Independent Search Partnership
Who we are

Guy Beresford

Guy founded Independent Search Partnership LLP in 2010. Guy's career in search stretches back to 1992, when he joined the London office of Russell Reynolds Associates. There he became head of the firm's Financial Officers Practice for Europe. In 1997 he co-founded The Miles Partnership with Miles Broadbent, remaining with the firm until he moved to Whitehead Mann in 2008. As a Partner in the firm's Board Practice, Guy handled a wide range of Board assignments and also headed the firm's Restructuring Practice and Family Businesses Practice. He resigned from Whitehead Mann in June 2010, one year after the firm had been taken over by Korn/Ferry Inc, to set up Independent Search Partnership.

Guy's work has been almost exclusively at Board level - handling Chair, Non-Executive, CEO and CFO assignments. He has particular expertise working for mid and small cap PLCs, family-owned companies and businesses backed by private equity. He has recruited CFOs for some of the UK's largest companies. He has substantial international experience and has built a network of contacts in independently-owned search firms across the globe.

Before going into search, Guy worked in the international capital markets with Nikko Europe from 1987-1990. He has a 2.1 BA Hons Degree in Modern History from Durham University and an MBA from Cranfield School of Management. Guy is a keen sportsman and is President of the Oundle Rovers Cricket Club and Hon Secretary of The Free Foresters Cricket Club, as well as being a member of the MCC, the Royal Enclosure at Ascot and a former member of Blackwell Golf Club in Worcs.



Neil Holmes joined Independent Search Partnership LLP as a full partner in July 2017. He brings with him extensive experience of Board appointments for a range of businesses including FTSE 350 and Small Cap Plcs.  Prior to joining ISP,  Neil was a Managing Director for Norman Broadbent where he led the CFO practice in addition to co-leading the Board Practice. Previously Neil was a Partner with Hanson Green and started his search career with PwC where he was a Senior Manager within the Global Human Resource Solutions practice.

An Economics graduate, Neil started his working life in the City as a dealer for a large International Investment Bank.  

Neil brings considerable experience in Board appointments across a variety of sectors, including manufacturing, technology, services, financial services and leisure.