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Recruitment Sectors

We specialise in recruitment at Board and Senior Executive level in the Professional and Not-For-Profit (NFP) sectors. All of our assignments over the last two years have come from the long-standing relationships or recommendations that we have created and nurtured. Either from clients or from recommendations from candidates who we have previously worked with. Over 70% of candidates in our NFP practice have been appointed following a targeted approach from us.

We draw on our expertise and contacts in all sectors to recruit the very best candidates available across all markets. Many of our clients find this ability to cross-fertilise the Commercial and NFP sectors invaluable:

We used Thewlis Graham to select a new board member/co-treasurer. This was a broad brief as our organisation has an international reputation and is active in many different areas including being a major think-tank. From the start the firm hit the ground running. They took the hard work away from us by helping us define our needs and then working with us to design the competence framework. They put forward an excellent and diverse long list allowing us to interview a very strong set of candidates. They stayed with us throughout this process and until the new candidate was in place. We have been greatly impressed with how they have handled every aspect of our assignment.

Vikki Heywood, Chair, Royal Society of Arts

Roles

Senior Leadership roles in all Sectors

  • CEOs and Managing Directors with the right chemistry and real strategic vision, who may be the greatest investment an organisation can make
  • Finance Executives who demonstrate real commercial acumen and understand how they can support the long-term strategy of a Company or organisation
  • Operations Executives have great people skills and the right talents to deliver the agreed strategy and excellence
  • Governance Executives who deliver and advise on governance that ensures high quality decision making and active engagement with stakeholders
  • Policy and Comms Executives with a track record of developing communications strategies that support the mission and values of the organisation and are able to craft key messages
  • Strategy Executives who can support an organisation with the current thinking in strategic development and delivery

How we can work for you

We know what it takes to identify, attract and recruit senior executives and board directors at the very highest level and we invest a substantial amount of time to gain an in-depth understanding of our client’s organisation, culture and business priorities. Each Executive Search is unique, and our process is tailor-made to meet the specific requirements of our clients. Client-specific research is conducted for every assignment. This results in an exceptional level of success with outstanding client and candidate satisfaction.

  • The Bar Council
  • 1 Garden Court
  • CILEx
  • Gray’s Inn
  • UFAW
  • RCVS
  • General Osteopathic Council
  • BOA
  • Royal college of Physiatrists
  • Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)
  • Diocese of Southwark
  • Arboricultural association

Sectors

RECRUITING FOR BOTH SENIOR AND SPECIALIST ROLES IN CHARITABLE AND NOT FOR PROFIT ORGANISATIONS

Despite typically having charitable or philanthropic aims, Not-for-Profit and Charitable organisations are hugely challenging environments. Executives in these competitive sectors need as much business acumen, tenacity and experience as anywhere else. An Executive Search with Thewlis Graham can help to find the leadership and vision that these organisations demand.

Core to any executive role in a Not-for-Profit or Charitable organisation is a deep underlying passion for the cause. However, the Not-for-Profit and Charitable world is transforming fast, and competition for funds and awareness is leading organisations to a realisation that they must ‘think’ more like a business.

This means that executives looking to lead for Not-for-Profit and Charitable organisations must be able to demonstrate the integrity, specialist experience and vision that would be found in any other sector. They will understand that accountability is just as important as it would be in the private sector – more so, in fact – when it involves the use of public funding and donations.

The general public demand a greater degree of transparency from the charities they support and expect to be able to interact in a number of ways, so a digital presence is also essential. Executives should consequently be well-versed in technological opportunities and reputational risk, as well as charity law. On top of all these qualities, they must be able to keep staff engaged and inspired.

Our Executive Search Service

Thewlis Graham has significant Not for Profit and Charity experience, both from a direct recruitment role and also from personal involvement. We understand the challenges and demands of a Not for Profit or Charity and are confident we would find the right candidates to exceed client expectations. Close

RECRUITING EXPERIENCED AND TALENTED INDIVIDUALS FOR YOUR NON-EXECUTIVE ROLES

Non-Executives are an enormous asset to an organisation, drawing on broad and varied experience to help shape a focused strategy. Finding high-calibre candidates for such a role who are willing to give their time and expertise is no easy task. Thewlis Graham can take this Executive Search on for your organisation and identify outstanding Non-Executives that will give invaluable guidance.

Non-Executive directors and Trustees offer unbiased, independent judgement and thought leadership to strategy, critical appointments, accountability considerations and Company standards. With exceptional expertise, they can improve the direction and focus of an organisation. In many circumstances they can also tap into a personal network of contacts who can contribute in a number of ways to the success of a business.

Non-Executive and Trustee roles bring invaluable knowledge to the boardroom, and typically have principles and beliefs that match those of the Company and its mission. They also demonstrate their true worth by offering critical thinking, challenging long-held beliefs, enabling a Company to recognise its own weaknesses and threats, and convert these into strengths and opportunities.

Our Executive Search Service

Thewlis Graham have years of experience appointing Non-Executive Directors and Charity Trustees into companies. We understand just how important it is for a Company to have a diverse set of skills and knowledge to draw upon. Because of the very personal service we supply to both clients and candidates we can draw on this candidate knowledge to meet the desired Company needs.Close

RECRUITING FOR BOTH SENIOR AND SPECIALIST ROLES IN REGULATORY BODIES

Candidates for Regulatory Bodies will have a significant impact on the administration and management of some of our most important sectors. Stakeholders include the whole of the general public, so accountability and transparency are critical. Thewlis Graham carry out a robust screening process to ensure that vacancies are filled by the right people.

As such, candidates for positions with Regulatory Bodies must be able to display keen judgment, sensitivity, and be confident to work within firm ethical parameters. They will often display a strong understanding of governance frameworks and legislation. They should have excellent interpersonal and influencing skills.

From financial regulation, to education, medical and dental; Regulatory Bodies – both governmental and independent - are essential to the supervision of amenities and service providers. These are depended on and trusted by the entire general public to act in their interest. The responsibilities of Regulatory Bodies can be extremely complex and require a great degree of specialist expertise, so candidates should be able to demonstrate ample relevant experience.

Our Executive Search Service

Thewlis Graham are experienced in searching for exceptional candidates for senior Regulatory Body positions, as well as more specialist roles. We work fully in-step with all our clients to build a complete, detailed picture of the operational needs and working culture associated with any appointment. We offer a service that is more than satisfactory by offering guidance when we feel we can exceed or challenge expectations.

We are comfortable working across a number of Regulatory Bodies, from dental, medical and pharmaceutical, to social care and the environment. An Executive Search with Thewlis Graham will help to uncover candidates of the highest calibre, with the right chemistry, who are equipped to deal with the complex and highly scrutinised operations of a Regulatory Body. Close

A Thewlis Graham Executive Search can help Regulatory Bodies to secure panellists who have the sharp judgment needed for this highly pressurised role, while demonstrating the commitment needed to succeed in such an environment.

Vacancies for panellists and assessors – registrant or lay person - positions within Regulatory Bodies tend to attract a high number of applications. These positions often come with a certain degree of flexibility due to their part-time nature, and recruiters must be able to filter through candidates to identify those who are the right fit.

There is no single perfect profile for a registrant or lay person. Experience may be wide-ranging and varied. However, what is vital is that candidates aiming to excel as a panellist are able to display an impressive breadth of relevant knowledge and experience.

Panellists will regularly oversee procedures to determine when professionals are fit to practice. They must be able to display shrewd judgement, a meticulous eye for detail, and a high degree of resilience and tenacity. They should be comfortable being held to account when tackling reported instances of malpractice, work well within a team focused on achieving the fairest outcome possible, and be confident in their decisions.

It is a challenging role which many applicants may not be cut out for, and that is where a Thewlis Graham Executive Search can provide an invaluable service and guidance.

Our Executive Search Service

Thewlis Graham carry out a robust screening process to ensure that vacancies are filled by the right people. We offer years of expertise working across a number of sectors, so are well-placed to work alongside Regulatory Bodies operating in sectors including finance, education and healthcare. We work fully in-step with all our clients to build a complete, detailed picture of the operational needs and working culture associated with any appointment.

Thewlis Graham has a vast network of satisfied clients and candidates, and has built strong working relationships through integrity, trust and success. We work with the utmost degree of professionalism, integrity and confidentiality. Close

RECRUITING FOR BOTH SENIOR AND SPECIALIST ROLES IN MEMBERSHIP ASSOCIATIONS

Working in a Membership Associations means working in an incredibly fast-paced, multi-faceted and public-facing sector. Recruiting candidates to help deliver value and relevance for the Association to assist them with their goal of recruiting, engaging and retaining members is a challenging and rewarding task. The general public demand a greater degree of transparency from membership associations, they also require support and expect to be able to interact in a number of ways therefore a digital presence is also essential.

Candidates should consequently be well-versed in technological opportunities and financial strategy and should be credible to key external key influencers e.g.: government. On top of all these qualities, senior leaders must be able to keep staff engaged and inspired by good leadership and management.

There is a need to understand the ever-changing context or contexts in which the individual members operate. An excellent candidate will achieve this naturally and also be curious about the world in which they work.

Our Executive Search Service

Thewlis Graham has significant Membership Association experience, both from a direct recruitment role and also from personal involvement. We understand the challenges and demands of a Membership Association and are confident we would find the right candidates to exceed client expectations.

We are comfortable working across a number of Membership Associations in a lot of different sectors such as recruitment, medical, housing, financial and veterinary.

An Executive Search with Thewlis Graham will help to uncover candidates of the highest calibre, with the right chemistry, who are equipped to deal with the complexity, scrutiny and challenge of running a 21st century Membership Association. Close

RECRUITING FOR BOTH SENIOR AND SPECIALIST ROLES IN PROFESSIONAL SERVICES

Supporting Professional Service organisations is a growth area for senior leadership roles. Individual professionals, such as barristers, solicitors and vets have increasingly recognised that they need the support of skilled mangers to help them function, keep ahead of legal changes such as GDPR and grow within very competitive global markets. In addition, Professional Services organisations - unlike commercial PLCs - will have complex governance structures. For senior management to be effective that have to build trust and challenge in equal measures in the way they operate.

Candidates should have strong financial and strategic skills and be interested and engage in the particular world that the Professional Services organisation operates. They must be skilled operators and be able to build and maintain relationships with key stakeholders both internal and external to their organisation. In addition to these skills, senior leaders must be able to keep staff engaged and inspire by good leadership and management.

Our Executive Search Service

Thewlis Graham has strong experience of placing senior management within Professional Service organisations. We understand the challenges and demands of a working within Professional Services. We are confident we would find the right candidates to bring that breadth of experience and have the ability to work within complex governance structure. The ability to lead teams, understand finances and deliver key results will be critical.

An Executive Search with Thewlis Graham will help to uncover candidates of the highest calibre, with the right chemistry, who are equipped to deal with the complexity and challenges of running successful Professional Services from all branches of the law to fast moving veterinary practices. Close

RECRUITING FOR BOTH SENIOR AND SPECIALIST ROLES IN COMMERCIAL ORGANISATIONS

At Thewlis Graham Associates we have worked across a broad range of organisations within Commercial sectors. We have recruited extensively for both multinational and SME/start-up businesses within a broad range of industries. These include logistics and distribution, pharmaceuticals, leisure and travel, manufacturing, engineering and retail.

With almost 30 years of experience, a diverse range of clients and multinational networks, we are able to search the globe for most areas of leadership expertise, but with particular emphasis on the following functions: Corporate Affairs and Communications, CEO’s and Managing Directors, Finance, HR, Marketing and Non-Exec Directors.

We know what it takes to identify, attract and recruit senior executives and board directors at the very highest levels and we invest a substantial amount of time to gain an in depth understanding of our client’s organisation, culture and business priorities.

Our Executive Search Service

Thewlis Graham has significant Commercial experience, both from a direct recruitment role and also from personal involvement. We understand the challenges and demands of a Commercial Organisation and are confident we would find the right candidates to exceed client expectations.

Each executive search is unique, and our process is tailor-made to meet the specific requirements of our clients. Original and unique research is conducted for every assignment. This results in an exceptional level of success and consequently at least two thirds of our projects are conducted for existing or previous clients or have been referred by them.

An Executive Search with Thewlis Graham will help to uncover candidates of the highest calibre, with the right chemistry, who are equipped to deal with the complexity, scrutiny and challenge of running a 21st century Commercial Organisation. Close