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About Us

Since our launch in 2003, GatenbySanderson has built a people business with service as its core. We work with some of the UK’s most influential leaders responsible for shaping our communities, our national security and prosperity, our education, healthcare and charity to others. We are the only executive search and development business dedicated to public services. Our ambition remains to be at the heart of those things that matter most to society.

We are market leaders in five of our chosen markets and have pursued an active growth plan since launch. Our Leadership and Talent Consultancy practice has doubled its contribution in the last 12 months as well as being the sole provider of senior civil service talent assessment. In Executive Search, we continue to deliver year on year growth, establishing new markets and specialisms.

We have also made significant headway into newer markets like Housing and Higher Education, offering clients greater insight across sectors, board expertise and a ceaseless drive to deliver diversity in its broadest sense. Our Technology and Transformation practice has appointed some of the country’s leading technology experts to transform data, infrastructure and security across the public landscape. 

Recent appointments

Here are some of the recent appointments we have made:

Chief Executive, Maritime and Coastguard Agency
Commercial Director, Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
Chief Executive, Relate
Director of International Relations, NHS Confederation
Director of Social Inclusion, University of Warwick
National Director of Clinical Services – Freedom from Torture
Chief Executive Officer, National Cancer Research Institute
Director of Emergency Services and Island Security, Falkland Islands Government
Chief Executive, Liverpool City Council
Director of Parks, The Royal Parks
Chair, General Medical Council
Chief Data and Digital Insights Officer, Competition & Markets Authority
Director of Sales and Marketing, One Housing Group
Chief Executive, National Cancer Research Institute
Chief Officer, Greater London Authority
Chief Information Security Officer, University of Nottingham
Chief Executive, Student Loans Company Ltd (SLC)
Office of Government Procurement, Garda Commissioner

Our sectors

Central Government

We bring our skill and experience to some of the largest and most complex organisations on public life. Government departments, their executive agencies and arm's length bodies choose us because of strength, depth and diversity of our networks.


Our specialist teams recruit and develop strategic corporate, academic and board leaders across both Higher and Further Education at the most senior levels.


We are the number one provider of recruitment services for senior executive and board appointments in NHS organisations, due to our depth of understanding of the NHS, our candidate care and our networks.


It is a fascinating time in the sector and with no sign of the housing crisis abating, we are proud to be at the very heart of developing solutions for the future.

Local Government

No one has more experience of hiring into senior positions for local government than we do. From health to social care; assets to enterprise, growth and place; to finance and resources we thrive on looking further to find the leaders of the future.

Not for Profit

Our Not for Profit Practice works right across a diverse and vibrant sector to identify fresh talent and develop exceptional leadership capability. Our team brings expertise, curiosity and insight to all aspects of our work.


We are outright market leaders in appointing high profile, politically sensitive Executive and often multiple Board / Council / Panel and committee roles, with a proven track record in diversity.


We support senior digital, data and technology appointments working across Government, Higher Education, the NHS and Housing. We have a reputation for exceptional candidate and client care, lateral and thorough search and collaboration.


We understand the challenges of appointing senior leaders into faith organisations, particularly where there is a Genuine Occupational Requirement for the postholder to be a committed and practising member of a specific faith and/or be sympathetic to its Mission.

Community Protection & Defence

With unrivalled expertise across the Central Government Departments at the heart of protecting our communities, we work with the Home Office, the Ministry of Justice and Ministry of Defence and their Executive Agencies, NDPBs and Arm’s Length Bodies. We also support our Policing and Fire & Rescue Services nationally, including the Offices of our elected Police & Crime Commissioners. We help equip a diverse blend of uniformed and non-uniformed talent, offering a full transformation, culture change and resourcing solution.

Our values

We keep our values simple and meaningful so that living them makes GS a better place to work and our working lives have meaning. Our values can be summed up in three words: Collaboration, Courage and Curiosity.

Collaboration – we believe working together brings out the best in people creating open, inclusive and inspiring environments. We make time to build relationships, trust others and give people freedom to make decisions.

Courage – we challenge the status quo and speak up when we have something to contribute. We are prepared to try new ideas and fail, if that means we learn what to improve next time.

Curiosity – we have a relentless appetite to know more and think differently. We question, challenge and explore to constantly build ours and others’ knowledge.