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.

Daniel Barry

Daniel Barry

Head of Research (2015)

Daniel joined Wild Search in April 2015 and has focused on a combination of research for a broad range of search assignments – notably in education and for charities – and for our publications, including two reports on education. Daniel has a background in online news production and has been involved with several educational organisations marking the centenary of the First World War. He read History at the University of Cambridge.

Poppy Bryanton

Poppy Bryanton

Events & Operations Associate, 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 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, and was appointed Chair of the Education Select Committee in 2015. Neil is the co-author, with Edward Wild, of two Wild ReSearch publications: ‘Who Governs the Governors?’ (2011) and ‘Stronger Boards, Better Education’ (2012). He 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.

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.

John Maxted

John Maxted

John Maxted is an entrepreneur and founder of Digby Morgan, the leading international HR recruitment company, which was acquired by Randstad in 2011.  He works with private companies as an adviser and investor, is a trustee of the homeless charity St Mungo’s and is a Treasurer of the Conservative Party. He works closely with the leadership and advisory team at Wild Search on developing the company’s strategy and client base, bringing his insights and experience to enhance the processes and services we offer.

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

Annunziata Rees-Mogg

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.

Edward Wild

Education Advisory Board

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, The Edge Foundation)

Neil Carmichael MP (Chair, Education Select Committee; Non-Executive Adviser, Wild Search)

Shaun Fenton (Headmaster, Reigate Grammar)

Grace Moody-Stuart (Senior Adviser, Wild Search)

Dick Palmer (Group CEO, Ten Group)

Melvyn Roffe (Principal, George Watson’s College)

Dr Anthony Wallersteiner (Headmaster, Stowe School)

Advisory Partners

Stephen Newton

Jacquie Findlay

Co-founders

Edward Clarke

Chris Lenton

Graham Riddick

Margaret Sentamu

Geoff Thompson

Edward Wild