Founded in 1619 by Elizabethan actor-manager, Edward Alleyn, Dulwich College is an academically selective independent day and boarding school in south London with 1,600 boys aged 7-18 years. In addition, 250 boys and girls, aged 0-6 years, attend the College’s Kindergarten and Infants’ School.
In 2020, following the retirement of Mr Nigel Prout after serving 15 years as Director of Finance, we were briefed to find Dulwich College’s first Chief Financial Officer. We were looking for experienced Finance Directors with a commercial mindset that had operated at complexity and scale.
As well as undertaking fresh market mapping, we also utilised our extensive contacts across the commercial and education sectors. We contacted 102 people during the search; 22 candidates with a broad range of backgrounds were taken forward and narrowed down to a shortlist of 6 for further interviews.
The successful candidate was Byron Hoo. Byron brings to the role 30 years of cross-sector finance experience, throughout which he has seen organisations through periods of significant change. He is currently the Chief Financial Officer of Clear Channel UK, and has previously held senior finance roles within the education sector at Pearson and Edexcel.