About Sainty, Hird & Partners

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Sainty, Hird & Partners was founded in 1996 and is one of the longest established independent executive search firms in Europe.  Our name is synonymous with the highest professional standards in the executive and board search industry.

We have acquired a reputation for excellence from our exceptional track record.  Each and every Partner and Consultant remains fully involved in search execution, enabling us to deliver an outstanding and differentiated service.

Our experienced team provides comprehensive research, execution and advisory capabilities to boards, business leaders and HR professionals across Financial Services.

Since 1996 we have completed over 2,250 assignments, also helping to build numerous teams and businesses from scratch.

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

Sainty, Hird & Partners has offices in London, Dublin, Zurich and New York and has completed searches for board members, senior executives and directors in the UK, USA, Canada, Bermuda, Continental Europe, the Middle East and Asia.

Since 1996 we have completed over 2,250 assignments, also helping to build numerous teams and businesses from scratch.  We have become a trusted advisor to human resources, team leaders, executive committees and boards alike.

Why Sainty, Hird & Partners

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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.
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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.
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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.
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Partnerships & Additional Services

We work with complementary human capital businesses:

  • Wisnio: Artificial intelligence for hiring, onboarding and developing high-performing teams.
  • Psychometric Testing.
  • Executive Committee and Board Assessment and Advisory Services.

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 and Technology 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 new offices in Switzerland, Ireland and the United States.


Diversity & Inclusion

Sainty, Hird & Partners is committed to the principles and practices of diversity and equality within our own business and those of our clients.  As of June 2021 we have 29% female representation as Partners of our company. As a signatory to the Women in Finance Charter, our target is to reach at least 35% by June 2022. We strive always to present our clients with the most talented individuals, regardless of race, sexual orientation, religion, age, gender or disability status.

We assess all prospective candidates on the basis of their experience, motivation, qualifications and a likely ability to succeed in the specified role.  We strive to be aware of and address immediately any conscious or unconscious bias, both within our own and in our clients’ candidate assessment techniques.

We utilise artificial intelligence through our partnership with Teamscope, which allows us to measure the fit of candidate within a team without reference to gender, ethnicity, or any unconscious bias.  We apply it to our own business recruitment.  Our team reinforce the use of Teamscope and our pre-existing diversity protocols by the continued study of diversity and inclusion issues and close monitoring of changing industry standards.

“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.”


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


Environmental, Social

& Governance

We are proud of our credentials.  Efforts to decrease our own environmental impact include becoming paperless, banning single-use plastics and early adoption of flexible working practices.  We regularly implement new ideas to reduce wastage and energy expenditure.  We are also proud to support the aims of Chapter Zero.

Business and finance is moving fundamentally from Shareholder to Stakeholder primacy.  We work closely with clients to identify talent, in particular at executive committee and NED level, who can reflect this shift by placing ESG and ‘impact investing’ at the centre of corporate behaviour and who will advise on governance, audit and risk issues.

We look at how a head of investor relations should shape and deliver an optimal company narrative; and how to measure and analyse ESG in the context of investment and its long-term impact on both stakeholders and the share price.  We have also advised our clients how SASB, TCFD and other reporting and regulatory frameworks should be adopted and implemented, identifying candidates with the requisite skills to help them do so.

We have completed multiple ESG-related assignments for corporates, banks and investors – including Heads of Responsible Investment, Impact Investing, Sustainability and Stewardship, Advisory and Financing and sector specialisms, such as Social Housing.


New York

580 Fifth Avenue, Suite 820  
New York, NY 10036

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