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    This year, Search Associates assisted schools to find top candidates for over 48 key administrative openings, 30 of which were Head of School appointments.

    David Cope

    David Cope

    Executive Vice President

    Berry House
    41 High Street, Over
    Cambridge CB24 5NB, UK

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    Region: UK and Ireland

    Fair Organizer: Dubai, U.A.E., Latin America/Caribbean, London - Spring

    David Cope heads up Search Associates in the UK and Ireland, joining the team after a long and successful international career in education and management.

    A Cambridge graduate with a BA and MA in History, he taught History, English and Spanish for five years before becoming a headmaster.    For twenty years he led three British schools in the UK and France (Dover College, the British School of Paris and Marlborough College), with a special commitment to furthering co-education and international education.   During this time he developed staff exchanges and other close working links with schools in Australia, Canada, France, the Gambia, Germany, India, Japan, Jordan, New Zealand, South Africa, Ukraine and the US.

    David has also had substantial senior management experience in other fields, including British Council representation in Mexico and running the VSO (Voluntary Service Overseas) programme in Zambia.   Most recently, he was also responsible for building up the UK branch of Ashoka, a US-based development agency supporting 3000+ social entrepreneurs in seventy countries worldwide.

    His career has involved extensive travel throughout Europe, Africa, North, Central and South America, the Middle East, Asia and Australia , with visits to many schools of all kinds.

    He has been an active member of the British HMC (Headmasters and Headmistresses Conference), serving on its overseas membership and academic policy committees, and also of ECIS (European Council of International Schools). He was a founder member of COBISEC (British Schools in Europe ) and its Treasurer for five years. He has also served on many school boards, both in the UK and overseas, and is thoroughly well versed in all aspects of school management and staff recruitment at every level.


    Audrey Hewerdine, Executive Assistant

    Audrey Hewerdine joined the UK office of Search Associates in August 2013 after a variety of office management roles in a diverse range of industries, including a London digital marketing company and a financial services company.  Over the years she has also done charity volunteer work with families in difficulty, worked as a recruitment consultant and also as a PA/co-ordinator at TriStar Films and Amnesty International. Having lived in Melbourne, Australia for a number of years, Audrey returned to the UK in 2004 and has latterly worked as an Events Manager for an arts development charity. Audrey is married with a teenage daughter and lives in Ely, Cambridgeshire.

    Email: ahewerdine@searchassociates.com
    Office: 44-7841-881597
    Skype: audrey.hewerdine

    Rebecca Steadman, Executive Assistant

    Rebecca Steadman, an English and Drama graduate from London University, has had a varied career, including time spent in recruitment, a major investment bank and running a UK-based exhibition organising company. She has lived in France where she worked at Disneyland Paris in the run up to its opening in 1992. She now lives in Cambridge with her two young sons. Rebecca joined David Cope's team in the UK office in the autumn of 2010.



    Email: rsteadman@searchassociates.com
    Office: 44-7985-596819
    Skype: rebecca.steadman.skype

    Appointed by Founding Director John Magagna, after consultation with other Associates, the Executive Management Committee (EMC) oversees and manages the governance and operations of Search Associates.

    Currently the following are members of the EMC:   Jessica Magagna (President), David Cope (Executive Vice-President).



    To register (or re-register) as a candidate with the UK office of Search Associates, no registration fee is due.     

    (Please note that the UK office differs from all other Search Associates offices in this respect, because of the requirements of UK law.)

    Any UK office candidate with a confirmed place at a Search Associates job fair in either London or Dubai pays no fee for participation in the fair.     At all other job fairs, a fee of 75 US dollars will be due for participation in the fair, usually payable on arrival to the fair organiser.


           We are holding an OPEN INFORMATION MEETING 

           on TUESDAY 17 NOVEMBER 2015 at 7.00 pm, at the


          This is a chance to meet the head of the Search Associates UK Office, David Cope, and his colleagues, and in  an informal setting find out about

             Job opportunities in 201and beyond
       What it's like to teach in an international school
       How Search Associates can help you find the right job
       What you need to think about when applying to international schools


          Email David Cope (dcope@searchassociates.com) for more information.       

          Or click here   SA meeting 17 November 2015.pdf

          The event is open to all teachers at both secondary and primary level completely FREE of charge, and you can enjoy a free drink or two courtesy of Search Associates UK.

    David Cope’s UK office works with teachers of all nationalities and backgrounds and with the full range of international schools worldwide.     In particular, but not exclusively, the UK office works with

    • teachers (of any nationality) currently resident in the UK or Ireland, especially any who may be interested in one or both of the Search Associates job fairs in LONDON, held in January and April
    • teachers with current or previous experience of UK-curriculum schools, whether in the UK or overseas or both
    • teachers interested in attending either the Search Associates job fair in DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (February) or the LONDON-Spring fair (April).

    The UK office runs both the DUBAI fair and the LONDON-Spring fair, and is also actively involved in the LONDON-January fair.  So all these fairs are especially suitable for UK office candidates.     However, any UK office candidate can also ask for an invitation to any of our other job fairs worldwide.

    Professional consultations (optional)

    For candidates considering a move into international teaching - or a move from one international school to another - who would welcome some general information and advice at a personal meeting, a professional consultation with David Cope at a mutually convenient time and place can normally be arranged.  Such consultations usually last about 45 minutes.

    The consultation is an opportunity to review and discuss such matters as: the nature of international schools; the range of opportunities available in them; the different ways in which candidates can secure international school posts; issues to be considered before accepting an international school post; personal circumstances and career goals; qualifications and professional experience.

    This service is entirely optional.  Candidates having a consultation are under no obligation whatsoever to apply subsequently for registration with the UK office of Search Associates.      The fee due for a consultation is £ 55 pounds sterling for one individual candidate, or £ 85 pounds sterling for a couple.

    Please contact David Cope for more information on the following services: