On the 10th January 2023, we welcomed Sir Michael Wilshaw to the Academicis team. Sir Michael has been appointed as Associate Director to Academicis.His involvement will be available in a niche consultancy capacity covering all areas of educational leadership including interview participation, CPD and mentoring for new and existing leaders in Schools and Trusts.

Richard Lucas, our CEO said “I am thrilled to welcome Sir Michael Wilshaw to the Academicis team. No words can express the immense delight we all feel in having such a high profile, significant and influential educational figure joining us.  We believe that this appointment speaks volumes, indicating that Sir Michael views Academicis as a credible, professional and ethical search organisation for educational leadership recruitment. With his expertise, experience and connections he will add enormous value to the business, enhancing and assisting us in growing Academicis and the services we offer. The addition of this unique provision to our recruitment portfolio not only enables us to diversify as a search organisation, it will allow us to develop and propel Academicis to the next level providing us with the recognition, credibility and gravitas we have worked so hard to achieve.  We look forward to an exciting future!”

Sir Michael responded “Leadership is critical in improving schools. Everything flourishes from good leadership. Academicis is therefore performing a vital function in helping schools to recruit and develop good leaders. Employing external support for recruitment can be a costly exercise, so any investment in recruitment needs to be used wisely to ensure suitable candidates are quickly identified and brought through to interview and appointment. Academicis provided tremendous support to me when I was asked to lead a large secondary school to bring it out of Special Measures. By providing two experienced senior staff to strengthen the senior team, the school was given fresh energy and focus to the point that it is now out of Special Measures and recently designated as Good by Ofsted. I hope my experience both in schools and in the inspectorate can be of assistance to Academicis.I am delighted to be joining such a committed, experienced, professional and friendly team who care passionately about what they do.  This is an exciting time for both myself and Academicis and I very much looking forward to this new role from January 2023”.