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Our Education team brings experience of recruiting leaders across the full range of educational institutions, from schools and further education colleges through to universities. We also work directly with government and agencies, funders, regulators and other organisations that support the education sector.


The leadership challenges in higher education are complex and diverse and span teaching, research and third stream activity.  Competition and the forthcoming TEF are bringing the student experience and teaching quality sharply into focus and academic leaders are seeking new ways to build income streams and external connectivity.  As institutions seek to balance an enterprising approach with funding volatility, the role of the Council in managing risk is a key theme for many institutions.  At GatenbySanderson we bring experience of working with the full range of universities, from specialist institutions through to the Russell Group. Our experience spans academic and corporate leadership roles, professorial appointments and board appointments.  Our search capability is international and we are known for delivering diverse shortlists of candidates who can deliver change in an uncertain environment. 

Government and agencies

GatenbySanderson is a leading provider of executive search to DfE and BIS and we have been engaged to support the delivery of many key education policies; for example we worked with DfE to appoint the Schools Commissioner and eight Regional Schools Commissioners who have responsibility the development and scrutiny of academies and free schools, and we worked with BIS to appoint the FE Commissioner, his deputies and the team of FE advisers and Sixth Form College advisers who have responsibility for driving up standards in the FE sector and undertaking the series of area reviews.  We have also worked with many education sector funders and regulators to appoint leaders and board members and support organisational change, including the Skills Funding Agency, the Student Loans Company, Ofsted and Ofqual.

Further education

Leadership in FE is increasingly focused on enterprise, innovation and collaboration, whilst not forgetting the central role that FE plays in supporting the most hard to reach individuals and communities.  We bring experience of recruiting leaders to some of England's largest and most successful colleges and have been recognised for our innovative approach to seeking out candidates with the ability to drive change and innovation.


We bring experience of recruiting school leaders across the breath of educational models and settings, and our networks span school leadership, school improvement, policy, LEAs, academy sponsors and opinion formers. The education landscape continues to evolve rapidly, with increasing collaboration between the state and independent sectors and a rapidly accelerating academies programme that has seen state schools embrace freedom and flexibility and face increased scrutiny and challenge.  We are networked amongst system leaders and thought leaders across the schools landscape, and recognised for our work in supporting the delivery of high profile education policy.

If you would like to learn more about how GatenbySanderson can help you, contact us on Leeds 0113 205 6071, London 020 7426 3960 or Birmingham 0121 644 5700.