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Perrett Laver works globally to identify outstanding leaders for organizations that are solving the world’s biggest challenges and have extraordinary impact in society. We are ranked in the top 3 of global search firms that are focused on ‘mission-driven’ sectors and themes, partnering with organizations in over 70 countries worldwide, across every time zone and through our international team.

We are committed to the outcomes and impact that our sectors deliver in society, supporting institutions in improving the calibre, diversity, international nature and success rate of their senior appointments. With strong internal commitments to diversity, mental health, social mobility, education and justice, we are passionate about the work we do.

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Perrett Laver is led by the Managing Partners and Practice Heads. Together with the global Partnership and Consulting team they lead the various practices within the firm and are supported by specialist researchers and project managers. We are 100% employee owned. We are a Disability Confident employer.

The Advisory Board is chaired by Professor Dame Alison Richard, formerly Provost of Yale University and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge. Professor Bertil Andersson, formerly President of Nanyang Technological University and Professor Glyn Davies, Chief Executive of the Paul Ramsay Foundation.

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Perrett Laver is committed to working with organizations and sectors that have a transformative impact on society.

  • Advisory Services
  • Executive Search
  • Leadership Consulting

News Briefings

Perrett Laver Assists Murray Edwards College in President Search

U.K.-based executive search firm Perrett Laver has assisted in the recruitment of Dorothy Byrne as the sixth president of Murray Edwards College. She will take up the position in September. Ms. Byrne will succeed Dame Barbara Stocking who has been president of the college since 2013. “I am delighted with the election of Dorothy Byrne, who will

Perrett Laver Recruits President and Vice Chancellor for University of the Arts London

U.K.-based executive search firm Perrett Laver has recruited James Purnell as president and vice chancellor of the University of the Arts London (UAL). The assignment included an extensive international search with students and staff. Mr. Purnell succeeds Sir Nigel Carrington. “James has a compelling vision for UAL’s future in education and culture, building on our success in the

Perrett Laver Seeks COO for European Society of Endodontology 

Perrett Laver is leading the search for a new chief operating officer for the European Society of Endodontology (ESE), which focuses on the study of dental pulp and tissues surrounding the root of a tooth. Consultant Emi Saliasi is leading the assignment for the search firm. ESE wants a COO to ensure that the organization’s mission, aims, objectives

Perrett Laver Recruits Provost for Worcester College University of Oxford

The hunt for university leadership continues to remain strong, especially with searches for provosts. Sarah John, co-managing partner of Perrett Laver, recently placed David Isaac as the new provost for Worcester College University of Oxford. Mr. Isaac’s experience and expertise proved to be the perfect fit as the college steps up its commitment to equality,

Press Releases

The Appointment of Arlie Petters as Provost of NYU Abu Dhabi

(July 24, 2020) NYUAD are thrilled to announce the appointment of Arlie Petters – Benjamin Powell Distinguished Professor of Mathematics at Duke University, and former Dean of Academic Affairs for Trinity College of Arts and Sciences and Associate Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education at Duke – as the Provost of NYU Abu Dhabi, effective September

Professor Anthony Finkelstein Appointed the Next President of City, University of London

(July 20, 2020) Professor Anthony Finkelstein CBE FREng has been appointed the new President of City, University of London. Anthony will join City next year from his position as the Government’s Chief Scientific Adviser for National Security.Professor Anthony Finkelstein He will take over from City’s current President, Professor Sir Paul Curran, who announced last December

Gabriela Bucher Appointed New Oxfam International Executive Director

(July 8, 2020) Oxfam International is pleased to announce Gabriela Bucher as its new Executive Director. Ms Bucher is a leader in the field of gender equality and human rights. She joins Oxfam from Plan International where she had a global leadership role as its Chief Operating Officer. Ms Bucher said she was excited for

Penny Macbeth has Joined The Glasgow School of Art as its New Director

(July 7, 2020) Penny Macbeth has joined The Glasgow School of Art as its new Director. Penny was previously Dean of Manchester School of Art and Deputy Faculty Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Arts and Humanities focusing on external engagement and partnerships. Penny acted as academic lead for Manchester Metropolitan University’s ground breaking School of Digital Arts: SODA,

Wendy Taylor Joins Jhpiego as VP for Technical Leadership and Innovation

(June 9, 2020) Wendy Taylor, a solutions-driven innovator and leader in business-minded approaches in health, has joined Jhpiego as Vice President for technical leadership and innovation. As a member of the global nonprofit’s leadership team, Taylor will direct a multidisciplinary group of 70-plus staff across a wide range of health areas. She also will be