Senior Executive Search

Eastside Primetimers offers specialist executive search and recruitment services for charities and other not-for-profit organisations. With a substantial record of appointing to leadership roles on a permanent basis for a wide variety of social sector organisations, and as a social sector organisation ourselves, we have a genuine understanding of the not for profit sector and of the staffing issues you face.

We have been helping organisations find solutions to their recruitment needs, resourcing issues and skill gaps for many years, using our in-depth knowledge of the sector and our extensive networks to help leaders transform their fortunes and the lives of their beneficiaries.

Why work with Eastside Primetimers?

  • We are charity sector specialists and work exclusively within the not-for-profit sector
  • We are knowledgeable and experienced with a strong track record of success built up over hundreds of permanent, interim, consultancy and board recruitment assignments over the last 15 years
  • We have an extensive network of senior level talent which we continually nurture and grow
  • Our approach is fully inclusive, reaching a diverse range of potential candidates and searches can be tailored to under-represented groups
  • We are creative and determined, which is the exact combination of skills that is needed. We undertake a fresh desk approach with every assignment, whilst also leveraging our extensive networks and the knowledge of our highly regarded expert consultants
  • We offer support and feedback to candidates throughout the recruitment process so that they also receive an excellent service

Diversity and our approach  

We ensure that our approach is fully inclusive and reaches a diverse range of potential candidates. We use Applied’s Job Description Analysis Tool, which is focused on improving the inclusivity and conversion rates of the job description/spec such that a richly diverse set of candidates apply (or are not turned away as a result of reading the description).

We are proud to support the Show the Salary campaign and have signed the pledge to show the salary in role advertisements. Research shows that by advertising the salary for a role it helps improve application rates from people from under-represented groups as increasing the salary rate they are offered for a role, which will support closing the salary gap.

Our executive search approach includes a targeted search campaign utilising multiple networks as well as a mix of social media and job board advertising.  We have found this method to reach a far more diverse pool of candidates that advertising alone would do and have had great results recruiting candidates from under-represented groups using these methods.

Our Team 

Bernice Rook, our Director of Recruitment and Membership, heads up our recruitment service. Bernice specialises in the human side of organisations and has a wealth of recruitment, search and selection experience.  She advises on staffing and resourcing issues, board appointments and permanent and interim recruitment.  Having gained a master’s degree in Occupational Psychology, Bernice has helped all kinds of businesses to identify gaps and weaknesses in their executive teams and used her extensive experience of leadership resourcing and recruitment to source and secure the right candidates for them.

Paul Venning is our lead consultant.  He has an impressive track record and wealth of experience in executive search and human resources consultancy. His primary focus has been on recruitment, retention, organisational design, benchmarking and development of key talent.

Paul and Bernice may be assisted by our in-house research team or other experienced recruitment consultants depending on the requirements of the role.

How can we help you?

For more information or to discuss your resourcing needs or recruitment options, contact Bernice on 07973141178 or at bernice@ep-uk.org.

 

Bowel Research UK“Following the merger of Bowel & Cancer Research and the Bowel Disease Research Foundation we needed to appoint a Chief Executive to the new organisation. There was a great deal of complexity within our organisations with which Eastside Primetimers were always helpful and patient. They came up with an excellent list of potential candidates from which we eventually appointed one. We are tremendously grateful to them” Paul Reynolds, Chair
Bowel Research UK“After Bowel Cancer & Research and the Bowel Disease Research Foundation merged, we were looking for a new CEO with empathy for both organisations, but also the drive to make the merger successful. The insights we received from Eastside Primetimers consultant Julia Perry about our candidates were very useful. We thank her for going above and beyond, particularly taking the time to talk through the candidate profiles with our various stakeholders” Paul Reynolds, Chair
Brook“Bernice was a fantastic support when we were recruiting our new Head of Fundraising. She took the time to really understand the role and how it would fit in with the organisation and as result we were presented with an excellent selection of quality candidates. Bernice was supportive throughout the whole recruitment process and I would highly recommend her services to other organisations.” Jo Oxlade, Director of Business Development
NOAH Enterprise“Eastside Primetimers and their consultant Paul Venning helped us to appoint two staff to our senior management team. Paul took the time to thoroughly understand our organisation, and also got to know each candidate well. EP’s consultant Julia Perry then carried out psychometric testing for shortlisted candidates for two senior roles. Having these detailed reports challenged the panel’s gut instincts about candidates, which made the process more inclusive, and gave us a deep understanding of each person. I would thoroughly recommend this service to any organisation wishing to gain deeper insight into individuals or groups of people” David Morris, Chief Executive Officer
Malvern Special Families (MSF)“Following a period of successful growth, MSF were faced with the challenge of replacing a highly experienced, long-standing CEO who relocated away from Malvern for family reasons. We asked Eastside Primetimers to take on a difficult recruitment brief to find a first class leader with strong strategic, operational and financial management experience, experience of working with children and families and/or people with disabilities, and a proven track record in fundraising. Not only did their specialist consultant Paul Venning find a great and varied shortlist, he also worked closely with two of our Trustees every step of the way, including accompanying them at shortlist candidates interviews in Malvern and onboarding the successful Chief Executive candidate” Gareth Jones, CEO
Gambling with Lives“Eastside Primetimers and their consultant Paul Venning helped Gambling with Lives to find and appoint a Head of External Affairs to our senior management team. They made sure they thoroughly understood our challenges, our strategic direction and the nuances of this role, and then produced a high-quality shortlist of candidates which allowed us to appoint an exceptional candidate who is the perfect fit for the charity and the role. I would thoroughly recommend Eastside Primetimers’ recruitment service to any organisation wishing to hire great candidates with the right skills and relevant experience” Will Prochaska, CEO

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