Executive Search

Starfish Search combines specialist Board Practice with an authentic and proven commitment to appointing, shaping and developing resilient, vibrant and inclusive board cultures where boards are in touch with the populations they serve.

As a team of professionals united through a common aspiration to make a positive difference to society, our consultants use their integrity, insight, skill and practical experience to build and develop diverse and empowered non-executive teams.

We combine the tried and tested with new and emerging thinking. Our firm was created to deploy all of our professional experience in a way that is uniquely forward-thinking: we’re set up to understand the shifting pressures on organisations and their non-executive teams in an uncertain world and to put back into our markets everything we learn from the collective experiences of our clients.

Our trademark approach is nuanced, analytical and insight led. We understand how board culture and organisational heritage can affect the pace and mode of development from board to board, and how a board’s formality, focus and strategic reach can impact on individual suitability.

Our focus is on people and dynamics, achieving results by paying attention to the specifics of every brief and tailoring our approach to suit it. We don’t do formulaic governance reviews. We invest time in understanding an organisation’s strategic cycle, culture and priorities to get to the heart of the brief. And we aren’t afraid to challenge: our high levels of personal and professional credibility mean we can shine a light on the blind spots that hold boards back.

Placement rates for our non-executive Board Practice are 98.4% based on almost 200 appointments. We frequently exceed the brief and we hold high levels of repeat business with a significant proportion of assignments introduced through recommendation.

Thought leadership is coproduced with our client community: our 2022 report The post-pandemic Board: a new collaborative endeavour underlined our commitment to drawing on the wealth of information around us to guide and support boards. Click here to view.

Starfish Search is an accredited supplier under the ESPO Framework Agreement and the Crown Commercial Services Recruitment Services Framework for Non-Executive and Public Appointments.

Our services
  • Search and selection for individual Directors, C-Suite roles
  • Search and selection for individual Managing Directors and CEOs (sometimes in conjunction with Board Practice)
  • Whole or part-team recruitment during start up or transition (often in conjunction with Interim Management)
  • Executive salary benchmarking and related assignments
  • Consultancy around role profiles and / or recruitment materials

Latest Executive Roles

Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment

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Director of Learning

Closing date: Monday 17th July 2023

York Conservation Trust

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Chief Executive Officer

Closing date: Monday 17th July 2023


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Chief Operating Officer (Services)

Closing date: Monday 10th July 2023


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Director of the Eastern Powerhouse

Closing date: Monday 10th July 2023


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Director of People & Culture

Closing date: Monday 10th July 2023

Parkinson's UK

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Chief Finance & Operating Officer

Closing date: Monday 3rd July 2023

OUR Executive TEAM

Meet our Team