Academic bookworm turned higher education recruitment consultant.

Dr Sophie Carney, Associate Business Manager, Peridot Partners

Dr Sophie Carney
Managing Consultant | Higher Education

m. 07399 528307

I am passionate about higher education, with 16 years of experience on every side of the table – as student, researcher, lecturer, and student services manager.

Having spent over 10 years working in higher education as an academic and in student support services, I was keen to continue my career by supporting a sector I love and one which has provided me with a wealth of opportunities for my personal and professional development. Having seen first-hand Peridot Partners’ fantastic work across the education and not for profit sectors to drive social impact through executive and board recruitment, it was an easy decision to move into recruitment.   As the Managing Consultant for Higher Education Appointments in the Education Practice, I am fortunate to lead on the appointment of executive, academic and professional services leaders across the higher education sector. I also lead on the recruitment of outstanding talent to university, higher education institution, and HE sector organisation governing councils, boards and committees, with a track record of appointing to chairs, vice chairs, independent council members, non-executive directors and committee members. This gives me the opportunity to work with clients and candidates who are equally driven by their passion for the opportunities and transformative impact of higher education on the lives of thousands of students.


When I’m not working, you’ll probably find me walking my cockapoo Bella along the River Trent, browsing around the antique shops of Newark, or wading through a pile of historical fiction novels and art history tomes!

Sophie was excellent throughout the selection process. Friendly, supportive and knowledgeable, I felt really well prepared for both the written application and interview. I felt that Sophie really wanted the best outcome for both myself and the hiring organisation and acting with care and professionalism throughout.

Candidate for the Governing Council of a University

Sophie's selected track record

Bishop Grosseteste University | Chair of Governing Council and 3x Governing Council Members

Compton Verney House Trust | 3x Trustees

Croydon College and University Centre | Chair of the Board|

The Edge Foundation | 2x Trustees

University of Derby | Chair Elect of Council

University of Derby | Vice Chair of Council and Remuneration Committee Chair

University of Derby | Chair of Skills Committee

University of Derby | 11x Council and Committee Members

University of Northampton | Chair of the Board of Governors and Independent Governor

WEA | Trustee

Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) | Board Director x3 and Honorary Treasurer

Sophie was brilliant in her analysis and overview of the vacancy. The quality of the information provided was of top quality and it made my decision easier.

Candidate for the Governing Council of a University

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