Phil Gifford

Research Consultant
+44 (0)7743 936 121

About Phil

For nearly a decade, Phil has worked in education recruitment. Initially, his focus and specialism was the domestic independent schools sector in the UK; however, in recent years, he has been handling executive searches for education providers globally, facilitating a range of academic and operational leadership appointments for prominent education brands. He enjoys the breadth and variety that education search offers and has experience partnering with charitable organisations and trusts, for-profit private schools, education consultancies, and school groups and associations, as well as working directly with individual school owners and proprietors.

A key driver for the work Phil carries out is the appreciation of the social impact that education leaders have in their communities and beyond. Ensuring that the highest calibre of leaders occupy those positions of influence is a powerful mechanism to positively influence the outcomes of many and is something that ought to require great attention and care.

Phil joined the AQ Team in 2023 to support growth in the Schools practice, and he’ll be networking with and engaging education leaders across a spectrum of functions within the education sector, both domestically in the UK and overseas.