Executive Search and Recruitment

The Executive Search and Recruitment division of FE Associates has quickly established itself as the leading provider of permanent senior recruitment solutions to colleges and skills providers. As the only provider headed up by a former successful college Principal and Chief Executive, we offer a deep insight into the skills required to drive colleges and providers forward.

We take a very different approach to securing high calibre senior leaders for colleges and providers, based on our two unique concepts: exploration and discovery. Through our process of exploration we build a deep understanding of your organisation, its culture, values and ethos, in order to effectively promote the role and your organisation. We then ensure we gain a personal insight into the values, attitudes and motivations of candidates through our process of candidate discovery.

Executive Search and Recruitment

What makes us different is our people are working in providers on a daily basis and our contacts and networks are the strongest of any executive search and recruitment company. We have a well-informed insight into the sector’s talent pipeline - we know where the rising stars are, where existing leaders are looking for their next move, and where talent outside of the sector is looking to make a leadership contribution to colleges and providers. As a trusted partner to our clients, we add value by providing fully tailored services, backed up by real and current sector expertise, with an eye to ensuring value for money and successful outcomes.

With a track record of success we have placed a significant number of leaders in senior roles including:

Principal & Chief Executive
Bolton College
City of Bristol College
East Sussex College Group
HCUC
Lewisham College
Southwark College
Stockton Riverside College
Stoke on Trent College
West London College

Vice Principal
Barnsley College
City of Bristol College
Stoke on Trent College

Director of Finance
MidKent College
East Sussex College Group
Lewisham Southwark College
London South East Colleges
West London College

Assistant Principal
Kidderminster College
MidKent College
The Sheffield College

Director of Resources
East Sussex College Group
HCUC

Director of Business Development
Evolve Learning Group
RNN Group

Head of MIS/Funding
CityLit
Plumpton College

Other roles
Director of Quality – NCG
Head of Marketing – Activate Learning

Executive Search and Recruitment

As part of the proposed merger of Sussex Coast College Hastings with Sussex Downs College to form the new East Sussex College Group, FE Associates were engaged to appoint the entire senior leadership of the new organisation. Over an intensive period of search and candidate discovery, we successfully completed a recruitment campaign which resulted in six executive leaders being appointed to senior post holder roles to drive forward the new college group. With three college Principals, a Chief Financial Officer and two Executive Directors, we successfully completed the most significant recruitment campaign the sector has seen over recent years.

We were very impressed by the way in which Matt took the time to really understand our college and the challenges it faced before beginning the search and recruitment process for a new Principal/CEO. As a result, it felt as if we were working with a partner who really had the college’s best interests at heart. FE Associates designed and managed the whole selection and interview process impeccably and we were delighted with the outcome.

Neil Bromley, former Chair of Governors, Stoke on Trent College

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