My Career Journey at Berwick Partners – By Sandra Hamovic
I joined Berwick Partners in June 2016 as Principal Consultant within the Not-for-Profit Practice. I’d spent the previous 15 years specialising in charity sector recruitment, so was brought on board to develop the health and social care charity market for the business. Within that I was given the opportunity to establish myself as the market leader for senior leadership roles in the hospice sector. I have worked with the most high-profile hospices including Royal Trinity (the oldest hospice in the country), Acorns (the biggest children’s hospice in the UK) and ultimately the membership organisation, Hospice UK, recruiting its CEO.
When I joined, I initiated an annual dinner for hospice CEOs. Since I started six years ago, it has grown to become a key event in the hospice CEO event calendar. Last year’s event replaced Hospice UK’s own conference dinner, and the CEO of Hospice UK attended as our guest of honour.
Outside of the hospice sector, I have worked with organisations such as Great Ormond Street Hospital Charity, Royal Marsden Cancer Charity and National Childbirth Trust (NCT).
I was lucky enough to be part of the 2019 cohort on the Principal Development Programme, which was an incredible opportunity for growth and one of the most defining moments of my time at Berwick Partners. The business was committed to helping me develop; I was grateful for the opportunity to experience a year-long course, which included off-site sessions and an independent coach, as well as 360-degree feedback from colleagues, clients and candidates. It was entirely transformational and enabled me to challenge myself in areas I was less confident.
I benefited greatly from the course and was promoted to Associate Partner in June 2022, and Partner in December 2022.