Publications

Wild ReSearch

Developing our market knowledge and breadth of sector understanding

 

Wild ReSearch is the thought leadership and advisory division of Wild Search, established in 2011. In order to further our understanding of our clients’ needs and outlook we constantly seek to evolve and improve our knowledge of the issues they face and the challenges that lie ahead. By contacting and interviewing experts and practitioners in each field, we aim to improve our insight and advice, share best practice and provide new perspectives.

We have partnered with: Cambridge Information Group, Dulwich College Management, GL Assessment, Harwich Haven Authority, Peabody, Swan Housing, The Northbank BID, Victoria BID, Bidwells and Rathbones.

We work with our clients and broader network to develop themes for our reports and to ensure the highest calibre of contributors and insights.

United and Valued: Reflections on Military Charities Today (2017)

The military charity sector plays a vital role in supporting those who have served their country in the armed forces. United and Valued seeks to address the issues facing the sector as well as discussing the ways in which military charities make a real difference to people’s lives, whether it be in terms of health (physical and mental), education and research, housing, welfare delivery or a plethora of other areas.

In the course of the compilation of the essays, Wild Search spoke to dozens of charities, specifically military charities, executives and trustees as well as serving and retired service personnel.

We partnered with Rathbones on this publication and thank them for their contributions.

Sharing Resources, Securing Success (2017)

Sharing Resources, Securing Success features a range of contributions from chief executives of leading MATs, Dr Tim Coulson, Regional Schools Commissioner for East of England and North-East London and Chair of the Education Select Committee, Neil Carmichael. The essays consider the challenges and benefits of sharing services to benefits students across groups – both those state funded and other models.

Supported by GL Assessment, the publication addresses some of the key issues being discussed within the sector and offers insights from those at the frontline of leadership. Speaking at the launch, Edward Wild said:

“There are several reports and published research which assesses the evidence to inform policy. This publication offers a different perspective, which we hope will be of benefit to those forming MATs, governing bodies and trustees. As such, we hope it will be a useful addition to the context”.

Laws for the Land: Commemorating the 1917 Corn Production Act & 1947 Agriculture Act (2017)

Laws for the Land commemorates two crucial pieces of twentieth century British agricultural legislation, drawing on contributions from leaders and specialists across the sector. As Britain reorients and reconfigures its agricultural policy in light of the Brexit vote, this timely series of essays provides insight into the past, present and future of this vital industry.

Building Better Boards: An Opportunity for Education (2015)

The third in our education series, ‘Building Better Boards’ considers school governance in modern Britain and suggests how the system can be improved.

Its authors are: Chair of the Education Select Committee, Neil Carmichael MP; the Director of Education at the Academies Enterprise Trust, Libby Nicholas; the Founder of GKP consultancy, Gerard Kelly; and the Director of Wild Search, Edward Wild.

Building Better Board was cited in Sir Gerry Grimstone’s report, Better Public Appointments, which can be read here.

Agricultural Societies & Shows: Past, Present & Future (2015)

Agricultural Societies & Shows: Past, Present & Future explores the genesis and evolution of country shows and agricultural societies, with the key contribution by former Country Life Editor Clive Aslet.

Other contributions come from RHS President Sir Nicholas Bacon BT OBE DL and Edward Wild, who examines how societies and associations might thrive in the future.

Lessons from Leaders: Preparing, Planning & Managing a Portfolio Career (2015)

Lessons from Leaders is our second publication which focuses on how to build a portfolio career. Compiled by Edward Wild and Annunziata Rees-Mogg, it features interviews with fourteen leaders across a variety of sectors, including business, education, charities, housing and Whitehall.

It provides key advice and recommendations about how to build, maintain and develop a portfolio career.

Lessons from Leaders was cited in Sir Gerry Grimstone’s report, Better Public Appointments, which can be read here.

Foresight, Tenacity, Vision: Essays to Commemorate the 40th Anniversary of the 1974 Housing Act (2014)

In 2014, the 1974 Housing Act reached its 40th anniversary: one of the key pieces of legislation which secured cross-party support. To mark the occasion, Wild ReSearch, in collaboration with housing provider Peabody, commissioned a selection of leading individuals from across the property sector to examine the history of the Act, its subsequent impact and how it has shaped housing policy to this day, including an assessment of the future policy direction for housing.

Strands of History: Northbank Revealed (2014)

Strands of History examines the history of the Northbank area of London, from Trafalgar Square along the Strand and the Victoria Embankment as far as the Royal Courts of Justice. The area encompasses countless landmarks, and the report unpicks the stories of the palaces, theatres, churches and hotels that give the Northbank its distinctive feel.

Standards, Freedom, Choice: Essays to commemorate the 25th Anniversary of 1988 Education Reform Act (2013)

Standards, Freedom, Choice assesses the legislation and the impact of this reform programme, which remains influential today.

It draws together essays by a broad range of experts in the education field, including politicians, head teachers, civil servants and others. The Rt Hon Michael Gove MP contributed a foreword.

Time and Tide: The History of the Harwich Haven Authority (2013)

We were commissioned by the Harwich Haven Authority to produce Time & Tide, a fully illustrated 130 page history to commemorate its 150th anniversary.

The hardback, full-colour book features a wealth of research from the Authority’s archives.

Time and Chance: Preparing and Planning for a Portfolio Career (2012)

Time and Chance draws on Edward Wild’s considerable experience in headhunting to offer advice for those preparing to embark on a portfolio career.

The publication draws on interviews with a range of individuals who have adopted portfolio careers, resulting in a wealth of information for those just starting out. A revised, expanded and updated version was published in 2015.

Stronger Boards, Better Education (2012)

This second edition of the report by Edward Wild and Neil Carmichael MP on education, governance and leadership, includes a message from the Secretary of State for Education, Michael Gove and was sponsored by the Cambridge Information Group.

The report builds on the work of its predecessor, following the establishment of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Education, Governance and Leadership. The report makes a number of recommendations as to how school governance might be improved going forwards.

London Victoria SW1: Past, Present and Future (2012)

Commissioned by the Victoria Business Improvement District, London Victoria SW1 charts the recent rejuvenation and newfound vibrancy of what was previously — if inexplicably — an “unfashionable and soulless”, area of London.

Beginning with “Victoria before Victoria” the book examines the varied history of the area, before moving on to the recent transformation and the possibilities for the future.

The book is perfect bound and contains colour illustrations throughout.

Robin Hood Gardens, Blackwall Reach: A search for a sense of place (2012)

Commissioned by Swan Housing Group, Robin Hood Gardens charts the rise of the titular housing development at Blackwall Reach, and the reasons that led to a promising area of London becoming such an undesirable place to live. The report documents the battle of wills between admirers of the Brutalist tenement block, designed by architects Alison and Peter Smithson, and those (including both owners and residents) who preferred to see it demolished.

Despite an attempt to have the building listed, the area is now being redeveloped, and the publication studies how plans submitted by the Swan Housing Group will avoid the mistakes of the past. The new Robin Hood Gardens will be well connected, attractive and close to important amenities, rediscovering its sense of place.

Education: A Great British Export? (2012)

Commissioned by Dulwich College Management, this report emphasises education as a major export market for the UK, already contributing around £18 billion a year to the UK economy and showing significant potential for growth.

The report led to the formation of ExEd (Exporting Education UK), a broad-based group of companies that support UK education as an export as well as the All-Parliamentary Party Group for International Students Co-Chaired by Lord Bilimoria and Paul Blomfield MP.

Who Governs the Governors? School Governance in the Twenty First Century (2011)

Our first report was launched in the spring of 2011. The report underscores the essential role of school governors and suggests ways in which governance could be improved. The report recommends that schools seek out a diverse set of skills among their governors, and suggests it would be worth considering remuneration for the chairman and other key board members.

Described by the Rt Hon Michael Gove MP as “superb”, the report led to the formation of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Education Governance and Leadership.