The Academicis Team
Having spent the formative 20 years of his career in multinational technology and investment banking institutions, Richard started his education recruitment career in 2008, joining the Times Educational Supplement (TES). Here he gained a thorough understanding of the education recruitment market and the issues facing schools today. He worked in a number of the company’s divisions before joining TES Prime, the Executive Search arm before moving on to set up his own niche consultancy in 2013. Since the company’s inception, Richard has led Academicis to become one of the market leaders in school’s senior leadership recruitment. Over his career to date, he has placed Headteacher to CEO roles across in excess of 500 schools, trusts and diocese and has clients as far south as Plymouth and Portsmouth and as far north as Preston, York and Cumbria.
Outside of work, Richard is a very keen swimmer and enjoys spending time with his 7 year old twins, wife and ageing spaniel.
Caroline has been working in education for over 20 years and within education recruitment for over 13 years, latterly at TES Prime the executive search arm of the TES publication. During this time, she has built strong relationships with schools and supported many senior leaders to obtain their dream jobs. As Head of Delivery at Academicis, she has successfully delivered and worked on many leadership roles for schools and trust. Clients come to bank on her personally for her support during the attraction and selection phases as they know how determined she is to go above and beyond to make sure a seamless recruitment process is achieved. As well as steering her team of resourcers to generate a sound field of candidates, she oversees the entire administration process from shortlisting and vetting, through assessment and interview days to appointment. She is passionate about education and making a difference to how children learn, loves a challenge and working with different types of schools to achieve a shared goal creates this. In her free time, she energetically supports charity events with a local sports club to raise money for children.
Geoff has worked in Education recruitment since 2001, including several years as the Head of Interim at TES Prime. During this time he has built a sound understanding of the intricacies of appointing to different roles in a wide variety of settings and is of a firm belief that every stakeholder in a school has the ability to make a difference to the children in their care. Geoff has made successful placements in every role in a school setting from teaching assistants to CEO’s and has worked with high profile Independent school groups, stand-alone village primary schools and everything in between. Passionate about education for all Geoff is a governor of a primary school and trustee of a multi academy trust in SW London where he lives with his wife and two children.
In his free time he enjoys spending time with his family, playing rugby, cycling and going to the cinema.
Phil Freaney is Client Development Director for Academicis, supporting Trusts, Diocese and Schools from Birmingham to the North East. Phil has spent 8 years working for the Times Educational Supplement (TES), supporting many of the larger, established Schools Trusts with their complex recruitment needs. Phil has previously worked for many years in Finance with the Nat West, followed by a career supporting business advertising across the North and North West for Yellow Pages. Phil is currently a School Governor of a State Maintained High School in Culcheth, Warrington. Outside of work, Phil has coached youth football teams for almost 16 years, and been a Special Police constable for the Cheshire Constabulary. Phil runs the Greater Manchester marathon each year for a different charity, which have included Brain Tumour Charity, Make a Wish UK, The Christie Cancer Hospital, and this year it will be The National Autistic Society. Phil enjoys family time with his wife, and two sons, and enjoys watching local sport, when possible.
Ross has helped over 50 clients to find great new senior leaders, particularly with a focus on primary schools in and around London. He has built strong relationships in Local Authorities where they come back to work with him time and time again, with both clients and candidates passing on their thanks for his professional and personal manner. Outside of work Ross is a keen sportsman, attends live music events (before lockdowns 1,2,3) and loves to travel.
Jess started her career at TES where she learned the challenges of Education recruitment, she then moved on to THE to work on University recruitment globally. After exploring other roles in media sales and recruitment advertising, Jess has happily found her way back to Education where she works with Schools and trusts to source the best talent and plan smooth and successful recruitment campaigns.
Before Joining Academicis in January 2020 Tracy had worked at TES for 16 years starting on teacher recruitment, moving to the International team and then for the last five years on the Leadership team as it merged with TES Prime. Outside of work Tracy’s passions are Photography, MotoGP and live music.
Before joining Academicis in 2019, Imogen worked as a PA within a handful of sectors in London, from finance and property to catering and now education. Imogen joined a team of three at Academicis and has loved being part of a growing and dynamic team. Outside of work Imogen loves going to the gym, running, cooking and travelling.
Before joining Academicis in 2021 Emma had 20 years in recruitment which included living and working in the Middle East and Europe. Emma has worked on a number of difficult to fill roles, including some challenging leadership positions for multiple industries, including Education.
Outside of work Emma is a keen athlete and has run marathons all over the world. Emma is very active in helping out in the community and has been supporting the elderly during Covid.