Summer-loving, garden-dwelling education expert with leadership experience in both Higher Education and Further Education

Drew Richardson-Walsh, Director of Education, Peridot Partners

Drew Richardson-Walsh
Director of Education Practice

m. 07739 364033

Want to know more about leadership roles in education? Look no further than Drew Richardson-Walsh.

Access to high-quality education is one of the main key drivers for real social mobility. That is why my team and I work hard to support our clients across the full spectrum of education and skills sectors to secure exceptional talent to their leadership teams, executive roles and non-executive board positions.

As Deputy Chair of a thriving and successful multi-academy trust, and a volunteer with the Social Mobility Foundation, I feel privileged to help young people progress through their early life and feel supported on their journey into adulthood. It is through my work at Peridot Partners that I also get a sense of pride in the work we do.

Having joined the Peridot team in 2017, I am a proud director of the business and lead a dedicated team of expert education recruiters, deeply connected with the work we do in enhancing societal outcomes for children, students and adult learners. We work nationally with colleges, universities, academy trusts and schools, awarding organisations and end point assessment organisations, chartered institutes and charities with an education mission.

Working closely with Chairs, governing bodies, CEOs and executive directors to understand the culture and ambitions of their organisation when appointing senior leaders and board members/governors or trustees, our Education Practice has a national reputation for delivering high-quality work in the spirit of true partnership and through a values-based approach to recruitment.

Having been a senior leader in the FE and HE sectors prior to joining Peridot, and on the receiving end of some very poor recruitment practice as both client and candidate, my team and I ensure our executive search campaigns are well led, appropriately communicated, broad and thoroughly researched, and expertly managed – from end to end.

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“Drew Richardson-Walsh was very personable; he has a strong winning style of drawing you in and making you feel comfortable and valued.

I have, in my career, worked with many search companies and few have the presence of mind to treat potential candidates other than as a commodity. The experience – the lack of individuality – is not that great as a consequence. Peridot does not fall into that failing. They clearly have a culture of ‘people matter’ – whether a buyer of their services or as a hopeful candidate and my experience of working with them has been very positive.”

Nick Deeming, Chair of Richmond-upon-Thames College

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