We work to strengthen the connection between the recruitment of great leaders and social change. We work across all sectors. We are as experienced at working with non-executive boards as we are with executive leaders to achieve this. Our focus is on giving balanced, trusted recruitment advice grounded in insight and common sense. This ethos is reinforced through the people we hire for our search and interim talent teams. Starfish Search actively engages with leaders and opinion-formers on the big issues and co-creates topics for debate with them. We put our relationships at the heart of our work: as an owner led business, we are reliant on reputation and relationships. Our four practice areas are: 

  • Public Policy and Influencing
  • Social Business and Sustainability
  • Arts, Culture and Heritage
  • Social Sector
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What sets us apart

Starfish search was created to deliver board level recruitment with purpose, sustainability and influence. We’re a boutique firm working across all sectors. We work with organisations that directly or indirectly serve the public interest where our strength in providing tailored solutions is most valued.  What makes us different is our team, our passion for our work and our relentless focus on quality. Our clients choose us because they know we’re invested in their organisation’s success and deliver results. Our Directors manage their own searches, ensuring that our clients benefit from their judgement and depth of market insight.

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Wondering how we chose our name?

The starfish is a symbol of guidance, vigilance, inspiration, brilliance and intuition. For millennia it has represented safe travel over troubled waters, friendship to the impoverished and those in need, and been guardian to troubled seafarers. Through its powers of regeneration, the starfish is also an emblem of strength and longevity. In a social and leadership context, the starfish helps us think about the power of renewal through organisational change and shifting thought and attitudes.

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