Our client is a Midlands based education provider with 11,000 learners. The college offers a vocational curriculum and was going through a period of change and growth. To lead the organisation through this period they sought a new Chief Executive.
Wickland Westcott undertook a targeted search and advertisement campaign to secure a candidate who would be responsible for leading the business during a time of significant change and increased competition across the education sector. Our client needed a leader who could establish strategic relationships and evolve existing collaborations to drive success within the business, enhance learner experience and ensure that local employers had access to a highly skilled workforce. The client was also seeking a leader who would be able to transform the organisational culture to deliver customer service excellence. Whilst professional credibility and strategic flair was needed, the candidate’s ability to inspire others was considered paramount.
A successful candidate was found from outside the education sector. An established track record of partnership working with different education providers and other funding organisations supported their transition into this leadership role. They brought strong financial and commercial acumen, having worked previously in CFO and COO roles within commercial and public sector settings and was a differentiator with other candidates. Our Client’s journey to become a top 10 provider continues with pace!
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