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Executive Search Service

Founded in 2011, The PIE Exec Search is an executive search consultancy with unrivalled knowledge and experience of the international education industry.

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We have unrivalled knowledge of the international education industry and extensive headhunting experience working with education partners around the globe to help them with their mid-to senior level hiring needs.

We are renowned for our unique, global network of professionals working across the industry and
our ability to find just the right candidate for each role we take on.

Why The PIE Exec Search?

We run the entire recruitment process for our clients, in full consultation throughout, providing them with quality, accurate and comprehensive information. We work as an exclusive partner for all roles and are happy to include internal or other referred candidates as part of our process.

We Understand International Education

The PIE Exec Search works exclusively in the international education industry and across the globe. Our database is deep and we benefit from a knowledge of and networking within international education that generalist education recruiters cannot match.

We Know Our Candidates

We understand international education candidates’ competencies, what drives them, as well as the experiences that are aligned to roles in the industry.

Diversity & Inclusion

We recognise the importance of improving the level of diversity and inclusion within organisations and in our industry. We help our global clients access and attract diverse talent pools and match with company cultures that embrace inclusion to create a collaborative workforce.


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The PIE Exec Search Approach

01. Media Reach

We benefit from our wide media reach via, which has reached over 5 million people. We now regularly have more than 400K unique visitors to our website each month.

02. Reputation

We have gained a reputation as experts in the international education industry. We can help build diverse teams in different countries and recruit in complex regions. Candidates come to us because they know we can provide them with the best options in the market.

03. Advertising

We utilise local job boards if required, with the added value for our clients free of advertising on our own, successful jobs board, The PIE Jobs.

04. Headhunting

For all roles we run an extensive search campaign using our vast industry network to approach candidates directly. We are able to access high calibre individuals who are not actively seeking a new position, but who could be interested in learning about a career opportunity.

05. Social Media

We have over 65K followers across our social media channels. This reach enables our consultants to connect to a large number of candidates across the sectors we recruit for.

06. Market Knowledge

The extensive market knowledge our consultants have is invaluable when sourcing candidates. They have in-depth knowledge of candidate availability and movement within the market, and the skill sets required for success.

07. Timeframe

The estimated timeline to deliver a final shortlist for a specified brief is 4-6 weeks.

08. Guarantee

An important guarantee of the quality of our work is that if we fail to make an appointment after the first shortlist is presented, which is very rare, we will carry out a repeat of the search at no additional charge.

09. Psychometric Testing

Hire with confidence – an increasingly common feature of a hiring process is the use of psychometric testing to help give a better all-round evaluation of a candidate’s suitability and hiring potential. Ensuring the right fit for both a role and the team/company culture will go a long way to reducing ‘bad hires’ and the resulting costs to your business. Psychometric tests are commonly used to support an informed hiring decision, but are not the answer in isolation. We can advise on psychometric test options and how tests can be integrated into an interview process via our trusted third party partner, Thomas International.



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Meet the Team

Amy Baker

Amy is an international education expert with over 20 years’ experience in the industry. As CEO of The PIE, she divides her time between recruitment, editorial oversight and strategic growth for The PIE. An expert on the international education sector, since setting up The PIE in 2011, Amy has hone a successful Exec Search division that is renowned for being able to identify the right talent for businesses keen to scale in the international education sector. She has a BA in Journalism with French from City University.

Nick Golding
Business Development Director

Nick brings to The PIE Exec Search team extensive experience, having worked in almost every facet of international education and student recruitment – directing Cambridge Education Group’s meteoric growth; setting up extensive agency networks and regional offices; operating joint-ventures with universities, drama schools and premiership football clubs; and, latterly, investing in and working for EdTech innovators. With this wealth of experience, he understands the nuanced blend of values that is required for success in international education, and has worked with a spectrum of stakeholders from government departments of education and private equity ownership to global brands, such as Nike. Nick is passionate about inclusion & diversity and has recently worked with Oxford and Cambridge colleges as well as other universities around the world on their widening participation programmes.

Lisa Phillipps
Executive Search Director

Lisa is a Chartered Accountant by background who moved to Education in 2010 as a Finance Director / Bursar in Kent. Here she led the non Academic side of a 1200 pupil school, including building new primary campus and setting up a new nursery (for her son to attend)! Lisa then spent 5 years in Abu Dhabi focusing on bilateral relations and communications. Since returning to the UK Lisa has been working strategically in International K-12 developing commercial growth strategies and headhunting Senior Leaders in both K-12 and Higher Education.

Jessica Glauser Guiver
Search Director

Jessica Glauser-Guiver has over 20 years’ experience in international student recruitment & admissions. Her career in IE started when she graduated from New York University with a Masters degree in International Education. She currently co-hosts a weekly podcast called Destiny Benders, focusing on the stories of people who work in international education. Originally from Switzerland, Jessica has 3 passports (UK, USA, Switzerland) and has spent her life moving between those 3 countries. She also taught English in China and worked at an international school in Austria for a few years. With two boys who have had enough of moving around, Jessica and her family have settled in Hampshire. In her free time, Jessica watches Formula 1, explores historic sites and goes on long country walks, preferably ending up in a pub with a pint.

Rongrong Walker
Jobs Board and Search Manager

Rongrong completed her postgraduate studies in Tourism in China before she joined the international education industry in 2009. Having worked in Beijing and London, her roles have covered student recruitment, business development, student services and progression management. At The PIE, she is responsible for growing the use of our jobs board and oversees the day-to-day operations of The PIE Jobs and provides technical support to job posters, she is also responsible for assisting with global recruitment briefs via The PIE Exec Search and offers candidate support via The PIE Careers.

Simone Rensch
Search Director

Simone is an experienced journalist and networker in the education sector. She grew up in Denmark and Thailand, where she attended an international school, before moving to London for university. After graduating with an undergraduate in journalism and a postgraduate degree in human rights from UCL, she began her journalism career working for B2B magazines. She is passionate about diversity and providing everyone with equal opportunities to network and grow in their careers. In her tenure at EducationInvestor Global, where she was deputy editor, she set up the Business Women in Education community. Growing the network from an idea to a global network with over 450 members, Simone has hosted many events, written extensively about investment in education and is a well-known face within the sector. In her free time, she looks after her toddler and is always on the hunt for good coffee.

Hadil El-Agami
Global Account Director

Hadil heads up at The PIE Exec Search, since joining in 2014, she has successfully placed numerous candidates globally into senior executive positions across the sector. Alongside recruitment, Hadil offers Career Coaching via The PIE Careers, she understands the struggles of identify career direction and carrying out an effective job search. Job seekers at any level are able to learn from her international education expertise about how to navigate a job search, tackle applications, job interviews and enhance chances of finding a new role. Her coaching style is compassionate and client centric and with extensive experience working alongside hiring managers globally, she understands recruitment from both sides. She is of Egyptian descent and bi-lingual English/Arabic, and has a BSc in Business Administration with a specialism in International Marketing. She is an advocate of diversity and inclusion in a workplace and recognises that improving this can create a collaborative workforce.

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Victoria Heron
Global Education Career Coach

Victoria’s career in international education spans the public and private sectors, specializing in global marketing and recruitment, student mobility, English Language, executive management and operations. Victoria’s career began in Canada where she led the marketing and recruitment for Navitas’ two Canadian pathway colleges. Victoria then returned home to Australia and joined Deakin University where she directed Deakin’s global student mobility program. After 5 years at Deakin, Victoria was appointed General Manager, ANZ for Kaplan International Languages, with operational oversight of six English Language Schools. Victoria’s leadership encourages engagement and collaboration, development of high-performing teams and provides positivity and motivation to achieve goals.


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