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Why our innovative platform is perfectly suited for hiring in education


We have tens of thousands of pre-vetted, board-ready leaders on our platform who have told us they are interested in exploring opportunities in education. This candidate-led approach ensures educational institutions are able to tap into the very best global talent that is of the highest calibre.

Engaged candidates

For education appointments it is more important than ever that leaders are values and mission aligned with that organisation. The Nurole platform allows our members to surface their passions resulting in perfect matches that traditional headhunters would never find.


The “tap on the shoulder approach” to traditional search is broken and full of subconscious bias. Nurole levels the playing field by casting the net wider, allowing our members to put themselves forward for roles or recommend others. The result is unparalleled quality and cognitively diverse candidate fields.


Nurole’s technology-driven approach is far more cost effective than traditional search and delivers better outcomes and greater transparency.

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Bettering boards

A selection of success stories from the world of education

St Paul's Girls' School
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St Paul’s Girls’ School is one of the country’s leading independent secondary day schools for girls aged 11-18 and is a lively academic community with excellent facilities for all subjects. St Paul’s Girls’ School sought two Governors to assist with the effective management of safeguarding and compliance in the school.

Through Nurole they appointed Geeta Khehar (a Senior Fellow at SOAS) and Lisa Barclay (COO of Social Finance Ltd).

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"These two strong appointments to the board of Governors will be invaluable in helping to ensure excellent governance at St Paul’s Girls’ School over the coming years. The first-rate support of the Nurole platform which enabled us to unearth these two individuals has been exceptional."

Tim Palmer, Chairman of Governors , St Paul's Girls' School

Hackney New School Academy Trust
Non-Executive Director/Trustee
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The Hackney New School Academy Trust (“HNS”) was founded in 2013 and comprises a primary and a secondary academy. Both schools within the trust have a music specialism - every pupil learns an instrument and the music curriculum is a central part of the school day. The primary school has established a partnership with the Royal Academy of Music in order to deliver the music curriculum.

The trust sought two individuals with experience of strategic leadership and governance at senior management level. Through the Nurole platform, Alexander Crossman, Headteacher / Trustee at The Charter Schools Educational Trust, and Teresa Beach, Chief Operating Officer / Managing Director at JLT Group, were both appointed to the HNS Academy Trust board.

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"We were very impressed by the quality of the candidates who applied for our NED role through Nurole, so much so that we appointed two of the Nurole applicants. We’re looking forward to having them both on the board and seeing the positive impact they will undoubtedly have on the Academy Trust."

Andreas Wesemann, Co-Founder & Chairman, Hackney New School Academy Trust

Queen Mary University of London
Member of Council
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Queen Mary University of London (QMUL), one of the UK's leading research-intensive higher education institutions, sought to appoint new Members of Council. They were looking for someone whose primary function was to approve the Queen Mary Strategy and to hold the senior executives to account in pursuing the Strategy’s objectives.

Within nine days Nurole surfaced Peter Thompson, CEO of Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority and experienced science policy maker, regulator and sector leader in healthcare and the life sciences. Peter's extensive experience and his desire to play a part in QMUL's continuing success made him the right fit for the role.

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"I found the Nurole platform intuitive and easy to use. The staff provided helpful guidance on the platform and how to get the most out of advertisements, ensuring the quality of candidates who applied was extremely high. We’re really happy to have been able to find our new Board member through the platform."

Sian Marshall, Assistant Registar, Queen Mary University of London

The University of Surrey
External Member of Council
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The University of Surrey is a global community of ideas and people, dedicated to life-changing education and research. In recent years, Surrey has established itself as a top university in major national university league table rankings. They sought to appoint External Members (Trustees) to advise and facilitate the work of its governing body. Through Nurole they appointed Pam Powell and Elliot Antrobus-Holder.

Pam, former Vice President at Unilever Inc, is an experienced NED, Investor and Advisor to an app-based health tech start-up. After former roles as a Governor at RGS Guildford and Board Member and Deputy Committee Chair of Curriculum at Guildford College, she wanted to expand her pro-bono portfolio to engage and contribute locally. Elliot is the Vice President and Global Head of Digital, Data & Analytics at GSK and has previously led the digital, data and analytics teams for HSBC, Barclays and TU. This was Elliot's first board role.

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"We were impressed with the breadth and quality of the candidates who were attracted and with the ease of the process. Most importantly we have found two new Council Members. We will certainly consider using Nurole for future recruitment campaigns."

Lise Richards, Head of Governance Services, University of Surrey

Girls' Day School Trust
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The Girls’ Day School Trust (GDST) is the UK’s leading network of independent girls’ schools, and the largest single educator of girls in the UK. There are over 19,000 pupils in the 23 independent fee-paying schools and two academies located across England and Wales. They were looking for a Trustee with education and governance experience who could help further the work and aims of the Trust and to chair the GDST Academy Trust Board from mid-to-late 2019.

In less than four weeks Nurole identified Stuart Ross, former Financial Director of British Gas Trading Ltd, ex-CFO of European Directories Holdings BV and Northgate Information Solutions, where he is currently NED. Despite not having a background in education, Stuart's extensive senior management experience and his abiding passion and belief in the power of education made him the perfect candidate.

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"Through Nurole we found two new Trustees to take up two different roles on our Board. Our search generated a diverse shortlist of candidates with an exceptional range of skills and experience across multiple sectors. We were impressed by how efficient and streamlined the Nurole process was and look forward to using the system again."

Martin Pilkington, Strategy Planning Director, Girls' Day School Trust

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