The Team

The Team

Our team combines both extensive experience of the sectors we serve with deep knowledge and insights into the issues with which they engage. We are well placed to advise on appointments of executive directors and non executives and trustees. To arrange an initial discussion with any of our team members please contact Poppy Bryanton on 0207 233 2115 or email info@wildsearch.org.

Clive Aslet

Clive Aslet

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. He has published three books, An Exuberant Catalogue of Dreams, which reveals the Americans who are behind the survival of many of Britain's country houses, and a novel, The Birdcage (2014), was published 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 a trustee of Plantlife International and co-founder of the Remember WW1 Campaign which encourages mass participation in events to remember the centenary of the First World War.

Poppy Bryanton

Poppy Bryanton

Head of Operations, Wild Search (2016)

Poppy joined Wild Search after graduation. She was awarded her degree in Politics and International Relations by the University of Reading in 2016, with a particular interest in Terrorism and Security. Her work experience encompasses both retail and hospitality sectors, both in London and East Anglia.

She takes a close interest in current affairs and has been a keen participant on Channel 4 News and Question Time.

Neil Carmichael

Neil Carmichael

Non Executive Advisor, Wild Search (2013)

Neil's career has combined farming, business, education and politics. A former County Councillor in Northumberland, he was elected as 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, and was appointed Chair of the Education Select Committee in 2015. In that role he challenged a number of assumptions (and his own Party’s policies) and oversaw a range of inquiries into Multi Academy Trusts, special educational needs and the productivity gap; a role for which he won widespread support across the education community and the political spectrum.

Neil has contributed to a number of Wild ReSearch publications, three of which focus on Education Governance. He chairs the think tank Modern Europe and the Conservative Group for Europe.

The Founder and former Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Education Governance and Leadership, he is a graduate of Nottingham University and a former lecturer in post war politics.

Gerard Kelly

Gerard Kelly

Education Advisor, Wild Search (2016)

Gerard is a former editor of the Times Educational Supplement. He worked for more than twenty years at TES' parent company, TSL Education and was also editor of Times Higher Education. In 2014 Gerard launched his own PR consultancy, called GerardKelly & Partners.

Gerard co-authored the 2015 WildReSearch report Building Better Boards: An Opportunity for Education, which considered governance in schools and made recommendations on how to develop and improve it. Gerard works with Grace Moody-Stuart and Edward Wild on education projects and advises a number of our clients on communication issues.

Grace Moody-Stuart

Grace Moody-Stuart

Grace Moody-Stuart

Senior Adviser, Wild Search (2015)

Grace has extensive experience of schools and education. Educated at Cambridge, Grace is a former Assistant Director of Studies at Sussex House in London, where her responsibilities included advising parents about senior schools and preparing boys for admission to senior schools. She has combined her teaching with contributing to The Good Schools’ Guide since 2004, providing her with detailed knowledge of schools and with experience of interviewing many Headteachers.

Prior to her move into education, she practised at the Bar for ten years. Grace works closely with Edward Wild and the research team on leadership appointments, with a particular focus on independent secondary and preparatory schools.

Stephen Perry

Edmund Roffe

Edmund Roffe

Research Associate, Wild Search (2017)

Ed joined Wild Search after graduating from the London School of Economics in 2017, having worked in the retail and service industries throughout his degree and having undertaken work experience at Wild Search in 2012.

His studies in Social Anthropology took him to Japan to investigate pilgrimage and tourism, Australia to explore technology and urban space, and North London to study women in professional gaming.

Ed supports Amy Wevill on both research projects and events.

 

Florence Stanton

Florence Stanton

Research Associate, Wild Search (2017)

Florence joined Wild Search in 2017 to work on assignment based research and events and to develop our social media presence. She combines her work with her Business Management and Marketing course at Pearson College London (part of Pearson PLC) where she is actively involved in student recruitment. During Florence’s time at university she has volunteered as a Scout leader and has previously worked in marketing and PR within the fashion industry.

Peter Waine

Peter Waine

Chair, Wild Search (2017)

Peter‎ is co-founder of Hanson Green, for many years the leading search firm for non executive appointments. He has served on and the boards of public and private companies, often as Chairman.

A former visiting professor at both Warwick and Cass Business Schools, Peter has served as chairman of CPRE and of both the National Fruit Collection at Brogdale and of The Tree Council. 

Peter is author or co-author of two business books, a business novel, a collection of poetry and of the history of the campaigns that saved the English countryside.

He is a trustee of The Gardens Trust, a judge for the Contrarian Prize and for the Wainwright Literary Prize. He is also chairman of the Housman Society.

As Chair of Wild Search, Peter works closely with the team to develop the company's strategy and to ensure we enhance both our processes and the experience for both clients and candidates with which we work.

Amy Wevill

Amy Wevill

Director, Research and Events (2017)

With a background in research and developing high-level events, most recently at Chatham House (The Royal Institute of International Affairs), Amy returned to Wild Search. She was previously a Research Associate (2011-12), while completing her Public Policy MA at King’s College London (2012).

Amy has a History of Art BA from University College London and retains her interest in the arts, most notably through organising exhibitions and events for The Mill, a Walthamstow-based charity with which she has been involved for the past four years.

Amy brings to Wild Search her experience of working across a range of sectors, from agriculture to finance, and identifying and engaging senior individuals within. Her interest in education was reinforced by undertaking the research on our publication Education: A Great British Export (2012) which highlighted the importance of international students to the British economy and led to the formation of the Exporting Education UK edexuk.com .

Edward Wild

Advisory Partners

Stephen Newton

Jacquie Findlay

Co-founders

Edward Clarke

Chris Lenton

Graham Riddick

Margaret Sentamu

Geoff Thompson

Edward Wild