Non-executive Search

Driving strategic oversight, culture and purpose to your organisation

Chairs and Non-Executive Directors  play key role in any organisation’s governance, but they also have the potential to do so much more than that. The right people can provide valuable independent mindsets and bring fresh creative and strategic thinking to tackle challenges. They can also embrace ambassadorial roles that help develop connections and drive growth. This is why we apply the same, rigorous, approach to NED briefs that we take to Executive Search.

We deploy our full range of resources, skills and experience, including access to our NXD Academy and Development Programme, alongside a rigorous search methodology and working collaboratively with you, we will build a progressive Chair or NED profile and provide innovative thinking on how best to attract the expertise that will empower your business to overcome challenges, drive change and help you achieve, or exceed, corporate ambitions.

STV recently selected FWB to undertake the search for a non-executive director to join the PLC Board.  In addition to holding the requisite non-executive experience, the appointee was required to have previously been a member of a remuneration committee, ideally in the role of chair, in a listed company context.  This immediately placed a filter on the search process narrowing the field, however, the team at FWB were unphased.


Through the process FWB identified a strong shortlist of potential candidates, all of whom met the specific criteria of the brief and our requirements for diversity.  The successful appointee has now taken up their position on the Board.  We subsequently appointed FWB to support the business with an executive search process and look forward to working with the team again in the future.

Suzanne Burns

HR & Communications Director, STV plc

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.