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

Please get in touch if you would like to discuss a board evaluation or trustee search with us.


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.”

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

The report may now be downloaded here or email 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 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  to request a hard copy.

The report may now be downloaded here or email 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 to request a hard copy. 

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

The report may now be downloaded here or email 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 to request a hard copy. 

Amy Wevill
Wild Search launches its 20th publication: on Portfolio Careers
The report may now be downloaded  here  or email  to request a hard copy.

The report may now be downloaded here or email to request a hard copy.


1st October 2018

Wild Search launches its 20th publication: on Portfolio Careers

Wild Search is delighted to announce the publication today of its third report on Portfolio Careers, Portfolio Planning: Insights from the Inside. Drawing on two earlier editions and with the addition of new subjects, the report provides a series of practical perspectives from those who have successfully taken this course in their own careers.

Chapters include: How to Begin?; Skills Required; Commercial and Charitable? And How to Influence and draw on 30 interviews with experienced men and women whose careers have encompassed chair and board roles within FTSE and private companies, charities and professional and trade bodies. Launching the report, its author Edward Wild said:

“This work is the culmination of both specific and broader research and encapsulates the observations which I have made over a decade and a half of headhunting and advising individuals and boards. However, critically, it is not merely my opinions but those of the people that have done it. As such, I hope it will inspire and inform those who are embarking on the variety and potential rewards which such as portfolio careers can provide.”

The report may now be downloaded here or email to request a hard copy. 

Amy Wevill
Wild Search finalists at the Education Investor Awards 2018
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19 July 2018

Wild Search are delighted to be one of three finalists in the executive search and recruitment category at the Education Investor Awards 2018.

We are very pleased to have worked with a number of investors in education over the years, including recently for Oxford International Education Group, Career Partner and BIMM

Good luck to all!

Amy WevillWild Search
Director, The Paddock Project
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25 May 2018

Following our recent assignment, we are delighted to announce that The Paddock Project have appointed Emma Morris as their new Director.

Read more about Emma's appointment here. 

"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, Edward Wild and his team 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, Chair, The Paddock Project

Wild Search hosts Spring Art Show
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19 April 2018

Wild Search Spring Exhibition 2018

Wild Search recently hosted members of the Wild Search community to a private viewing of their Spring Art Show. This 2018 Spring exhibition follows a Wild Search tradition of exhibiting and collecting art and aims to celebrate our favourite artists working in a range of media and styles. Located in our offices, overlooking Bloomsbury Square, it also marks the emergence out of the darker months into Spring.

The exhibition includes works from Charlie Barton, Timothy Betjeman, Jo Bowen, Jane Shaw and Emma Sophie Wilson and is showing in the Wild Search offices until May 23rd.

To visit the offices and view the exhibition, please be in touch with a member of the team.

Amy Wevill
New Appointments: Wild Search Welcomes Dr Wendy Piatt

March 30 2018

Wild Search is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr Wendy Piatt, former Russell Group Chief Executive, as a senior adviser. In addition to her experience gained as Chief Executive of the Russell Group, Wendy has extensive experience in the public sector, having served as adviser to the Secretary of State for Business and Skills and as a senior civil servant in the Cabinet Office, Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit and Department for Education and Skills.

Amy Wevill
Chief Executive Appointed to lead the AIC
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10 January 2018

Following a rigorous search process by Wild Search, the board of the Agricultural Industries Confederation have concluded the appointment of their new Chief Executive, Robert Sheasby.

Edward Wild, who led the search, commented: “This appointment comes at a critical time for British agriculture and Robert’s experience and knowledge will provide a strong voice for the agri-supply industry and more widely for agriculture. We were pleased to work closely with the board to secure an excellent outcome and wish Robert well once he assumes the position later this year.”

Read more here.

Amy Wevill
Leading Women - Publication Launch
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7 November 2017

Wild Research launched its latest publication Leading Women at a well-attended evening reception at Eversheds last night. The collection of essays marks the centenary of the death of Elizabeth Garrett Anderson, while investigating the challenges women in leadership positions in the education sector still face today.

Prefaced by The Rt Hon Anne Milton MP, Minister for Women, the collection includes original contributions from Baroness Deech, LAMDA’s principal, Joanna Read, the Chief Executive of the Girls’ Day School Trust, Cheryl Giovannoni and Chief Executive of Inspiration Trust, Dame Rachel de Souza. 

Alan Woods, Chief Executive of VTCT, spoke of the importance of role models for women and changing perceptions of typically male or female career paths.  

It is now available to download here or as a hard copy upon request. 

Press coverage can be viewed here

Ash Colbeck
Education: The Greatest British Export - Report Launch
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18 October 2017

Yesterday evening, Lord Butler of Brockwell launched our latest report Education: The Greatest British Export. The report celebrates the critical role of the education sector in the UK’s economy and in strengthening our global influence. It is now available to download here or as a hard copy upon request. 

The development of a cross-governmental strategy to encourage international students to the UK and to support educational exports is one of the key recommendations of authors Fraser White, Executive Chairman, Dulwich College International, and Graham Able, Deputy Chairman, Alpha Plus Group. 

Ash Colbeck
Maggie's Culture Crawl 2017

2 October 2017

On Friday 29th September the Wild Search team embarked on a 10 mile trek across London in aid of Maggie's Cancer Centres.

The walk started at the Design Museum in Kensington, taking in the V&A, Foster & Partners, the Royal Academy, the National Theatre, St Bartholomew's Hospital and the Museum of London along the route.

Maggie’s provides free practical, emotional and social support to people with cancer and their family and friends. Their Centres are built in the grounds of NHS cancer hospitals and have professional staff on hand to offer the support people need.

You can still sponsor us through our JustGiving page here.

Ash Colbeck
Neil Carmichael reflects on challenges and opportunities for education as Brexit unfolds
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19 September 2017

Wild Search Senior Adviser Neil Carmichael has shared his reflections in a thought leadership piece published this week. He reflects on the implications of Britain leaving the EU and draws on international education systems following his recent experience as Chair of the Education Select Committee. Neil asserts the critical importance that skills and training be embedded through the education provided in the UK and looks ahead to the upcoming Wild Research report on Education as a British export.
You can download Neil's report here.
Neil’s newly defined role at Wild Search also featured in the BBC documentary aired on 18th September, during which he was filmed in our offices (c25 minutes into the programme).

Ash Colbeck
Women in Education: Commemorating the Life of Elizabeth Garrett Anderson - Forthcoming publication

18 September 2017

We are delighted to be partnering with VTCT on our forthcoming publication Women in Education. This publication will mark the centenary of the death of Elizabeth Garrett Anderson, who among other notable achievements was co-founder and later dean of the first medical school to admit women.

As well as commemorating the life of Elizabeth Garrett Anderson, it will seek to celebrate women in educational leadership, highlighting the successes over the past hundred years, as well as the challenges that remain. Contributors will include The Baroness Deech DBE, Frances King, Head, Mill Hill School, Dame Rachel de Souza, Chief Executive, Inspiration Trust, actress Diana Quick and LAMDA’s Principal Joanna Read.

To be published November 2017.

Ash Colbeck
Wild Search Annual Reception 2017

13 September 2017

We were delighted to welcome guests from across the Wild Search community to our Annual Reception at Philip Mould & Co on 12th September.

Guests enjoyed the chance to see the gallery's array of artwork, as well as hearing from Philip Mould himself who spoke generously about Wild Search.

If you would like to receive a copy of our Seventh Anniversary Report, please email, making sure to include your address.


Ash Colbeck