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Since our inaugural year, we have helped hundreds of companies around the world identify and attract executive EHS leaders that have driven cultural transformations across every sector.

Our search methodology guarantees that we leave no stone unturned in the pursuit of identifying the individuals who can achieve our clients’ goals, providing key insights into salaries, market sentiment and candidate motivations.

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​​​“Shirley Parsons provided outstanding support during two recent searches, both of which resulted in hiring new top-talent safety employees. ​The candidates presented by the Shirley Parsons team had the depth of experience, leadership, and technical skills that we were looking for, and Shirley Parsons guided us through the process in a professional manner. We appreciated the partnership with Shirley Parsons in filling these two critical roles.”

Mike Formaini, VP of HSE & Quality

​“As a global company, part of our challenge was to find someone with the right blend of leadership capability, technical EHS knowledge and proven ability to operate in different countries and cultures. One of the biggest challenges was achieving this within a very tight timeline. ​The team were able to accommodate this; providing us with a credible shortlist, setting up telephone interviews and getting the final candidates to interview within one very busy week. The result was that engagement to start date was achieved within 8.5 weeks. Throughout the whole process the team kept me updated with their progress and delivered what they promised. I would have no hesitation in using Shirley Parsons’s services for HSEQ positions in the future.”

Elaine Bagley, HR Director

​“We were looking for a specialist firm to execute a confidential search for a Director of Quality, Health & Safety, Environment to lead a transformation of our current safety culture from reactive to proactive. ​Shirley Parsons was supportive in executing this search in an efficient manner and responded very well to our needs. Shirley Parsons were also able to help us refine the requirements to ensure we target the right candidate.”

Luzius Wirth, CEO of Swissport UK&I

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Search Methodology

EHS Executive Search - Discovery

If you are looking to make an executive hire, gaining a thorough brief for a role is the critical first step in our process for identifying top talent for your business.

We hold exploratory conversations with key stakeholders across your organization to develop an in-depth understanding of your company’s goals, culture and candidate preferences.

If the details of a position are unknown, we will work collaboratively with you to draft a job specification based on your needs and the key business outcomes you would expect from a successful appointment.

EHS Executive Search - Market Research

Once we have a thorough brief for a search, the Shirley Parsons team begins developing a map of the talent landscape, utilizing our proprietary database of knowledge and holding discussions with relevant professionals, organizations and associations in your target market.

This process generates extensive industry and competitor benchmarking data that we use to further refine our search criteria and align expectations with reality.

EHS Executive Search - Candidate Identification

Building on our research, we begin proactively and persistently approaching candidates that match the search criteria, often including hundreds of individuals that, on paper, meet the requirements for a role.

Potential candidates then undergo a rigorous Shirley Parsons interview process to assess whether they possess the acumen to drive your business forward whilst also meeting your cultural requirements.

EHS Executive Search - Shortlisting

Over the course of a couple of weeks, we gradually refine a shortlist of 4-6 candidates who are the best match for your organization based on cultural, leadership, performance, team and integration fit.

We compile comprehensive profiles for every shortlisted candidate we submit for your review, providing specific information on their current situation, past achievements and future aspirations.

EHS Executive Search - Interviews and offer

We remain engaged throughout your interview process, providing two-way feedback between candidates and your hiring committee, and radically reducing your time-to-hire to as little as 2 months from our initial discovery call.

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Latest Vacancies

Group Head of ESG (Environmental, Social & Governance)

Competitive salary and benefits


Group Head of ESG (Environmental, Social & Governance) Shirley Parsons have been exclusively retained to appoint a Group Head of ESG with a fast paced, infrastructure business, that operates in high-risk environments across the UK. As Group Head of ESG, this is a key position for the business, being part of the executive team and reporting to the CEO. You will be pivotal in building, driving and embedding the sustainability strategy and be accountable for safety across the business. You will also be responsible for getting the best out of your HSEQ team and ensure standards are met and exceeded. A background in Health & Safety is not a necessity, as being a proven leader with a strategic mindset is key, as long as you also have the aptitude to learn. In order to be successful as Group Head of ESG, you will need to have a strong background in CSR and/or decarbonisation, ideally within an infrastructure organisation and have proven experience leading others. There are several areas where you will be able to make an impact and expand and improve what is currently in place, and areas where your innovation and creativity is needed to set up and run new initiatives. Naturally, strong communication and influencing skills are a must for this role. This position would suit someone, who is either in a similar position or equally someone who is ready for that step up to lead ESG for a medium size enterprise. If you want to work for a company that is committed to making a positive impact, then please get in touch to find out more. Ideal location of the successful candidate will be around the M4 corridor/West Midlands/Oxfordshire. For an exceptional candidate there may be flexibility. Vacancy Reference: PR/020001 Vacancy Owner: Sarah Gould | sarah.gould@shirleyparsons.com | (+44) 1296 611317 |(+44) 7485 329480

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Meet Our Team

  • Tim Melvin

    Tim Melvin

    Director & Co -Founder

  • Kieran Carr

    Kieran Carr

    Principal Talent Consultant

  • Marcell Junha Lyu

    Marcell Junha Lyu

    Principal Talent Consultant

  • Chloe Howard

    Chloe Howard

    Principal Talent Consultant

  • Abby Amundson

    Abby Amundson

    Principal Talent Consultant

  • Audrey Sundin

    Audrey Sundin

    Senior Talent Consultant

  • John Kelleher

    John Kelleher

    Senior Talent Consultant

  • Nicole DeJon

    Nicole DeJon

    Senior Talent Consultant

  • Ryan Wolters

    Ryan Wolters

    Senior Talent Consultant

  • Tom Nicholls

    Tom Nicholls

    Senior Talent Consultant