Our Further Education recruitment practice offers unrivalled access to exceptional leaders. We have a track record of successfully recruiting, assessing, and developing FE leaders from outside the sector as well as within, ensuring you get a breadth and diversity of candidates for your next role.

Working closely within our wider education practice and with our colleagues in Local and Central Government, Housing and Health we have a comprehensive understanding of place and policy. We appreciate the nuance of relationship colleges have with their local authorities, university, businesses and hospitals as well as connection with government and how your next leader or board member must have the skills and experience to navigate this.

We have successfully found and appointed interim and permanent further education leaders across a wide variety of senior leadership roles, including:

  • CEO
  • Principal
  • Deputy Principal
  • Vice Principal
  • Chief Financial Officer
  • Chief Operating Officer
  • Corporate Service Directors
  • Board member
  • Chair

Board practice

Alongside our board recruitment services, we support, and are experienced in, board evaluation and development within further education. We can guide you through both evaluation and development, shaping a high performing board that will provide oversight, strategic challenge and help secure a sustainable future.

Partnership with the Education Training Foundation

GatenbySanderson has partnered with the ETF for the past 5 years, designing and delivering development centres for current FE leaders going into the Strategic Leadership programme, and for aspiring FE leaders going into the Preparing for CEO programme, who are looking to step-up to the role of CEO in the next 1-2 years. This initiative continues to deliver exceptional leadership development, many of whom we have placed since graduating from the programme.

Latest Vacancies

Director of IT

University of Northampton

Northampton, Hybrid working (c.2 days on site per week)

Lay Member of Council / Chair of Finance Committee

Durham University


Pro-Vice Chancellor Education & Student Experience

University of Northampton

Northampton, hybrid working (c.2 days on site per week)

Executive Director Membership and Commercial

Education and Training Foundation

London (hybrid)

Director Data & Insights

Bath Spa University


Dean of the School of Clinical Dentistry

University of Sheffield


Meet the team

Recently Filled Vacancies

Director of Finance

Haberdashers' Academies Trust South


Non-executive Director (Audit & Risk)

Wellcome Sanger Institute

Hinxton, Cambridgeshire

Head of School - Art, Film & Media

Bath Spa University


Two Non-executive Directors (Science)

Wellcome Sanger Institute

Hinxton, Cambridgeshire

Director of Estates and Facilities

Harper Adams University

Newport, Shropshire

Director of Finance

Robert Gordon University


Clients we work with