Education providers require leaders who combine their passion for the power of education to transform lives with an incredibly wide range of skills including strategy development, financial acumen, values driven culture change, civic and international engagement, political nous and a deep understanding of the fast-paced nature of change, challenge and demand.

Every member of our specialist education team is relentless in their commitment to placing and developing genuinely exceptional academic and professional services leaders and non-executives, who exemplify innovation, collegiality and transformation.

The unrivalled insight into educational leadership from our own experience as leaders and managers in education, our connection to national policymakers combined with access to diverse leaders looking for their next senior executive or non-executive role, affords us the confidence to represent our clients authentically in the market.

We are trusted to deliver quality and diverse shortlists with the leadership experience and values our clients are seeking, to fill the most senior permanent and interim education leadership roles across universities and HE providers.

Whether identifying the next Vice-Chancellor, placing interims, devising top team or board development programmes, creating more inclusive teams or driving through organisational change initiatives, we partner with organisations to provide future-ready leadership, improve board performance and accelerate change.

  • We deliver over 100 search assignments annually
  • We conduct over 1000 interviews each year
  • Our NPS score is world class at +79

Our end-to-end services include recruiting permanent and interim leaders, top team and talent pipeline development programmes and board effectiveness reviews.

On paper, you might not see much difference between the GatenbySanderson approach to others, but you will experience it in how we work with you to create a personalised and inclusive approach and collaborative and honest working relationship. We always lead with curiosity – embracing the opportunity to ask, nudge and challenge to ensure the best result. We deliver on our commitment and our standards never drop.

Candidates are treated professionally and with utmost respect throughout the process, as demonstrated by our world class NPS score. We continue to support their leadership development as they take up their new role or continue their job search, and our top team and board development interventions are often employed to successfully embed the new leader within their SLT.

We do more for the sector than finding great leaders, we contribute to their ongoing development and provide insight and knowledge that’s used by the sector to inform discussion, policy and development of academic leaders.

Clients we work with

Queen Mary University of London
Royal Agricultural University
University of Gloucestershire
Cranfield University
Capital City College Group
The Open University
Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine
Ravensbourne University
University of Bristol
University of Bath
Sheffield Hallam University
Robert Gordon University
Royal College of Art
Student Loans Company
Durham University
JTL Training
The University of Nottingham