Sam Allen Associates Ltd carries out executive search and services for UK and international clients, appointing Chairmen, Non-Executive Directors and Executives at Board level as well as senior management reporting to the Board. Our breadth of experience enables us to service our clients in Europe, Asia Pacific, the Middle East and North America. Sam Allen Associates also provides additional services including Board effectiveness reviews, talent evaluation, succession planning, and referencing, all supported by an industry leading, in-house research team with state-of-the-art data capability.

We are committed to absolute professionalism with pace and integrity in all we do.

A boutique service model approach

A boutique service model approach with the research capability of an extensive global search firm. Our dedicated in-house team of researchers are each allocated to a single assignment to provide a thorough, complete and dedicated service. We are recognised for responsiveness.

Building lasting relationships

Building lasting relationships with most of our assignments coming from existing clients and recommendations.

Passionate and dedicated delivery of our clients’ needs

Passionate and dedicated delivery of our clients’ needs as well as providing an exceptional experience for candidates. This means we are constantly learning, shaping and improving what we do. We take a lateral thinking approach to resolving clients’ needs, providing candidates with exceptional guidance, support and timely feedback throughout the process.

Current, in-depth market knowledge

Current, in-depth market knowledge along with the ability to access great people across the globe. We constantly look for “up and coming” talent across all sectors to enhance our offering.

Operating with pace, integrity and confidentiality

Operating with pace, integrity and confidentiality, making sure that our clients receive the best advice and insight we can offer as we identify the best fit people for our clients business.

Strong commitment to diversity

Strong commitment to diversity, we are also signed up to the UK Voluntary Code for ‘Women on Boards’.

Sam Allen Associates is committed to advancing inclusion and diversity in the workplace.

Working in partnership with our clients, we engage and champion diversity and inclusion in all its forms to build diverse teams and inclusive cultures. We have an established track record of appointing diverse candidates, mapping talent across different sectors and presenting at least 50% female shortlists to clients. We will continue to support and endorse initiatives which promote the causes of diversity and inclusion in executive search. In the last two years, over 33% of Sam Allen Associates’ searches resulted in women being appointed to executive and non-executive positions and we continue to engage with The Parker Review urging business leaders to improve the ethnic and cultural diversity of UK boards.

As well as being members of The Standard Voluntary Code of Conduct for Executive Search Firms, Sam Allen Associates is a proud signatory of the Hampton-Alexander Review’s Voluntary Code of Conduct and is committed to promoting diverse leaders in the FTSE 350. Sam Allen Associates is a close supporter of DIAL Global, a global community for Diverse Inclusive Aspirational Leaders, and the 30% Club, of which our Partner Victoria Stead was a founding executive committee member of their Middle East Chapter.

We operate with integrity

We are always upfront, honest and transparent in the way we work.

We are collaborative

We operate as one team, working in partnership with our clients.

We aim to be exceptional in everything we do

We have a passion to surpass what is usual or expected in our industry.

We offer insight and challenge

We actively listen, and learn, to understand our clients’ core needs and provide objective knowledge and advice.

We constantly review and improve our approach

We customise every mandate and are creative and tenacious to solve our client’s unique problems.

Sam Allen Associates is proud to support these charities.


Action for Ingwavuma

Action for Ingwavuma is a charity that supports a village in a very remote area of South Africa close to the board of Swaziland and Mozambique. Here there is extreme poverty and high rates of HIV / AIDS (40%), resulting in a lift expectancy of 39 years. After discovering the charity, Sam donated 50 water tanks to the village and recently went to see them in place. It took Sam two days to travel to the village, predominantly along dirt tacks. She then spent a further week going to see the residents of Ingwavuma and their new tanks. Sam found the experience upsetting yet powerful and is determined to find more charities like this to support.


Children with Cancer

Children with Cancer is a charity that Sam Allen Associates has supported for many years. Almost 4,000 children and young people are diagnosed with cancer every year in the UK. This wonderful charity aims to determine the causes, find cures and provide care for children with cancer. Sadly cancer is still the most common medical cause of death beyond infancy in children and young people in the UK therefore anything Sam Allen Associates can do to help support this charity they will.


Justice and Care

Justice and Care helps rescue victims of slavery and human trafficking, empowering these individuals to rebuild their lives. They work with the police to pursue and dismantle criminal networks and bring perpetrators to justice; ecure communities at risk from traffickers and spark systemic change. Internationally, they bring together world-class specialists – including social workers, researchers and experts in policy and criminal justice. Justice and Care work with governmental agencies and law enforcement to fight slavery, sharing expertise with people in power.