People Shape

Eleanor Sutton

About Eleanor

Eleanor joined Hedley May in 2010, shortly after the company was founded, and has established herself as a key member of both Legal and HR practices, with a specialist and market leading expertise in the appointment of Reward Directors. She has advised publicly quoted and private equity clients across a wide range of sectors including financial services, industrial, utilities, media, retail and travel and worked on numerous high-profile appointments for General Counsel, Company Secretaries, HR Directors, HR Leadership Team members and Chief Compliance Officers across the UK and Europe.

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Eleanor’s tenure is a testament to Hedley May’s culture of opportunity and self-development, allowing individuals to take a hands-on approach to shaping the company’s future. Eleanor is motivated by the belief that there is always more to learn.

A passionate advocate for Diversity and Inclusion, Eleanor has established a broad network of best-in-class female talent and in her speaking engagements focuses on helping up-and-coming professionals prepare for more influential leadership roles.

Eleanor has also pioneered flexible working and shared parental leave at Hedley May, alongside coaching returning mothers back into the workforce. She is a dedicated champion of dual career families, keen to support clients and candidates who share her vision of an outcomes-focused, flexible future.

Eleanor started her career in retail with Marks & Spencer, holding store management roles after graduating from Newnham College, University of Cambridge with an MA in History.

Our People

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.

The Belonging Project

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.