Executive Search

In addition to our excellent contingency service, we also offer Inspired Search – the bespoke executive search facility for headhunt assignments.

This is the perfect solution for companies wanting a full view of the market to gain an exact fit for the role. We advise this approach for senior level hires, where hiring the right person into the role is going to add value to the company revenue, productivity and staff performance.

With an extensive network, first-class recruitment technology, up-to-date market intelligence and fully trained consultants, Inspired Search is ideally placed to manage your recruitment needs when you are looking for experienced executive-level talent whether you are looking to bring in skills from other industries or further publishing expertise.


Our Methodology

The process starts with you and Inspired Search will take the time from the outset to fully understand what you need from the process and your new hire. From here, we do the hard work for you, managing each step of the process and leaving you time to focus on your job but each step will be centered around your needs both from the new hire and in terms of timescales.  

Inspired Search will start by mapping the market to identify companies and people as sources for the most likely fit. This stage is defined by your requirements and our own market intelligence, allowing you to view the range of exact and related matches. From there we will do our due diligence and present a long list to you.

The next stage involves confidentially approaching the right people who will help you build your business. Our service is conducted in strict confidence and all contact with senior executives is made directly.

Through in-depth interviews and evaluation, we will identify the candidates who can bring the experience, knowledge and innovation relevant to your organisation and present to you a well-qualified shortlist.

Inspired Search will then arrange all interview procedures, making sure that the interviews fit around your schedule. We will collate feedback from candidates so that you can be informed of their attitudes towards the role at each stage.

Once you have selected the candidate whom you feel will help move your organisation in the right direction, we will confirm all job offers and will ensure a smooth transition when your selected candidate resigns to take up your offer.


With a successful track record of helping our clients to build their businesses for the future, you can be confident that Inspired Search will provide you with an excellent choice of candidates.

Contact Abigail Barclay directly today to discuss your executive search requirements in complete confidence.

Abigail Barclay – Search Director


0203 668 6727



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.

MICHAEL BREWER, Non Executive Chair, Boydell & Brewer


I would thoroughly recommend Inspired Search/ Abigail Barclay to anyone looking for a thorough, professional and effective recruitment service. Abigail took a brief and produced a detailed talent map across the industry within 4 weeks. She handled the interviews with searching, targeted questions really pushing candidates to explore their skills and experience. The shortlisting process produced 6 potential candidates all of whom were well-equipped to fill the role. This was no mean feat and the great thing was I knew she had looked in even the less obvious places so I was sure I wasn’t missing any hidden talent. The whole process took less than 3 months to appoint a senior executive role without absorbing a huge amount of my time as Abigail had done all the ground work. Finding the right person is hugely important and I know we’ve got the very best candidate in place.

Huge thanks for a job well done – I’d certainly recommend this headhunting service to anyone in the industry.

Alison Goff, CEO Octopus Publishing, Hachette


This was a key senior appointment, and Abigail searched for and selected an impressive range of candidates. She was good at capturing their backgrounds, and finding the fit for us…The fact that it was quite hard to select the final candidate was testament to the quality of people she had put forward. There was a strong final shortlist, and I am very happy with the appointment we have made.

OLIVER GADSBY, Chief Executive, Rowman & Littlefield International


Abigail at Inspired Selection was brilliant throughout my job hunting period. She assessed my skills well in the initial interview and assisted me with my interview preparation which definitely helped me land my dream job! Her communication and feedback was excellent too during the process. Her manner was professional with friendly guided encouragement, which allowed the process to run smoothly. Highly recommended.

Tom Featherstone, Operations Director, UK Ingram Lightning Source UK Ltd


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.

JONATHAN GRIFFIN, Head of Product Development, IFIS