Why Executive Search

With rigorous desk research and excellent knowledge of talent, we give you access to the full market - not just the active market - leading to the highest quality and most engaged hire. The sector-agnostic research allows us to diversify the talent pool and the research-led approach means that we can uncover talent from underrepresented communities, not ever relying on ‘first-to-mind’ talent. Once identified, individuals can be approached confidentially which is key for sensitive and many senior hires. 

Inspired Search has outstanding knowledge of the global publishing industry, its people and its trends and is the go-to service for leadership hiring in the market. 

Types of roles Covered

  • Directors / VPs / SVPs
  • Country / Regional Managers
  • Executives
  • C-Suite
  • Interim Consultancy
  • Non-Executive Directors

Key Features

  • Research-led methodology
  • Full market mapping
  • Sector-agnostic process
  • Global network
  • Confidential approaches
  • Thorough interviewing and competency scoring

When to do a Search

  • Senior level hire
  • Confidential nature
  • New Divisional leads / Directors
  • Succession Planning
  • Change Management leads / Interim Project Directors

The Process

The research-methodology of our executive search process ensures no stone is left unturned as we deliver a cross-sector map of organisations and talent before making confidential approaches. A fully managed service, we provide insight along the way as we introduce a diverse range of the best talent for leadership roles. 

The Research

Market mapping

The research does not limit itself to our own connections and databases, rather we leverage multiple data feeds to create a comprehensive market map. Through the utilisation of cutting-edge search technology and diverse data sets, we provide an informed and insightful talent map. Our research incorporates the following sources:

In setting out to find a new CEO the Boydell & Brewer Board knew it would need expert support and assistance. We gave Inspired Selection a stiff challenge and tight criteria to follow. From the start Abigail demonstrated detailed market knowledge and an efficiency that made it clear we were in safe hands. The process worked well and the guidance we received was invaluable. The Board made an appointment which met all the criteria and put us in a strong position for the future.

Boydell & Brewer
Non-Executive Chair

Abigail is an exceptional recruiter. Her positive and enthusiastic approach is engaging. But more than that, she has a very good grasp of her assignments and publishing generally. It has been a pleasure to work with someone who is both so personable and professional. I am happy to recommend her to candidates and employers alike.

Head of Product Development

The Inspired Selection team went above and beyond for us in securing our next China Country Manager. They took time to understand all our requirements and market needs as well as conducting an extensive market analysis. Due to the sensitive nature of the role we undertook a headhunting process without advertising and Inspired approached numerous candidates. When interviewed by us the candidates were extremely well briefed and had a range of skills, expertise levels and backgrounds which gave us a very diverse search. We secured our desired candidate and feedback from the candidate was the process was very well handled and smooth. This is the second time we’ve used inspired in the China market with excellent results both times and would not hesitate to recommend them.

Executive Director

Abigail has been absolutely a delight to work with.  Her expertise, professionalism and detail analysis of each candidate presented was outstanding.  Abigail went above and beyond with her time and efforts in building relationship with more than one contact with those involved with the recruitment.  We have been really impressed and I have worked with many exec recruiters and I can say Abigail has been one of the best.  Her personality and knowledge is an asset.

Human Resources Advisor

It was a real pleasure working with Abigail, who headhunted my successor as Managing Director of Gallic Books and Belgravia Books. It’s not easy to find someone to replace a founder and MD but Abigail’s research led to the best possible candidate.

Gallic Books
Former Managing Director

Abigail Barclay approached our search as a genuine collaboration, and embraced the chance to learn about the ambitions of each of the scholarly publishers involved in the UPG group, and then channelled her research into a wide ranging and astute cohort of candidates. She was transparent, creative, and communicative throughout the process, and has remained engaged in Simon Gwynn's success in the managing director role.

Princeton University Press

Therapeutic Guidelines Ltd engaged the services of Inspired Selection to fill a key executive position at the organisation. This new role was understood to be pivotal to future growth and success, but management believed the particular skills and experience needed were going to be difficult to find. It was encouraging that Inspired Selection took the time to fully understand the nuances of our organisation and why we were looking for a very particular candidate. This translated into exceptional long- and short-lists of candidates, and I believe we got the best person in Australia into the role as a result. I would highly recommend Inspired Selection—I intend to use them for all similar searches in future.

Therapeutic Guidelines Ltd
Permanent & Interim

Getting permanent and interim recruitment right is vital as your core team shapes your culture, represents your brand, and drives the success of your company.

Temporary Workers

Say goodbye to sleepless nights! Contact Inspired to learn about our Temps service. Inspired’s experienced publishing temps are hourly paid and ready at short notice!

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Executive Search

Our executive search division partners with clients for C-Suite and Director level roles, securing exceptional leadership for the future success of your company.