People Shape

Karen Frizzell

About Karen

Karen joined Hedley May in 2017 to build a market-leading and future-focused HR practice operating across Europe, the US and Asia. Her mission was clear: to find transformative HR leaders with exceptional skill sets who could outperform the economy of today and meet the demands of tomorrow.  And this is exactly what she’s achieved in the years since.

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Karen is widely recognised for her unmatched experience of identifying outstanding Chief HR Officers – and their direct reports across the HRBP and key centres of excellence – spanning financial services, corporates and professional services. This includes ‘New World’ areas such as HR Transformation/People Analytics, Employee Experience and DEI.

Solving the puzzle of complex placements for the uncharted territory of tomorrow’s workplace is what motivates Karen. She relishes this challenge and is always ready to lead clients when the path forward may not be obvious.  She is commended by those clients for her deep knowledge, creativity, tenacity, trust and fierce commitment to finding the best talent.

Having graduated from Aberdeen University with an MA in Psychology, Karen’s early career was in HR, where she gained formative experiences.  She both led and established HR practices in the search industry, prior to joining Hedley May.  Karen has a deep interest in both behavioural and humanistic psychology and applies these perspectives in her search and assessment work.

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.