Chief Operating Officer
Hartpury College and University Centre, one of the UK’s leading land-based and sports educational establishments, needed to recruit a new Chief Operating Officer (COO).
Having advertised the position themselves, the College were unsure about the quality of candidates they had attracted and so reached out to Hanover Fox to supplement their applicants with an executive search process.
Lesley Worsfold, Director of HR and Residential Services, says it was important to ensure they had a strong field.
“We are in an important period as we are looking to move towards University status. The COO role is vital to the College’s future
“Hanover Fox came in to ensure they understood the role, the culture and the changing scope. They then searched their networks and produced a pre-assessed long list. Together we reduced this down to six candidates for an Assessment Centre process.”
“As an educational establishment, the Board of Governors has to make senior appointments. Hanover Fox’s Candidate Summary Reports were invaluable in giving them an independent expert view and really helpful in providing focus for each interview.
“I would definitely recommend Hanover Fox. We were under a tight time pressure. They were professional, responsive, open and transparent. They delivered on the timeframe. The admin, pre-vetting, follow-ups and references were all taken care of. I respected their judgement on the short-listing. Above all, we feel confident that we have made a really high-calibre appointment.”
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