We are delighted to have received this wonderful endorsement from George Nazi, Chair of Governors at the International School of Brussels.

Emails like this make it all worthwhile!

Dear Russell

Now that we have successfully appointed James MacDonald to be the new Director of the International School of Brussels, I wanted to write to you personally to express my sincere thanks for the wonderful work that your colleagues did for us.

When we set out to find our new Director, we considered several other firms, including some of the largest and best known agencies in the world, but we chose RSAcademics because you specialise in schools. We could see that you really understood schools like ours and that your advice would be rounded and insightful. That’s what we needed. We also thought your approach to billing your clients was refreshing and unusually honest. You didn’t give us the “hard-sell at our initial meeting. In fact, we were struck by the integrity and thoughtfulness of your team from the start.

Once we were up and running, Vicky spent a lot of time understanding our needs: the school dynamic, the needs of the Board, the culture of the school and how it needed to change, the personality of the key players. Vicky understood these dynamics and at every step she became an extremely valuable person for us. Every question we had along the way was answered. Your search team also did a fantastic job and found us some brilliant candidates from around the world. As we moved into the later stages, there were one or two occasions when we were tempted to do things the way we were used to working, even though Vicky suggested otherwise. But we trusted Vicky and in the end decided to trust the process she recommended. I am so pleased we did because it led us to make much better decisions. That was a real “aha” moment for us. We all learned a lot from her, which is why we have asked your firm to help with another senior appointment for us and to provide coaching for our Board.

I know all the big recruitment firms, having worked with most of them at some point in my professional life but I hadn’t heard of RSAcademics before. I would say that we were lucky to find you, Russell. All my colleagues on the Board believe we have made a quite outstanding appointment in James and that this is very much down to you and your team.

Thank you.

With my very best wishes

George Nazi
Chair of the Board of Trustees, International School of Brussels