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

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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.

Shani’s experience includes recruiting Board-level roles across all functional areas at the Department of Health & Social Care, Home Office, Department for Media, Sports & Culture, Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, Department for Transport, HS2, Associated British Ports, Highways England, a number of NHS trusts, health and social care and disability focused charities including Leonard Cheshire, RNIB, Macmillan Cancer Support, Stroke Association and the British Red Cross among many others. Shani sits on the race advisory board at Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations (ACEVO).

Shahidul Miah

Associate Partner

Shahidul started his career as a Lecturer at Woolwich College of Further Education teaching English and ESOL. He moved from FE into local government, joining Tower Hamlets Council, working in the Chief Executive’s Office as the Corporate Strategy Manager.

He started his executive recruitment career with PricewaterhouseCoopers Search and Selection in 2001. Following the sale of this part of the business to Capita, the company rebranded as Veredus Resourcing, where he was promoted to Managing Consultant. His next move was to KPMG Search and Selection before being headhunted to join Rockpools to set up and lead the education practice. After five years with Rockpools, he set up Bloomsbury Resourcing in 2010 and worked with clients across the public and not-for-profit sectors. He joined Cadence Partners in 2020. He is also a Vice-Chair of Governors at Mossbourne Community Academy in Hackney and an external Trustee for Greenwich University Students’ Union.

Simon Pickerell

Associate Partner

Simon has over 15 years’ experience in public and private sector recruitment including education, health care, transportation and freight management. He has held a senior position with a national recruitment agency for several years and established his own successful company recruiting to a wide range of management level positions. He has extensive and highly developed knowledge of the requirements of diverse talent led recruitment across a variety of sectors. Having led a large team he has a sound grasp of and passion for the motivational management necessary for the growth and success of multiple projects. Simon is currently leading on Cadences Interim appointments where he can apply his expertise in research, connectivity and insight.

Emma Harvey

Principal Consultant

Emma has more than 13 years executive search experience specialising in the not for profit sector, with earlier experience recruiting in the public sector. She has extensive experience in recruiting leadership roles for national, regional and local charities. Notable appointments include Chair Designate and Trustees for Guide Dogs; Chair Designate and Trustees of the Galapagos Conservation Trust; Chair of Walsingham Support; Chief Executive, Chair and Trustees of the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF); Chair, Chief Executive, and Director roles for the Early Intervention Foundation (EIF); and Founding Chair and Board Members for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA).

Emma graduated from the University of Leeds, before undertaking a PGCE at Homerton College, University of Cambridge. She began her career working for the University of London Careers Services (now the Careers Group, University of London), before working for the Social Care Institute for Excellence where she gained a strong understanding of issues around equality and diversity.

Emma has a lifelong passion for human rights and in her spare time loves escaping into the mountains.

Alex MacLeod

Interim Head of Research

Alex has worked in the executive search and selection sector for over 10 years where he has mainly focused in the not for profit sector. Over that period he has held research positions with global firms, such as Egon Zehnder and Odgers Berndtson. In his last role he was Head of Research for a boutique search firm in the government relations/communications sector. He is now a freelance research consultant supporting Cadence Partners with a range of assignments.

Alex is very committed to social justice, on a personal and professional level, and he brings a significant track record in charities in pursuit of poverty alleviation, on a national and international level. These include Depaul, Power to Change, Coin Street Community Builders, Scope, Mencap and many more. He brings a significant track record at Non-Executive level across sectors. These include the Chairs of; The Energy Savings Trust, Wilton Park and, most recently The Academies Enterprise Trust.

Rachael Yates

Head of Operations

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.

Amanda Bristow

Project Consultant / Project Director at Re:Purpose

Amanda has over 30 years’ experience of working within the voluntary sector and specialist mental Health services with significant leadership and operational responsibility for implementing, remodelling and managing change in a range of residential and community services in London.

She is a qualified therapist, experienced group facilitator and coach and has provided training, supervision & support to a range of individuals and organisations both within the private and public sector. She is currently Project Director for Re:Purpose, an initiative sponsored by Cadence Partners which matches senior, board level professionals with small, predominantly BAME led or BAME community focused providers disproportionally impacted by COVID 19.

Angela Goldberg

Associate Partner / Assessment

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.

Isabel Macias

Operations Manager

Isabel has over 10 years’ experience working in a wide range of international settings. Her roles have focused on operational and strategic functions within business operations and project management. She has acted as a consultant on the implementation of office protocols, HR practices, and global mobility. She has experience in managing HR processes cross-culturally and adapting them to local environments. Isabel is passionate about making workplaces more inclusive and diverse.

Isabel supported the Global Head of D&I of a global financial services group and coordinated the roll out of several HR initiatives on employee engagement and learning and development. She holds an MSc in Human Resource Management from Birkbeck, University of London and she is in the process of completing an MBA at Nottingham University. She is bilingual in Spanish and English.

Lorraine Munroe

Operations Manager

Jim Hess

Chairman and Partner - Opus Search Partners (our US sister company)

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.

Agnes Fletcher

Associate Partner / EDI & Assessment

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.

Robert Muncaster

Senior Research Consultant

Robert has a decade of experience leading high-end and executive searches throughout the public, private and third sectors. Prior to a career in recruitment, Robert held senior leadership positions within customer service and operations, becoming instrumental in implementing both cultural and process change for a number of multi-national organisations.

Robert is also in the process of completing a CIPD Human Resources Management diploma which is further enabling him to understand organisational systems and identify ways in which he can contribute to the agenda of dismantling barriers that are preventing a greater diversity of talent at leadership level.

Marcia Williams

Senior Consultant

Marcia has extensive experience recruiting to the public sector for over 10 years. Over that period she has recruited on an internal basis for social care roles across adults and children’s services at London Borough of Camden. Prior to joining Cadence Partners, she was a Senior Researcher for an executive search firm sourcing candidates for Assistant Director and Director roles across a range of different functions for local authorities and housing organisations.

Marcia uses her recruitment skills to volunteer for the Blockchain & Climate Institute, a not for profit organisation, which focuses on using technology to tackle climate change.

Andrei Racasan


Andrei specialises in executive search and social research 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, 4 Trustees for The Air Ambulance Service and 3 Investment Directors for the Key Fund, a social investment firm.

Andrei also led on and contributed to a number of research publications including Charities: Inclusive Governance 2018, The 100 Most Influential Women in Engineering and Inclusive Impact 2019 – a report examining the diversity of the social investment sector in the UK.

Lara Balodis

Digital Engagement Officer

Christie Butterfield

Executive Assistant

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.

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