People Shape

Giles Allen

About Giles

Giles joined Hedley May to co-create a Board & CEO practice that is different; built on the foundations of deep global expertise, creativity and trusted advice. He partners with clients, building long term relationships, and is recognized for his expertise in respect of Chair and Board, CEO, CFO and Executive Director appointments. Giles brings a deep understanding of the complexities and nuances required to deliver top level search; an unwavering client focus, managing sensitive relationships and a laser like attention to the importance of cultural fit – all attributes that make up the DNA of Hedley May’s brand of executive search.

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With over 20 years of international search experience, Giles acts as a senior advisor and counsel to Chairs, CEOs and HR Directors. His focus tends towards succession, major organizational change and transformation, growth agendas, IPOs and restructuring. Giles is a trusted partner to clients, working in both the UK and Asia, supporting strategic thinking on global search needs and talent management.

Organizations, now more than ever, need leaders who can drive transformation, performance and culture in a purpose driven way. Giles plays a lead role in supporting clients to find that leadership whilst challenging their thinking around diversity and corporate social responsibility issues. He is passionate about improving social mobility and is a mentor for Making the Leap.

The healthy competitiveness Giles brings to the workplace can also be seen across the active life he leads outside of work including cycling, rugby and water sports. Family, friends and travel are his main motivations.

An economist by background, Giles spent his early career with The Economist and the Economist Intelligence Unit.  He holds an MA in Middle East Politics and Arabic from the University of Durham and a BA in International Relations and Hispanic Studies from the University of Aberdeen.

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.

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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.