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Sophie Younger joins Education practice

Having recently joined Interim Partners during a time of expansion into new markets, I am now leading the Education practice through a period of key growth.


The Education sector is going through significant change and certain skill sets are required to navigate organisations through this process.

If I look at the Higher Education sector as one of the example of my market focus, the demand for new technology within universities continues to challenge the back office functions. Upgrading of technologies tops the list of priorities for many institutions, however funding can be a challenge. Student numbers are decreasing, funding for research programmes tends to be awarded to the more established universities and, with pending Brexit, European funding streams are likely to reduce significantly.

In order to attract and retain the best talent and to boost their positioning in an increasingly competitive market, organisations are urged to engage more commercially focused staff into professional services, thereby aligning both academic and business services.

Interim Partners expertise

Equipped with 20 years of recruitment experience, with a particular focus on the executive interim space in the last 8 years, joining Interim Partners was a great opportunity for me. Interim Partners is increasingly moving towards more outcomes-based opportunities; our Return on Interim (ROI) methodology defines, measures and demonstrates success. It’s about enabling organisations to achieve the desired outcomes.

I understand the complexities of Education institutions and the challenges facing the sector, and believe our ROI methodology and network of highly skilled interim managers can support our clients’ change and transformation programmes.

‘I am delighted to welcome Sophie to Interim Partners, she is a great addition to the team and is perfectly placed to develop our offering within the Education sector. Sophie will take a lead on building relationships with the most influential leaders in the industry, connecting them with talent who can support them new ways to build income streams and improve their student offering.’
– Claire Carter, Director of Public Sector

Return on Interim in Education sector

By engaging interim executives on a consultancy basis, universities will benefit from specialist change agents with a specific skill set. They will be able to operate via an outcomes based model, delivering tangible results faster and demonstrating clear value for money at the conclusion of each project.

With this in mind, I am keen to speak with interim executives with particular experience in universities & colleges, schools, multi academy trusts, and awarding education/membership bodies.

I am particularly interested in engaging with those who are experienced in the following areas and have a proven track record around delivery and outcomes on either an interim or consultancy basis:

  • Financial/Operational Management
  • Transformation /Change experts
  • HR/OD Professionals
  • Mentoring/Coaching/Leadership
  • Commercialisation


If you'd like to find out more about becoming part of my interim network or to discuss our ROI methodology and how Interim Partners can help solve your challenges, please feel free to contact me at


Sophie Younger is the Principal of Education at Interim Partners.

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