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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.

Matthew Searle

About Matthew Searle

Matthew Searle has nearly a decade of experience delivering executive search assignments for a broad range of clients. He is passionate about helping his clients achieve their strategic goals through the appointment of the best possible senior people.

Matthew’s early career began with 10 years working in niche financial markets, specializing in insurance-backed securities. He held consultancy, wealth management, and fund management positions. He worked with some of the largest banks, investment funds, and insurance companies in London and New York, successfully completing trades worth over $2 billion.

“I am passionate about bringing the best companies and people together to help them achieve their goals and dreams.”


Matthew’s executive search experience is vast, spanning numerous sectors. He has a particular interest in:

  • Accounting
  • Law
  • Built environment
  • Automotive/EV
  • Financial services
  • Technology
  • Consumer goods
  • Energy

Matthew has worked with many top 100 accounting and law firms, ensuring they secure the appointment of the best possible partners and small teams. He also leads Novo’s M&A team, creating the best possible M&A opportunities for leading professional services firms wishing to achieve rapid growth in new technical or geographical markets.


Matthew has developed a phenomenal professional network across the UK’s accountancy and legal sector. He keeps up to date with the latest changes across both sectors.

Recent successful appointments include the CEO of an energy supplier, partners at leading accounting and law firms, MD of an own-label coffee producer, CEO of a fibre optic network design consultancy, and directors for many companies across the built environment.

Matthew leads all his assignments with a very hands-on approach. He likes to offer a proactive service for his clients, keeping them abreast of changes in their market and presenting them with strategic opportunities as soon as they become available.

He believes one of his greatest strengths is his ability to encourage the best-suited people to explore new opportunities with his clients. In doing so, he adds maximum value to the headhunts he leads by identifying and developing new and better candidates from which his clients can appoint.

In addition, Matthew has responsibility for internal training at Novo, ensuring all new consultants maintain the highest levels of service and value to their clients.


University of Exeter, Business Management and Accounting

Philanthropy and Charity

Matthew is heavily involved in the junior section of Crickhowell Football Club, both coaching and club administration.