People Shape

Finola Mallinson

About Finola

Finola specializes in mandates across our Sustainability, Finance, Risk, Compliance and Legal practices, with a particular focus on financial services institutions, including those projects for organizations in distress and transition.

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Finola is committed to social mobility and the necessity of building and retaining a diverse workforce. She was a lead contributor to the Belonging Project, Hedley May’s evidenced research into what makes people feel psychologically safe in the workplace. The findings further Hedley May’s efforts to help clients and candidates thrive in a more inclusive future. The Project has proved a vital piece of work for the firm, challenging and informing the organization, as well as underlining a genuine commitment to move the pursuit of greater representation.

Finola also liaises closely with Hedley May’s community partners as part of the firm’s commitment to our community, frequently organizing and participating in volunteering and fundraising initiatives.

Intellectually curious and keen to innovate, She has the space to contribute in an environment that values the input of the whole team.

Finola started her career in executive search in tax. She has a BA in Politics from the University of Exeter.

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

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.