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
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.
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
Liz Bingham, OBE
Carlos M. Brown
Tunde Banjoko, OBE
Asif Sadiq, MBE
Asif is currently Senior Vice President, Head of Equity and Inclusion, International at WarnerMedia and has a long and rich career in the diversity and inclusion space with senior roles at Adidas, The Telegraph Media Group, EY Financial Services and the City of London Police.
Asif has received a number of accolades for his work that include the Mosaic (Prince’s Trust) Award for mentoring, Police Oﬃcer of the Year Award, the Civil Servant of the Year Award and the highly commended Head of Diversity Award at the European Diversity Awards. Asif was honoured in 2017 in the Queen’s birthday honours list and is a member of the HR Guild, The Worshipful Company of Security Professionals and is a Freeman of the City.
He is currently a leadership fellow at St George’s House at Windsor Castle, a Judge for numerous Awards including the CIPD Awards, BIMA Awards, Personnel Today Awards and the Lord Mayor’s Dragon Awards, an Ambassador for Remembering Srebrenica, Member of the APPG (All Party Parliamentary Group) on Hate Crime, Special Advisory to the charity Penny Appeal and a member of the AICPA board.
Marissa Davis is Founder & Principal of Tallawah Consulting, a social impact consultancy that helps mission-driven brands maximize their impact by using equity, innovation, and inclusion to drive their core strategy forward.
Marissa has spent over 10 years spearheading and advancing initiatives to improve organizations’ commitments to social impact and inclusion, with a focus on underrepresented communities. She has done so with organizations including WeWork, RISE San Diego, UNHCR, & the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation. She also founded non-profit, NOLArize!, to aid in community rebuilding efforts after Hurricane Katrina. She currently serves as an Advisor for Root Financial, WorkSchool, co-chairs the B Local NYC Board, and teaches social innovation at City College’s Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership.
She is the recipient of various awards, including Harvard’s Public Service Fellowship and the Cultural Bridge Fellowship from Harvard Kennedy School’s Women and Public Policy Program. She holds a BA with honors from Swarthmore College and a Master’s in Public Policy.
Liz Bingham, OBE
Liz is currently interim CEO of R3 – the trade body for restructuring professionals in the UK – an organisation she was honoured to be elected by her industry peers to be President, earlier in her career.
Liz had a long and illustrious career with Big 4 ﬁrm EY. As well as an outstanding career as a restructuring expert, she held a number of positions of responsibility in the ﬁrm. These include her role as Managing Partner of the UK and Ireland Board which led the development and delivery of the ﬁrm’s extraordinarily successful strategy for employer brand, talent development and Diversity and Inclusion. This strategy not only enhanced EY’s reputation but also resulted in Liz being recognised by HM Queen with the honour of OBE for services to equality in the workplace.
Liz has received numerous awards and honours throughout her career including ranked in the top 50 of World Pride Power List of inﬂuential LGBT people worldwide, in the top 20 of the FT Top 50 Outstanding in Business List and in a number of other lists including both appearing in and later judging BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour 100 Power List. She holds an Honorary Doctorate of Business Administration from BPP University.
Carlos M. Brown
Carlos is Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Chief Compliance Officer of Dominion Energy. Carlos has held senior executive roles at Brown Martin PC and Obsidian Capital Group LLC.
Carlos received his bachelor’s degree and law degree from the University of Virginia where he was an Echols, Achievement, Underwood and Hardy Cross Dillard Scholar. He was recognized for his contributions to the University by being initiated into the IMP, Thirteen and Raven Societies. In law school, he served as president of the Black Law Students Association.
In 2015, Carlos was appointed to the Commonwealth Transportation Board. Carlos is also currently a member of the boards of directors of the Central Virginia Transportation Authority and the Richmond Metropolitan Transportation Authority, where he served as chair; NextUp; and the Virginia Museum of History and Culture. Until 2018, he served as the chair of the Dominion Energy African American Resource Group.
He is a 2006 Richmond Style Weekly Top 40 under 40 award recipient. In 2017, recognition of his work in the community, he was recognized as a Leader in the Law by Virginia Lawyers Weekly. In 2018, Savoy Magazine named Brown one of the most influential African American Attorneys in America. In addition, in 2018, he was named to the Virginia Legal Elite for Corporate Counsel by Virginia Business Magazine and inducted as a fellow of the Virginia Law Foundation. In 2019, he was named to the GC Power List. He is also a member of the Richmond Forum.
Carlos also currently serves on the UVA Law School Foundation Board of Trustees as well as the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity Board of Directors.
Tunde Banjoko, OBE
Tunde is the Chief Executive and Founder of Making The Leap, an inspirational youth & social mobility charity that makes a positive impact for thousands of young people every year. In 2017, he founded the UK Social Mobility Awards, an initiative with the ambition to make the advancement of social mobility a key part of how organisations are run in this country.
He has an MSc in Urban Regeneration from UCL, was awarded an OBE in the 2008 Queen’s Birthday Honours List, is Chair of an education charity that supports children in Africa, and is a Trustee of a multi-academy schools trust and of a prominent arts charity. Tunde acts as a consultant to organisations on improving race equality in the workplace, is trained as an executive coach and hosts a podcast on addressing socio-economic disadvantage, The Social Mobility Podcast.
A passionate champion of creativity and the talented people and marketers who fuel it, Brandon is FCB’s Global Chief Marketing & Reputation Officer, a newly created role that focuses on forging business relationships with current and prospective clients, while managing FCB’s reputation on a domestic and global basis. With a unique and diverse background that spans copywriting to account management and ultimately global business development, Brandon collaborates with his fellow leaders in 109 operations in 80 countries to push FCB to the forefront of creativity, diversity, culture and innovation. Brandon recently led the FCB partnership with EY and Out Leadership on LGBTQ ally research and sits on the Out Leadership Board
Throughout Brandon’s tenure, FCB was named Adweek Global Creative Agency of the Year and Global Creative Network of the Year by The One Club for Creativity in 2020, picked up 2018, 2019 and 2020 Ad Age A-List honors, enjoyed its best Cannes Lions showing ever, with a top-three Global Network ranking in 2019, and – most important to Brandon – made headlines for taking bold actions to lead the industry in improving inclusivity, equality and generosity. He was an Ad Age 40 Under 40 honoree and was inducted into the American Advertising Federation’s Hall of Achievement.
A small-town boy from the foothills of North Carolina and a proud graduate of The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Brandon carries a strong commitment to service and is an active member of several University and philanthropic boards. He brings a highly creative mindset to everything he does and is an entrepreneur at heart who’s consistently challenging himself and those around him to raise the bar, think big, do the right thing and always remember to laugh.
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.
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.