People Shape

Nick Hedley

About Nick

Nick co-founded Hedley May in 2009, driven by a belief that executive search firms could deliver so much more value to clients, candidates and ultimately society at large.

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A trained lawyer, Nick is an expert on the roles of General Counsel, Company Secretary, Chief Compliance Officer, Chief Risk Officer and Head of Internal Audit.  As part of this he is an acknowledged expert on the impact of culture and governance on the long-term sustainability of an organization.

He is regularly invited by clients and industry bodies to speak at roundtables, seminars and conferences, offering insights into functional leaders’ dual responsibility for managing risk and executing business strategy in the context of governance, culture and leadership. His keynote speeches often focus on developing the pipeline of future talent and what makes a functional leader truly successful.

Nick’s chief motivation is to enable others to fulfil their potential and derive a sense of purpose from their work. He brings this approach to his clients, his candidates, his team, and with the wider community, championing social mobility and mentoring disadvantaged young people. He is a standing judge for the UK Social Mobility Awards.

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.