A World of Difference

Led by empathy and expertise, Hedley May creates positive change for our clients, candidates, colleagues and community.

What Matters to Us

When we launched Hedley May in 2009, we knew executive search could, and needed to be, better.

We knew that focusing on ‘fee income’ was detrimental to the industry. Instead, we wanted to shift the focus. We wanted to create a firm that placed the marker of success on the outcome for our four stakeholders – our clients, candidates, colleagues and community partners. We were confident that if we delivered for them, everything else would follow.

Today that vision burns brighter than ever. Excellence, Courage and Empathy, the values we began with, remain the central tenets of everything we do.

This means we deliver a highly bespoke experience, consistently. We eschew volume in favor of working on assignments in which we are confident we can deliver the best possible outcome. Making outstanding and exciting appointments is what drives us. It always has.

We care deeply about Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. 55% of the firm’s appointments in the last four years have been diverse (83% female and 17% racially diverse). We also champion social mobility and have built our focus on volunteering around it. Our ‘whole firm approach’ means when a client works with Hedley May, they get access to the expertise of everyone in the firm across London, New York and Singapore.

What our clients say

“The standout feature of Hedley May is the objectivity of your advice – a rare (and valuable) commodity nowadays. I was taken, too, by your description of your values: three simple words, powerful implications.”

Group General Counsel & Company Secretary, Multinational Telecommunications Firm

Our People

From a variety of backgrounds and locations, we come together with a shared purpose: to deliver excellence to our clients, colleagues, candidates and community

Hedley May is the power of its people. We work hard to create a culture in which everyone feels valued, are supported to thrive, and can live the values we believe in. We know the search for great people is driven by great people.

Diversity & Inclusion 

Cultivating inclusivity and belonging is woven into the fabric of Hedley May. We invest our money, time, ideas, people and passion into it. We challenge ourselves, each other and our clients. The Belonging Project is testimony to that. This is our responsibility, and this is the most important work we can do.

Careers at Hedley May

People are core to our success. Collaboration, diversity of thought, and inclusivity, power all that we do and are. We work hard to create an environment where we can all live our values. We lead with empathy, cultivate belonging, and never forget that we are more than the sum of our parts.

D&I Advisory Councils

At a time of complexity, uncertainty and honest conversations about racism, we wanted to continue our ethos of learning, curiosity and improvement by inviting external advisors to help navigate us forward.

Advisory Councils

2021 has seen us announce our first Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Advisory councils in the UK and the US.

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Asif Sadiq, MBE

London

UK

Marissa Davis

New York

USA

Liz Bingham, OBE

London

UK

Carlos M. Brown

New York

USA

Tunde Banjoko, OBE

London

UK

Brandon Cooke

New York

USA

The Belonging Project

In January 2020, we launched the Belonging Project, conducting over 100 interviews globally with a diverse range of people. Our research reaffirmed our core belief: organizations that create a strong sense of Belonging are more successful – in business, employee satisfaction and longevity. Belonging is the proven cornerstone of success.

Community

When we founded Hedley May, we made a commitment to make a positive impact on our broader communities. We focus on providing opportunity to the underserved through mentorship, internships, workshops and other career development initiatives. We are also dedicated advocates and supporters of numerous social mobility programs.