Executive Search

Executive Search

When it comes to the leadership and management of your business there are no shortcuts. Getting the right talent for the right roles is fundamental to business success.

We also know from experience that there is no one size fits all approach to executive search and every client has different needs and requirements to really narrow down the right candidates for the job. Some clients choose to do personality profiling in-house, or use a specific provider for leadership assessments and some like us to provide this, tailored to the specific role.

That’s why we have tailored three executive search packages so there is an option that can be adapted to meet every clients’ needs.

Ideal for you if you need the best talent the market has to offer. Some of the most frequent reasons clients require executive search over traditional methods are:

  • Scarcity – there is a significant skills shortage in the market
  • Seniority – for a senior management vacancy of strategic importance
  • Diversity – you wish to improve the diversity of your existing team
  • Competitors – to hire the best talent from within your direct market
  • New Skills – you need to bring in fresh talent from allied industries
  • Rigour – a thorough recruitment process leaving no stone unturned
  • Confidentiality – complete discretion throughout the process
  • Urgency – you want to hire within a defined and urgent timescale
  • Market Specialist – talent acquisition expertise within your sector
  • Quality – you cannot compromise and wish to hire the very best candidate in the market.

If you want additional insight into a candidates’ working style or approach, and don’t have the capability internally then Executive Search may be a good fit. This option offers:

  • Culture Fit – to assess how candidates might fit with your team
  • Risk Mitigation – minimises the risk of the hiring process
  • Insight – for additional insight into preferred working style.

For critical hires and the most senior leadership roles, executive search premium leaves no stone unturned when it comes to assessing the suitability of your candidates. This may be the right option for you if you require:

  • Leadership – you require leadership assessment of the preferred candidates for in-depth feedback on their leadership style
  • Comprehensive – to assess the candidate in five different ways; interview, personality profiles, ability tests, referencing and leadership scenario tests.

Our Solutions

Executive SearchExecutive Search PlusExecutive Search Premium
Market Mapping to Research Candidates
Longlist Market Mapping Report
Approach Passive Candidates
Competency Based Interviews
Shortlist Report – Detailed Insight
Manage Interview & Offer Process
Verbal Referencing
Personality Profiling (QPQ32 or Wave)
Ability Tests
Feedback from Qualified Assessor
OPQ Validation Interview
Situational Judgement Tests
Business Simulations
Candidate Guarantee6 Months9 Months12 Months

Our Team

Lauren Goldring

Paul Neave

Richard Dobbs

Since taking over as the CEO of Crossrail I have put a lot of effort into establishing the right leadership team to complete the project. Newsom Consulting have been a great partner in this work. Together we have worked to assemble a great new team with the right energy and capability for one of the worlds most complex projects.

Jim and team are a real pleasure to work with; responsive and sensitive to our unique circumstances.

CEO, Crossrail

Newsom Consulting are incredibly well connected to the industry and very quickly understand our needs. They take time to understand the role profile, the culture and challenges of the organisation, and then hand-picks the shortlist. This process works really well and saves time and money in the search.

MD, Transport Infrastructure, Amey

We have used Newsom Consulting extensively for a number of years, we have always found them responsive and great to work with. Their understanding of the brief and our business has always resulted in a shortlist and successful candidate that meets our requirements.

Chief Executive, Murphy Group

We recently retained Newsom Consulting to recruit a key strategic Director for BAM Nuttall. It was a very professional service, they fully understood the brief and delivered against it extremely well. They kept us informed throughout the search, providing a really good shortlist of candidates. The shortlist included a consultant’s report on each candidate that was informative, honest, with insightful analysis. Newsom Consulting had their finger on the pulse of what was going on in the market and we got the right candidate out of the process

Managing Director- Transport & Regions, BAM Nuttall

Heathrow have partnered with Newsom Consulting to recruit several key leadership roles for our Expansion team. On each search they have been successful in providing an excellent shortlist from which we have appointed a high-calibre candidate. Jim has worked with Heathrow for a number of years and has developed a good understanding of our business, and we have recently appointed Newsom Consulting as an executive search partner for the Expansion programme.

Expansion Programme Director, Heathrow Airport

UK Parliament retained Newsom Consulting to help us recruit the Managing Director for Strategic Estates. This was a good experience and we were well supported throughout the recruitment process. Newsom provided a great deal of industry specific knowledge. The advice and support at the early stages of the process, and specifically helping us define our candidate spec to get what the business really needed from the hire, was invaluable

Director General (Operations), House of Commons

Exceptional knowledge of the industry and thoroughly professional service.

Managing Director UK Engineering, SYSTRA

We have worked with Newsom Consulting on a number of successful senior searches. They listen carefully to assemble the right brief and have identified strong, well targeted shortlists. Their written documentation on the search and shortlisted candidates is informative and insightful.

Managing Director Rail, WSP

Jim has worked with us to source and secure leading talent for 15 years and his commitment to understand our business needs and proactive nature underpins this successful relationship with Newsom Consulting.

CEO, Steer Davies Gleave

We retained Newsom Consulting to help us find and attract several new Directors for our Public Sector Transport practice. Jim and his team really listened to what we needed, understood our values and the expectations we have for anyone joining our team. They cut to the chase on any thorny issues, which speeded up all our interactions and decision-making. We were able to hire several high-calibre candidates from the search.

Partner & Public Sector Transport Leader, PwC

ACE partnered with Newsom Consulting to assist us in recruiting the newly created position of Director of Communications & Marketing. We were seeking a unique blend of skills and experience, and were very pleased with the selection of candidates on the shortlist and ultimately the chosen candidate we were able to appoint. Jim and the team were enjoyable to work with, they took the stress out of recruitment and provided a personal service and genuinely cared about us finding a good quality candidate with the right culture fit for our organisation

Chief Executive, Association for Consultancy and Engineering (ACE)

ACE retained the services of Newsom Consulting to help us recruit our next CEO. They really listened and took our requests on board, were proactive and pushed the process through efficiently. Their candidate reports and shortlisting process were clear and helpful, with a high calibre of candidates presented, enabling us to hire a great candidate. They made the recruitment process easy for us and were a real pleasure to work with.

Chairperson of the Association for Consultancy and Engineering 

Case Studies

Health & Safety Director


Crossrail retained our services to recruit the Health and Safety Director for the programme. The role was responsible for leading the transition for Health and Safety in construction to operational testing and commissioning, and then into passenger operations.

Global Sales & Marketing Director


Flowbird Group are a leading transport technology provider, recently rebranded from Parkeon, in the growing market of Smart Ticketing.