Director of Innovation

Job Description

The Haberdashers’ Elstree Schools (Habs Girls and Habs Boys) are part of the Haberdashers’ Company and, as such, form part of a wider family of schools in both the independent and state sectors across England and Wales. Between them, these schools operate across the grammar, academy and independent sectors, educating children at primary, prep and secondary ages, with both boarding and day provision. There is active sharing of best practice at multiple levels between all four main ‘hubs’. The Company is a recognised voice on the national educational stage.

This is a groundbreaking time in the history of Haberdashers’. Starting from September 2023, a newly appointed Executive Principal will oversee the longer-term strategic direction of the schools, working closely with the two Heads and senior leadership teams to share a joint vision. Collaboration and innovation will underpin the 2030 Habs Elstree Joint Strategy.

The Director of Innovation is a new role with the executive team which will make an important contribution to the schools’ strategic development. As Director of Innovation, you will play a pivotal role in forming a major part of the 2030 Habs Elstree Joint Strategy through the ‘Haberdashers’ Elstree Innovation Centre’. This new hub will develop ambitious, imaginative and relevant research-informed projects to promote outstanding teaching and learning within the Elstree schools and to connect to other schools and higher education institutions nationally and around the world.

You must be adept at forging strong and dynamic collaborative relationships. As a member of the Joint Schools’ Executive team, you will be invested in the schools’ pedagogy and committed to the highest standards of learning. You will be an experienced leader with a demonstrable ability to shape and influence strategy, operate with confidence and agility in a complex organisation and support change within the schools.


If you have any questions about your application, please get in touch.


Hayley Mintern

+44 (0)7596 954 387

Location: Elstree, Hertfordshire
Close Date: Monday 18 September 2023
Salary: The schools offer their own generous salary scale.

How to Apply?

Anderson Quigley is acting as an advisor to Haberdashers’ Elstree Schools. An executive search process is being carried out by Anderson Quigley in addition to public advertisements.

The closing date for applications is noon, Monday 18 September 2023.

Applications should include:

  • A completed application form and career overview or CV.
  • A cover letter outlining how you meet the “What will you bring to the role?” criteria of the person specification, including your experience of leading innovation in education.

Please include details of two referees in either your CV or cover letter. Note that we will not approach your referees without your prior consent, and only should you be successful in the recruitment process.

If you wish to discuss the role in strict confidence, please contact Hayley Mintern.

The recruitment timetable is set out below. Please inform Anderson Quigley if any dates are problematic, we will do our best to accommodate flexibility.

Closing Date: Monday 18 September

Preliminary Interviews: 18 – 22 September

Informal Sessions with Habs for the shortlisted candidates: Late September

Panel Interviews: Monday 9 October

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