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Interviews: Getting Them Right (Part 1)

Interviews: Getting Them Right (Part 1)

As search professionals, our work is a little bit like a scene from the novel “Holes”, by Louis Sachar. Each day we reach for our tools and get digging through the soil of people’s work, lives and character to determine the strength of what lies beneath the surface. Our meetings are planned, methodical, nuanced and detailed.

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What Makes an Excellent Chairman? A conversation with Ram Gidoomal CBE

What Makes an Excellent Chairman? A conversation with Ram Gidoomal CBE

To help us think about this question, we recently had a conversation with Ram Gidoomal CBE. Ram has chaired multiple organisations, including Stewardship, Traidcraft plc, The Lausanne Movement, Imperial College Student Union and the Office of the Independent Adjudicator for Higher Education for England and Wales. We wanted to listen to the wisdom that Ram has developed over many years of chairing boards both in the profit and not-for-profit sectors. What follows is a summary of parts of our conversation.

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Six Pitfalls of Charity Boards

Six Pitfalls of Charity Boards

It takes courage and effort to steward the growth and development of any charity. Ensuring that the board of trustees provide an appropriate level of expertise, challenge, scrutiny and support will be fundamental to a charity’s success, or failure.

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Tayo Arikawe appointed as International Director of Langham Partnership

Tayo Arikawe appointed as International Director of Langham Partnership

The International Director of Langham Partnership is the most senior executive in the organisation. The role involves overseeing and coordinating Langham’s work globally. It was essential for us to find a leader who was highly skilled in building cross-cultural relationships, coordinating and leading change in a global and matrixed organisation.

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Paul Houghton appointed as Chief Executive of Kingdom Bank

Paul Houghton appointed as Chief Executive of Kingdom Bank

Kingdom Bank is a Christian bank, aiming to use money for good. When we first started talking to Kingdom Bank, the organisation was facing a significant and exciting time of transition. The new owners had ambitious growth plans and the existing Chief Executive was due to retire in the coming months. We were excited to be invited by the Board to work with them to identify the new Chief Executive.

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A Finance Director for the Diocese of Oxford

A Finance Director for the Diocese of Oxford

In 2020 Carnelian was privileged to run a search for a new Finance Director for the Diocese of Oxford.

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