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: London - Spring

David Cope heads up Search Associates in the UK and Ireland, joining the team in 2002 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. More 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 governance and management and staff recruitment at every level.


Emma Rayner, Executive Assistant

Rayner, Emma

Emma Rayner has a Theology degree from the University of Exeter and, after two years working in London in private equity finance and recruitment, decided to train as a secondary teacher. For over a decade she has worked in independent day and boarding schools both in the UK and abroad, and has an in-depth understanding of both the UK secondary qualifications and the programmes of the International Baccalaureate. Emma joined the UK office of Search Associates in April 2016.

Email: erayner@searchassociates.com
Office: 44-7742-990966
Skype: erayner.searchassociates

Rebecca Steadman, Executive Assistant

Steadman, Rebecca

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 either or both of the two Search Associates job fairs in London pays no fee for participation.     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.


This is to introduce Emma Rayner, who started work as an Executive Assistant in the UK Office of Search Associates on 1 April 2016.

Emma is taking over from Audrey Hewerdine who sadly had to leave us at the end of March. She will have specific responsibility for UK Office candidates whose surnames begin with a letter from M to Z. For a very brief bio of Emma please see David Cope and click on Meet My Team.

Emma can be contacted by email at erayner@searchassociates.com.

My other Executive Assistant, Rebecca Steadman (rsteadman@searchassociates.com), will continue to work with those candidates whose surnames begin with a letter from A to L.

All three of us are available for any information, advice or support you may need.

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

  • school teachers and administrators (of any nationality) currently resident in the UK or Ireland
  • school teachers and administrators with current or previous experience of UK-curriculum schools, whether in the UK or overseas or both
  • school teachers and administrators interested in attending the Search Associates LONDON-Spring job fair.


The UK office runs the LONDON-Spring job fair, and is also actively involved in the LONDON-January job fair.     So both 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:

Did You Know…?

Senior Associate Dr. Barry Drake has over 40 years' experience in administration and teaching in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, South East and East Asia.