Leading The Active Learning Trust on their journey to an outstanding organisation

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​In Spring 2019, Veredus was retained by Active Learning Trust to conduct an executive search and selection campaign to recruit a new Chief Executive Officer. The Active Learning Trust is a multi-academy trust working with 21 schools across the East of England with a strong record of school improvement. The Trust is committed to excellence in education and the wellbeing of its pupils and to an uncompromising professionalism in everything they do. Since its inception in 2012 the Trust has grown steadily into one of the leading multi-academy trusts in the region.

In advance of the retirement of Active Learning Trust’s interim CEO, the Trust were seeking an exceptional candidate to take forward and develop the organisation in its next stages of consolidation and development. Working closely with the Board of Trustees and in partnership and collaboration with a range of stakeholders, the CEO would lead the Trust schools on the next stage of their journey to an outstanding organisation.

The Veredus team was tasked with finding an outstanding senior leader who could wholeheartedly embrace the vison and values of Active Learning Trust and empower others to do the same. They will be highly accomplished at developing professional networks and partnerships, understand that financial probity and strong governance are at the heart of a secure organisation, and have a track record of strong leadership in a large organisation and determination to make a positive difference. Active Learning Trust were willing to consider a range of relevant backgrounds, and we were tasked with finding strong candidates with an education background at Executive Head and CEO level, from a sector leadership role looking to take on a bigger challenge, or a quality assured service focused and multi-site environment with knowledge and ambition improve the life chances of young people.

We ran a small online advertising campaign and conducted a vigorous and thorough executive search campaign, across the education sector in the UK. We built a long list of 20 candidates, seven of which were progressed to Veredus’ preliminary interview stage, with four candidates then shortlisted for final panel interview.

As a result, two candidates were deemed above the line and appointable by the panel. Both candidates were invited to a second meeting with the panel, and an appointment decision was made, with Veredus successfully handling the offer negotiations and placing the preferred candidate in the role.