Non-Executive search2021-02-03T12:30:47+00:00

Non-executive director recruitment specialists

Finding the people with the strengths, approach and character to help your business flourish

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

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

Our 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.

To discuss your NED requirements, please call our Senior Partner Neill Fry on 07920 055451.

How do we help?

Proactive, insight-driven non-executive search.

Finding a Non-Executive Director may, on the face-of-it, seem a straightforward exercise. All too often the search for a non-executive director distils down to contacts of the consultant, firm or hiring director, or a name put forward by the likes of accountants, Private Equity and nominated advisers. NED vacancies also tend to attract a lot of interest despite increased regulations and board scrutiny.

Increasingly however, boards are becoming more strategic and considered when appointing new directors. More and more, our clients are choosing to define specific NED skill sets and backgrounds, in order to add significant value and experience to a board and provide insight as to future challenges and experiences. By extension, this clarity can also present a first or early NED position to a current serving executive.

At Edward Drummond, we obviously do harness our network, but we combine this with an exhaustive first principle research process. Ideally starting with the board’s strategy, a skills gap analysis and a focused skills-based specification, we develop an objective profile and then carefully mesh this with the board’s culture to ensure the best possible fit.

Put simply, we spend time with you, getting to know your company ethos, aims and personality, and defining the combination of skills, experience and leadership style you’re looking for.

You can then leave it to us to seek out non-executive directors with just the right skills to match your specification. We will find unique people with proven strengths and skills that go beyond the facts on their CVs, and who may have held similar posts in organisations that have achieved what your business is aiming for.

We can pinpoint the issues to help improve your business performance in key areas.

We can write the specification for the key appointment of a new non-executive director.

We don’t wait for aspiring non-executives to apply to us. We pro-actively identify and approach the right people and we dig deep to locate those who may not be easily accessible.

We search for the perfect NED through our network of global connections with a local ‘ear to the ground’ in their territory.

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Our non-executive search experience in action.

Whenever you set us an assignment, one of our senior partners will assemble a bespoke team made up of consultants with the most appropriate experience, contacts, market and territory knowledge to deliver against your specific requirements.

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NED Search – High Tech Manufacturing PLC.

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Pinpointing a Non-Executive Director for a global technology company.

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Chairperson search for a fast growth, technology specialist manufacturer.

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Finding a NED with rare specialist skills within the nuclear industry.

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Contact our specialist NED recruitment consultants today.

They will be delighted to discuss your specific requirements and explain exactly how we can help.

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We set out to recruit one additional NED but such was the calibre of the candidates brought forward we ended up recruiting three.

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After 4 years, we thought the person we were looking for simply didn’t exist. It took only two months for Edward Drummond to prove us wrong.

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We thought this was an impossible task. In fact we have found someone who is totally on our side and who we really respect. It’s working well for our business.

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