Networked is the world’s first international executive search firm dedicated to the most significant leadership appointments in global education.

We have brought together a unique combination of industry expertise and search experience to redefine leadership advisory services for the leading organisations of all types across the sector.

As subject matter experts, the breadth of our networks at the most senior level are unparalleled, offering extraordinary insight and a worldwide perspective.

We believe in the power of a connected society to deliver leadership solutions beyond conventional boundaries, the value of transferable leadership skills and the transformative nature of technology in education and executive search.

Hamish Laing

Hamish is a founding partner at Networked. He has over 20 years experience in executive search. He has delivered successfully over 300 leadership searches working in all areas of the education sector for many of the foremost enterprises and institutions, always seeking to provide a fresh perspective, bringing together new thinking with proven practice. His networks are global.

Hamish’s success is underpinned by the insight developed as the result of a broad based and sensitively nurtured international network at the highest level. Clarity, momentum and strategic thinking are central to how Hamish works. 

Hamish’s clients have ranged from leading universities and established PLCs to emerging commercial providers and many more.  He is trusted by leaders across the sector for his insight, judgement and discretion.

Rajay Naik

Rajay is a founding partner at Networked. He is CEO of Skilled Education, a leading education-technology company, and serves as a non-executive at UBS, Pay.UK, Chairman of the Commission on Lifelong Learning and a Governor of the Ditchley Foundation.

Rajay was formerly Global Chief Commercial Officer of Study Group and prior to that Founder and CEO for four years at Keypath Education (Europe) which continues to operate the online degrees of the University of Exeter, Aston and other leading institutions. 

Formerly Rajay served as Director of The Open University where he was a key architect of the FutureLearn MOOC platform. Previously he was one of five members on the Independent Review of Higher Education Funding and Student Finance chaired by Lord Browne, board member of Coventry City Football Club and Chairman of the Big Lottery Fund.

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