What we do

Senior Executive Search

Executive leadership teams define the culture and impact of their organisations. We offer a powerful track record of working with organisations in different sectors to strengthen their senior teams through recruitment. We bring an excellent and intuitive understanding of how organisational context influences who is suitable for a leadership appointment, and how potential can be fulfilled. We pay attention to diversity in its truest sense, and to leadership style, as well as skills and experience. Our service includes onboarding, personal development planning and informal mentoring. 

CEO recruitment

Every Chief Executive brief is different and our approach to the search begins with an exploration of the role and its place in organisational context and strategy. Our team has an outstanding track record of success in filling CEO appointments first time round. Our approach is firmly grounded in thorough briefing, a personalised approach to executive search, and appropriate and well-managed selection processes. For all CEO appointments, our service is underpinned by good planning, sound advice and effective stakeholder management.

Interim Talent

Recruiting interim managers has changed beyond recognition over the last decade. Organisations continue to require exceptional interim leadership during periods of major change and transition. Our dedicated interim practice offers extensive networks of proven leaders available to take on shorter-term assignments. In a post Covid-19 world, when creating more agile teams, your organisation may need specific support in specialist areas; we can source appropriate consultancy support as organisations re-evaluate their future delivery models. We have specific expertise in sourcing interim chief executives, senior directors and change management leads. We hold exceptionally longstanding, trusted relationships with our Interim community.

Board search and development

Our team offers deep insight and expertise in board building and searching for exceptional non-executive directors, chairs and trustees. We handle individual and multiple appointments, paid and voluntary, and are skilled at finding talented people who bring diverse and complementary experiences to any board setting. Diversity in its truest sense remains a priority for exceptional search across all our sectors. We have years of experience of securing candidates from underrepresented groups and of searching across all demographics.


Psychometric testing plays an extremely valuable role in recruitment by offering additional insight into candidate behaviours and motivation. We offer tailored recruitment assessment of the highest quality through our network of trained assessors and business psychologists.  

Discreet Search

Starfish Search is trusted by clients to carry out discreet engagement projects, behind the scenes. Not every client wishes to advertise their most senior appointments. We can work with you to manage your relationships at the highest levels, combining search with diplomacy.