Director, Wild ReSearch (2013)
Clive is an award-winning author, journalist and authority on British Life. He is Editor of Country Life, a magazine that he has worked on since 1977, being Editor for 13 years. He has toured Britain both for Country Life and books such as Landmarks of Britain and Villages of Britain. His latest book, An Exuberant Catalogue of Dreams, reveals the Americans who are behind the survival of many of Britain's country houses. He is now completing a novel.
Clive is co-founder of the Remember WW1 Campaign which will encourage mass participation in events to remember the centenary of the First World War which begins in 2014.
Non Executive Advisor, Wild Search (2013)
Alice has been the Chief Executive of the Peter Jones Foundation since March 2012, a UK registered charity which was established by the entrepreneur Peter Jones CBE in 2005 to support a range of causes, most notably in training entrepreneurs, which is provided through its national network of Enterprise Academies. She is a former Regional Director the Countryside Alliance, a national membership and campaigning organisation which represents more than 100,000 members with an interest in both the rural economy and country sports. She was promoted to become the Chief Executive of the Alliance 2010-12 and oversaw its charitable foundation. After graduating from Cambridge in 1999, Alice’s early career was in sales and marketing with SPG Media and Emax. She remains an enthusiastic supporter of the rural economy and country sports.
Non Executive Advisor, Wild Search (2013)
Neil has pursued a career in farming, business and politics. A former County Councillor in Northumberland, he was elected as Conservative Member of Parliament for Stroud in 2010. He was elected as a member of the Education Select Committee and the Environmental Audit Committee in 2010. Neil is the co-author, with Edward Wild, of ‘Who Governs the Governors?’ (2011) and ‘Stronger Boards, Better Education’ (2012). Neil is the founder and Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Education Governance and Leadership. A committed environmentalist, he led the passage of the private member’s bill which received Royal Assent as the Antarctic Act 2013. A graduate of Nottingham University and former lecturer in post war politics, he retains his interests in agriculture although not directly farming, and continues to develop and manage woodlands.
Head of Events and Marketing, Wild Search (2014)
Emily joined Wild Search from Policy Exchange, where she was Development Manager. Previously, Emily has worked for British Airways, U.S Congressman Jim Himes and the University of Oxford’s Department of Public Health and Primary Care. Emily graduated from the University of York with a Joint Honours degree in English and Politics. She sits on the Advisory Board of the charity Attacked Not Defeated.
Dr Emma French
Associate Director (2014)
Emma joined Wild Search in 2014, bringing fifteen years’ experience in executive search and research. She has worked on a broad range of senior private and public sector appointments.
Previously Emma has worked for Green Park, The Berwick Group, and Odgers, Ray & Berndtson as a Senior Consultant. A visiting lecturer at Southampton University, it was there that Emma was awarded her Doctorate of Philosophy; this followed her earlier studies at London University and Oxford.
Research Associate, Wild ReSearch (2013)
Dan graduated in 2011 having studied Politics, Philosophy and Economics at Oxford University. On leaving Oxford he joined Central Banking Publications as a financial journalist. He moved to Wild Search in 2013 but continues to write on a freelance basis, with articles published in both national newspapers and trade publications.
Director, Wild Search (2010)
Chris Lenton is a co-founder of Wild Search and current Director and Secretary of The Tutors Association. He was Elected Chairman of the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) 2008-2012 and subsequently published 'Challenges and opportunities of the next decade; Professional bodies report' in April 2012.
A former Finance and Operations Director of The Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (ICSA), he took on a series of non executive appointments in 2009, which he combines with his role at Wild Search. Chris’s career has centred on strategic planning, marketing and corporate governance. Ethics and corporate social responsibility have played a key part in his business philosophy. He is a Chartered Marketer, Chartered Secretary and Chartered Certified Accountant. He still rows competitively and was a gold medallist in the coxed four at the World Masters Championships in 1989. He was educated at Chiswick Polytechnic and UCL.
Barry Martin was a highly successful Headmaster of HMC schools for over 20 years, first at Liverpool College (1992-1997) and then at Hampton School (1997-2013).
Barry’s teaching career included day and boarding schools, both co-ed and single sex, across England. Through his work as an ISI inspector, Director of the Independent Schools Council, Treasurer of HMC, and Governor of two HMC and two IAPS schools, Barry has unrivalled knowledge of all aspects of the UK independent schools sector. A former Bank of England employee, he was probably the first head in the country with an MBA. His work as an A level chief examiner and co-authoring leading textbooks has taught him skills in curriculum development and assessment. Barry has also been involved in training and appraisals of heads, and has advised on several headship appointments.
He was educated at the then direct grant Kingston Grammar School and at St Catharine’s College, Cambridge, where he played both cricket and hockey for the University.
Director, Wild Search (2010)
Graham is a co-founder of Wild Search. He was most recently a Director of the Public and Not-for-Profit Practice at leading executive search firm Norman Broadbent, where he was responsible for finding exceptional talent for Board level positions for trade associations, charities and educational establishments. Prior to his career in executive search, Graham was Commercial Director of Adfero, Business Development Director for its predecessor company DeHavilland Information Services and Marketing and Communications Director for the UK’s leading waste management company Onyx Environmental (now Veolia Environment).
Earlier in his career, Graham was elected as Member of the UK Parliament for Colne Valley in 1987, substantially increasing his majority in 1992 and serving as Parliamentary Private Secretary to Francis Maude and to John McGregor. He was a member of the Education and Employment Committee. He was educated at Warwick University and subsequently worked in Sales Management roles for Procter and Gamble, Coca Cola and Schweppes. Graham served on the CBI’s London Regional Council for 6 years.
Dr. Graham Stewart
Director, Wild ReSearch (2011)
Dr Graham Stewart is a noted historian of twentieth-century British politics and the media. A former leader writer and columnist for The Times, he is the newspaper’s official historian and author of 'The Murdoch Years'. He is the author of the internationally acclaimed 'Burying Caesar: Churchill, Chamberlain and the Battle for the Tory Party' which was a ‘Book of the Year’ in the New Statesman and he has also been a nominee for the Orwell Prize, Britain’s most prestigious award for political writing. His sixth book, a study of British politics and culture in the 1980s, 'Bang!' was published in January 2013. He is also the author of "Robin Hood Gardens, Blackwall Reach; A search for a sense of place", and "SW1 London Victoria: Past, Present and Future", both published by Wild ReSearch in 2012.
SA graduate of St Andrews University and with a PhD from Cambridge University, Graham is also a senior research fellow at the Humanities Research Institute of Buckingham University.
Director, Wild Search (2010)
Edward established Wild Search in 2010 following his earlier career in executive search with Odgers Ray and Berndtson. Prior to Wild Search he established and led the Board and Non Profit practices at CCG, specialising in appointments of Chairs, Non Executive Directors and Finance Directors. He has worked for a wide range of membership, professional and trade bodies, Arts and tourism organisations, charities, educational organisations and housing providers; in addition to work for corporate clients on national and international searches.
His early career was pursued in education (working for four of the Financial Times’ 100 leading independent schools) and charities (including Cancer Research UK and Addaction). His final role in education was as the first ever Development Director of Hampton School. He also wrote School by the Thames (James and James 2005) and, with Neil Carmichael MP, Who Governors the Governors? (Wild ReSearch 2011) and Stronger Boards, Better Education (Wild ReSearch 2012). He has written regular columns on politics and education for regional newspapers and magazines, in addition to being quoted by The Sunday Times on senior appointments and the rural economy. Most recently he has written for The Times, Conservative Home and City AM and edited the Wild ReSearch Report, 'Time and Chance: Preparing and Planning for a Portfolio Career'. He was educated at the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge. Edward is a trustee of the Sedbergh School Foundation and a member of the Policy Exchange Business Comittee.
Senior Advisor (2014)
David Worskett joined Wild Search after six years as the Director/Chief Executive of the NHS Partners Network, the trade association for a wide range of healthcare companies undertaking work for the NHS. During his time there he led the independent providers through the hugely difficult and controversial NHS reforms and acquired unique insight into the evolution of the wider UK healthcare market.
His earlier career includes executive and non-executive roles in a major health sector law firm; ten years as the Corporate and Public Affairs Director of the RAC; a period as Chief Executive of the old Engineering and Technology Board; and 14 years as a civil servant, working closely with Ministers on transport, environmental issues and EU negotiations.
He has a number of current non-executive roles, including that of Chairman of the Association of Dental Groups.
Head of Operations (2013)
Sophie read German at University College London, graduating in 2013. During her degree she lived in Amstetten in Austria for a year, working as an English language assistant at local business and technical schools. She has broad research experience for a number of leading companies including 33 St. James's, Allen & Overy and Cazenove.
Our Education Advisory Board was formed in March 2012, it meets termly and its members are regularly engaged in advising us on our work. The Board comprises of:
Alice Barnard (Chief Executive, Peter Jones Foundation; Non Executive Adviser, Wild Search)
Neil Carmichael MP (Member, Education Select Committee; Non Executive Adviser, Wild Search)
Dr Shaun Fenton (Headmaster, Reigate Grammar)
Barry Martin (Senior Advisor, Wild Search)
Dick Palmer (Group CEO, Ten Group)
Melvyn Roffe (Principal, George Watson's College)
Barry Sheerman MP (Chair, Skills Commission; Founder and Chair, Policy Connect)
Adrian Underwood (Former Director, Boarding Schools' Association)
Dr Anthony Wallersteiner (Headmaster, Stowe School)
Associate, Wild Search Leadership Coaching (2014)
Alexis Akwagyiram is a multimedia journalist and media trainer. He has extensive experience of working for national and international news organisations. Alexis has worked in digital, TV and radio journalism for BBC News. And he has written for the Guardian, Evening Standard and Mail on Sunday.
His contributions to panel discussions related to the ever-changing digital media landscape points to his thought leadership in that field. This extensive experience of new and old media makes Alexis perfectly placed to ensure that our clients can confidently and effectively convey key messages.
Associate, Wild Search Leadership Coaching (2012)
Caroline Goyder is a voice, presentation and public speaking coach, trainer and facilitator.
Caroline has specialized for nearly a decade in helping non-acting clients to perform with poise and power in real life, whether they are delivering a speech, anchoring a TV show, impressing at interview, or chairing a board meeting. Caroline worked for ten years as a voice coach at Central School of Speech and Drama, and coaches actors, performers and business people on all aspects of voice, speech, body language and influential communication. Caroline combines tutoring at Central School of Speech with corporate work. The current focus of Caroline’s work is with senior individuals, supporting them to use their voice, speech and body language to communicate with clarity, confidence, presence and power.
Caroline is a graduate of St John’s College, Oxford and has an MA in Voice Studies from Central School of Speech and Drama. She is a PPD accredited Master Practitioner of NLP.
Associate, Wild Search Leadership Coaching (2012)
Martin Neild was appointed as Managing Director of Hodder & Stoughton Publishers in 1993 and was subsequently Chief Executive of the Hodder Headline Group, Chairman of Hachette Ireland and a member of the Hachette UK Board (Britain’s largest Publishing Group).
In 2009, he left to start his own coaching, mentoring and consultancy business with Hachette UK as one of his first and continuing clients. Other clients include the St Ives Group and the Wellcome Trust He is also a Visiting Fellow of University College London where he teaches on the Publishing Studies Post-Graduate course and is a member of the Oxford Brookes Publishing Advisory Board. He is Chair of the Book Marketing Society and Deputy Chair and a Trustee of the newly formed charity, World Book Night.
He has an MA in English Language and Linguistics from the University of Edinburgh and is currently studying for an MA in Coaching and Mentoring at the Oxford Brookes Business School.
Director, Wild Search Leadership Coaching (2011)
Helen Selka joined Wild Search in 2011 to develop its leadership coaching and training service to both corporate and non profit clients. She brings a range of business experience in recruitment, training, marketing and business strategy. Her clients cover the Education, Charity and Corporate sectors, where she works with Chairmen, Chief Executives and senior managers. She is also a Director of Reliance RG.
She was educated at St Andrew's University (graduating in Spanish and French) and RADA. Helen is currently training in Systems Psychodynamic Coaching at the Tavistock Consultancy Service.