Leading you to inspired leadership.

We're about more than placing elite executive talent. Our dedicated executive search team get to know your business first.

We'll ensure we can speak articulately and confidently about your business, the ambition, the potential, the journey ahead and the role itself. Of course, we're here to unlock great leadership talent but we enjoy giving a helping hand to get your business to where it is going too. We can introduce you to expert intermediaries, companies and contacts that can complement your new hire and help you achieve your vision.

We’ve been in the executive search business for over 20 years. Our specialist teams have a wealth of business connections in their particular sector of expertise and we hold detailed records for every role we’ve filled since we opened our doors, giving us a huge competitive advantage.

We operate out of three Midlands offices and we're proud of our role as exclusive patrons of our local Chambers of Commerce. Being based centrally in the UK, helps us to support business growth and transformation with businesses right across the country.


Examples of executive roles we regularly recruit...

<span>Leading you</span> to inspired leadership.
<span>Leading you</span> to inspired leadership.
<span>Leading you</span> to inspired leadership.

We'll provide more than talent to support your business.

As executive search recruiters, we find ourselves in a unique position where we work across all sectors and interact with the most forward thinking businesses and freelancers in the region.

Our network of intermediaries reaches far and wide and can help you, as our client, across many areas of your business. If you're recruiting a leadership role, your business is on a journey. We will gladly put you in touch with helpful contacts, to strengthen our partnership and complement the leadership hire you are making.

We can help your organisation in the following areas:

  • Private equity houses & corporate advisors
  • Bankers, financial services & lawyers
  • Human resources, wellbeing & mindfulness
  • Coaching, development & training
  • Marketing, customer insight & CRM
  • Business intelligence & analytics
  • Transformation & change
We'll provide more than talent to support your business.
We look to add value, beyond the search for your new business leader. <span>We have developed a rich network of intermediaries.</span> Upon really understanding your strategic aims, we can introduce companies or contacts to our relationship, to help implement your strategy and complement the key hire you're making.
We look to add value, beyond the search for your new business leader. We have developed a rich network of intermediaries. Upon really understanding your strategic aims, we can introduce companies or contacts to our relationship, to help implement your strategy and complement the key hire you're making.
Damien Lewis
Damien Lewis SF Executive, Managing Director

Use an executive search team that think differently.

What we do at SF Executive can be quite easily defined. We find and place elite executive talent into businesses across the UK.

But the fact that we get these critical hirings right time after time is down to a number of factors that go far beyond this remit.



We're more than executive search consultants. We've built an unrivalled network of private equity houses, corporate advisors, bankers and lawyers that we can refer to our clients to help deliver their growth plans and to complement C suite hiring.

We speak to hundreds of businesses every week. We're exclusive patrons of the Midlands' Chambers of Commerce and hold a seat at the 'top table' of regional business. 

This helps us access great people who can steer businesses in the right direction.



Over two decades of placing great leaders with ambitious businesses has ensured a rich and mature candidate base. We can create strong shortlists, quickly.

We know what we are doing, we'll do it well and we're passionate about providing solutions for your business challenge.

We'll demonstrate an honest approach, as we believe it's important to be upfront. We'll show business initiative and deliver on our business mantra of 'excellence through experience'.



We are determined to understand the journey you are on, the challenges ahead and how a successful candidate will lead your business there.

We will immerse ourselves in your business and will be able to articulate, as well as you can, what you're all about, what success looks like, it's potential and the job to be done.

Finding transformational leaders is our passion and you'll enjoy working with us. We promise.

Our Executive Team


We are not like other recruiters. Let us explain why...

We have always held five key beliefs.

Our ‘5 Roots of Recruitment' we consider essential to ensuring our expertise in our specialist areas and delivering 'excellence through experience'. 

Read more here, on why you should make us your first conversation:

How we help clients How we help candidates

Our Reviews

SF Executive are always personable, professional knowledgeable. Nothing is too much trouble, going over and above what is expected to help with some sensitive issues.

The best recruitment support I have experienced.

Anne Court Chief Executive, Oadby & Wigston Borough Council

SF Executive performed a retained search for a critical senior role.

A large pool of candidates in a short timeframe meant that we were able to interview four high calibre people within three weeks and make a job offer within six. Excellent!

Nicola Burns Group Managing Director, Ashfield Meeting & Events

My experience of SF Executive is that they deliver excellent client service and I consider them a key partner to our organisation.

Jane Spencer Chief Financial Officer, David Ross Education Trust.

We know the power of business.

We are connected to industry and regional businesses and for us, life is about more than just filling job vacancies.

We are exclusive patrons of the Midlands’ two Chambers of Commerce and we partner the West Midlands Growth Company, advising and helping them to drive the local economy forward. We’re embedded into our industries and attend and run over 300 networking and insight events every year. Gaining new perspectives and sharing what we know with our clients is in our DNA.

How we help clients
We know the power of business.
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We stay in touch with great people we've encountered over our 20 years plus of recruiting. Good people are often too busy to search extensively for the right role themselves!

We'll identify the correct attributes and mentality for delivering your business strategy. Our executive search team are seasoned recruiters, with a wealth of contacts that will allow us to quickly find the right fit for where your business is going.

Covering all of the Midlands.

We are the leading specialist recruiter in the Midlands. From our three offices, we have a long history
of providing talent to businesses across every square mile of the region.


East Midlands North & Derby

6 Millenium Way, West Pheonix Centre, NG8 6AS

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West Midlands & Coventry

22 Gas Street, B1 2JT

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East Midlands South and Northampton

Bramcote House, Ervington Court, Meridian, LE12 1WL

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SF Recruitment has announced a number of exciting changes to its employee proposition through the launch of The SF Experience©. The SF Experience© offers a fully-flexible way of working that gives employees the autonomy to choose where, when and how they work.

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The best recruiter to work for.

Both 2020 and 2021 saw us widely recognised as an extraordinary place to work. We believe that in order to be the best agency at advising clients and finding people and companies that fit together naturally, we have to get the work environment right at home first.

SF Recruitment were listed 18th in the UK's 'Top 100 Small Companies to Work For', securing a place in the Top 20 for the second year running. Best Companies also awarded us with the highest '3-star accreditation' for 'Wold Class' employee engagement and in 2020 we were commended with the national award for learning and development of our workforce.

On a regional scale, we were listed as the 28th best company in the 'Midlands Top 75 Companies to Work For'. Ensuring that we are once again in fact, 'the best recruiter to work for in the Midlands'.

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The best recruiter to work for.