Academy Trust Appointments
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

 

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.

 
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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.

 
Amy Wevill
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. 

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

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
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

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

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.”

 
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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. 

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

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

 
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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!

 
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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.

 
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New Appointments: Wild Search Welcomes Dr Wendy Piatt
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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.

 
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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.

 
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