Company Overview


Novo is a market leader in executive recruitment. We help our clients achieve competitive advantage through the appointment of exceptional talent. Our professional teams have successfully delivered thousands of executive searches across in the UK and internationally. 

Our professionals are experts in the people business and know how to enhance the executive search process and how to avoid the process derailing.  

Our clients rely on us not only for the outstanding results we deliver, but also for the way we deliver those results. It’s our experience of the process for both the client and the candidate that we focus on. 

We identify exceptional talent, the very best people and not just the best people who are available. It is the relationships we build with clients and candidates that allow us to be a valued executive recruitment partner. 

Some of the most important business decisions you ever make is selecting the executives who will lead your business.

We provide our clients with the most innovative executive search and selection methodologies, industry expertise and networking capabilities to enable them to attract exceptionally talented professionals. Our services provide competitive advantage to clients through executive recruitment and high value human resource consultancy.

Clients retain our services when they are looking to achieve positive change, growth and competitive advantage. Our clients range in scale from start-ups and privately-held family firms to the world’s largest corporations. We work extensively across the private sector, public sector and not-for-profit sector. 


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Working closely with our clients we have a wealth of knowledge and experience internationally. Our executive recruitment skills are second to none.

Our highly developed and sophisticated executive search capability allows us to quickly identify the best individuals in the marketplace to match a specific set of defined core competencies.

Clients and candidates are of paramount importance; this is reflected in our attention to detail, integrity and discretion. We strive for flexibility and creativity, at all times focusing on each client's individual requirements and delivering effective, tailor-made solutions. We will provide a committed and thorough service, take nothing for granted and be rigorous in our efforts to deliver the highest quality service.

Novo has been a leading executive search company for many years. Our Founding Directors alone have eighty years combined executive search experience. The business is run by these Directors who continue to take great pride in managing and delivering assignments. We have built a team of execptional consultants and researchers who deliver projects nationally and internationally. This team operates internationally out of a network of offices in the UK.


  • Novo is a well established, leading executive search firm and a leader in many of our markets internationally
  • As a leading executive search firm we have real depth of expertise in core sectors and functions 
  • We operate with a team-based culture and a Client Partnership approach to delivering searches.  We only undertake projects in which we believe we can excel  
  • We have a proven track record of working with a diverse portfolio of client businesses from blue chip multinationals to smaller, sometimes owner-managed businesses. Every client is equally important to us 
  • We have the ability to access the very best candidatesin the market, partly by virtue of our determination but also as a consequence of our size.  We have fewer off-limits constraints which gives us better access to the total pool of talent
  • We take time to understand what sorts of people are successful in each of our clients. We define a competency framework for each project, which underpins our entire process from role description, interview and referencing
  • Transparency of process and communication with clients is paramount. We interact frequently with clients, reporting regularly on progress and continually encouraging feedback
  • We understand that in acting for our clients, we are their ambassadors and our actions and rigour of process are critical in this regard.  
  • We understand that treating candidates professionally throughout the process is critical 
  • 90% of our executive search assignments reach offer stage within 6 weeks and 95% are successfully completed 
  • Over 70% of our executive appointments are promoted in their first year 
  • Over two thirds of our assignments are ongoing partnership work with existing clients 
  • We have worked globally for clients, 40% of our work incorporates international executive search

Recruiting Exceptional Talent for our Clients view Client Testimonials

  • Nord Drive Systems
  • Churchill
  • Begbies Traynor
  • North Devon DC
  • Somerset Cricket Club
  • Capita
  • Interserve
  • GKN
  • Clarke
  • Tarmac
  • Indicia
  • Modern Water
  • Cleanology
  • Barton
  • M and W Group