Our executive search and advisory services specialise in working with Boards and Chief Executives on a retained basis to identify and engage outstanding candidates for leadership and senior management appointments within the UK and internationally, in both commercial and non-profit organisations.
All projects are supported by our experienced in-house research team and, where appropriate, research partners on whom we can rely to provide an efficient and confidential service. Wild Search is an evolving and innovative business, constantly working to improve the quality of service we provide and to identify partners who will enrich our work.
We both identify candidates within the sectors for which we are recruiting, in addition to attracting candidates to sectors which are new to them (notably charities, rural organisations, professional and membership bodies and educational institutions), where their leadership skills and functional expertise may prove more important than prior sector experience.
We believe in establishing and developing long-term relationships with clients and candidates. We have a clear understanding of the expectation of working for high-profile clients and maintaining client and candidate confidentiality throughout the process.
Please send your CV to firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to be added to our database. Should any suitable opportunities arise, we will be in touch.
I set Wild Search a challenging task to find the right person to fill an executive director position that is unique in our sector. They certainly rose to the challenge, ensuring from the outset that they understood both our requirements and the mission, values and vision of our organisation to secure a good fit. This resulted in them putting forward a good range of potential candidates and a successful appointment. I would certainly use them again.
Mark Rogers, Chief Executive, Circle Housing Group
We appointed Edward Wild and his team to work with the Board on this critical appointment, following a competitive process. They helped us to develop the brief and ensured that the process ran smoothly throughout. They brought to our attention a wide range of candidates and provided critical insights and advice on each of them, which led to some difficult choices. As a result of a full and thorough process, we have been able to appoint, in Joanna Read, a first class candidate to take the organisation to an even stronger position during the years ahead.
Luke Rittner, Chairman, LAMDA
My Foundation retained Wild Search after seeing presentations from several companies. The Wild Search team stood out a mile in terms of experience, connectivity within the charity and not-for-profit sectors, combined with an imaginative proposal to working with our Board of Trustees and to find our new Chief Executive Officer. They delivered an exceptional list of candidates, well matched and well suited to the role we were offering, with each candidate offering many of the skills we wanted. The process was well managed from start to final offer and ultimately successful recruitment of the best individual. I would certainly have no hesitation in recommending Wild Search to other organisations as a first class recruitment partner.
Peter Jones CBE, Entrepreneur and Founder of the Peter Jones Foundation
Very many thanks for your help in identifying a successor to Graham Sherburn. The whole operation has gone extremely smoothly and I think that your judgements about candidates were absolutely spot-on. Your challenge and support at our various meetings was extremely useful too. We have all thoroughly enjoyed working with you.
Clive Tulloch, Chairman, Tax Help for Older People
We were delighted with the personable and efficient service provided by Wild Search as we sought to recruit a Director of Development. We were provided with a broad and interesting range of highly-qualified, diverse and interesting candidates, from whom we were able to make a first-rate appointment. Throughout the process, Wild Search were in touch and on the case. It was a pleasure to work with them, and we would certainly do so again.
Dr Gary Savage, Headmaster, Alleyn’s School
Edward and his team at Wild Search understood my brief; in fact, they helped me develop my thoughts. My ambition was to establish a business development unit within my company and the team at Wild recognised the various elements and characteristics that would require. I had initially wanted one person and Edward’s suggestion of employing a more senior person to begin with was good advice; this approach has allowed me to scale more easily with additional recruits. Wild Search were proactive, positive and communicated the opportunity to potential candidates with real enthusiasm. Edward kept me fully updated as the search developed. I couldn’t recommend Wild Search highly enough.
Mark Malley, CEO, Bellevue Education
This is the second time the CPA have asked Wild to find us a dynamic and inspirational CEO to lead our association. In both cases they delivered, even though this time we raised the bar and set what we felt would be a very difficult task to find the leader we needed for our association! Wild didn’t just take into account the make up of the individual but also focused on the dynamics of our industry today and tomorrow. That approach not only strengthened the process but helped to identify the best candidates from the start. Wild brought a very strong candidate pool for evaluation that far exceeded what I thought they would be able to find. We have a strong CEO now and Wild was essential to that success.
Stephen Henning, Crop Protection Association
The task of appointing a new CEO is always a challenge, and the Trustees of Plantlife knew from the outset that we needed professional advice. Following a competitive process, we unanimously agreed to appoint Wild Search to help us reach out to the right people, advertise the vacancy, sift through the responses and choose a shortlist for interview. Their team fulfilled these tasks admirably and with great efficiency. We were also impressed by the insight, sense of humour and personal commitment which they brought to the role.
Peter Ainsworth, Chair, Plantlife International
The TEN Group retained Wild Search following personal recommendations which were confirmed in the team’s breadth and depth of experience and connectivity with the public and commercial sectors. Their proposal to our Board was both imaginative and thorough and they implemented this through providing a great candidate list, well matched and well suited to the Managing Director role which we were offering. The process was well managed from start to final offer and ultimately led to the successful recruitment of the best individual. I would certainly have no hesitation in recommending Wild Search to other organisations as a first class recruitment partner.
Dick Palmer, Group Chief Executive Officer, The TEN Group
Astrum Education Ltd is a recently formed college group in London and has very ambitious growth objectives. To achieve this growth the Group will be pursuing an international student recruitment campaign that comprises 30 countries. This requires the development of a team of high calibre and experienced sales staff. Previously, I had relied on the large global recruitment companies. On this occasion I decided that a more specialist boutique search firm who would really gain an understanding of the needs of this business might offer a more fitting solution. That has certainly proved to be the case in working with the team at Wild Search. They identified a large number of highly appropriate candidates, often from our key competitors, who were presented to us well prepared, having been put through a rigorous pre-selection process. We have now assembled a first class team, well within budget and schedule. Wild Search’s flexibility, professionalism and sector reach are outstanding. They really have been a major factor in allowing Astrum Education to make such a good start in international education.
Glenn Hawkins, Chief Executive, Astrum Education
Wild Search did a superb job. They showed a clear understanding of our needs as a not-for-profit organisation and picked up the brief quickly. They brought the right strategic approach to our particular search and provided thoughtful guidance and insights throughout the process. Wild Search were well organised and were always very responsive. I would have no hesitation in recommending them
Richard Jacques, Chair, Governing Body, British Institute of Florence
I met Edward and his team at Wild Search whilst looking for a new and challenging position. Edward took the time to meet with me for a professional but informal meeting to fully understand my skills and experience and the type of role that I was seeking. Edward kept in regular contact during a period of several weeks until he had identified a potential position and fully briefed me prior to interview and advised me throughout the selection process. Since my appointment Edward has remained in touch and I have and will continue to recommend Wild Search to a number of contacts.
Jeremy Staples, Chief Executive, East of England Agricultural Society
Edward Wild rapidly provided us with a varied range of candidates to consider when appointing our new Finance Director. He quickly grasped our requirement and we were delighted to be able to make an appointment within a month of our initial conversation with Edward.
David Stewart, Chief Executive, Odey Asset Management
I was very impressed by the highly professional way that Edward Wild and his team handled my recent appointment as Chief Executive of the RNAA. Their attention to detail was excellent and I felt well briefed and supported throughout the recruitment process. Edward’s close personal interest and advice was much appreciated and I am delighted to have been successful.
Greg Smith, Chief Executive, Royal Norfolk Agricultural Association