Wild Search has established a strong reputation for advising education clients on leadership and non executive appointments. Our rigorous approach and determination to secure the best appointments in the education sector has resulted in our being finalists in the Education Investor Awards.
“From our initial meetings where the brief was worked up, to the production of high quality literature co-ordinated by the Wild Search team , to the contacts made with prospective applicants we were not disappointed. We felt like we were working in partnership with Wild Search, that they really understood us and that we were getting a bespoke service…I can thoroughly recommend Wild Search.”
Iain Denning, Chief Executive Officer, Sharnbrook Academy Federation
“Ormiston Academies Trust retained Wild Search to work on a tight deadline on the appointment of Heads for three of our academies, two of which are in East Anglia. They identified a range of candidates, resulting in appointments to all three academies. All have performed well and the rigorous work undertaken by Edward and the team at Wild Search was critical to a smooth and successful outcome.”
Professor Toby Salt, then Chief Executive of Ormiston Academies Trust
"Thank you to you and the team for your help this year, it’s been a transformational year from a compliance perspective as far as I am concerned and that’s mainly down to the great hires you have found for us! Look forward to working with you further next year."
Sam Kneller, HR Director, Study Group
"Wild Search did a superb job in identifying and engaging a leadership team for the newly formed multi academy trust which I lead. They managed almost 1000 enquiries which led to more than 100 applications and resulted in six appointments being made. This has been critical to the success of our start up and development as a national organisation."
Libby Nicholas, Chief Executive, Astrea Academy Trust
"Wild Search were proactive, positive and communicated the opportunity to potential candidates with real enthusiasm. Edward kept me fully updated as the search developed. I couldn’t recommend Wild Search highly enough."
Mark Malley, CEO, Bellevue Education
"Edward and the team at Wild Search delivered an excellent and efficient search for our new chair. Their network of contacts and genuine interest in the education sector make them stand out as a search partner."
Pablo Lloyd, Chief Executive, Activate Enterprise
"While we recognised that finding a senior level business development professional to work in the charitable sector was a challenging brief, the Wild Search team rose to said challenge and presented us with several interesting and engaged candidates, from whom we were able to choose an individual who we are confident will help us drive the organisation forward. We recommend Wild Search wholeheartedly."
Alan Woods, Chief Executive Officer, VTCT
"We were delighted with the personable and efficient service provided by Wild Search as we sought to recruit a Director of Development. We were provided with a broad and interesting range of highly-qualified, diverse and interesting candidates, from whom we were able to make a first-rate appointment. Throughout the process, Wild Search were in touch and on the case. It was a pleasure to work with them, and we would certainly do so again."
Dr Gary Savage, Headmaster, Alleyn’s School
Charities & Foundations
Since our inception, Wild Search has worked extensively within the charity sector. We have undertaken searches, including those for chief executives, chairs and trustees, in a range of charities, from those with a turnover under £5m through to some of the country's largest.
“Wild Search were a pleasure to work with and achieved great results for us. Having had a target of two trustees we actually found 3 excellent candidates. Wild make the process feel personal, they stepped into our context very well and managed the process excellently. A very good experience all round.”
Angela Buxton, People Director, Mencap
“We selected Wild Search because of their track record, personal approach and knowledge of the third sector. We have had trouble filling leading roles in the past given the crowded nature of the medical research charity sector, so felt we needed expert help on this occasion. We were therefore delighted to get a good shortlist, finding more than one appointable candidate, thus allowing the Board a genuine choice. The new CEO starts in March and the Board is confident he will be a big success. As a result of this experience we are happy to recommend Wild Search as a trusted business partner.”
Ian Watmore, Chair, Migraine Trust
"Wild Search have been a pleasure to work with. From the way they helped develop the rather crude ideas we had of the candidate we were looking for to the production of a really strong field of contenders, Wild Search were attentive and efficient but with the lightness of touch that meant we never felt crowded. I also sense that unsuccessful candidates went away feeling good about the experience; surely the toughest test of a selection process."
Sir Robert Fry, Chairman, Sherborne Arts Trust (re. Director of the Paddock Project)
“They identified accurately the qualities and experience needed for this post and presented to us a very good list of potential candidates. It was most professionally handled and I would have no hesitation in using them again.”
The Rt Hon. the Lord Baker of Dorking CH, Chairman, The Edge Foundation
“Wild Search developed a clear understanding of our business, and as a result were able to provide us with a diverse and talented longlist of candidates. Wild Search also supported us through the shortlisting, interview and appointment processes, and provided an excellent service throughout. They were also a pleasure to work with, and understood the distinctive challenges of a not-for-profit organisation recruiting for a commercial role.”
Gordon Seabright, former Chief Executive, CTC (Now Cycling UK)
“He demonstrated a real ability to not only understand what it was we were looking for, but to help shape our thinking and our views. He and his team put together a shortlist of extremely impressive candidates, who all fitted the specification from both a skills and values perspective. We were therefore in the envious position of having a very difficult decision to make.”
Julie Weston, Director of HR, British Heart Foundation
“They did so with great insight and knowledge of the needs of our organisation. Edward Wild’s very personable approach means that they work hard to truly understand the intricacies of our governance requirements (ie, running a school within a charitable organisation). We subsequently asked Wild Search to find our new Headteacher and this happened successfully, with a Consultant Headteacher also found to tide us over in the interim. A happy client.”
Dalton Leong, Chief Executive, The Children’s Trust
"The Wild Search team stood out a mile in terms of experience, connectivity within the charity and not-for-profit sectors, combined with an imaginative proposal to working with our Board of Trustees and to find our new Chief Executive Officer. The process was well managed from start to final offer and ultimately successful recruitment of the best individual. I would certainly have no hesitation in recommending Wild Search to other organisations as a first class recruitment partner."
Peter Jones CBE, Entrepreneur and Founder of the Peter Jones Foundation
Property & Rural
Our team has a broad and deep understanding of the property, estates, agriculture and rural sectors as well as formidable networks therein.
“Their attention to detail was excellent and I felt well briefed and supported throughout the recruitment process. Edward’s close personal interest and advice was much appreciated and I am delighted to have been successful.”
Greg Smith, Chief Executive, Royal Norfolk Agricultural Association
“He understood the business well and the finance function and the contribution it makes to Swan's growth across the key divisions. Wild Search have worked on a number of projects and we are all delighted with the results. I would have no hesitation in recommending them for senior finance appointments across the housing sector and beyond.”
Jamie Smith, Finance Director, Swan Housing
“This is the first time I have used head hunters directly and while I had some initial doubts as to whether or not it was worth it, I can admit wholeheartedly that the whole experience was extremely worthwhile. Your calm professionalism made the process straightforward and easy to use. There was no fuss or great issues to be resolved. You took me through the processes at every stage calmly and answered all my queries straightforwardly. In particular you were prepared to be flexible about the timing (much to our advantage) and were very supportive during the selection stages. On behalf of all of us at the Battersea Power Station Foundation, many thanks for all the efforts from you and your team.”
The Rt Hon. the Lord Strathclyde CH, Trustee, The Battersea Power Station Foundation
“We were really struggling to find a suitable candidate to take on the Chairmanship of the RASE. Wild Search produced a short list of candidates from which we were able to make an appointment. We are all delighted with the outcome.”
Henry Cator, Former Chair, RASE
“Throughout, Edward and his team were thoroughly professional in their approach to understanding the needs of the Commons and to ensuring that we had a diverse range of potential candidates to interview.”
Sir Ian Andrews, Conservator, Wimbledon and Putney Commons
“I met Edward and his team at Wild Search whilst looking for a new and challenging position. Edward took the time to meet with me for a professional but informal meeting to fully understand my skills and experience and the type of role that I was seeking. Edward kept in regular contact during a period of several weeks until he had identified a potential position and fully briefed me prior to interview and advised me throughout the selection process. Since my appointment Edward has remained in touch and I have and will continue to recommend Wild Search to a number of contacts.”
Jeremy Staples, Chief Executive, East of England Agricultural Society