I'm one of a small group that is founding a new independent school after our current school took on investors who forced the head to resign and is now doing some very worrying things. There's not another choice we like in our area, so we've decided to start our own. Our timing is very tight as we have been working since October to open a school in September. The former head who we like is under the terms of a non compete, so they cannot work with us. We had someone else who wanted to work with us, but who has (at this late date) decided they are too far away to handle the commute, and now we are trying to strategise and find someone who is willing to work in a very small school as head in September (perhaps 40 children), with a smaller salary that reflects the size of the school and that we are a start-up (of course we are happy to agree salary increases based on increasing numbers - we expect quite a few more families who are too risk-averse to join at inception in the coming years, but we feel there is a future) and who is on-board with our non-traditional ethos (this is important to us). I know that the main recruitment period for heads begins in January, due to notice periods, and so we have just passed the normal recruitment cycle. I also feel that we have quite an unconventional offering that would not appeal to most people that look at adverts for heads, but that we also represent an interesting opportunity for someone with some senior management experience to actually help develop a school. The question is how to find a good match in the off-season, and when we are such an unusual offering. We considered waiting and appointing an educator who is already working with us as an interim head (she doesn't want to be a permanent head) and recruiting next year, but a couple of vocal parents are raising this as an issue, and I'm worried we will still face the same obstacles next year, but with better timing. Does anyone have any suggestions? What would you do?