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At Novo, we are proud to celebrate our 20th anniversary as a leading executive search and selection company. Over the last two decades, we have sought to provide our clients with the most innovative executive search and selection methodologies, industry expertise, and networking capabilities.
800 clients
With successful headhunts across 35 countries, serving more than 1800 clients over 20 years, and with clients’ turnovers up to £30 billion, we are expertly positioned to assist clients in identifying and recruiting the most talented business leaders.
successful headhunts
From our beginning in 2003, “our purpose has been to help our clients achieve their growth ambitions by appointing the best possible leaders.” We work with clients ranging from start-ups, SMEs and family-owned businesses to multinationals and we have built a portfolio of over 8,000 CEOs and MDs, forging an outstanding track record in recruiting board and senior executives, spanning a wide range of industries that extends across private, public, and non-profit sectors.
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With assignments scaling worldwide searches to single target organisations, we look forward to maintaining our role as a trusted partner for clients seeking transformative change, a competitive edge, and the recruitment of exceptional leaders and executive talent from across the globe.
assignment scales
Our executive recruitment consultants consistently take a proactive approach and leverage creative insights in identifying new services and markets. With a majority of the leadership team boasting over 20 years of experience spearheading successful executive searches across the UK, we continually strive to surpass clients’ highest expectations, delivering tangible results to their business.
leadership team
Our ability to adapt to the evolving landscape of the executive recruitment sector has enabled our longevity and continued success. It is a source of great pride that our “commercial success and longevity have been achieved despite the two huge economic shocks of the financial crisis and Covid. At these times, it has been very challenging, but rewarding in equal measure.” Despite these challenges, we are proud of our long-standing client relationships – the longest spanning 18 years – with leading national and international companies who repeatedly place their trust in us to assist them in appointing the best people to their boards.
longest serving client

200 years

dale perrett (1)
Since then, we have encountered many changes, the greatest being in the areas of technology and automation. “Technology and digital applications have changed the way in which we do a multitude of things within the business. In the main, this has sped up communications and the recruiting process.” Despite predictions that new technologies, including AI, would signal the end of the executive search industry, we believe it has only enhanced it. We have benefited greatly from our substantial investment in technology, and anticipate the influence of AI and other technologies to augment the quality and efficiency of our research, empowering us to provide our clients with superior solutions.
josephine watkins
While we predict technology and the incorporation of AI, in particular, to continue shifting the landscape of executive search over the next five to ten years, we also foresee a growing emphasis on diversity and inclusion at the board level, as well as an enhanced drive for diversity in executive-level recruitment. We view both of these possibilities for the future with excitement.
top repeat client

peter tucker (1)
We invest substantially in training and developing our executive recruitment consultants, empowering them to consistently solve clients’ challenges and deliver effective solutions tailored to their unique needs. “One of Novo’s greatest assets is the depth of experience of its long-serving directors.” Our dedication to fostering growth and advancement has resulted in 100% director-level retention over the past ten years.
dale perrett
With our vast industry experience and unparalleled executive recruitment capabilities, we are uniquely positioned and look forward to continuing to add transformative value to the organisations we work with.
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Of our assignments are with existing clients.


Of our client projects incorporate international executive search.


Of our executive search assignments reach offer stage within 6 weeks. 95% are successfully completed.

15+ years

Novo consultants have on average over 15 years executive search experience.


We have worked with over 8,000 CEO’s and MD’s.

4 weeks

Is the average time for our assignments to reach client interview.

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Our Directors

Peter Tucker
Founding Director

Peter was part of the team that set up Novo in 2003 and has now been running research based assignments for over 20 years. This experience covers a wide range of sectors and companies but would class the following as particular specialities: sales and marketing, sport and manufacturing.

George Woodward

George is an experienced director and key member of Novo Executive Search’s leadership team and is integral in driving forward its growth into the future. With a breadth of UK and global executive search experience spanning over 15 years, George has an outstanding track record in assisting numerous businesses, ranging from owner-managed SMEs and mid-size companies to FTSE clients, helping them source exceptional talent to fill executive positions within their organisations. George works closely with his clients to identify and recruit high calibre professionals for board and senior management roles. His executive recruitment skills, insightful decision-making, and ambition for his clients’ success are second to none.

Dale Perrett
Founding Director

Dale is one of the Founding Directors of Novo Executive Search and Selection. He is part of the Novo leadership team that drives the business. He remains passionate about working with clients on a daily basis delivering executive search assignments. Dale has a breadth of experience successfully working across many sectors.

Jon Hollier
Founding Director

Jon is a Founding Director of Novo Executive Search & Selection. Beyond establishing and developing Novo, his extensive experience covers a wide range of disciplines across commercial and the third sectors. Jon has delivered a significant number of executive search assignments across the UK and internationally throughout his 20 year career.

Jo Watkins

Now a Director at Novo, Jo has spent 10 very successful years with the business. Jo has extensive experience recruiting senior management and board-level professionals across a range of industry sectors.

Ryan Mills

Ryan is a Director of Novo Executive Search and Selection, with extensive experience recruiting senior management and board level professionals across a multitude of sectors. His client base ranges from start-ups through to large corporates and PLC’s.

Matthew Searle

Matthew is a Director at Novo Executive Search specialising in helping clients identify and attract the best possible senior management and executive appointments. Matthew’s early career began with 10 years experience working in niche financial markets, specialising in insurance-backed securities; holding consultancy, wealth management and fund management positions.

Jonathan Shepherd
Research Director

Jonathan is Research Director for Novo Executive Search and Selection. Overseeing all retained Executive Search assignments, Jonathan ensures that each assignment is effectively managed and delivered to client timescales. He makes sure that we produce the highest quality of work, identifying and attracting the very best candidates.


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