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Introducing Carnelian Search

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.

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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.
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Jill McGilvray - Chair, International Council, Langham Partnership Jill McGilvray - Chair, International Council, Langham Partnership
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1. Our Approach

Your charity is unique, and so should be your recruitment. We don’t apply a one-size-fits-all formula because, when it comes to the most challenging and senior recruitment needs, that will never find the best person. Carnelian Search spends time to come alongside you and your organisation to truly understand what it is you are looking for and to craft a bespoke search strategy.

This is what you can expect when partnering with us for your next executive search:

  • Thorough research

    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.

  • No compromises

    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.

  • Expertise

    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.

  • Creativity

    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.

  • Shared vocation

    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.

2. Our Values

The way we work is different, because it is built on different values. Here’s what is important to us:

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3. Insights

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:

We have much more on how Carnelian Search was able to help charities like yours.

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4. Our Team

Carnelian Search is nothing without the team of people behind it.

Allan Beckett

Allan Beckett

Founder & Director

Allan is the founder of Carnelian Search. He started his career in executive search at Lygon Group, helping some of the UK’s largest businesses to appoint C-suite executives and Non-Executive Directors. After working in the charity sector, he set up Carnelian with the goal of serving organisations that have a strong charitable or social purpose. He has led on CEO, trustee, and Director-level appointments for a wide range of clients. He has a master’s degree in Physics and Philosophy from the University of Oxford.

Jonathan Payne

Jonathan Payne

Associate Consultant

Jonathan was previously at the executive search firm Perrett Laver, where he was part of a growing practice serving schools and other educational organisations. Whilst there, Jonathan led the research for the appointments of Headteachers, Chief Operating Officers and other senior leaders for HMC schools in and outside the UK. He joined the Carnelian team in 2019. He holds a BA in English Language and Literature from the University of Oxford.

Alice Maclean

Alice Maclean

Consultant

Alice is passionate about supporting individuals and organisations to realise their full potential. It is this passion that drew her into recruitment straight out of University. Initially Alice worked on graduate level appointments with Mayfair based firm, RMS Recruitment, before later moving into Executive Search with Forrester Partners. Alice joined Macaulay Search in 2011 as a Research Consultant where she worked on Director and Board Level appointments for a variety of charities. She joined the Carnelian team in 2019. Alice read Theology at Durham University and is a qualified Executive Coach.

Siobhan Breslin

Siobhan Breslin

Executive Assistant

Siobhan joined Carnelian part-time in 2018 to assist with administration. In 2019 she completed her second degree, in Psychology, having obtained her first degree in Business Studies from Nottingham Trent University. She enjoyed a career in corporate benefits before becoming a mother to her three children. Today, she also practices as a mental health counsellor.

Andrew Stockbridge

Andrew Stockbridge

Consultant

Andrew was previously CEO of the Christian charity Toybox and Interim CEO of Spurgeons theological college. He has also held senior roles in Scripture Union, YMCA and the Baptist Missionary Society, and has been Board Chairman and Trustee of various charities. Over the last 8 years he has helped with many executive appointments. He joined the Carnelian team in 2018.

5. Get in Touch

Relationship is at the heart of what we do as Carnelian Search. Every search we carry out begins with an open conversation about your organisation and what it is looking for. Let’s arrange to talk today:

email:
info@carneliansearch.com

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