Director, Wild ReSearch (2013)
Clive is an award-winning author, journalist and authority on British Life. He is Editor-at-Large 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 recent book, An Exuberant Catalogue of Dreams, reveals the Americans who are behind the survival of many of Britain's country houses. His debut novel, The Birdcage (2014), was published earlier this summer alongside Strands of History: Northbank Revealed (2014). The latter was commissioned by the Northbank BID and explores the identity of the Northbank area.
Clive is co-founder of the Remember WW1 Campaign which encourages mass participation in events to remember the centenary of the First World War.
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 Research and Events, Wild Search (2014)
Emily joined Wild Search from Policy Exchange, where she was Development Manager and managed the charity’s relationships with individual donors, potential donors and trusts & foundations. Previously, Emily has worked for British Airways, U.S Congressman Jim Himes and the University of Oxford’s Department of Public Health.
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, Wild Search (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.
Director, Wild ReSearch (2014)
Bevis was educated at Reigate Grammar School, and in 1958 he won an open scholarship (Demyship) to Magdalen College, Oxford. Bevis read modern history and in 1961 was awarded the University's Gladstone Memorial Prize.
In 1963 he joined The Times as an editorial trainee, later becoming a reporter and sale room correspondent. After a brief period at the British Museum, he became editor of The Connoisseur magazine in the 1970s. In the 1980s he edited The Times Saturday Review and was for five years a columnist on the Los Angeles Times.
He is the author of over 30 books - among them, the first book on Art Deco (1968), which effectively popularized that name for the inter-wars style; works on ceramics, posters and caricatures; and the authorized biography of Sir John Betjeman, Poet Laureate, in three volumes (now abridged into a single paperback).
Bevis is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and of the Royal Society of Arts. In 1975 he was appointed a Commander of the Italian Order of Merit, for services to the arts. In 2009 he received an honorary D. Litt from the University of Winchester.
Photograph by Chris Redgrave
Research Associate, Wild Search (2014)
Since joining Wild Search in September, Rosie has worked on a range of assignments and events. She is currently leading the research for our upcoming publication Agricultural Societies: Past, Present and Future, which will be published in 2015.
Rosie has worked for Angel Publicity and has previous research experience in search. She is planning to study Anthropology in October 2015.
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’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.
Associate, Wild Search Leadership Coaching (2014)
Stephen Newton is a former Army Officer who gained a scholarship to undertake an in-service degree in English at Magdalen College, Oxford.
On leaving the Army, he worked at Mercury Fund Managers Ltd (now incorporated into BlackRock) and Schroder Investment Management before starting his own business in 2001, DLO Development. He is approved as a Business Growth and Leadership coach under the Government’s Growth Accelerator programme.
An expert on business development issues, Stephen has written four books on the topic, including The Professional's Guide to Business Development, The Invasion Game (Business Development and Practice Growth for Lawyers) and Success as a Coach.
He also co-runs Career in Transition.
Finance Director, Wild Search (2014)
A Chartered Management Accountant, Stephen's earlier career was in investigations and forensic accounting. His later career involved senior finance and commercial roles in Telecoms at KCOM plc and working for national charities including Anchor and Livability. Stephen provides interim and part time Finance Director services to charities and SME’s.
He is a Fellow of the Chartered Insurance Institute, writes on insurance matters and has significant business transformation experience. Stephen’s NED experience includes being a Board member at Yorkshire Coast Homes since 2008, where he is currently Vice Chair. Stephen advises on our finance appointments.
Annunziata Rees-Mogg is an experienced financial journalist having worked on Sunday Business and been deputy editor of MoneyWeek, the UK’s largest circulation financial magazine. She has been very active politically, editing the European Journal, the UK's leading eurosceptic magazine, and running for Parliament twice during which time she extended her strong business and journalistic connections into the world of politics. At this time she was also a leader writer for the Daily Telegraph writing articles on all subjects from international relations to ballroom dancing.
Annunziata has recently joined Wild Search from Business for Britain the leading business-based think tank focusing on the European Union debate.
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 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.
A graduate of St Andrews University and with a PhD from Cambridge University, Graham is 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 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.
Since joining Wild Search she has launched Wild Search’s new industry standard global database and managed a number of research assignments, including for the Education Export Group.
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)
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.