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 info@wildsearch.org, making sure to include your address.


Ash Colbeck
Wild Search Welcomes Waine
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17 July 2017

Wild Search announces the appointment of experienced Chairman and headhunter Peter Waine to be its first Chair. Peter brings huge experience of the industry, having been a co-founder of Hanson Green, for many years the market leader in non executive appointments for FTSE100 and 250 boards and private companies. His experience encompasses serving on a number of boards, ranging from the Royal Opera House to the CPRE. A former visiting professor at both Warwick and Cass Business Schools, he has a longstanding interest in both ensuring the effectiveness of boards and in the countryside.


Managing Director Edward Wild said:

“As we approach the seventh anniversary of Wild Search, we remain committed both to developing the range of clients we serve and improving the service and processes for those with which we already have established relationships. Peter’s range of experience and contacts will enhance and enrich our work within our areas of specialism and expertise. I am confident that he will become a valued member of the team as we continue to grow organically with a focus on education and charities, yet with a longstanding interest in the rural economy”.

Peter Waine said:

“I was delighted to accept the invitation to become the first Chair of Wild Search. Since becoming aware the business I have been impressed by both the quality of the team and the work which they undertake. The business has a fascinating range of clients and a growing number return for further requirements. I hope that I will be able to make a distinct contribution to making Wild Search an even better business for all who engage with it.”

Ash Colbeck
Chief Executive, The Churches Conservation Trust Appointed
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9 August 2017

Upon completion of our search for a Chief Executive for The Churches Conservation Trust we are delighted  to announce the appointment of Peter Aiers.

Peter Ainsworth, Chairman of CCT said, “The Trustees are delighted to appoint Peter to the role of CEO.  He has played an important part in the achievements and successes of CCT over the past ten years.  He has a deep understanding of the heritage of historic churches and how to make them come alive and be loved, making a positive impact today and for the future.  His experience and enthusiasm will ensure that the CCT delivers its mission to inspire people, protect history and create value as we move towards our 50th anniversary in 2019 and beyond”.

Read more here.

Ash Colbeck
CEO, Architectural Heritage Fund Appointed
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17 July 2017

Our recent search for the Chief Executive Officer for the Architectural Heritage Fund has been completed and we are delighted  to announce that Matthew McKeague will take on this role.

AHF’s Chairman, Liz Peace, said “I am delighted to welcome Matthew McKeague as our new Chief Executive. Matthew’s strategic insight, breadth of experience in regeneration and passion for historic buildings – and especially the role they can play in revitalising communities and the opportunities they create for social enterprise – makes him ideally suited to lead the AHF as it continues to grow and develop.”

Read more here.

Ash Colbeck