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The Search Team


Penny Daniels

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Penny has worked in HR / People Recruitment for nearly a decade, starting at FTSE250 firm Hays, before moving into Executive Search and working for specialist boutiques in London. Sat within more traditional businesses, she made a name for herself placing forward-thinking People & Talent leaders into fast-growth Tech companies, and finally launched The Search in 2021, with a more dedicated focus on finding really innovative People professionals. When not working, Penny spends her time with her two young children, Ziggy and Pixie, and her dog Sausage.

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Hannah McIntosh
Executive Assistant

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Hannah, is a seasoned Executive Assistant with a remarkable track record of providing invaluable support to teams of all sizes within thriving businesses across the UK and Australia. Her experince is a perfect fit to drive operational efficiency and contribute to the continued success of our brand.
Her passion for attention to detail, coupled with her personable nature make her an invaluable asset to the team and we are thrilled to have Hannah on board, confident that her contributions will shape a future filled with even greater achievements.

Why us?

Why us?

We’re highly specialist
We are a niche HR Executive Search firm, solely specialising in recruiting Chief People Officers and their leadership teams. We are experts in hiring Board Directors and Functional Leaders across the People function; People Operations, Culture, Talent, L&D, Talent Acquisition, Inclusion and Reward.  We have an extensive network in this space and can access exceptional talent incredibly quickly. We work across the UK and globally, and can support on Permanent, FTC and Executive Interim assignments.

We’re forward-thinkers
We understand that HR is evolving, in a deeper and more important way than just a cosmetic shift from "HR" to "People" job titles. We work with leaders that are passionate about the future of HR; data-driven people operations, cultural change, inclusion, wellbeing and engagement. Finding the right People Leader is one of the most important decisions any organisation can make. We help businesses become fit for the future by partnering them with the most innovative HR leaders, who are at the forefront of change in the industry and who can offer true commercial value. 

We’re boutique
We're small and we're highly specialist, meaning we offer a more personal and cost-effective way of working than larger, more corporate Executive Search firms. We also work with the pace and flexibility you'd expect from contingency models, but with deep and proactive market mapping, expertise and research. We don’t justify our fees through process for the sake of process, and we offer complete transparency throughout. We work as an extension of your brand, becoming a true partner and key stakeholder, and you'll have the same point of contact throughout.

We’re relationship driven
We are on a mission to deliver Executive Search in a more human way. We work in a people business and ultimately, we differentiate ourselves on the depth of our relationships and our personal, honest and authentic way of working. We work as a true partner, ensuring that both our candidates and clients are represented in the best way possible. 
We’re tech driven
 We’re HR geeks, but we’re Tech geeks too! The Search was built around efficiency, and we've built our internal systems and processes around key tools and software meaning we can serve our customers better. Our investment in Technology means that we can deliver transparent and regular updates, and properly track Diversity & Inclusion metrics.

We're committed to Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
We know that diverse teams make more competitive, innovative and successful teams, and we are hugely passionate about helping businesses become more inclusive and equitable. We challenge and support our clients, think outside of the traditional Search “Box”, champion the less-experienced but high-potential and aspire to a minimum 30% BAME candidate representation and 50/50 gender diversity on every search we work on.  We proactively engage with a wide variety of professional bodies to promote diversity within our talent pools and our networks, and we ensure the People Executives we work with are true Inclusion champions. We also run regular events with the aim to share best practice around EDI.

(Side note: Yes we mean equity, not equality, it's not a typo, and if you want to know more, come have a chat with us!)



Our success depends on our relationships, which are built on trust, transparency and honesty. We work with a human approach, and get to know our candidates and clients on a personal level. We passionately believe that everyone should be able to be their authentic selves at work.


We are always asking questions, and  looking to learn more about the world around us. We want to understand as much as possible about the world of People & Talent, our clients and candidates, and about ourselves. We welcome feedback and we're always looking to understand how we can improve. 


To us, inclusivity means celebrating difference, leading with empathy, treating people with respect, being open to broadening our viewpoints, being humble and admitting our shortcomings, and embracing positive change. We challenge and support our clients to do the same.


Bravery runs through everything we do. It takes bravery to be different. It took bravery to take the leap to starting our own business, challenge traditional ways of doing things, and only work with clients who share our values. It takes bravery to speak the truth. and it takes bravery to change. But only by doing difficult things, will you grow.


We want our clients to enjoy working with us so much that they refer us. We want to ultimately be remembered as excellent at what we do - from the depth of our expertise, the personal level of our service, the ability to always speak to us, and for the complete commitment to achieve the right outcome, every time.


Working with charities that we care about is hugely important to us, and one of the reasons we started to launch our own business. We donate 1% of all profits split equally between Children with Cancer UK and Women’s Aid


 “If you're looking to hire a PEOPLE person for your business, look no further. Can't recommend Penny Daniels enough. Thanks Penny for the incredible value you brought to us with our search for an extraordinary people leader.”

Founder / CEO, Series A Tech Scale-Up

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