Our team undertake investigative research across a global marketplace to deliver market intelligence to our clients.
Sam Allen Associates works with clients when they are seeking to appoint Chairmen, Non-Executive Directors, Chief Executives, Chief Financial Officers and other board-level executives. We work in the UK and internationally for PLC, private and private equity-backed businesses.
We are signed up to the UK Voluntary Code for Executive Search Firms adhering to best practice concerning the recommendations for Women on Boards and subscribe to governance best practice in all we do.CONTACT US
Sam Allen Associates provide referencing services on each search. We provide comprehensive, meticulous referencing to help clients de-risk the hiring decision and support the on-boarding process where the candidate is successful.
We can also offer referencing as a separate standalone service for clients.CONTACT US
Board Effectiveness Reviews
Sam Allen Associates is uniquely placed to provide you with a tailored, objective and in-depth Board Effectiveness Review:
- As a boutique provider, Sam Allen Associates does not have a ‘cookie-cutter’ approach to Board effectiveness reviews.
- We invest our time to truly understand the business, its strategic direction and the issues it is facing.
- As a result of our experience we have an excellent understanding of what ‘good looks like’ at the most senior level.
- Sam Allen Associates has a reputation for being straight talking, always prioritising what is right for the client’s business.
- Our long-term relationships are built on mutual trust.
- We aim to become a valued partner to your business by telling you what the business needs to hear rather than what it wants to hear.
- All our Board effectiveness reviews can be conducted remotely and we can tailor our offering to suit your precise needs, timelines and budget
"SAA very quickly got up to speed with the business, and clearly focussed on gaining a deep understanding of the real issues rather than just completing a 'tick-box' governance exercise. Their approach was relaxed, friendly and thorough, and the questionnaire was tailored to encourage discussion in all the right areas. The final report was clear, informative and action-oriented. The recommendations were pertinent to our business and I am confident they will go on to have a tangible, positive impact on our effectiveness as a Board. Overall, an extremely well run and beneficial exercise."
Matt Davies, Chair of N Brown plc
"For our most recent Board Review, we decided to make a change from our normal provider as we wanted a fresh and more critical look at how we could improve going forward – SAA absolutely delivered in this regard and their approach is refreshingly different from other reviews that I have experienced. SAA clearly demonstrated a real ability to grasp the underlying dynamics of our Board and the strategic ambitions of the business. Through building strong relationship with the Executive and Non-Executive Directors, SAA were able to extract the key factors that needed to be addressed in a straightforward and unbiased way, which was well received by the Board. Their data was presented well and provided a clear basis for the recommendations. The outcomes were highly tailored to ensuring that we genuinely operate more effectively going forwards and the recommendations they have made will have a significant positive impact on the business."
Paul Lester CBE, Chair of Essentra plc
"SAA's focus in their evaluation of the Helical board was to gain a detailed appreciation and understanding of all these issues right from the commencement of the assignment. They supplemented this with intelligent use of questionnaires, interviews and observations to gain the in-depth understanding of the issues and challenges facing the board, so that they were able to produce a succinct report which clearly explained the Board’s strengths and weaknesses and set out a number of practical and intelligent suggestions for improvement. Overall a very beneficial involvement which was welcomed by all members of the board."
Richard Grant, Chair of Helical plcEXAMPLE OUTPUT
Competitor Market Intelligence
We deliver bespoke, detailed insight into competitor markets and organisations.
Depending on your requirements, this could include: company history; financial performance; organisational structure, senior leadership team and direct reports; biographies of these individuals; perception analysis; operational footprint and technological innovation activity.CONTACT US