About us

Sainty Hird & Partners is a leading executive search firm and a trusted advisor to boards, executive teams and human resources leaders across financial and professional services in the UK, Europe and North America.

Our reputation is founded on securing high quality candidates for our clients. We combine a diverse network of personal and professional contacts, an unrivalled proprietary database and detailed quantitative screening.

But our critical competitive differentiation lies in assignments being Partner-led, and in our proven ability not only to source strong and diverse candidates, but also to close a search successfully.

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

Our approach


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.

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.

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, 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.

& 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.

The majority of its successful candidates for Board roles are from diverse backgrounds.

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 its new CEO.


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.”


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


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


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


“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.”


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