About

About us

Since founding Sainty Hird & Partners in 1996, we have become one of the industry’s leading executive search firms through increasing respect for and recognition of our unique approach and high levels of professionalism and service.

We provide comprehensive research, execution and advisory capabilities and have become a trusted partner to Boards, Executive leaders and HR professionals across Financial and Professional Services.

Our work spans all products and functions within Asset & Wealth Management, Private & Growth Equity, Investment Banking, Capital Markets, Insurance and Fintech, across all levels of seniority and experience.

Our approach

Quality

The highest professional standards:

  • Proven ability to source the best candidates and influence career decisions.
  • Our Partners’ industry and functional experience leads to exceptional market insight.
  • Broad networks and a proprietary database with 140,000 names enables exemplary research and execution.
Results

Our completion rate is over 90%:

  • We are committed to achieving positive and enduring results for our clients.
  • The working Partners own 100% of the business and every search matters.
  • We pride ourselves on long-term relationships; but know that we are always judged on the next search.
Efficiency

A boutique firm with a global reach:

  • Taking time at the briefing stage saves time in the execution.
  • We do not stand on ceremony and we do not delegate responsibility.
  • We adapt a search process to reflect the client’s needs, the role profile and the timeframe for completion.

Our history

Sainty, Hird & Partners was founded in 1996 by Julian Sainty, Christopher Beatson-Hird and Ralph Grayson.

They had previously worked together for nearly a decade, leading a team of search consultants responsible for the establishment of some of the biggest investment banks and investment management firms in the wake of the "Big Bang".

Since its foundation, the firm has enjoyed sustained growth with the addition of leading search consultants across the Insurance, Retail and Corporate Banking, Technology and Professional Services sectors – as well as the C-Suite, Board and Senior functional roles.

Sainty Hird & Partners has continuously adapted its areas of expertise to consolidate its position as a leading executive search firm – now advising on and sourcing exceptional candidates in today's themes, such as diversity, inclusion, technology and ESG, as well as expanding its international footprint with offices in Switzerland, Ireland and the United States.

Diversity
& inclusion

We embrace diversity and promote a highly inclusive and open culture where everyone is valued, respected and rewarded fairly.

Sainty Hird & Partners is committed to the principles and practices of diversity and inclusion within its own business and those of its clients.

We aim to increase the diversity of talent across all dimensions, including gender, ethnicity, socio-economic background, LGBTQI+, age and disability.

Rupert Mathieu chairs the Steering Group for the Executive Search & Recruitment sector within the 10000 Black Interns Programme, and he recently led the search to find their new CEO.

ESG

We are committed to, are expert in and have completed multiple ESG assignments.

At Sainty Hird we adopt a collaborative approach to ESG with a Partner from each team responsible for coverage. This breadth offers access to candidates with ESG profiles from multiple market segments.  We specialise in identifying leaders focussed on placing ESG and ‘impact investing’ at the centre of corporate behaviour.

We have completed multiple ESG-related assignments for corporates, banks and investors across the UK, US and EMEA – including Global Head of ESG integration and methodology, Heads of ESG Research & Product, ESG Advisory Board Members, Heads of Sustainable Finance and Heads of ESG Solutions Sales.

Sainty Hird is a carbon neutral organisation and has started the journey to B-Corp accreditation. We are also proud to support the aims of Chapter Zero.

“Working with Sainty Hird, we made 107 offers to candidates in various areas of equities over five years and we received 103 acceptances.”

HEAD OF RESEARCH,  GLOBAL INVESTMENT AND ADVISORY FINANCIAL SERVICES FIRM

“I have dealt with Sainty Hird & Partners for over 20 years and they have never failed to find the right candidate.”

FOUNDER & CEO,  INDEPENDENT EQUITY EXCHANGE

“The Sainty Hird & Partners team are a pleasure to work with.”

CIO,  MULTI-FAMILY OFFICE

“The team's knowledge of the marketplace and success rate in filling the various roles we have presented has been impressive.”

GLOBAL HEAD OF EQUITIES,  GLOBAL ASSET MANAGEMENT HOUSE

“Most search firms can find candidates, several can get the candidate to entertain an offer, but Sainty Hird is really good at closing the hire.”

HEAD OF RESEARCH,  GLOBAL INVESTMENT AND ADVISORY FINANCIAL SERVICES FIRM

“The Sainty Hird team always finds candidates with the right cultural fit as well as the ability to do the role.”

FOUNDER & CEO,  INDEPENDENT EQUITY EXCHANGE

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