Sarah Shaw


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Sarah Shaw joined Odgers Interim in 2008 as a Partner in the Education Practice. She is based out of the Birmingham office but has a national portfolio. Sarah looks after appointments in Higher Education/ Business Schools as well as being a key member of the team working in Further Education and the Secondary Schools sector (Independent, Grammar, State, Academies/New Schools). Sarah also has a Third Sector remit which includes: youth and children’s charities, educational charities and trusts, select libraries and museums, learned societies, community services, science and engineering institutes as well as animals, sports and leisure. She is also a Parent Governor of Coppice Primary School in Sutton Coldfield.

Sarah has 13 years’ recruitment experience across a variety of sectors, both public and commercial.

She joined Odgers Interim from a generalist interim management provider where for two and a half years she was a principal, handling assignments in the West Midlands and supporting specialist sector heads.

Her remit encompassed the charity, not-for-profit and commercial sectors as well as central and local government.

Between 1998 and 2004 Sarah ran her own interim management and niche recruitment business in Surrey. She specialised in the private sector, assisting start-ups and entrepreneurial initiatives. Sarah is no stranger to the challenges facing interim executives as she has worked as an interim manager herself in different marketing agencies. Sarah is a graduate of Reading University and began her career in market research and FMCG marketing. At one stage she was responsible for creating drinks’ brands and she brings that flair for innovation to her work at Odgers Interim. 


  • Charities

    Successfully appointing senior individuals within charities and foundations requires specialist knowledge and a light touch particularly when bringing commercial values to the operation of an institution known better for its philanthropic aims, or perhaps its reputation in scientific research or academia.

  • Education

    The education landscape is complex. As a rapidly changing and often high profile area, this market sector requires our constant attention if we are to make the most of changes in policy and structure to increase the volume and enhance the variety of work we win. Education is a diverse and expanding market with national and international coverage.


  • Board & CEO

    As world-class organisations grapple with the global challenges of the 21st century, it is their leaders that define success.

  • Corporate Communications

    Chief executives are recognising the importance of strengthening and protecting corporate reputation and the vital role played by corporate communications in doing this.

  • Financial Management

    As the role of the finance function in corporate decision-making becomes ever-increasingly important, so the demands on finance leaders are rising.

  • Human Resources

    HR has become a commercial business partnering role; finding candidates who can make a genuine contribution to the organisation is paramount to a successful appointment.

  • IT Management

    Today's Chief Information Officer (CIO) and Chief Technology Officer (CTO) play a vital role in the creation of the firm's strategic plan and in articulating how technology can enable business strategies.

  • Legal

    The law plays an increasing role in business life today; corporate and practicing lawyers at the height of their profession are hard to attract.

  • Sales & Marketing

    Finding quality sales and marketing people who will really deliver for your organisation is all about uncovering what’s behind the personal pitch.

  • Procurement & Supply Chain

    Odgers Interim are leaders in interim procurement and interim supply chain appointments. As the demand for specialist procurement & supply chain expertise increases our practice recognises the need for an international network of interim managers.

Sarah Shaw found us a wonderful interim Registrar, and I am very grateful for that - but she was also extremely responsive to my concerns about costs, and I was impressed by the fact that she really listens to clients.

Paul Webley - The School of Oriental and African Studies