What we do

We have earned a reputation for understanding businesses and their cultures. We find innovative answers to difficult questions.

We know the search business. For 30 years, we’ve been finding senior executive and non-executive directors for our clients globally. We advise market-leading brands and future household names. We are as comfortable in the FTSE and Fortune 500 as we are in family-owned or private equity-backed businesses.

Search has changed, and we have developed an enhanced offering for our clients - Search Plus Onboarding - which bundles our Executive and Board Search with our executive mentoring and coaching firm, The Coaching House. We believe the combination is powerful and exceptional and we can deliver something meaningful, all included in the same search package for our clients.

Case Studies

We find innovative solutions but we don't presume to know the answers before we've asked the questions. Every search is different - so is the outcome.

Here are a few examples of our work:

Building a next-generation board

A FTSE media group asked us to find a diverse digital voice for its board. We placed a female technology leader who was also a first-time NED. She was a graduate of Bird & Co’s Glass Ladder programme. We were then asked to find a new Chairman. We placed another woman. We went on to find a further two NEDs: another first-timer, under- 40, with a marketing background; and an experienced female NED with strong financial and commercial credentials. The result was a refreshed board equipped with digital expertise.

The creative-but-commercial combination

We were mandated by a private equity firm to find a Chief Executive for an international film school. The brief demanded that candidates be both commercially sharp and empathetic with creative businesses yet, at the same time, not be part of the media village. The out-of-sector search was further complicated by a performance-geared package more likely to appeal to entrepreneurs. The successful candidate had led a digital media scale-up and had a personal interest in education.

NEDs to drive cultural change

A private equity-backed digital entertainment software company instructed us to find a NED with experience of running a SaaS business who could also be a mentor to the Chief Executive. We found a female entrepreneur who had completed three successful exits of highly relevant businesses. A specialist in her field, she had all the technical skills but also the emotional intelligence to manage cultural transformation. We also found the client another NED, with strong operational experience in their sector.