We are dedicated to finding leaders.


Hill Coates Associates is a strategic-level executive search firm, recruiting senior executives for client organisations and investors and offering a range of leadership consultancy and advisory services. We regard people as a key resource in any successful organisation.

Hill Coates Associates “headhunts” candidates for a range of appointments from main board directors and executive committee members through to functional heads, country managers and other specialists. We also place chairmen and non-executive directors as well as operating partners and management teams in private equity-backed companies. We focus predominantly on UK based businesses, but are also able to execute assignments internationally though membership of the IMD International Search Group.

Hill Coates Associates is dedicated to finding executives to lead and innovate, and recognises the importance of having the right person in the right job to allow an organisation to fulfil its full potential in the optimum time. We offer management assessment, leadership and executive coaching service for boards, management teams and key individuals as well as succession planning. Senior executives often consult us on career development, and this can open up interesting possibilities both in publicly quoted and private equity-backed businesses.


Hill Coates Associates has a strong executive search methodology and believes that the start point for each assignment should be an in-depth understanding of the client organisation, its aims and strategy, and how these relate to the role to be filled. In order to secure the right candidate, he or she needs to be well supported by the search consultant, who acts as a conduit of information between the hiring organisation.  Candidates wider lives will be very much affected by a career move so we regard them as a precious resource and not just a commodity.

Hill Coates Associates uses a tried and trusted process based on sound analysis and research to pinpoint and engage with a manageable number of qualified and interested candidates. This process protects and supports both client and candidate throughout the assignment, not least in the interview process, the subsequent negotiations and the actual appointment.

Our consultants are organised into sector practices appropriate to their previous business or industry activity in which they have had comprehensive executive experience. Through this they have gained significant, valuable and relevant senior management insight. We are essentially a management consultancy business whose end product is senior executive recruitment. A sector specialist consultant is always positioned at an early stage thus providing continuity over the winning, execution and conclusion of each assignment.

We undertake a debriefing after every assignment and contact both candidate and hiring manager at the three and six month points to check satisfaction. We encourage deep and long-term client relationships to achieve repeat business with few ‘off-limits’ restrictions.

Why we are different

Hill Coates’s consultants have all held senior management and leadership roles in business so understand about recruiting the right individuals and building the best teams. We understand the strategic, operational and practical implications of these important decisions and the team to which you delegate the assignment takes it right through to completion.

Hill Coates Associates provides a level of service that can only come from a focused and dedicated firm and our consultants have all made a conscious decision to operate in an independent, strategic level, consultancy-led business. As such our firm is an agile resource available to those in leadership roles that can be utilized at short notice to deliver carefully targeted results in a timely and committed fashion. We work swiftly and accurately as the strategic partner to large or developing organisations to winning effect.

Hill Coates Associates maintains the values of the traditional executive search firms but places these in a new era supported by the technology of the digital age and a network of independent firms throughout the world. This enables us to have a long reach, well beyond UK borders, yet essentially supporting UK organisations. Through identifying and attracting the right leaders Hill Coates Associates makes a vital contribution to the success of the enterprise and to shareholder or investor value.


Hill Coates Associates focuses mainly on organisations headquartered or having a major international hub in the UK & Ireland. Often we are required to execute assignments in other countries and we do this though our independent partner companies of the IMD International Search Group currently covering 22 countries. We also execute assignments in the UK & Ireland originated by other IMD member firms for customers headquartered in their home countries.

Our membership of the IMD network means that clients can brief us at the most convenient location to themselves, in the knowledge that our search will extend to as many countries as necessary to find the right person for the position. All IMD partners have been rigorously assessed and share the same professional standards and objectives. All managing consultants meet twice a year and they and many consultants are personally known to one another. The level of commitment is high and the network provides an excellent alternative to the large international sales-driven firms where the same sort of focus is seldom achieved. The location of IMD partner firms is shown to the right: