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Welcome to Fig Tree International


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Satis Education is pleased to announce their new Advisory Group, bringing together some of the most respected and leading thinkers in the sector. The group will help us think about how the education landscape is changing and evolving, and how they can continue to adapt their offer to continue to provide the very highest standards of recruitment guidance and support to the sector. 

The Satis Education Advisory Group consists of:

  • Michael Pain, an author and expert in executive leadership, and chair of the Advisory Group

  • Sir Steve Lancashire, former CEO of the largest primary trust in England and currently chair of the National #TrustLeaders CEO network

  • Ann Palmer, founder of Confident Executive Leadership for Black and Asian leaders and CEO of Fig Tree International

  • Sir David Carter, former National Schools Commissioner at the Department for Education

  • Yvonne Salter Wright, Leadership and Governance consultant with a particular focus on the Catholic education sector

The Group’s first meeting was in September and it will meet quarterly to look at themes and trends that Satis is seeing through their recruitment work and discussions. Laura McGunigle, co-founder of Satis Education, added: “Satis is about bringing good people together, and this Advisory Group is the perfect example of that.”



Ann Palmer

CEO & Founder - Fig Tree International Ltd

Fig Tree International Ltd provides advice, challenge and support to schools both in the UK and internationally. This school improvement service has been established to give schools the opportunity to secure additional support and to provide high-quality training and help in the areas of school improvement, leadership development, executive coaching and Equity, Diversity and Inclusion. The team consists of experienced advisers/consultants with a strong track record of improvement and a thorough understanding of educational contexts.

We also work with corporations and other organisations in a leadership,  coaching and  team-training capacity.


Freeman of the City of London

Member of The Guild of Freemen of the City of London

'Education is the most powerful weapon which can​ change the world.' 

Nelson Mandela


Fig Tree International Ltd

'I highly recommend Ann Palmer, one of the top CEOs in England and the world if you want to complete leadership CPD or professional development.  She is a visionary leader who has coached CEOs, Executive Heads, Senior and Middle Leaders and entry level candidates.

I have witnessed her inspirational workshops and coaching.  I recommend her and her team.  Do not hesitate to book her as a keynote speaker.  The audience will be enthralled.  She is a leadership guru, a national treasure and includes training for global leaders overseas.'  Javay

The Platinum Jubilee Pageant and Fig Tree International


Fig Tree International was shortlisted as one of seventy organisations in the Commonwealth and is featured in the official commemorative album which charts Her Late Majesty The Queen’s 70-year reign and Platinum Jubilee 2022.


International visit to Accra, in Ghana, for leaders in education, arranged and led by the CEO of Fig Tree International, in partnership with the British Council



Why Our Clients choose Us

Fig Tree International Ltd has very significant experience in the field of education.  We are professional, reliable and outcome-focused.  We are values-driven and values -led.


Within Fig Tree International Ltd, there is experience of working within the primary and secondary phases, and partnering with universities.  We have worked with principals, senior teams, Ofsted, the Department for Education, Governing Bodies, SEND specialist provisions, government and voluntary sector organisations, and corporations. Our international work has included partnering with the British Council and others.  Fig Tree International Ltd is diverse and inclusive. 


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