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Sandra is a Partner in our Not for Profit Practice. She specialises in hospices and other health and social care charities recruiting across all functional areas and at Chief Executive level.

Some of Sandra’s recent placements include the Chief Executive at Royal Trinity Hospice, Chief Executive at Nightingale Hammerson, Chief Executive at Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance Charity and, Director of Marketing and Communications at GOSH Charity.

She has 22 years’ executive search experience, recruiting across a wide range of markets including the charity, education, cultural and heritage sectors.  Prior to joining Berwick Partners, Sandra spent 6 years with a specialist not-for-profit recruitment business where as Director she led on senior management recruitment as well as Trustee and Chair appointments. Sandra was previously the lead not-for-profit consultant for one of the leading executive search firms, recruiting at Chief Executive, Director and Head of level nationally. She is supported by her PA Claire Crawford.

I am highly professional, supportive and adaptable and personally committed to finding the very best talent for my clients. I enjoy spending time with candidates to ensure they secure the best role that aligns with their values.

Sandra holds a degree in Business Studies and French from the University of Surrey. She was born and brought up in Croatia and speaks three languages.

TESTIMONIALS

The support provided by Sandra and the team has been excellent throughout our recent search and recruitment for a new Chief Executive. Sandra provided appropriate levels of support, sound advice and a thoroughly professional service. We greatly valued her support, advice and management of the process, which meant that we were able to concentrate on the candidates. We are very pleased with the successful outcome and feel that we have located the right candidate.   

National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society, Chair of Trustees

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

Sandra and her Berwick colleagues helped us recruit a fantastic new CEO for leading care home – Nightingale Hammerson. A really smooth process, taking advantage of Sandra’s broad range of contacts across the sector as well as conventional channels. Sandra helped us effectively scope what we really wanted and was an able and insightful interviewer. Delighted with the process and the outcome.

Nightingale Hammerson

It was wonderful to work with Sandra on the recruitment of our new CEO at the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance. Sandra was incredibly informative throughout the whole process. She has delivered a fantastic appointment after a thorough and comprehensive search and handled the whole process with the upmost professionalism. I have no hesitation whatsoever in recommending Sandra and her team.

Julie Plowden, Deputy Chief Executive, Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance

It has been an absolute pleasure to work with Sandra and her colleagues at Berwick Partners in the search for, and appointment of, our new Chief Executive. Sandra’s knowledge of the the charitable sector is absolutely excellent and her team attracted a broad field of high calibre candidates. The team have been responsive and helpful throughout with support on refining our presentation of the role to ensure real interest. The whole process has been delivered with efficiency, thoughtfulness and care.

Paul Jennings, Chair, Hospice UK

Sandra supported me, and my new organisation, to my appointment as CEO. Sandra guided me through the process, engaging me early and effectively and keeping me “on the hook” when I had an offer from a different employer. But when it came to interviewing me on behalf of her client, she was thorough and incisive, such that I am confident in her commitment to find the best possible match for her client. I am confident to recommend Sandra to charities or other organisations which need support to fill senior positions.

Charles Hackett, Chief Executive, Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance

I came in to contact with Sandra through a recruitment process being undertaken by Berwick Partners for the position of CEO. In her capacity as Principal Consultant; Sandra was fabulous from start to finish, a true professional and a pleasure to communicate with. Sandra’s expertise and guidance were greatly appreciated and helped me enormously.

Ian Pearson, CEO, Galloway's Society for the Blind

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