Selby College, looking to appoint a new principal after the retirement of the longest serving principal in the sector (26 years in the role), approached several senior recruitment providers to tender for support.

Protocol submitted a comprehensive and competitively priced proposal, and it was clear there was immediate rapport between the college and Ian Sackree and David Beynon – who head up the senior executive recruitment offering at Protocol.

After a meeting at the college and a discussion about Protocol’s approach, Selby College were pleased to enter into an exclusive recruitment partnership for the role with Protocol.

The project

Not only did the previous principal’s long tender of service mean there was a challenge to fill the role, Selby College’s position as one of the smallest colleges in the sector also posed a challenge; while successful, the college’s size meant the post was unlikely to attract experienced principals.

Selby College opted for Protocol’s full senior executive recruitment package, which included:
  • Print and online advertising in sector publications
  • Social media advertising
  • Headhunting and search and selection

Protocol offset the challenges by approaching local sector leaders who were ready or looking for a step up into the role – this approach worked and resulted in a strong shortlist of appointable candidates.

The outcome

In just 9 weeks, Protocol were able to successfully appoint a fantastic new principal who settled in well. Selby College appreciated the ‘extra mile’ Protocol went to, particularly the personalised approach and development of a recruitment strategy suited to the particular post. The onboarding process, supported by Protocol, ran very smoothly, resulting in a happy client and happy candidate.

“Selby College decided to appoint Protocol to assist them in the recruitment of their new Principal and Chief Executive. We were delighted with the process and were very pleased with our decision to have them conduct a full search and selection process and facilitate the assessment centre for the post.
We were very pleased with the field of applicants secured after a very comprehensive campaign.
Ian, David and Nadia were on hand at all times throughout the planning and selection process and we were impressed by the smooth running of the assessment centre. Also the Protocol approach which was at the same time professional but very personal.
We would certainly use Protocol again for other senior management roles.”
– Jeanne Woolford, Director of Governance, Selby College