Chief Operating Officer, Director of Public Engagement and Director of Collections

Chief Operating Officer, Director of Public Engagement and Director of Collections

The Result

With a detailed appreciation of the client’s objectives and ambitions, Clarendon Executive was able to appoint, and provide ongoing support for, three high performing individuals with the skills, motivation, commercial focus and aptitude to build and deliver on National Museums NI’s vision for the future.

“The team at Clarendon is exceptional.  Significant time was devoted at the outset to fully understand not just the individual roles but also the organisational context, in particular our vision, strategic direction and culture.  Using this knowledge and applying their considerable expertise, they scoped a bespoke recruitment process that ensured not only the appropriate appointment to each of the roles, but also built the foundations for a dynamic leadership team.”

Kathryn Thomson, Chief Executive National Museums NI

The Brief

Clarendon Executive won a competitive tender to manage the recruitment of three newly created senior positions - Chief Operating Officer, Director of Public Engagement and Director of Collections – on behalf of National Museums NI.

The aim of this new Directorate structure was to drive a transformational change programme within the organisation, ensuring its collections were accessible to the widest possible audiences and establishing a more self-sustaining business model.

Clarendon Executive was engaged to deliver the following:

Candidate Search & Selection – to go out to the market, make proactive approaches, explain the company’s transformational change agenda and future vision, and ultimately secure high calibre individuals for each of the three senior roles.

Suitable candidates needed to demonstrate the leadership, presence and gravitas to influence at the highest level.

The Process

Understanding the current context and future vision of the organisation, alongside the key requirements of each job specification was the first step in the process of delivering on the client’s brief.

Through a robust search and selection process that involved tailored assessments focusing on leadership capabilities and style, Clarendon Executive looked beyond a candidate’s CV and career to date to determine the impact and value they could bring to the role in the future.

Following successful completion of this assignment which culminated in two external appointments and one internal promotion, Clarendon Executive identified the opportunity to use the insights developed to ‘go further’ and support the ‘top team’ in their ‘forming’ stage. See case study (link)

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