Why Shirley Parsons Search?

Our unique combination of HSEQ, Sustainability & ESG industry knowledge and exceptional service delivery ensures that our clients acquire the best talent for their organisations, whilst also providing valuable feedback on how the market perceives them as potential employers.

​MAPP has improved the self-awareness of everyone in the team and has helped us to appreciate how to work with each other more effectively. We’ll be using it in the future to help to understand and improve engagement and motivations throughout the team. I think it's a great tool and one that every manager needs to make use of.

Edward Godsiffe, Head of Sustainability

​I’d like to thank Shirley Parsons and the Talent Consultancy team for the time and effort they put into the whole process. MAPP was a great fit for TMD and has enabled us to open doors and have those conversations with our team which we wouldn’t have been able to do otherwise.

Lynn Edwards, Vice President HSE

We got a strong line-up of potential candidates who all were very qualified and suitable for our needs. In addition, the documentation from Shirley Parsons Denmark was very comprehensive but still easy to comprehend and made it easy for us to prepare for the candidate interviews in both an easy and fast way.

We have rarely experienced a more pleasant and competent partner in this area.

Niki Christensen, Interim MD at Otis Elevator Co. (Denmark)

​It was a really useful activity (MAPP) to do as a team. Everyone appreciated the feedback they received and gave me a better understanding of learning styles, career goals, and how people operate and communicate. It’s also important that they (Shirley Parsons) are actively trying to do things that can help the profession and add real value. We need more people entering the health, safety, and environmental industry and by working together we can create these opportunities.

Adam Clarke, Managing Director Consultancy

​"​​​“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

​​I would not hesitate in recommending Shirley Parsons for anyone looking for a senior HSE professional.

Shirley Parsons reacted quickly to the change in our circumstances and delivered an excellent interim solution. ​Our quick timelines were met well, and customer service was great throughout the assignment. ​I would not hesitate in recommending Shirley Parsons for anyone looking for an HSE professional. They know their market very well and provide a friendly and professional service.

John Lambert, Group Human Resources Director at Interserve Group Limited

My experience of using Shirley Parsons Executive Search has been extremely positive, with commercially astute and technically competent professionals being sourced for high-profile roles.

​I have appointed Shirley Parsons and her team to deliver a number of critical executive search assignments and have no hesitation in recommending these specialist careers consultants. Deep expertise in the field of health and safety, quality and sustainability mean that the team has trusted long-term relationships with the very best talent in this sector. It is often tricky to find specialists who are also business leaders.

Lynne Graham, People Director at Thames Water

​Shirley Parsons worked hard throughout the search to ensure a right match for both candidate and the hiring organization.

​​I’ve worked with Shirley Parsons for over 20 years in various roles. When I recently needed to appoint a senior HSES manager with influence and gravitas, I knew where to turn. They understood the brief and conducted a thorough candidate search. I particularly value their focus on communication and engagement. They worked hard throughout the search to ensure a right match for both candidate and the hiring organization. We were pleased with the outcome and would use Shirley Parsons again.

James Pomeroy, Group HSES Director, Lloyd's Register

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How We Will Run Your Search

Shirley Parsons will take a well-honed approach to this search assignment that will be client-focused, objective, thorough and confidential.

HSEQ Executive Search

The first stage of our process is to understand and define your need. We will meet with a minimum of 2 key stakeholders to discuss in detail and clearly understand your company culture, job specification, and ideal candidate requirements.

HSEQ Executive Search

Supported by our professional research staff, and utilising our Intelligence Network, we will use both primary and secondary sources to map both candidates already known to us and to you and those outside of these networks.

HSEQ Executive Search

We employ an extensive, multi-step process to develop our shortlists, including:

Exploratory phone interviews with 40-70 candidates,

A collaborative internal review to evaluate each candidate, selecting 10 for further interviews.

A second stage interview to focus on their technical competencies, influencing skills, leadership style, values, motivations and cultural fit,

HSEQ Executive Search

We manage the assessment of each shortlisted candidate using our unique MAPP personality and aspirations tool and/or any additional testing and assessment tools that you require and incorporate the results into the decision-making process.

HSEQ Executive Search

The final stage of our search process is to manage the offer and onboarding process. We advise you on the motivations of your selected candidate so that you know what to include in your offer. In this way once the offer is submitted there is a very high probability of acceptance.


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  • Liam Tiddy

    Liam Tiddy

    Head of Search

Shirley Parsons has developed an executive search offering that can be tailored to the needs of our clients; a process that has delivered exceptional results for both multinational organisations and SMEs. Due to our specialisation, our clients find better candidates in half the time compared to other firms. We are experts in our field; we interact with senior Health, Safety, Environmental, and Quality leaders on a daily basis and understand what it takes to lead functions in these areas.