Building Your CV For Career Success:
How to get headhunted

This event will take place via Zoom and is open to all AUA members free of charge.

12.00 to 13.30

See below for dates and booking links

About this Event

In interactive workshop style Tessa and Gin will bring their experience of leading and working in HE and of being executive search consultants to share and discuss how participants can make their CV stand out from the crowd.

Participants will be asked to bring their current CV to the workshop to ensure that the sharing and discussion of tips and tricks can be of maximum relevance and practical use to colleagues who may be starting to think about their next career step.

Participants will also be given a glimpse into the world of executive search and how consultants like Gin and Tessa can work with them as they plan their career pathways.


This workshop will be an interactive experience and will therefore be capped. It will, however, run multiple times between 12.00 to 13.30 on the following dates:

Friday, 28 January 2022 | Book for this date here
Friday, 25 February 2022 | Book for this date here

Learning outcomes

By the end of this session, delegates will be able to:

1. Know and understand how to position their CV for maximum impact

2. Understand the role of executive search firms in the recruitment of leaders in higher education

3. Use practical tips and tricks to (re)produce their CV

Interested in becoming an AUA Member? Find out more and how to join here.

Details in brief

Location: Online via Zoom

Date: Various

Time: 12:00 to 13.30

Fees: Free to AUA Members


Tessa Harrison

Partner (Higher Education)


About Tessa

Tessa Harrison is a Partner in the Higher Education Practice at the executive search firm, GatenbySanderson. She works with HE institutions to recruit and develop senior academic and professional service leaders and board members. Tessa’s 30-year career in higher education senior leadership and management saw her working in five universities ranged across the sector mission groups. Tessa left King’s College London in January 2020 where she had been the Executive Director of Education & Students. Prior to that she was the Registrar at the University of Southampton, the Academic Registrar & Clerk to the Board of Governors at UWE, Bristol. Earlier on in her career Tessa held department and faculty roles at Anglia Polytechnic University before joining Lancaster University in a central university role.

Until August 2016, Tessa was the Chair of the Association of University Administrators (AUA) following a number of years as a Trustee on the AUA Board. She currently serves on the AUA Perspectives Editorial Board. Tessa also served as an appointed member of the Board of the LfHE.

Tessa is a graduate of the Meyler Campbell Business Coaching Programme and coaches senior level executive clients in universities and in the private sector.

Tessa has recently published a report into the experiences of recently appointed Vice Chancellors : Becoming VC ( and co-created a recent GatenbySanderson/Guardian online event on increasing diversity at the top of higher education.

Gin Bhandal


Upgrade: career coaching

Gin is an employability and careers expert. He has 15 years of experience working for a world-leading recruitment firm specialising in Higher Education, in the careers department for one of the UK’s most diverse universities and is the founder of upgrade: career coaching.

Gin has worked with clients from a range of backgrounds including retail, education, government and sport. His track record includes delivering careers, employability and recruitment services for hundreds of clients. Gin has led thousands of interview processes during his career and has inside knowledge on what makes candidates successful through the application and interview process. Gin has led numerous professional services executive searches in the Higher Education sector.

Gin is passionate about making a difference in young people’s lives. He works with young people to help coach them into employment using their career as a vehicle for positive change.

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