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.

​​​“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

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

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

​​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

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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 ROTI 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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Latest Executive 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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Director of Sustainability

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Director of Sustainability for EMEAShirley Parsons has been exclusively retained to appoint a Director of Sustainability with a leading logistics company. Due to the global presence of this organisation, for the right candidate there is flexibility on location across the UK, Netherlands and Germany.As Director of Sustainability, you will be pivotal in building the sustainability strategy and advising the business accordingly. Understanding the focus at corporate level will be necessary in order to develop this strategy and to successfully manage several stakeholder groups. Keeping abreast of latest trends, national and global initiatives and having an appreciation for the industry in which the business operates will be fundamental in making a positive impact.To be successful, you’ll need proven experience in a senior sustainability position, knowing how to build and implement a sustainability strategy and how to successfully navigate and influence across an organisation. You will need to demonstrate your leadership ability, as well as being a strong communicator both internally and externally, be flexible, dynamic and importantly have a passion for sustainability and want to make that difference.This position would suit someone who will thrive at the challenge of establishing and embedding the sustainability strategy and would welcome a blank canvas. If you can see yourself taking this business on that journey, then reach out to us to find out more.Vacancy Reference: PR/020291Vacancy Owner: Sarah Gould | sarah.gould@shirleyparsons.com | (+44) 1296 611317 |(+44) 7485 329480

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Meet The Team

  • Shirley Parsons

    Shirley Parsons

    Founder & Brand Ambassador

  • Darren Brooks

    Darren Brooks

    Client Director - EMEA/APAC

  • Liam Tiddy

    Liam Tiddy

    Head of Search

  • Sarah Gould

    Sarah Gould

    Principal Consultant - Sustainability & ESG

  • Chris Stone

    Chris Stone

    Careers Consultant

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.