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Dive Deep, Climb High

Focusing on leadership in higher education, Mel Loizou asks her guests to share what leadership means to them. The Dive Deep Climb High podcast is fun, honest, and relatable. It enables you to dive deep into your role and the leader you are.

To climb high, unleashing the power and potential of you and those around you. With inspiring stories, practical tips, and a little bit of fishiness this show will help you realise that sometimes the apparently impossible is absolutely possible. 

Dive Deep. Climb High. Can Do Leadership in a World of Can’t.


Nov 29, 2023

In this episode, we take a deep dive into onboarding and why it is so important. Having worked in educational recruitment for the past ten years and recently moved companies, Hayley shares with us her thoughts around what makes a successful onboarding process.  Ensuring that we don’t apply a one size fits all model is key. Other important elements include transparency, trust, and flexibility.



“For me onboarding isn't the first day, the second day, the third day. It's not even the first week. It's the first six months because it's a journey and you're learning. People do have to hit the ground running, but you need to have check points throughout that period, because things can change quickly, especially in the hybrid world that we work in. It can take six months, even a year for some people to really embed into an organisation and be able to flourish.”



Hayley has supported the education sector for the last ten years, providing executive search and interim and consultancy solutions to Independent Schools, Academy Trusts, FE Colleges, and Universities. Her speciality is understanding the education sector and connecting talent that is passionate about providing high quality inclusive education. Hayley has built a track record with education leaders and helped many organisations identifying top talent.

Hayley has a passion for education, she is chair of governors for MAT working closely with the head and trust leaders to ensure excellent levels of education. She previously worked closely with England Rugby Schools to deliver inclusive sport in schools and has strong understanding of the curriculum.

Hayley is driven by making a positive difference to the education sector through the quality of leadership appointments.








Mel is a Coach, Facilitator, Podcast Host & Mum. Specialising in leadership and change management in the Higher Education sector, Mel uses her Fish Climb Trees philosophy to help individuals, teams and organisations, shift from that place of believing they can’t, to one where they know they absolutely can. 

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