Expert Providers of
Executive Search and
Talent Management Services

Our highly creative, considered and consultative approach means that we succeed where others have been unsuccessful.
We help organisations to rethink their position, refine their requirements and refresh their candidate pool, reigniting excitement in the positions being recruited

Latest VacanciesContact

Our Services

Cadence Partners is built on experience, credibility and drive. We focus on new ways of working through client centric, data driven, tech-enabled delivery. We put our clients at the front and centre of what we do, each and every time. Click on our services to see how and what we do.


Executive Search

We design each search from scratch, with insightful contributions from a broad range of highly regarded sector experts. We are committed to engaging a diverse pool of candidates and are considered in our approach, building candidate pools beyond the usual suspects. We provide clear insight on each candidate in an accurate and meaningful way.


Interim Management

Our approach to interim mirrors the care and attention given to our retained Executive Search assignments. We provide our clients with incredible people, who have been screened and tested as they would for a permanent role. For candidates, we offer exceptional support, personalised to the individual on assignment and also in terms of supporting your ongoing career development.

People Solutions

People Solutions

An organisation’s biggest asset is your people, we work with you to get the best from them. We work as a trusted partner to deliver a wide range of HR solutions from the operational level of reviewing policies and processes, supporting with capability and conduct processes to strategic support to your board.


Leadership Development

We believe that leadership programmes need to build capability and resilience to navigate systemic barriers. We provide rigorous, outcome focused leadership development programmes. Our interventions are informed by data and evidence of what works. We use techniques that are participative and inclusive and are focused on building leaders for the future and beyond.

Diversity Consulting
and Insights

Diversity Consulting
and Insights

We produce high quality and insightful research that matters. our experienced team conducts social research based on a full range of quantitative, qualitative and “mixed methods” design.

How we do it

People are your biggest asset so identifying the right individuals and then developing them into high performing teams is critical to an organisations success. For individuals, finding a job we can love, that makes best use of our talents is one of life’s fundamental challenges.


We learn the song of each organisation we work with, we analyse it, intimately understanding the component parts. Our job is through our creativity and knowledge to deliver a perfect note.


We have a superior track record, we are lean and agile with a small core team and “extended family” of specialists (researchers, technical experts, psychologists, and innovators).

Own it

We take pride in what we do and how we do it. We work with rather than for others. This provides the basis for long term relationships.

Who we are

Cadence Partners is an agency with a difference, part executive search, part consultancy, all about social purpose. Our name is about rhythm, harmony and flow, so we never miss a beat and work in complete partnership with all our clients.

What we do

We work with people around the world who provide social value. We work across the entire Not for Profit sector, with health and social care organisations, higher education and the wider public sector. We also work with private sector organisations with a conscience.

What drives us

We are united around a shared passion to make a difference. Everyday we work collaboratively with great people to add value. We are driven to find new ways to solve old problems. We are intellectually curious and only take on assignments that are of value and where we can add value.

Meet the Team

With over a century of combined experience in executive recruitment, talent acquisition and diversity consulting, we are experts in our field, but beyond the core team, we work with a trusted network of Cadence Partners and associates, selected for their subject matter expertise and insights.

Our highly-experienced consultants and associates have career histories across the public, private and third sectors.

We believe in the power of diversity and believe that diversity drives creativity, enriches organisations, and spurs innovation. Finding people who share this commitment and are able and willing to think differently for our clients forms a key part of our own recruitment strategy.

Shani Newbold

Managing Partner

Shani is the founder and Managing Partner of Cadence Partners. She has over 20 years’ experience in executive search and talent management in the UK and US. She has delivered successful talent acquisition and diversity consulting assignments for not-for-profit, central and local government, and healthcare and other public- sector organisations. Shani personally leads all of our executive and Board recruitment assignments.
Shani was a founding member and principal of the public-sector search practice at Penna Executive Search. Later, as Head of Executive Search, she built and led the executive search business at another large diversity-focused executive recruitment business. Her experience has focused on recruiting senior executives within the public sector, as well as designing talent acquisition strategies and talent management programmes that drive better diversity outcomes.
Her assignments have included diversity consulting assignments for LB Camden and NHS Leadership Academy, as well as recently recruiting the CEO for Dogs Trust, 5 Trustees for RNIB and the Director of HR for the Behavioural Insights Team. She also led the recruitment of the PVC and Executive Dean of the Medicine and Health Sciences at Keele University, several board positions for Stroke Association, CFO, Chair and multiple Trustees for Leonard Cheshire and CEO and Director of People and Culture for the RSPCA.

Agnes Fletcher

Associate Partner - Diversity and Inclusion

Agnes is a leading expert in disability and the wider diversity agenda. She has led on research for government, Arsenal FC, and EHRC to name a few. Her strategic insight and approach have helped shape some amazing inclusive solutions in leadership development and search.

Rachael Yates

Business Support Manager

Rachael manages all back-office functions, including finance, GDPR, IT and HR. Before joining Cadence Partners in 2015, Rachael worked for the London Ambulance Service in various operational roles. She ultimately became a Clinical Lead and special programmes lead. She graduated from Brunel University with an MSc in Medical Anthropology.

Andy Wong

Board Adviser - Transformation and People Solutions

Andy has extensive experience in the successful design and delivery of business wide transformational change, IT & digital transformation, cultural change, talent management, organisational design and the mobilisation of organisations.

Amongst other accomplishments, he delivered the organisational design & governance for the set-up of the London 2012 Olympic Delivery Authority and as Director of HR & Recruitment he oversaw all talent acquisition – all of which culminated in the successful delivery of the 2012 Olympic Games.

He has extensive experience operating within senior interim Organisational Effectiveness, Transformation and Change roles and has experience working directly to CEOs, MDs and Exec Boards. He has designed and implemented holistic transformation frameworks to carry out organisational diagnostics and ‘fit for purpose’ reviews. He has led on organisation structure change, project delivery and the development of Employee Value Propositions.

In addition, Andy has developed and implemented an overall cultural change programme – ‘Good to Great’ – which is, to date, still regarded as one of the most innovative and effective cultural change programmes in the transport sector.

He is a qualified executive coach and brings insight and extensive experience in behavioural change management, culture change, employee engagement and communications to ensure successful implementation of transformation and change programmes.

Angela Goldberg

Assessment Associate

Angela is a versatile assessment and development specialist, with extensive experience across the private and public sectors and internationally (US, Far East, Africa and Europe). She is very diversity-confident with a strong understanding of unconscious bias. This enables her to work confidently with multiple stakeholders. She is an agile communicator. Her report-writing is pithy and accessible.

She is accredited to use a wide range of psychometric tools including WAVE, OPQ 32, Firo-B, Hogan Development Systems, Myers Briggs Type Indicator, Strengthscope, NEO P-IR, the Talent Q suite, the Leadership Judgement Indicator, the Decision-making & Self-regulation Assessor (DASA), Emotions & Behaviours at Work (EBW), a tool measuring Emotional Intelligence in leadership, ‘Engage’, which measures change-readiness, and ‘Implicitly’ which measures Unconscious Bias.

Angela is also adept at behavioural assessments using business simulations such as role plays and group activities, and she can operate across diverse assessment settings like recruitment, career management, and team-profiling.

Following her first degree, Angela successfully completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Careers Guidance, and an MSc in Strategic Learning and Development (Distinction). She holds Certificates of Competence in Occupational Testing (Levels A and B). Her assessment expertise is enhanced by the fact that she is a qualified executive coach (Institute of Leadership & Management).

Recent public sector clients include the Book Trust, UK Borderforce, Care Quality Commission, the Dogs Trust, Imperial College, the Stroke Association, Tower Hamlets Homes, and the RSPCA. Recent private sector clients include AXA, the BBC, Daikin South Africa, Drax, GlaxoSmithKline, John Lewis plc, Linklaters, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and National Farmers Union Mutual.

Andrei Racasan


Andrei is our new Consultant who specialises in executive search, social research and board advisory in the not-for-profit space.

Prior to joining Cadence Partners, Andrei led on numerous Chair, Trustee and NED search assignments for a variety of charities and socially focused organisations. Notable placements include the Chair of the British Science Association, 3 female Board Members for the Black Country Local Enterprise Partnership, 4 Trustees for The Air Ambulance Service and 3 Investment Directors for the Key Fund.

Andrei also led on and contributed to a number of research publications including 'Charities: Inclusive Governance 2018' – a report into the diversity of charity senior management teams and 'Inclusive Impact 2019' – a report examining the diversity of the social investment sector in the UK.

He is driven and motivated by the practicality of using evidence to make data-driven decisions and deliver tangible, effective and lasting change in response to the challenges our clients face.

Jim Hess

Christie Butterfield

Don’t just take our word for it…

You may have spotted the origami fish dotted around this website, we commissioned the paper sculpturist Sipho Mabona to create them for us, because we see origami as a metaphor for how we work. Given a piece of paper to fold, anyone can come up with something, but the most impressive outcomes require creativity, technical expertise and the ability to add value. This is Cadence.

We are leading the way in executive recruitment, talent acquisition and diversity consulting. We are brought together by a shared interest in social value and impact.

Here are just a few of our satisfied clients…

British Red Cross

Cadence have successfully placed a variety of board level executives at British Red Cross, including:

Executive Director of Finance, Planning and Resources
Executive Director, Communications & Engagement
Director, UK Service Development
Head of Data Management
Head of Event First Aid Ambulance Operations
Head of Health and Social Care
Head of Policy and Advocacy
Head of Quality and Outcome
Interim Chief Information Officer
Interim Director of Finance
Interim Director of People & Learning
Interim Head of Data Management
Interim Head of HR
Interim Head of Quality
Interim Operations Director - Scotland & Northern Ireland
UK Director of Innovation and Insight


Cadence have successfully placed a variety of board level executives at the RSPCA, including:

Chief Executive
Director of People and Culture
Interim Director of Field Operations
Interim Director of People and Culture
Delivery of a HR Assessment Centre

Freedom from Torture

Cadence have successfully placed a range of executives at Freedom from Torture, including:

Director of Fundraising and Communications
Director of Clinical Services
Head of Business Development
Director of People and Transformation
Interim Director of Clinical Services

Scout Association

Cadence have successfully placed an Interim Head of People and Culture at Scout Association

The European & Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership

Cadence have successfully placed two executives for EDCTP:

High Representative North
High Representative South


Cadence have successfully placed several board level executives at Movember, including:

Director of UK and Europe
Executive Director for Europe (contingent)
UK Financial Controller

Leonard Cheshire

Cadence has successfully placed a wide range of executives at Leonard Cheshire over the past 5 years, including:
5 Trustees
Chief Financial Officer
Clinical Lead
Director of Operations
Director, NI and Isle of Man
Future Choices Strategic Lead
Head of Learning & Development
Interim CFO
Interim Head of Learning and Development
Interim Head of Quality Improvement
Interim Head of Social Care Development
Interim People Director
NI Trustee
Leonard Cheshire International-Chair and Trustee
Managing Director of Social Care Development

Macmillan Cancer Support

Cadence have successfully placed a range of executives at Macmillan, including:

Director of Direct Services
Director of England
Director of Service Excellence and Support
Head of Services and Influencing Strategy
Interim Director of Direct Services


Cadence have successfully placed a wide range of executives for Camden, including:

Director of Corporate Strategy
Director of Finance
Aspiring Leaders Programme
BAME Development Programme

King Abdullah University of Science and Technology

Cadence have successfully placed a Head of Entrepreneurship at the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology

Dogs Trust


Cadence Partners have successfully placed a Chief Executive Officer at Dogs Trust


Cadence Partners have placed five Trustees at RNIB.

Home Office

Cadence Partners placed the Chair of the Technical Advisory Board at the Home Office

Stroke Association

Cadence Partners have placed a range of executives at Stroke Association, including:

Executive Director of Income Generation
Executive Director Strategy, Change & Impact
Executive Director, Finance & Resources
Interim Finance Director
Interim Finance Director

Highways England

Cadence Partners have placed two executives at Highways England:

Asset Development Divisional Director
Director of Communications

London Borough of Barnet

Cadence successfully placed an Interim Commercial Director at the London Borough of Barnet

Kings College Hospital Charity

Cadence successfully placed a Chief Executive and multiple Trustees at the Kings College Hospital Charity

Department of Health

Cadence successfully placed a Chief Scientific Officer at the Department of Health

The Behavioural Insights Team

Cadence Partners successfully placed a HR Director at The Behavioural Insights Team

Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council

Cadence have successfully placed two executives at Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council:

Interim OD Lead
Head of HR

Associated British Ports

Cadence Partners have placed a range of executives at Associated British Ports, including:

Group Head of Marketing
Group Head of Procurement
Harbour Master Designate
Head of Asset Management
Interim Regional Head of Commercial (Humber)
Regional Head of Commercial (Humber)
Regional Head of Communications (Humber)

City of Westminster

Cadence Partners have placed several executives at the City of Westminster, including:

Director of Public Protection and Licensing
Interim Category/Procurement Manager
Interim Consultant in Public Health
Interim Head of Public Health Commissioning

Equality and Human Rights Commission

Cadence Partners have successfully placed multiple committee members at the Equality and Human Rights Commission

Philips Healthcare

Cadence Partners have successfully placed multiple executives at the Philips Healthcare including:

Director of Finance
Director of Marketing
Healthcare - Talent Pool
Trade Shopper Marketing Director

City of London

Cadence Partners have successfully placed a City Surveyor for the City of London

Keele University

Cadence have placed several executives at Keele University, including:

Director Of Marketing & Communications
Interim Director of Marketing
Pro Vice-Chancellor and Executive Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences


Cadence have placed several executives at Ingeus, including:

Director of Programmes
Portfolio Office Director
Interim Director of Programmes

Historic Royal Palaces

Cadence Partners placed the Finance Director at Historic Royal Palaces

Royal Free Charity

Cadence Partners placed a range of executives at Royal Free Charity, including:

Finance Director
Interim Finance Director
Operations Director
Trustee – Property
Trustee - Retail and Hospitality
Trustee - Social Care and Local Government

University of Washington

Cadence Partners successfully placed the Executive Vice President, Finance & Administration at the University of Washington

Candidate Testimonials

It’s not just our clients that have good things to say about us. We recognise that candidates are people too, and they’re crucial to what we do. That’s why we give all of our clients comprehensive feedback.

Keep reading to hear what some of our previous candidates have to say about our resourcing processes.

Get in Touch

Call us on +44 (0) 20 7947 4960

Or write to us at

By using this form you agree with the storage and handling of your personal data by this website in accordance with our Privacy Policy