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Odgers Berndtson

20 Cannon Street

Tel: +44 20 7529 1111
Fax: +44 20 7529 1000


Odgers Berndtson is the UK’s pre-eminent executive search firm, helping private and public sector organisations find the highest calibre people for permanent and interim management appointments in the UK and internationally.

Our reputation at the top of the executive search profession is over 40 years old. We have seven offices and a team of 350 people in the UK, and an international presence in over 50 cities worldwide. Our experienced executive search specialists operate with absolute discretion, integrity and care, and are expert in finding exceptional individuals for challenging roles.

As UK’s top executive headhunter we aspire to handle the most important executive recruitment for leading organisations in every industry sector and to combine our functional specialist expertise with thoroughness and speed to provide exceptionally responsive and effective service. We have the most extensive reach across England, Scotland and Wales for executive and non executive roles in both the public and private sector and are experienced in executive recruitment in sectors as diverse as financial services, charities, retail, healthcare, we also have extensive international reach.

We have very talented people – some have been consultants with us for many years, some joined us from other market leaders, others come from the sectors they specialise in. Each headhunter works within well defined market sectors so that they gain knowledge and expertise of the requirements of that industry.

Some of our headhunters specialise in functional roles that span all industry sectors such CEO, finance, IT, HR and company secretary roles. 

We are also the only executive recruitment firm that has an in-house interim management team so are uniquely placed to assist clients with finding interim executives.

We pride ourselves in being the only leading international headhunters with offices throughout the UK (London, Leeds, Birmingham, Manchester, Wales and Scotland) as well as over 50 offices globally

Our consultants are adaptable and approach each recruitment assignment with imagination and initiative. They are also very determined – our people make things happen.

We dig deep and search widely. We combine precision and attention to detail with creativity and the ability to see the big picture.

Client Services

Our business is exceptionally effective top-level search - nationally and globally - for clients who need executive and non-executive board directors and other key managers and specialists.  Our core search service is supported by a full range of consultancy services designed to ensure that key executives have the skills and culture fit to contribute fully to their organisation.

Executive Search

We combine industry and functional expertise with the flair and energy to cover a great deal of ground. Our flexible structure allows us to cover any role from a CEO for a bank to a Communications Director for a law firm. We network vigorously between practices and few firms have the same spread of sectors, functional and specialist practices.


Board, Chairmen & Non-Executive Directors

Our Board Practice is responsible for some of the most important recent Chairman and Non-Executive Director appointments as well as for executive board roles. Recent appointments include Chairmen of FTSE companies, major national corporations, the world’s largest charities and a range of public sector and private businesses.


Interim Management

Interim management has been an established management tool for a number of years in both the private and public sectors.  It is now growing rapidly as organisations realise the benefits, in term of cost-effectiveness and flexibility.

Interim management provides an immediate, short, sharp, fast injection of experienced management skills to successfully implement change and manage transition at senior levels – the right people with the right skills, providing the right result, right away.


Senior Management

When you’re looking to fill positions in the £50,000 - £100,000 bracket, you need exceptional people who will make things happen. Berwick Partners specialises in attracting and selecting quality candidates with the ability, flair and ambition to make a difference in your organisation. As a group company of the UK’s leading executive search firm, our unrivalled reach, knowledge and insight enables us to find the very best candidates right across the UK and beyond.


Research & Mapping Projects

Good quality research is the backbone of executive search, our dedicated research team of over 70 people is well networked and well trained so that no stone is left unturned. They provide support on all search assignments to identify potential candidates. We also provide a mapping projects services across all market sectors.



Our referencing service is unique. We are the only UK owned Search business to provide a dedicated reference service that is designed to complement and enhance our core search capability and routine due diligence. We also offer this stand-alone product for clients who require a rigorous, independent check of a potential candidate.


Candidate Assessment

Candidate assessment can add significant value to the recruitment process by complementing information gained through search, preliminary interview, referencing and qualification checks. We can advise on a series of options that reflect the nature of the information required in light of the type of role that is being filled. We have at our disposal a range of tools that can be combined in order to meet the particular needs of each client.


Management Appraisal

In certain situations, it may be necessary to conduct an assessment of an existing board or team, such as at a time of merger or during a major organisational change. We can provide sound advice and practical help during these difficult and often disruptive times.


Industries & Functions

Odgers Berndtson is organised in industry and functional practices. Our Industry Practices employ experienced professionals from specific markets areas who are deeply immersed in the target business community - often with a successful industry career behind them.

Our Functional Practice experts understand the nuances of successful senior appointments, and provide discrete access to industry leaders. The combination of both disciplines is key in delivering successful candidates for top jobs.


Our Team


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