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. From July 2018 he also holds the position of Director of School Relations in the Executive Team of Search Associates.
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 and for five years Treasurer of COBISEC (Council of British Independent Schools in The European Communities), now COBIS. 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.
Rosie Eacott, Executive Assistant
Rosie has an Environmental Studies degree from the Open University. After experience in various industries including food, financial, agricultural and game technologies, she has recently worked as PA to the Principal of a large secondary school where her many areas of responsibility included staff recruitment. Her interests include running and cycling and she has completed two half-marathons. Rosie lives in Cambridgeshire with her husband and two teenage daughters, and joined the UK team in summer 2017.
Skype: Rosie Eacott. Search Associates
Roger Platt, Executive Assistant
Roger Platt, a Classics graduate from Oxford University, has been a teacher for twenty-three years, many of which were spent in international schools in the Middle East, South East Asia and Europe. He now lives in Norfolk with his wife, teenage daughter and Bedlington terrier. Roger joined the UK office team in July 2017.
Rebecca Steadman, Executive Assistant
Rebecca Steadman, an English and Drama graduate from London University, joined the Search Associates UK team in autumn 2010. She has had a varied career, including time spent in recruitment, a major investment bank and running a UK-based exhibition organising company. She lived in France where she worked at Disneyland Paris in the run up to its opening in 2001. She now lives in Cambridge with her two teenage sons.
The Executive Team (ET) oversees and manages the governance and operations of Search Associates.
Currently the following are members of the ET: Jessica Magagna (President), Rajiv Bhat (Chief Operating Officer), David Cope (Director of School Relations), Brent Mutsch (Director of Consulting Services).
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.
KEEN TO TEACH ABROAD?
We warmly invite you to attend our forthcoming open information meeting
at 7.00 pm on Tuesday, 13 November 2018
at the Hilton London Paddington Hotel
(Great Western Suite 2 – 1st Floor)
146 Praed Street, London W2 1EE
Meet David Cope and the Search Associates UK office team in an informal setting, and hear about:
• international job opportunities in 2019 and beyond
• what it's like to teach in an international school
• how Search Associates can help you find the right job
• what you need to think about when applying to international schools
Please contact us now if you’d like to come.
The event will last about an hour and a half. It is open to all teachers at both secondary and primary level, and is completely FREE of charge, with complimentary drinks courtesy of Search Associates UK.
Please do join us, and please feel free to bring your colleagues and friends!
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: