When seeking world-class education leaders, you need an executive search firm that understands the role of leaders in schools and delivers an exceptional experience to both clients and candidates.

Our education practice consultants find and place over 100 senior leadership roles each year and have held SLT positions in some of the UK’s top educational organisations, including universities and schools.

Working with us gives you broad reach across public sector senior leaders, access to strong personal networks within education and a track record of diversifying leadership teams.

Partner with us to find and place interim and permanent school leaders across a wide variety of senior leadership roles, including:

  • Independent School Head or Principal, both UK and International
  • Multi-Academy Trust CEOs
  • Multi-Academy Trust Corporate Centre
  • Bursar, Chief Financial Officer, Director of Finance
  • Chief Operating Officer, Director of Operations
  • Director of Academic, Education Director
  • Director of Admissions
  • Chair of Board
  • Board Members

We approach every search with genuine curiosity and commitment to find a great fit. One of our strengths is the ability to get underneath the skin of what you’re looking for, to be honest and courageous partners throughout and to nudge and challenge you towards appointing the best person for your next interim or permanent role.

Our commitment to customer satisfaction is exemplified by our World Class Net Promoter Score (NPS) of +84, placing us in the top quartile of professional services globally. Our ethos revolves around transparency and thoroughness, ensuring candidates and clients take centre stage and diversity and inclusion are prioritised throughout.

Embracing the latest technologies, we move beyond traditional approaches, reaching candidates through dynamic and contemporary means, and in every phase of the executive search process, due diligence is paramount.

GatenbySanderson then goes beyond placements, offering Leadership and Talent Consultancy services that develop leaders for sustained success.

For those seeking a recruitment partner characterised by both a modern outlook and a history of success, backed by a highly experienced team who offer their own lived and professional experience, GatenbySanderson offers a holistic approach, extending beyond placements, fostering the development of leaders for enduring success. Please feel free to contact either Sophie or Julia if you would like to discuss your needs further and what GatenbySanderson might be able to offer you.

Board Practice

We have specialist experience in improving the diversity of boards, finding professionals who will bring a broader set of skills and experience and strengthening the future and sustainability of your organisation.

Through our significant board practice experience working across the public and not for profit sectors, we bring insight of exceptional board governance to our education practice. Through evaluations and development as well as board recruitment, we can support schools, universities and colleges in all aspects of their governance.

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


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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


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