As a successful product of the further education sector myself there is no better place for me to focus my 25+ years’ experience. Having worked in both the corporate and education sectors in a variety of roles including training, human resources, student services and work-based learning, I have a plethora of my own expertise to bring to my role as a Principal Consultant at Peridot Partners.
I joined the team in 2018, at a juncture in my own life – it was a risk to leave the education sector but one that I can whole heartedly say has been the best decision I have ever made. The people that I’ve engaged with and the colleges I’ve worked with has been truly amazing.
I’ve seen colleges turn around their quality, delivery and finances with the support of the people I’ve engaged onto Corporation Boards and into Executive Teams. Each one of them making such a difference to the opportunities of the next generation and gaining their own reward through giving back their time, expertise and passion for education.
Outside of work, I love nothing better than a walk on the beach with my family and a glass of something fine to finish the day.
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Sarah was a delight to work with – very professional, knowledgeable and responsive. Peridot reached candidates which we would otherwise not have reached, and – given the calibre of the candidates – we ended up appointing more people than we had originally anticipated!
Sarah approached people from across the region and gave us a selection which was diverse in terms of their EDI metrics but also their personal experiences and backgrounds. Sarah supported the panel to see the future potential of each candidate, regardless of their specific governance experience and was pro-active in vetting candidates to ensure they had a realistic understanding of the commitment required from candidates in order to fulfil the roles.
Governance Professional, West Suffolk College
City of Bristol College | Principal and Chief Executive
City of Bristol College | Governors
City of College Norwich | Interim Clerk
College of West Anglia | Head of Governance
Halesowen College | Governors
Halesowen College | Principal and Chief Executive
Nescot College | Governor
North Kent College | Governors
North Kent College |Governors
Nottingham College | Governors
Nottingham College | Governors
Preston College | Principal and Chief Executive
Plumpton College | Chair of Audit
Plumpton College | Governors
RNN Group | Governor
SGS College | Chair of the Corporation
Solihull College | Governors
Southampton City College | Governors
South Staffordshire College | Head of Governance
Stanmore College | Governors
West Notts College | Vice Principal (Curriculum and Quality)
West Suffolk College | Chief Finance Officer
York College | Governors
I believe Sarah was helpful, assuring and also realistic. I have worked with some executive search consultants that I believe have given false expectations. Sarah was encouraging and gave great feedback.
Placed candidate for a college
Excellent support from Sarah Atkins-Boal and her team in recruiting a new Head of Governance and 3 Governors. In both searches Peridot found a number of strong candidates for the roles who met our requirements.
Principal, Moulton College