Best Non-Executive Search Consultancy – UK awarded by CV Magazine.

Best Non-Executive Search Consultancy – UK awarded by CV Magazine.

Established in 2003, The Orcid Partnership is a boutique board-level search firm. CV Magazine profiled the company and spoke to Judy Atchison and Sue Tyrer to try and find out why the firm is so successful.

Differentiated by its partner-led, passionately client focused and committed approach, The Orcid Partnership adds value through bringing insight and delivering fresh, diverse candidate choices and successful outcomes for their clients. Judy and Sue gave us an outline of the work the firm does and how Partners deal with clients, finding the best approaches and solutions to meet their particular needs. “We work on a retained basis, in partnership with our clients to identify, engage, assess, appoint and develop, outstanding business leaders who fit culturally and deliver commercially. We advise global multi-nationals, SMEs, private and listed companies in the consumer, retail, B2B and service sectors on a broad range of executive and non-executive (NED) leadership positions.”

All contact with potential candidates is handled by the Partners from start to finish, guaranteeing a high level of dialogue and engagement that may not always be found elsewhere, as Judy explains: “At the Orcid Partnership, our successful Board practice which Sue and I lead focuses on Chair and NED appointments. We have both worked in this area for over 20 years and have recruited Chairs and NEDs for listed, private, family and mutual organizations, as well as sitting on numerous Boards ourselves. We offer a bespoke partner-driven approach, working with boards across a range of issues associated with board balance, succession planning, diversity, assessment and development. “We recognise that Board members are shaping the future in a rapidly changing world and pride ourselves in identifying and assessing those Chairs and NEDs that are contemporary and able to support leaders in the digital age. We do not rely solely on past experience/track record but interrogate carefully a candidate’s ability to perform in new and fast-changing markets and environments. We pride ourselves on uncovering ‘hidden talent’ and the ability to attract

We pride ourselves on uncovering ‘hidden talent’ and the ability to attract first-class individuals through representing the client’s brief in a compelling and informed manner. This combined with our reputation for honesty and integrity enables us to deliver high calibre, diverse candidate choice. This we believe is the overriding reason that our clients retain and recommend The Orcid Partnership, with virtually all our business coming through personal referral.” The Board Practice has a strong Northern focus, and no other search firm in the region offers the strength and depth of knowledge of Orcid’s team. In terms of location, it combines strong national and international networks with exceptional local knowledge leading to a richer candidate pool. Sue outlines the firm’s approach and details what helps the company distinguish itself from its competitors: “Almost all our work comes via recommendation. We achieve outstanding results with an industry-leading track record in terms of successful placement. We are committed to delivering a broad and diverse shortlist of candidates; original research on every appointment avoids recycling the usual suspects. Uniquely, our partners handle all aspects of every appointment.”  “One of the key differences between

“One of the key differences between Orcid and the rest of the industry is that all aspects of each assignment are personally handled by the Orcid Partners. We tend to work on fewer assignments than would be the case in a typical search firm, and this means  we can invest more time delivering successful outcomes for each and every client we partner with. Whilst our industry is called ‘search’, we believe that where we really make a difference and add value is when we help our clients to engage the right individual to support their strategic challenges – we support, up to the final appointment and beyond.” As one of the co-founders of The

As one of the co-founders of The Orcid Partnership, Judy outlines a little about the Orcid values and culture: “An open, client-focused and collaborative working environment is integral to a successful business; everyone contributes ideas to ensure we continue to innovate and stay at the leading edge of changes in our sector. The business model and reward structure motivate Partners to invest more time on every project and to focus on doing the best for our clients.” “Internally we have adopted an innovative business model, reward structure and award-winning financial platform,  which frees Partners from the usual bureaucratic and targeted constraints of search, and supports them to be totally focused on delivering great work. We are also adopting a platform for digital client collaboration and investigating how to integrate additional new technology in a way which streamlines processes and adds value, while continuing to enhance the client-focussed, relationship-led, and high-trust approach which is a key part of our DNA.” “Moving forward, our aspiration for the future is that The Orcid Partnership is recognised as a vibrant, committed team delivering outstanding results for our clients. We are moving towards this by creating best practice processes, tools and services, and an environment and reward structure which gives outstanding search Partners the support, inspiration and freedom to succeed.”

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Contact: Judy Atchison
Address: 49 Jamaica Street,
Liverpool, L1 OAH, UK
Phone: (0) 845 8055958