Executive Search

executive search

Eastside Primetimers offers specialist executive search and permanent 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 bring our informed insight to each organisation we work with, using our in-depth knowledge of the sector, our deep experience of skills fit and how to explore potential, and our extensive networks to help leaders transform their organisations and the lives of their beneficiaries.

Diversity and our approach to executive search

We work to 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 and job adverts, such that a richly diverse set of candidates are encouraged to apply.

Our executive search approach includes a targeted search campaign utilising multiple and varied networks, as well as a mix of media and job board advertising. We have found that these open recruitment methods can reach a far more diverse pool of candidates than advertising alone would do, and have had great results recruiting skilled candidates from under-represented groups using these methods. For every appointment, our service is underpinned by good planning, honest advice and proactive stakeholder engagement.

We are proud to support the Show the Salary campaign and have signed the pledge to show the salary in all our role advertisements with clients. We hope that by doing this we can support the movement to make the sector a fairer and more equitable place to work in.

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
Waterwise“We were thrilled with Bernice’s work and advice. She was as excited as us to use the Be Applied ‘blind’ hiring platform to help debias our Board member recruitment and she just totally understood both our organisation and our needs, as well as being a fantastic source of advice on best practice as we went through the process, including the interview.” Nicci Russell, Managing Director
DofE“What I really liked about your approach it is that it wasn’t one size fit all. I really liked the idea you could pull together a project team that was bespoke to our requirements. Nobody else was offering that. Your model allowed you to have a lot of flexibility about the different expertise you brought to the project and meant the in-house team benefitted from working with experts in a really wide range of disciplines which was brilliant for their learning. I would thoroughly recommend this approach to others.” Ruth Marvel, CEO
Future Men“We were more than satisified with the service from Eastside and particularly to have some a strong interim candidate who was a real asset to the charity. We were delighted to have Jenny as Interim HR Director for Future Men and we benefitted from her expertise and professionalism.” Sean Mcfadden, 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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