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 a former 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 and of Blackwell Golf Club in Worcs.

Neil Holmes

Neil joined Independent Search Partnership LLP as a Partner in 2017. An Economics graduate and former Eurobond Dealer, Neil started his search career with PwC where he was a Senior Manager within the Global Human Resource Solutions practice within Management Consulting. There Neil worked closely with a range of clients across the EMEA region on a variety of Board mandates for listed entities as well as Government bodies. Neil subsequently gained extensive Non-Executive Search experience as a Partner with Hanson Green, a market-leading Board recruitment boutique, before joining Norman Broadbent as Managing Director, leading the Board and CFO practices.

Neil works exclusively at Board level and has led a number of searches for Chairman, Non-Executive Directors, Chief Executives and Chief Financial Officers for FTSE 350, Small Cap and AIM listed businesses as well as PE-Backed and pre-IPO businesses. He has worked with a range of clients across sectors including manufacturing, technology, engineering, software, leisure, services, retail and FS. Neil also brings considerable expertise in turnaround situations where he has worked closely with a range of listed companies to appoint CEOs, CFOs, Chairman and Non-Executive Directors to stabilise, reposition and deliver successful growth strategies.

Vicky Griffiths

Vicky Griffiths joined Independent Search Partnership LLP as a Partner in 2020. Prior to this she spent five years at Leathwaite, where she built and led the Board Practice, partnering with clients on non-executive searches across a range of sectors and geographies.

Prior to joining Leathwaite in 2015, Vicky worked for five years at Brevan Howard Asset Management LLP in London, where she was responsible for operational and business risk. Vicky started her career as a strategy consultant for Bain & Company and also spent some time working as a consultant for Vantis Plc.

In a non-executive capacity, Vicky is a NED on the board of RM plc, SID for the British Olympic Foundation and Chair of the Remuneration Committee of Bellevue Place Education Trust, a multi-academy education trust. She is also a member of the Main Committee and Finance Committee of the MCC at Lord’s Cricket Ground, where she has been a playing member since 2001.

Vicky graduated from the University of Oxford with an MA (Hons) in Economics & Management. She represented the university at hockey and cricket and also played hockey for England and British Universities. Her links with Oxford University continue with her Trustee role for Vincent’s Club.

Simon Bailey

Simon Bailey joined Independent Search Partnership LLP as a Partner in 2020. He has 30 years’ experience in executive search and has led the Financial Officers Practice of major search firms including Whitehead Mann (now Korn Ferry) as well as leading boutique firms.

Simon specialises in Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and senior finance leadership appointments including Finance Directors, VPs of Finance, Controllers, Heads of Audit, Tax, Treasury, Investor Relations, Corporate Development and M&A.

Simon works with major organisations, public companies, private equity and privately owned businesses both domestically and internationally, spanning all sectors.

Simon is an Economics graduate from London University and a qualified ski instructor.