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AAW Search

Executive Search

Our experience of Executive Search is informed by a deep and rich understanding of current operational and strategic issues confronting charities both in the UK and globally.

Then we work with our clients in close partnership to understand their organisation, its strategy, plans and long-term goals, governance and leadership, and culture.

Our Executive Search campaign management includes targeted candidate searches using our extensive networks and search team, alongside bespoke assessment processes.

We can also offer clients a straightforward and efficient virtual search campaign, if necessary or preferred. We have successfully recruited several leadership campaigns entirely remotely over the last year, with overwhelmingly positive feedback from clients and candidates.

We manage the whole search and appointment campaign as the sole search agency. The fee for our service is retained and split into thirds, payable at engagement of services, shortlist, and on appointment of the successful candidate.

AAW Search found us the ideal candidate and a robust field of other great candidates. They understood what we needed, both in general and specifically for us, and found many candidates to suit. Indeed, we even had longlist candidates who would have been worth interviewing if the field had not been so good. All was very easy, enjoyable and fruitful.

James Yeates, CEO | Cats Protection

Our Clients

A selection of recently recruited roles

ActionAid Ireland, CEO

Alzheimer’s Society, Director of Fundraising

Amnesty International, Finance Director

Blue Cross, Group Head of Marketing & Comms

BRAC UK, Deputy CEO & Director of Partnerships

British Asian Trust, Director of Fundraising & Marketing

Centrepoint, Director of Fundraising

Christian Aid, Director of Fundraising & Supporter Engagement

Cruelty Free International, Director of Audience Development & Fundraising

Freshwater Biological Association, Executive Director

Global Fund for Forgotten People, Chief Financial Officer

Leonard Cheshire Disability, Executive Director of Fundraising and Marketing

MAG (Mines Advisory Group), Director of Fundraising

Mencap, Deputy Fundraising Director, Engagement

Marie Curie, Director of Fundraising


Poppy Factory, Director of Fundraising

Prostate Cancer UK, Associate Director of Fundraising

Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People, Director of Supporter Relations  

Royal Airforce Benevolent Fund, Director of Fundraising and Communications

RSPCA, Director of Communications, Marketing and Fundraising

Samaritans, Director of Income

SeeAbility, Head of Fundraising

St Barnabas Hospices, Director of Income Generation & Marketing

University of Bristol, Head of Major Gifts

Walking for the Wounded, Director of Fundraising & Communications

WWF, Director Individual Marketing & Legacies

Young Epilepsy, Director of Fundraising & Communications

For more details about AAW Search Executive Search