People Shape

Shakila Akhtar

About Shakila

Shakila joined Hedley May as a generalist in support of our Corporate, Financial Services, and Professional Services clients across a range of Board and executive-level roles. She has facilitated several successful senior leadership appointments and is dedicated to providing an excellent client and candidate experience.

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Prior to joining Hedley May, Shakila’s experience was focused mainly on working with Consulting, Professional Services and Legal clients across EMEA, the Americas and APAC. She has experience working with large global organisations such as the Big 4 and MBB as well as more boutique firms and private equity backed organisations. Shakila was previously in-house within a boutique strategy consulting firm. She is passionate about socio economic diversity and furthering Hedley May’s impact in this area.

Outside of work Shakila is anavid reader and enjoys travelling and long walks on the beach.

Shakila holds a BA in Jurisprudence from the University of Oxford.


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.