Latest news

26th January 2023

Taking the next steps for success

Sunita Patel calls for an even greater focus on socio-economic diversity in organisations...

3rd October 2022

The post pandemic board – a new collaborative endeavour

We hope that this summary captures the recent experiences of ...

30th September 2022

IR35 reforms – the U turn nobody saw coming

Lorraine Payne looks at the impact of the mini-budget announcement repealing the reforms to IR35

30th September 2022

Talent 20 – Customer Experience and Digital

The requirements and expectations of residents have never been higher...

8th September 2022

Webinar – City CV & Starfish Present ‘Get Board Ready: Launching your NED Portfolio Career’

Playing an active role in the success of another organisation can be hugely beneficial to your executive career.

1st September 2022

Webinar Series

At Starfish we use our integrity and insight to bring leaders – and aspiring leaders – together with organisations who share their values. We deliver board level recruitment with purpose, sustainability and influence.

16th August 2022

Starfish Search awarded a place on ESPO’s Strategic HR Services framework (3S)

ESPO is a public sector owned professional buying organisation (PBO), specialising in providing a wide range of goods and services to the public sector for over 40 years. 

4th March 2022

Climate – Talent 20 with The MJ

15th February 2022

Embracing flexible working: Benefits and barriers in the voluntary sector

We each have our own experiences of flexible working - as individuals and as leaders supporting our teams to work flexibly in order to support inclusion.

4th October 2021

Starfish launches The 50NED Challenge

Our aim is to help to contribute, 50 ‘boardroom ready’ first time non-executives by the end of 2023.

23rd September 2021

Talent 20 feature in the MJ magazine

Starfish Search is passionate about spotting, supporting and developing talented local government officers with potential

16th August 2021

Driving Change in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion through strategic HR

Starfish Search is delighted to be supporting the Charity HR Network (CHRN) autumn conference.

13th August 2021

NCVO and ACEVO join forces to support charities on flexible working

A new working group to look at the issue of flexible working in the charity sector is being launched by membership bodies NCVO and ACEVO with support from Starfish Search.

15th July 2021

Talent 20 Article

Starfish was very excited to be able to champion the upcoming talent in the local government sector with this feature we wrote for the MJ magazine

25th March 2021

The hard and soft skills of successful non-executive directors

When applying for board positions, non-executive directors are expected to bring strategic and leadership skills to the table.

3rd November 2020

It’s time for revival not simply survival

30th September 2020

Changing role of the CFO through COVID-19 and beyond

We recently caught up with him to discuss his experiences of leading as a CFO through lockdown and how the priorities within his role changed during this time.

15th September 2020

Positive Action Vs Positive Discrimination

One of the first questions we are asked when discussing a recruitment campaign is ‘can you guarantee a diverse shortlist?’

1st September 2020

2020 and the rise of the wholehearted Board

The longer-term implications on boards of 2020 will not only affect the way they operate in future, but also how they are built and how they are led.

16th July 2020

How to hire great finance leaders through economic uncertainty

It seems that almost every TV and radio advertisement is using the slogan “now more than ever” at the moment. 

20th May 2020

Senior recruitment in the social sector: what to expect

As we emerge from the crisis phase of the COVID-19 pandemic, organisations are once again starting to think about the future. 

29th April 2020

Towards the future: why professional interim managers have a role to play in the post COVID-19 transition period

The crisis phase of the COVID-19 pandemic has continued to evolve at an unprecedented pace.

9th April 2020

Can you really hire to roles in the Social Sector in such difficult times?

The last few weeks have seen more dramatic change and upheaval than many of us have experienced in our lifetimes.

28th February 2020

Embracing transparency

Earlier this year we held a client round table event under Chatham House Rule to discuss the topic...

16th December 2019


From April 2020 the administration of IR35 was meant to have changed, this got delayed for a year due to Covid-19.

11th September 2019

So you messed up. So what?

This is an unprecedented moment in time, where the old rules no longer apply. So what does this mean for the future of leadership in the social sector?

15th July 2019

Trust and Transparency

In 2019, society faces vast problems: poverty, environmental destruction, people feeling disenfranchised.

3rd July 2019

What does an era of scrutiny and ready criticism mean for leadership?

The demands of leadership roles will continue to evolve...

29th May 2019

Five ways to attract, retain, motivate and develop Millennial Leaders

Starfish Search welcomes contributions from partners and other organisations.

5th March 2019

Practice-based learning for leaders

We really like the New Chief Executive’s Programme, held by the Centre for Charity Effectiveness.