I was born and raised in the States before moving to the UK for a job in publishing, which was followed by completing my MSc and PhD in Education at the University of Oxford. Alongside pursuing postgraduate degrees, I held a variety of roles across the higher education landscape, including working as a researcher; as a Student Advisor at a Students’ Union; and as a lecturer teaching personal and professional development skills to master’s and doctoral students.
One of my main reasons for completing a PhD was to make a difference in education, which led me to pursue a role at a grant-making foundation where my work centred on informing national education policy in the UK. Now I help not-for-profit organisations find excellent candidates who understand and are committed to the positive changes they seek to make in the world. I have a track record of successful board and executive placements across a variety of organisations, including corporate foundations; family foundations; education providers and other organisations with an education focus; fundraising charities; grant-making charities; and international development organisations, among others.
In addition to enjoying helping others and organisations become the people and places they aspire to be, I love baking, books, coffee, libraries, and long walks. I am also a registered volunteer for The Cinnamon Trust, which is a charity dedicated to supporting older people, the terminally ill, and their pets.
Working with Peridot was a pleasure on every level. … We were particularly impressed with the work ethic and positive attitude of Jenn Allen who took it upon herself to work tirelessly to ensure we had the best possible shortlist and ultimately the best candidate for the role.
Executive Director, Costa Foundation
Architects Registration Board | Policy Manager (Education and Training)
Build It International | Chief Executive
Costa Foundation | Executive Director
Gatsby Charitable Foundation | Project Officer
Gatsby Charitable Foundation | Research Officer
Global’s Make Some Noise | Director of Global Goodness
Jerusalem Productions | Board Members x5
London & South East Education Group | Group Director of Policy & Research
Maitri Trust | Trustees x 2
National Archives Trust | Executive Director
Nationwide Foundation | Trustee
NHS Charities Together | Head of Grants
The Bell Foundation | Head of Communications
The Stonyhurst Foundation | Foundation Director
The Tutor Trust | CEO
University of Derby | Principal Adviser to the Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive
I can’t say enough good things about Jenn. Before this I had a rather skewed view of executive search from finance in Asia, but Jenn has shown me that this is both an art and a science and Peridot played the key critical role. … Overall Jenn has been outstanding, and I wouldn’t hesitate to work with her again. Thank you.
Board Recruitment for an International NGO