event looking at the Future of Membership Organisations – the challenges and the opportunities. Four guest speakers talked about:

  • Partnerships, alliances or potential merges – What are the benefits and opportunities.
  • How do we engage and attract the next generation of younger members?
  • How do you ensure you have a high performing board that can effectively drive strategy?
  • Putting digital transformation at the heart of an organisation’s corporate strategy in a world with constantly evolving technology.

This podcast takes the discussion further, talking to Rachel Lambert-Forsyth, Director of Membership and Professional Affairs at The Royal Society of Biology about developing a good acquisition and retention strategy for younger members, advice for people thinking about working in a membership organisation and how she’s making the step up to become CEO of the British Pharmacological Society.


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