Strood Academy – New Principal Appointment
Following the retirement of its founding Principal, Richard Hart, the Strood Academy asked Candlestar to act as the Secretary to the Search Committee. The Committee led by Professor Mark Hunt, Chairman of Governors and Deputy Vice Chancellor of the University of the Creative Arts (the Academy’s lead sponsor) was established in order to oversee the recruitment strategy, appointment of recruitment consultants (TES Prime) and marketing campaign.
The formal recruitment process began in Summer 2013 and the collaboration between the recruitment agency TES Prime and Candlestar enabled the smooth running of the process, while meeting the strict deadlines governed by the academic year. Among a strong list of candidates and applications for the post, the Committee selected Kim Gunn at the new Principal. Kim has been Head of School for the past five years and Acting Principal since September 2013. As someone who has a strong knowledge of the Academy and its community, she is ideally placed to succeed Richard Hart as the new Principal for the Strood Academy commencing in January 2014.