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Non Executive Director Recruitment NED Recruitment Agencies NED Recruiters

Non Executive Director Recruitment NED Recruitment Agencies NED Recruiters

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Non Executive Directors if selected well can provide a wealth of experience and insight and bring in new ideas and perspectives to your business and so it’s vital you pick well.

To do this it does help to step outside your friendship or business circle and find people with more varied experience and to help you do that let’s take a look at some of the movers and shakers finding and placing experienced business people and professionals into non executive director roles

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NED Recruitment Agencies

1. NED Exchange

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The Exchange was formed in 1999 by Ray Fox following his experiences trying to finding a non executive directorship and has become one of the best NED recruiters London has to offer.

Specialism: Generalist


01494 483728 / [email protected]

2. In Touch

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In Touch was established in 2013 with the purpose of connecting elite professionals with businesses in pursuit of exceptional board-level talent.

Their exclusive member platform allows senior professionals to broaden their skills and gain access to all the essential tools and resources needed to succeed as a non-executive, consultant or senior business leader.

Specialism(s): NEDs

Just six years since In Touch was established, the business has gone from strength to strength, winning numerous accolades, including being named Fastest Growing Company for three consecutive years by Deloitte and one of the Fastest Growing Companies in Europe 2018 by the Financial Times.

As a forward-thinking business, In-Touch will try to continually evolve and continually turn heads through our innovative approach, performance and global charity initiatives.


+44 (0) 161 714 4179 | [email protected]

3. Eton Bridge

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Specialism(s): NEDs

Eton Bridge are in our NED Recruitment Agencies guide as their Partners’ Board Practice helps organisations with Non Executive Director recruitment -enabling leadership teams to tap into the expertise of experienced, objective advisers.

Eton Bridge’s established network of NED contacts extends across industry sectors and locations. This is underpinned by a team of in-house researchers who identify and build links with the senior talent that will add strength to your Board or leadership teams.

Eton Bridge’s Trusted Partner approach to working with privately-owned, private equity backed and listed organisations enables them to develop an in-depth understanding of their clients’ needs and objectives. 

Eton Bridge challenge and ask difficult questions to make sure they match your organisation with precisely the right kind of NED to take your organisation to the next level or to help steer it through a period of challenge or change.


 +44 (0) 020 8059 4443[email protected]

4. Edward Drummond

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Edward Drummond have extensive experience in identifying, approaching and introducing first-class candidates to companies looking for Non-Executive Directors, having filled their first NED position soon after the firm was founded over twenty years ago.

Working at board level, Edward Drummond will use their expertise to identify the men and women whose track records, skill sets, insights, temperament, contacts and motivation will take your business forward.

Specialism(s): NEDs

Edward Drummond’s NED search clients include FT-SE 100 and international PLCs, law firms and accountants, Aim listed companies, privately owned and owner managed companies, and not-for-profit based organisations such as schools, universities, Housing Associations.


+44 (0)203 206 1199

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5. Cast

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Cast UK is a non executive director recruitment consultancy specialising in sourcing executive and management level roles in business change & transformation, HR, procurement, buying, supply chain, logistics and transport.

What makes Cast UK unique is that our consultants have extensive experience in these disciplines, which bridges the gap between employers and candidates.

Specialism(s): Business Change & Transformation

Through their expertise they help companies find qualified and experienced managers and executives, and guide the candidates themselves to the best jobs in the market, anywhere in the UK.


0208 185 5200 / [email protected]

6. Fletcher Jones

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Fletcher Jones is a leading independent Executive Search firm, with offices in London and Edinburgh.

Since 1984, Fletcher Jones have been providing a bespoke Search service for companies wishing to recruit for Chair, NED, director and leadership appointments and are one of the UK’s most experienced Executive Search practices with a national client base.


0131 229 7151 / [email protected]

7. Savannah

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Savannah has a highly capable board practice that balances the deep relationship needed to understand the challenges and ambitions for the board, along with objective council through our unbiased perspective on what is best for you.

Savannah have the proven experience, knowledge and intelligence to advise and assist Chairs in building effective boards.

Specialism(s): Fortune 500, FTSE 100

  • Multiple searches in the past five years
  • 81% repeat business
  • Fortune 500, FTSE 100, 250, Public Sector and PE backed.


0203 781 7425 / [email protected]

8. Norrie Johnston

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Specialism(s): FMCG, Multi-nationals

Norrie Johnston are a non executive director recruitment firm that was founded in 2013 and corporate members of the REC and support exciting start-ups right through to major blue chip organisations, finding and maximising the highly specialised, senior talent they need – fast.

Their team has placed senior executives around the world with companies such as IMI, Veon, G4S,  Shiseido Group, Apple, GSK, Diageo, Leapfrog Toys, SEGA, Nestle, Premier Foods, WEIR, BBC, Network Rail, Royal Mail, Dalkia, Legal & General, American Express, Aioi Nissay Dowa Insurance, RSA, Toyota Financial Services, RBS Insurance and Direct Line – to name a few.

Norrie Johnston believe that when you have an executive recruiter working on your behalf you want two things – someone highly motivated who understands the world of recruitment, but also understands the world of business.


0203 026 1178 / [email protected]

9.. HIEC

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HIEC Executive Consulting (HIEC) is a leading global executive search firm focused on hiring Board, CEO and Senior-level executives globally.

HIEC was established by several senior partners from the leading global search firms to disrupt the traditional approach to executive search by placing a premium focus on hiring transformational leaders across the sectors we serve.

Rapid globalization has given rise to new types of disruptive leaders, spread across the globe, in the traditional and transformative functional areas.

HIEC are devoted to connecting the world’s leading corporations, Private Equity, and Venture Capital portfolio firms with this new wave of leaders to help our clients scale and win in the digitized economy.

10. First Flight

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Specialism(s): Chairs, Trustees

First Flight is a specialist Chair and Non-Executive Director search firm founded in 2004 and claim to be the only UK search firm focusing solely on providing Chairs and Non Execs, Trustees and Advisory Board Members.

Every search they manage is carefully tailored with a focus on independence, diversity, quality and effectiveness.

First Flight clients include: FTSE, AIM, Investment Trusts, growth companies, PE Backed, family businesses, not-for-profits and charities.

First Flight know that the appointment of the right Chair and Non Exec is crucial to the effectiveness of a Board and selecting the right candidates has never been more vital to the success of an organisation – not just a good candidate but the best candidate.

What sets First Flight apart from other Search firms is their understanding of Board dynamics and achieving a high success rate providing diverse candidates – skills, gender, age and ethnicity.

First Flight are AIM Specialists and have many AIM Clients such as Trackwise, ZOO Digital, Angle, Ceres Power, Cambridge Cognition, Ideagen, Proactis, Pressure Technology and understand the challenges that AIM companies face between being entrepreneurial and ensuring good Governance, helping strike the right balance to achieve this when selecting candidates for Non Exec roles.

First Flight are also fully conversant with both the UK Corporate Governance Code and the Quoted Company Alliance (QCA) Code.


[email protected] / 020 7458 4072

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12. Warren Partners (Finance)

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Specialism: Finance

Warren Partners expertise in executive and non-executive director recruitment and delivering Board Review services within the retail financial services sector extends across retail banking, with a particular depth of experience in working with challenger banks and mutuals, to general and life insurance, asset and wealth management.


[email protected] T: 0203 170 5653

13. Stone

Stone are one of the UK’s most respected executive headhunters, we handle executive recruitment for clients in every major sector. We work with global corporations, public sector and not-for-profit agencies, plus a great many SMEs and family-owned businesses across diverse industries. And whatever the challenge, our aim is always to deliver a solution that gives our clients a genuine edge in an increasingly competitive environment.

14. Elliot Marsh

Elliot Marsh have been delivering specialist headhunting services for over 15 years across the full range of business sizes, from small and medium sized companies, right up to FTSE 100 clients.

We know how vitally important it is to get the right person for the job to ensure your business has the best possible leadership, but we also know the very best professional talent in your industry can be hard to obtain. Often, they are already employed and being retained and rewarded for the fantastic job they do.

We are committed to attracting this talent on your behalf, delivering expert headhunting solutions for your business, and helping to complete your winning team with the right individuals, who will help your business to develop, grow and thrive.

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How to become a NED

How to become a NED

“NED stands” for non-executive director and it means you advise the company board on strategic direction, technology, business models and operations based on your experience but you do not actively manage or work for the company. Thank goodness….

NEDs can be required to attend (in person, pre-corona…) 1 or 10 days a year of meeting working in this capacity either for free or for a day rate which is on average around £800 although ranges from £200 to £2k depending on size of the company and your experience.

And with all that being said it’s a dream role giving you an opportunity to pass on your experience and help others, learn about a new company or industry from the inside and also network often at a much higher level which brings it’s own rewards.

If that’s not compelling apparently the lunches and drinks are pretty good too…

One great starting point on your journey to becoming a NED is to start to network in that world and let the serendipity build up but at some point you’ve got to make it known you’re available and interested and one of the best ways of doing that would be to sign up with one of the select free good ned recruitment agencies london has to offer.

And with that in mind our big sister site has just published a guide to the best NED recruiters London has right now and we recommend you review and contact any companies on your list with obvious suitably positions vacant or who specialise in your industry or skill sets.

If you’ve never been a NED before we know its a massive jump and can feel like your not yet at that level, but if you’ve over 10 years experience – or much less if you are in a new industry like AI, Blockchain or Fintech – you may already have the experience to add value, so our recommendation is get on and do it. Because at the end of the day, we all want to be NEDS!

Looking for a senior position in tech or fintech? Check out the Rainmakrr guide to the best finance executive search firmsstartup recruitment agencies and headhunters london.

Alternatively, why don’t you approach London Startups or Venture Capital Firms in London directly

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