Identifying the highest performing Senior Leaders across the charity sector


A competitive labour market is proving challenging for charities, due to a lack of the right skilled talent, while trying to meet the demands of an ever-ageing population and ongoing increase in the cost of living. For almost two decades, we have built up a wealth of recruitment and retention knowledge and experience across the charity sector. This has enabled us to identify, engage and attract the highest calibre talent to our clients’ organisations, ensuring charities maintain and improve their financial position and social purpose.

How we can help you find the right candidate

At Berwick Partners, our executive search consultants are experienced at meeting these challenges. We know that no two organisations are the same, so we take time to understand the uniqueness of your challenges, strategy and talent needs. We have access to a global network of senior talent from the private, public, and not-for-profit sectors, which ensures we can identify potential candidates looking for a new a role that requires the talent and experience you are looking for.

Organisations we partner with
  • Animals Asia
  • Autism Together
  • Cancer Research UK
  • CoachBright
  • CPRE – the Countryside Charity
  • David Nott Foundation
  • Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance Charity
  • Everyturn
  • Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity
  • Mercy Ships
Roles we assist with
  • Chief Executives
  • COOs
  • Directors of Fundraising
  • Associate Director of Philanthropy & Partnerships
  • Directors of Finance & Resources
  • Directors of People
  • Directors of Marketing & Communications
  • Directors of Clinical and Service Development
  • Directors of Nursing
  • Director of Services

Making I&D a reality

We partner with our clients to help define their leadership diversity challenges and develop appropriate recruitment solutions across both our process and theirs. We are passionate about the significant role we play in enabling and delivery diversity, and pride ourselves on doing so in an authentic way.


I wanted to take this opportunity of thanking you for the most professional and efficient way in which you have handled this appointment for us. You laid everything out for us from the start of the process and when we reached the shortlist your supporting advice was given in a most positive and helpful format. We greatly appreciated your assessment going through the process and we have obtained a highly suitable person to lead the Hospice in the Clinical Services. Hopefully, we won’t be looking to replace any of our Senior Team for a while but it would be my wish that the Hospice should use Berwick Partners for any future appointments. I would also be more than happy to recommend Berwick Partners to any of our colleagues around the Region.

Chair of Trustees, Prince of Wales Hospice

I highly recommend the service offered by Sandra and her team from my experience of working with Berwick Partners as both a recruiting manager and as a candidate. As a candidate, I felt well-briefed, supported and clear on what was happening – the process felt slick and well-managed and reflected well on the recruiting organisation. I have subsequently turned to Berwick Partners to support my searches for two executive roles. Each time Sandra has delivered a seamless service, bringing a range of high calibre candidates to choose from, all meeting the brief. I am very grateful for the two fantastic people she has found for my team.

Emily Carter – CEO, Royal Trinity Hospice

Berwick Partners worked with Hospice UK in our search for a new CEO.  Sandra and her colleagues were helpful, supportive and entirely professional throughout the process: from refining the Job Description and Person Specification, through longlisting and shortlisting and in the final selection element of the process.  There were some difficult decisions and issues along the way and I was personally very grateful to Sandra for her wisdom, experience, advice and support.   I would be very happy to recommend Berwick Partners to any organisation in our sector.

Paul Jennings - Chair, Hospice UK

Working with Sandra and the team was a really positive experience. They were hugely professional and delivered the brief to a high standard and within the plan we agreed at the outset. We were regularly kept up to date and didn’t have to chase anything. Her support was greatly appreciated from building the brief to finalising the appointment.

Chief Corporate Services & People Officer, Community Integrated Care

When the former CEO of the Smallpeice Trust resigned earlier this year after 10 years in post, the Trust faced the challenge of finding an appropriate successor. The post is a complicated mix of requirements needing a range of skills. From start to finish, Will provided us with a very competent and professional service. He interviewed key Trustees and the Chair of the Trust at length and teased out the details of the role. He drafted the job specification and checked this with us, always providing good insight into the optimum approach. The response to the search and advertising was impressive. We had some 125 applications. He screened these for us developing a long list of 14 candidates for our consideration. He talked through the candidates with the Trustees responsible for the recruitment and narrowed down to 12 whom he interviewed. This took us to a short list, and together we agreed the 5 we should interview. One pulled out the day before the interview, but the remaining 4 were outstanding. The interview panel all agreed that any of these final 4 would be excellent for the job. We unanimously chose our preferred candidate who starts in January. The Trust very appreciative of Will’s hard work and commitment.

Chairman, Smallpeice Trust

Berwick Partners have done an excellent job supporting The Goldsmiths’ Company with recruiting for our Director of Operations vacancy earlier this year and our Clerk and Chief Executive Officer vacancy this summer. Will Pringle and his team provided valuable and sensible recruitment advice, delivered a professional and efficient service to us and prospective candidates, and really “got” the commission. Berwick Partners have also helped us attract a wide range of talented and diverse applicants, which has led to the appointment of two women senior leaders, including our first-ever female CEO in the Company’s history. I highly recommend Berwick Partners to potential customers seeking an executive search firm that delivers excellent results.

Head of HR, The Goldsmiths’ Company

It was a pleasure working with Will and his team in the recruitment for the position of Director of The Tank Museum.  In all we had 120 applicants with an excellent long list and extremely competitive shortlist from which we were able to select a candidate who was an excellent fit for our organisation.  We were well briefed at each stage of the recruitment and benefitted from Will’s knowledge and experience of the market, the potential candidates and the best way to position the Museum.

Director, The Tank Museum

We recently worked with Will Pringle on a role that we had struggled to gain an external perspective on the candidate market for previously, and had been through a couple of unsuccessful attempts at recruiting. Will was recommended and from the start gave us confidence that there were candidates out there and was knowledgeable about the type of candidates and sectors that he would approach. The longlist and shortlist process was super-efficient and professional and out of a strong shortlist with true variety and diversity we selected a fantastic candidate. The whole process was stress free from a client perspective and I have no doubt we will partner with Berwick Partners and Will again. Thank you!

Group People Director, Devonshire Group

Will is brilliant to work with. He takes time to really understand the brief, the role and the organisation then searches far and wide to find the right candidates. For both of the senior roles I was recruiting we were presented with a strong shortlist and were delighted to appoint high performing candidates for both. I would highly recommend working with Will and would not hesitate to call him again if I have senior roles to recruit.

Leeds Castle Foundation

This was a brilliantly conducted search and Will Pringle was an exemplary lead. The pool which he delivered at long list and short list was very compelling and the support from his team in arranging interviews and compiling CVs was first rate. I felt that he had as innate “feel” for the leisure and tourism market and what we were after. We are hugely satisfied with our new CEO!

Watercress Line Heritage Railway Trust