Executive search & leadership advisory services

Multi-sector specialists

Executive Leadership Programmes

A business with an unwavering dedication and passion for connecting the right people with the right roles servicing your clients and your candidates.

Stephen McGee

Scottish Friendly CEO

I can think of very few advisory businesses founded during the period of my long career that can match the level of continuous excellence of FWB and who are still going strong today. A truly outstanding company.

Bob Brannan

Chairman of Walkers Shortbread & Plural Private Equity NXD

When I recommend FWB, people never really drill into what you do, or even how you do it. They always really ask why are you recommending them? The answer is always down to Trust and Teamwork. I trust your judgement and that you will always put the client’s interests ahead of your own.

Cahal Dowds

Chairman of Continuum Advisory Partners and ex Deloitte Partner

The recruitment market is tough, especially managing through economic cycles. What has differentiated FWB is a high-class relationship management. Our support from the new directors show that they will continue to have the same values and commitment to superior service, and the business will continue to flourish.

Craig Graham

Chair of Spartans and ex KPMG Partner

Thank you to FWB for your fantastic support in recruiting top talent over many years. You understood our business and ‘got’ our culture, and as a result some of our best people have come in via a FWB search. As well delivering results, you’ve always been a joy to work with.

Scott McCroskie

Edrington CEO

We’re experts in executive search and senior leadership development

Headquartered in Edinburgh, FWB is a leading UK wide boutique Executive Search & Board Advisory firm. In addition to working with clients in all industry and business sectors on search mandates, we deliver a variety of services including management due-diligence, remuneration benchmarking and executive education through our partnership with the University of Edinburgh Business School.

We’re experts in executive search and the development of senior talent via assessment, development programmes and maximising the value of professional networks. Across our delivery teams we have both deep sector and discipline knowledge and we have been providing the results our clients require of us for over 30 years.

We put our clients at the core of everything we do and have offices in Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Newcastle and London with clients in almost every part of the world. Our range of services and consultative approach are geared to supporting our main purpose and that is to enable our clients to recruit the senior talent they require to meet with their corporate and organisational objectives.

We believe in being straightforward, easy to work with and engaging. Our communication style is equally straightforward, jargon free and our approach is proven to be highly effective and successful.

We deliver results.

Our global reach

FWB has recruited candidates in over 50 countries across the world, providing a truly global service. Some of our key placements are highlighted below.


Director of Operations


Given our comprehensive experience and track record within both the drinks and wider consumer good markets, Beam Suntory engaged FWB to identify a new Director of Operations to run its fully integrated distilling, bottling and distribution operation in Ireland. This newly created role was to assume responsibility for the development of all Irish whiskey production and the growth of the business unit for the Group. The search attracted a wide range of candidates in the UK, Irish and North American markets, with the successful candidate relocating to take up the post.

Head of India Operations


Having worked with Sky to recruit a number of key appointments throughout the UK within Customer, Sales, Digital and Operations, FWB were approached to carry out a global search for the appointment of the Head of Operations in India. The search included local, international relocation and remote based candidates with outsourced customer operations experience and a successful and diverse hire was made who has since been promoted into a new role within Sky.

Chief Scientific Officer


With a strong track record in both Life Sciences as well as the Not for Profit Sector FWB was appointed to conduct a global search across Galvmeds key locations in Kenya, India and Scotland to recruit their next Chief Scientific Officer. A truly international search, including many of the top life sciences and animal health and vaccinology organisations, resulted in a diverse shortlist of candidates from 7 different countries and a successful appointment in Kenya being made.


Texas, USA

Working closely with energy technology private equity firm, Energy Ventures, FWB were tasked with appointing a CEO to lead their portfolio company, Morphpackers, through a significant phase of growth and subsequent exit. Operating in a niche technical area, this search was a highly specialised, targeted process whereby the focus was on identifying and attracting a small pool of relevant candidates from the competitor landscape across the US. Our search resulted in a successful appointment being made in Houston, Texas.