Why Choose HEADway People?

As HEADway Advisory’s recruitment branch, HEADway People specializes in headhunting exceptional academic and leadership talent. Following several years of experience providing strategy consulting services to the Higher Education sector, the move into executive search was a natural step forward for us, reflecting the importance we give to putting people first in the way we work with our clients.

HEADway’s position in the market has enabled us to develop specific expertise in the Higher Education sector and its community.

HEADway uses confidentiality agreements to protect their clients and will never reveal a recruiter’s identity during the initial stages of the process.

HEADway offers its clients the advantage of an exclusive partnership with Akadeus, the leader in career services for the Higher Education sector with more than 330,000 qualified contacts across the globe (professors, researchers, academic leaders).

Headway’s executive search process offers full support to the client throughout the life-cycle of the recruitment project. Our consultants help you define your needs and determine your search strategy. We then take care of the research and selection, being careful to liaise closely with you before presenting a short-list of candidates for interview.

If the contract of an employee recruited via HEADway is terminated during their probationary period (for whatever reason), we will commit to carrying out a second search free of charge.

Meet the Team

HEADway People is a team of renowned executive search experts:

Claire Mollard

Claire has been Chief Executive Adminstrator at HEADway Advisory since 2012, where she is specifically in charge of human resources and the management of internal and external staff. Following a research career in the United Kingdom, Claire moved into higher education working firstly as a Professor and then Director of a research laboratory where she was responsible for recruiting Associate Professors. It was therefore a logical move for her to join the Executive Search team at HEADway People.


Graduated in HR Development from Lille University, Sylvain started his career as Head of HR in one of the Vinci Construction’s subsidiaries. Later, he joined EDHEC Business School where he participated to the « EDHEC for Business » strategy and orchestrated the HR international development of the School. He is an expert on the management of professors and administrative staff working in the Higher Education sector. Sylvain is regarded as being one of the top executive search professionals in the academic world.


Born in England, Stephen has an MBA in Higher Education Management from UCL Institute of Education. He has been working in the French education system since 1990, during which he has acquired a 360° vision of how an institution is run. Stephen has been a teacher, Head of Further Education, Director of International Relations, Head of Accreditations, Programme Director and finally Managing Director of a Business School. At the same time as setting up his new company, The Academic Translator, Stephen joined Headway People bringing with him years of experience of organizing language audits at senior management level.




Diplômée en 2015 d’un M2 de l’Université Catholique de Paris en Développement des Ressources Humaines et Stratégie de Changement ainsi que d'une licence en psychologie, Mathilde s’est spécialisée dans le recrutement et plus particulièrement dans la chasse de profils pénuriques par approche directe au sein de secteurs exigeants (Recherche, Luxe, Innovation, IT) et pour des profils variés.

Search Process

Our Vacancies

Candidate Zone

Register your CV with us by uploading it to our CV database. One of our recruitment consultants will get back in touch with you as soon as a suitable vacancy arises.

Client Zone

If you wish to have a confidential discussion with one of our consultants about a recruitment project for your institution, please fill in the form below

Below are some examples of the profiles we headhunt:

Executive Leadership Roles
  • Dean
  • Director General / Deputy Director General
  • Business Unit Director
Academic Leadership Roles
  • Director of Learning
  • Director of Programmes
  • Director of Academic Affairs
  • Director of Research
  • Director of International Relations
Functional Leadership Roles
  • Director of Marketing and Communication
  • Director of Innovation
  • Director of Corporate Relations
  • Director of Human Resources
  • Registrar

If you have any questions about filling in this form, please contact us directly by email at: recrutement@headway-people.com or by telephone on +33 (0)1 71 19 72 77


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