Finding the right person to take on a leadership position at a charity or social impact organisation is hard. Carnelian Search is a small, focused and mission-driven team dedicated to getting this important job right.
We focus on the appointment of board members, CEOs and their direct reports.
We take on only a handful of projects at a time, so we can give you the deeply personalised search process that is right for you. Our work is about people, not just processes. So we treat each client and every project individually. We take the time to properly understand your team, to ensure we find someone with just the right skills and experience to meet your needs.
If you have never used an executive search company before, we know just how to support you through our tried and tested method. And even if you’ve done this dozens of times, you’ll find Carnelian Search’s bespoke and thorough approach helps us fill even the most challenging position.
Carnelian Search worked with the board of Langham Partnership in their search for a new International Director. It was a privilege to work with this inspiring and mission-minded group of people.
Without the expert help of Carnelian Search and Allan Beckett in particular, we at Langham Partnership would not have found our new International Director, Tayo Arikawe... From the very beginning of the process our Search Committee was supported and guided through the process at every step... There is nothing I would change about the way that the search unfolded through each stage and I wholeheartedly recommend Carnelian Search to other organisations in a similar situation.Find out more
We particularly enjoy developing strong partnerships with clients, listening well, conducting deep research, digging out the very best candidates, and crafting a bespoke approach to each search. We don't apply a one-size-fits-all formula because, when it comes to the more senior and challenging appointments, that will never find you the best candidate.
This is what you can expect when partnering with us for your next executive search:
We normally spend at least two months researching each position we are working on. This is longer than most companies but we find it is the best way to turn up the best candidates.
Excellent executive search requires deep thought, careful and creative planning, a rigorous attention to detail, much listening and considerable hard-work. We believe strongly in in-depth interviews with candidates. We are not willing to compromise in any of these areas.
We only take on projects for charities and other mission-focused organisations, which means we have a focus and expertise in your field. You can trust us to know what is unique about recruitment in this sector and where to look to find the best people.
People are not cogs in a machine and search cannot be a box-ticking process. We love to be imaginative and go beyond the obvious solutions when conducting a search.
We conduct searches for charities because we believe in what they do. You are not simply a client to us, but someone we are excited to partner with because we share your passion to make a difference. Fundamentally, we are mission-driven.
The way we work is different, because it is built on different values. Here’s what is important to us:
We aim for a highly-relational approach. We spend plenty of time with clients and candidates to get to know you well, so we can work together to make the best appointment. Good process is important, but candidates and clients are people, which makes recruitment primarily about relationship.
Excellent search requires imagination and commitment. Our team is full of smart and dedicated people who believe in thorough, careful research. We get results because we put in the painstaking hours on each project.
Executive search is not about outsourcing but collaboration. We want to become partners with you, working as one team all pulling towards the same goal.
Good leaders don’t only have the right skills, but also the right heart. We look for character as well as competence in every search. And we hold ourselves to that same high standard to ensure we earn your trust too.
We have had the privilege of finding outstanding senior leaders for dozens of organisations with a social or charitable cause.
Here are some stories of successful searches from the last 12 months:
The International Director of Langham Partnership is the most senior executive in the organisation. The role involves overseeing and coordinating Langham’s work globally. It was essential for us to find a leader who was highly skilled in building cross-cultural relationships, coordinating and leading change in a global and matrixed organisation.
Kingdom Bank is a Christian bank, aiming to use money for good. When we first started talking to Kingdom Bank, the organisation was facing a significant and exciting time of transition. The new owners had ambitious growth plans and the existing Chief Executive was due to retire in the coming months. We were excited to be invited by the Board to work with them to identify the new Chief Executive.
We have much more on how Carnelian Search was able to help charities like yours.Read the insights