Education Investor 2019 Awards – Wild Search Finalists in Two Categories
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Wild Search Managing Director Edward Wild (far right) chairing a recent Education Investor Summit discussion

Wild Search Managing Director Edward Wild (far right) chairing a recent Education Investor Summit discussion

Education Investor 2019 Awards - Wild Search a finalist in two categories.

5th October 2019

Wild Search has been shortlisted for two awards at the annual Education Investor Awards, which will be announced on 4th December in central London. Wild Search’s executive search track record has been recognised within the Suppliers to the Education sector category and our work on promoting the value and contribution of high quality education as a British export has been acknowledged in the Exporting Excellence category. Our latest report, entitled Exporting Excellence, celebrates the success of British schools which have established overseas campuses and was launched in September and was sponsored by AQA and Alpha Plus Group.

 Commenting on the news, Wild Search Managing Director Edward Wild said:

“These nominations demonstrate the breadth, range of quality of the work we do for our clients within the education sector, especially the investor supported schools and colleges. After almost a decade working at a senior level, we continue to engage new clients and undertake new projects for established clients.

This year, our reports have been especially popular and well received, focussing on the benefits and opportunities of schools groups, British schools abroad and the research, with Keystone Tutors, into how parents overseas choose British schools for their children.”

Charity Chairs Dinner with Dianne Jeffreys CBE DL
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If you would like to work with Wild Search in developing your charity’s board or executive team, please contact Rob Porter to arrange an initial discussion rp@wildsearch.org

 

25th September 2019

Dianne Jeffrey CBE DL, former chair of Age UK, spoke at Wild Search’s Charity Chairs Dinner last night.

Dianne currently chairs the Malnutrition Task Force, the Peak District National Park Advisory Group, and the Derbyshire Armed Forces Covenant and is a trustee of the Devonshire Educational Trust at Chatsworth.

We were delighted to welcome Dianne and a host of other leading charity chairs for a discussion on some of the critical issues facing charities today. Many thanks to Rathbones Investment Management who hosted us for the evening.

 
Exporting Excellence: Creating Great British Schools Internationally - latest report launch
The report may now be downloaded  here  or email  research@wildsearch.org  to request a hard copy.

The report may now be downloaded here or email research@wildsearch.org to request a hard copy.

 

Exporting Excellence: Creating Great British Schools Internationally - latest report

9th September 2019

Exporting Excellence – Wild Search’s 25th publication examines the success and future prospects for British schools setting up abroad. It is our third report on the value of British education as an export.

 

Wild Search are delighted to announce the publication of our latest education report which includes contributions from a wide range of heads of leading independent schools. HMC Chair Shaun Fenton, King’s College Wimbledon Head Andrew Halls and Alpha Plus Chief Executive Mark Hanley-Brown all set out their schools’ visions and how they have implemented them. Contributors and schools covered encompass the United States, Africa, China and Kazakhstan and offer a wide range of experiences to form what will, we hope, be a key reference source for schools considering international expansion. Not all schools have pursued the creation of overseas campuses and Eton College’s “radically different route” to developing its reputation and influence through EtonX is addressed by its Chief Executive Catherine Whitaker.

 

In his preface to the report, Sir Stephen O’Brien remarks:

“Feeding minds with high quality education is absolutely essential in enabling all peoples and all countries to develop and prosper…..Exporting Excellence is a welcome and timely report.”

 

Amy Wevill, who edited the report commented:

 “Our first report on education as a British export, also supported by Alpha Plus, was published in 2012 and its sequel in 2017. All three reports demonstrate our interest in – and commitment to – the international influence and benefits which education offers. At a time when Britain’s global trading position is entering a new phase, we hope that this report with its good news stories, will provide inspiration to others and signal the opportunities ahead.”

 
The report may now be downloaded here or email research@wildsearch.org to request a hard copy. 

 
International Inspiration Wild Search Roundtable on Creating Great British Schools Internationally
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If you would like advice on building your leadership team to expand your education business overseas, please be in touch. info@wildsearch.org

 

22nd May 2019


International Inspiration Wild Search Roundtable on Creating Great British Schools Internationally

Those leading independent schools’ overseas endeavours were brought together along with other experts in this area for a roundtable discussion yesterday.

Themes covered included finding the right partnership model, understanding regulations and how they apply, managing risk and approach to language.

Participants welcomed the recent policy paper from the government on international education strategy and said it was promising that the government and the British Council were now more supportive.

It was suggested that, although there was a political and reputational risk with establishing in another market, there is also a risk of not looking to diversify income overseas.

 
Wild Search joins Global Asia Summit
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Please contact Daisy Cockrean in the first instance if you would like to discuss a senior appointment with Wild Search. dc@wildsearch.org 0207 233 2230

 

Wild Search joins Global Asia Summit

25th April 2019

Edward Wild will take part in the 2019 Education Investor Global Asia Summit in Singapore on 15th May. He will take part in a panel discussion on the changing face of K12: Defining your proposition in a competitive market… The conference will engage a wide range of educational leaders and advisers from global and regional businesses, who share a commitment to – and engagement in – the commercial opportunities for education providers in Asia.


Speaking in advance of the Summit, Wild commented: “The summit is timely for Wild Search, following our recent report on World Class Education (in partnership with Keystone Tutors) and our upcoming report on International Inspiration (in partnership with Alpha Plus). It will be a fascinating opportunity to hear from others and learn more about the challenges and opportunities which we can share with the clients we advise on senior appointments in businesses with an international dimension.”

 
Wild Search - International Schools Focus
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Please contact Daisy Cockrean in the first instance if you would like to discuss a senior appointment with Wild Search. dc@wildsearch.org 0207 233 2230

 

International Schools Focus

12th April 2019

Work is underway on our 25th report, and our fourth which considers the growing significance of education as an export. The publication, to be launched in September 2019, will include a range of contributions from those who have established or led British schools abroad. Supported by Alpha Plus, the report will include case studies and recommendations for British schools, academies and groups which are considering international expansion.

 

As part of the preparation for the report, Wild Search Director and Head of Education Edward Wild will be visiting Singapore during May and will take part in the Education Investor Summit: full details here:

https://www.ipevents.net/education-asia/summit/agenda/

 
James Hill joins Royal Norfolk Agricultural Association as Deputy Chief Executive
Please contact Daisy Cockrean in the first instance if you would like to discuss a senior appointment with Wild Search. dc@wildsearch.org 0207 233 2230

Please contact Daisy Cockrean in the first instance if you would like to discuss a senior appointment with Wild Search. dc@wildsearch.org 0207 233 2230

 

James Hill joins the Royal Norfolk Agricultural Association as Deputy Chief Executive

25th March 2019

Wild Search were delighted to work with the Royal Norfolk Agricultural Association on the appointment of their New Deputy Chief Executive, James Hill.

James has enjoyed a varied career in the Royal Air Force since 1986 and has undertaken a number of roles including Head of the UK Joint Media Operations Centre in Afghanistan, Policy Lead at the Ministry of Defence and Programme Manager at the Joint Services Command & Staff College. In his most recent role, he  served as the Chief of Staff in the Directorate of Ground Training.

James joined the RNAA this month and we wish him all the best in his new role.

 
United Grand Lodge of England appoints Michelle Worvell as Communications and Marketing Director
Please contact Daisy Cockrean in the first instance if you would like to discuss a senior appointment with Wild Search. dc@wildsearch.org 0207 233 2230

Please contact Daisy Cockrean in the first instance if you would like to discuss a senior appointment with Wild Search. dc@wildsearch.org 0207 233 2230

 

United Grand Lodge of England appoints Michelle Worvell as Communications and Marketing Director

21st March 2019

Wild Search were pleased to work with the United Grand Lodge of England on the appointment of their new Communications and Marketing Director.

Michelle Worvell joined the Chartered Insurance Institute as the Communications Manager in 2010, before becoming the Communications and PR Director in January 2018. Prior to this, Michelle was the Senior Editor of Defaqto and Editor of Insurance Age.

We wish Michelle all the best in her new role.

 
Academy Trust Appointments
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Please contact Daisy Cockrean in the first instance if you would like to discuss a senior appointment with Wild Search. dc@wildsearch.org 0207 233 2230

 

Academy Trust Appointments

20th March 2019

 

Wild Search recently completed work in partnership with the Sharnbrook Academy Federation in Bedfordshire, resulting in two Principal appointments being made. They are detailed here:

Sharnbrook Academy Principal Appointment

Lincroft Academy Principal Appointment

Chief Executive Iain Denning said of our work:

 Sharnbrook Academy Federation approached Wild Search when faced with the retirement of its two secondary academy principals.

 We wanted to work with an organisation that shared similar values to us, that listened carefully to our requirements and that would enable us to make appointments that would bring strength both to the individual academies but also to the Trust as a whole. We also wanted to work with an organisation that had the resource to take the administrative work away from busy schools.

 From our initial meetings with Edward Wild  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.

This positive experience continued through to recommendations of suitable candidates from the team, weekly updates on progress to date, opportunities for me as CEO to meet with or speak to prospective applicants, guidance with shortlisting and help in delivering a different type of interview days that really did allow candidates to give of their best and allow us to make two high class appointments.

I can thoroughly recommend Wild Search.

 

To download our recent report, A Sum Greater than Its Parts?, which includes contributions from the Sharnbrook Academy, please click here.

 
A Sum Greater than its Parts? Making Education Groups Work - latest report launch
The report may now be downloaded  here  or email  research@wildsearch.org  to request a hard copy.

The report may now be downloaded here or email research@wildsearch.org to request a hard copy.

 

A Sum Greater than its Parts? Making Education Groups Work - report launch

12th March 2019


Thanks to all those who joined us at King & Wood Mallesons for the launch of our latest publication, the second edition in which we focus on education groups.

Following the success of our first report, Sharing Resources, Securing Success (2017), this second edition further explores how educational standards can be raised through providing a central service and regional and national leadership roles. Contributors include those running MATs as well as other leaders in the education sector.


The report may now be downloaded here or email research@wildsearch.org to request a hard copy. 

Click here for the reflections of Ian Koxvold, Head of Education Strategy, PwC UK.

 
Angus Baldwin joins The Migraine Trust as Chief Executive.
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Angus Baldwin joins The Migraine Trust as Chief Executive.

11th March 2019


Wild Search were delighted to work with The Migraine Trust on their search for a new Chief Executive.

Having spent the majority of his career in the charity sector, Angus Baldwin has worked in senior roles for a range of charities including Macmillan Cancer Support. Bowel Cancer UK and Leonard Cheshire Disability. Most recently, he was the Director of Policy at the UK Faculty of Public Health before joining The Migraine Trust as Chief Executive last week.

This is an exciting time for the Trust and we wish Angus all the best in his new role.

 
Studying Success: The Role of Books in Higher Education - latest report launch
The report may now be downloaded  here  or email  research@wildsearch.org  to request a hard copy.

The report may now be downloaded here or email research@wildsearch.org to request a hard copy.

 

Studying Success: The Role of Books in Higher Education - report launch

28th February 2019


Wild Search has launched its latest report by Professor Neil Carmichael in partnership with The Booksellers Association

The report assess the role of the textbook in universities today, addresses student habits and takes a look at how resources are included in the TEF.

Thanks to all those who joined us at the launch event in the House of Commons yesterday.

It has been a pleasure working with the Booksellers Association on this important report.


The report may now be downloaded here or email research@wildsearch.org to request a hard copy. 

 
Amy Wevill
Monica Risam appointed as Governor of the Legal Education Foundation
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If you would like to work with Wild Search in developing your board, please contact Daisy to arrange an initial discussion dc@wildsearch.org

 

26th February 2019

Monica Risam joins the Governing Board of the Legal Education Foundation

Wild Search have been working with the Legal Education Foundation since 2017 on developing their Governing Board and this is the fourth appointment we have advised on.

Monica Risam is the General Counsel of Lombard International where she has responsibility for the global legal, company secretarial, risk and compliance and regulatory affairs functions. Prior to joining Lombard International, Monica held a number of senior roles at Aviva plc, including General Counsel & Company Secretary of Aviva UK Life, General Counsel, Aviva Group and General Counsel, Aviva Europe. Monica is a graduate of Georgetown University Law Center and The George Washington University and is dual-qualified to practice law in the United States and the United Kingdom. She is also a non-executive member of the Elton John Aids Foundation’s Finance & Investment Committee and a non-executive director of the International Supporters of EJAF UK.

 
David Frost CMG to become next Chief Executive at the London Chamber of Commerce
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If you would like to work with Wild Search in building your leadership team, please contact Daisy to arrange an initial discussion dc@wildsearch.org

 

13th February 2019

David Frost CMG to become next Chief Executive at the London Chamber of Commerce

Wild Search were delighted to work with The London Chamber of Commerce and Industry on their search for the first new Chief Executive in 16 years.

David Frost is a trade and economics specialist who was most recently an adviser to the Foreign Secretary and previously the Chief Executive of the Scotch Whiskey Association and British Ambassador to Denmark. We look forward to seeing his impact on the Chamber’s purpose to connect, influence and support London businesses of all sizes. He will formally take on the role on 1 April 2019.

Coverage of announcement:

POLITICO

CITY AM

 
Educating Billions: Wild Search roundtable on UK education in China with KWM
If you would like advice on building your leadership team to expand your education business overseas, please be in touch.  info@wildsearch.org

If you would like advice on building your leadership team to expand your education business overseas, please be in touch. info@wildsearch.org

 

7th February 2019


Educating Billions: Wild Search roundtable on UK education in China with KWM

Wild Search celebrated Chinese New Year by organising an event with leading international law firm King & Wood Mallesons.

A roundtable discussion was held on exporting UK education to China. Attendees included schools who have had great success in entering the Chinese market, those considering taking this step, as well as other education businesses.

Some key points that emerged include:

  • Identifying, accessing and assessing potential Chinese partners was cited as a significant challenge in building plans to establish education businesses in China. Due diligence, good dialogue and building a strong relationship with the investor/ partner were said to be necessary.

  • Retaining the brand is critical and regularly visiting the schools/ offices is important. However, it could also be that having some flexibility with the brand, to allow it to be successful in the local context could be considered. Registering your trademark is essential and cheap (though litigation costs can still be high). 

  • For schools, it is important to have the support of the governors, before moving ahead with discussions related to a presence in China.

 
Mencap appoints new Trustees
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Please get in touch if you would like to discuss a board evaluation or trustee search with us. info@wildsearch.org

 

28th November 2018


Mencap appoints new Trustees

Wild Search were pleased to work with Mencap on the appointment of three new trustees.

The new trustees are:

Yogi Amin: Irwin Mitchell solicitor and partner Yogi leads the 80-strong Public Law Department including 50 legal staff members. He is listed in the directories Legal 500 and Chambers as a leader in human rights law, community care law and mental capacity law. For over 8 years he was a trustee for the Independent Living Funds, which enabled severely disabled people to live independently in their own homes.

Lucy Kathryne Edge: Chief Operating Officer of technology and innovation company Satellite Applications Catapult, Lucy is a space engineer and previously ran Spacecraft and Customer Operations for UK based satellite operator Avanti Communications. A passionate advocate for regional economic development, Lucy has held Non-Executive Director roles at the Eden Project, the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership, and is a Governor at Truro and Penwith College.

Jackie Pollock: Technical lead for digital technology solutions firm Kainos Group Plc, Jackie leads digital transformation in NHS Trusts to create a paperless health service. A long-term mental health and learning disability advocate, Jackie has volunteered at Mencap Network Partner Carrickfergus Junior Gateway in Northern Ireland for more than 21 years and has chaired the organisation for the past five years.

Derek Lewis, Chair of Mencap trustees, said:

“We are delighted to welcome Yogi, Lucy and Jackie to Royal Mencap Society’s Board of Trustees. They will bring further invaluable understanding of learning disabilities to the board as well as highly relevant knowledge in areas such as disability law, digital technology, community support and volunteering. Their contribution will be complemented by the increasingly important role played by Mencap’s Voices Council – a group of people with learning disabilities with whom the board works to ensure the charity’s strategy and programmes are informed and developed by people with learning disabilities.

We are deeply grateful to our new trustees for their commitment to Mencap and look forward to working with them as we pursue the ambitious goals set out in Our Big Plan. Those goals are designed to help people with a learning disability make the choices they want and to enjoy the same opportunities as other people, free from discrimination – despite the challenge of cutbacks in government funding and support.”

 
Universities Challenged? A new report on diversity in HE
The report may now be downloaded  here  or email  research@wildsearch.org  to request a hard copy.

The report may now be downloaded here or email research@wildsearch.org to request a hard copy.

 

20th November 2018


Universities Challenged? Embedding Diversity, Empowering Institutions

Universities Challenged? offers an insightful analysis into the issues of diversity and inclusion within higher education – among staff as well as students. By bringing together the views of those in leadership positions, this report addresses the complexity of the issue while seeking ways of making further progress.

The report is edited by Wild Search Senior Adviser, Dr Wendy Piatt, Consultant (Education, Research, Government) and Russell Group CEO (2007-2017).

Contributors include Baroness Valerie Amos, Director of SOAS, Professor Michael Arthur, President & Provost of UCL, Baroness Tessa Blackstone, Former Minister of State in the Department for Education and Employment and Former Vice Chancellor of the University of Greenwich, Professor Nora Ann Colton, Director of Education at Institute for Ophthalmology and Moorfields Eye Hospital, UCL, Sheila Gupta, Director of Human Resources, University of Sussex and Professor Gill Valentine, Provost and Deputy Vice-Chancellor, University of Sheffield.


The report may now be downloaded here or email research@wildsearch.org to request a hard copy. 

 
Amy Wevill
Wild Search report featured in South China Morning Post
The report may now be downloaded  here  or email  research@wildsearch.org  to request a hard copy.

The report may now be downloaded here or email research@wildsearch.org to request a hard copy.

 

16th November 2018


South China Morning Post - UK still top of the class for rich Asians

“While other sectors remain on tenterhooks, Britain’s private schools are feeling generally bullish about the future and have few fears about the possible impact of Brexit.

That’s according to World Class Education, an inaugural report by Keystone Tutors and Wild Research, which is based on surveys and more than 150 interviews with respected figures in the UK’s independent education sector, including head teachers, admissions officers, specialist consultants, and even relocation experts...”

Read full article here.

Verdict - Brexit impact on education: Wealthy individuals will still send children to UK

“Wealthy individuals will continue to send their children to be educated in the UK regardless of Brexit a new report on British education shows.

The report ‘World Class Education’, which was released on Wednesday by Keystone Tutors and Wild Search, a tutoring and executive search firm respectively, surveyed 150 education specialists and teachers. …”

Read full article here.


The report may now be downloaded here or email research@wildsearch.org to request a hard copy. 

 
Amy Wevill
Wild Search Launches Latest Report
The report may now be downloaded  here  or email  research@wildsearch.org  to request a hard copy.

The report may now be downloaded here or email research@wildsearch.org to request a hard copy.

 

16th November 2018


Wild Search Launches Latest Report

World Class Education: A report on education choices for High Net Worth families in the UK and beyond provides a snapshot of global high net worth and ultra high net worth education trends and assesses where the UK fits in.

Thanks to all those who joined us on Wednesday to launch our latest report.

It has been a pleasure working with Keystone Tutors and we are grateful to King & Wood Mallesons for hosting this event.


The report may now be downloaded here or email research@wildsearch.org to request a hard copy.