Executive & non-executive search

Our in-depth knowledge and extensive network helps us find talented,
influential leaders for innovative organisations.


Acre is trusted by world-leading organisations, from NGOs to blue chip, to place senior people in roles
that drive forward their sustainability, CR, health & safety or energy agendas.

Our networks

Our global network of senior executives operating at or near board level includes well-known business and thought leaders from the private, public and third sectors. We look for people who are passionate about tackling social and environmental issues, and realise the commercial benefits of purposeful leadership.

Nurturing diversity

Evidence shows that companies with diverse teams and boards yield higher levels of profitability. Acre is committed to supporting diversity, equality and inclusion. As a key stakeholder in the recruitment process, this is both an obligation and an opportunity for a future-fit business.

Fostering partnerships

We approach every search as a partnership. Our experienced consultants recognise the skills required to drive the ambitious agendas of our clients. They’re supported by a team of dedicated researchers who approach the marketplace with professionalism and discretion.

We can help you develop more impactful leaders & teams

Speak to our team:

Catherine Harris, Principal Consultant

Catherine.Harris@acre.com | +44 (0)20 7400 5570

The case for

The Social Board

(and how to build one)





  • "Laing O’Rourke have a vision for doing safety differently and this requires that not only do we approach the subject with a different mindset but that we consider the sort of attributes and characteristics that our people require to be successful in this new paradigm. Acre Frameworks gives us the insight required to allow both the organisation and, more importantly, the individual to focus on areas of strength and opportunity allowing both to excel in these areas of new challenge"


    John Green, Health, Safety and Environment Director – Laing O’Rourke


  • "Acre was the only specialist search firm able to assist with our CSR search requirement. They were professional and extremely knowledgeable and we would not have been able to hire the talent we did without their expert assistance."


    EMEA Resourcing Manager, Bank of America


  • "The feedback provided from the assessment process run by Acre Frameworks has enabled Keepmoat to fully analyse and understand the development needs of its senior SHEQ team. This is invaluable to Keepmoat as although the managers have the right technical skills, there is a need for them to have stronger management and leadership skills as their roles evolve in a growing business"


    Tony Leach, Health, Safety and Environment Director - Keepmoat


  • "Tenacious Acre. The team persevered and delivered what seemed an impossible recruit. I thoroughly recommend the use of Acre’s services."


    CSR Manager, Burberry


  • "Thanks very much for your professionalism and perseverance in driving through this difficult specialist recruitment. We particularly liked your understanding of the candidate brief and the way you spotted the talents who fitted the mark. In addition to this you have been excellent with your organisation and helped me to keep track of the status of each candidate. Overall - an excellent working relationship resulting in a good conclusion to the recruit."


    Head of Strategy, BT Global Services


  • "Frameworks is the kind of innovative and bold move we have come to expect from Acre. This initiative leads the way in driving a much needed change in the Health and Safety profession and confirms Acre’s place as market leader. The feedback from assessing the entire Lend Lease Health and Safety team has allowed us to refocus, engage, and develop our people to drive our organisational goal of creating an incident and injury free workplace. Utilising this tool as part of their recruitment offering, Acre support us in making informed hiring decisions and seamlessly transition new staff from recruitment into development"


    Martin Coyd, Director of Environment, Health & Safety, Europe - Lend Lease


  • "Acre is the first place I go for CR recruitment. They know the field of CR and sustainability so understand the challenges we face. But more importantly, they always have at their finger-tips a pool of high-calibre candidates that we can quickly access to fill any skills gaps we've identified. As a result, we've established a very productive working relationship."


    Director of Corporate Responsibility, Virgin Media


  • "Marks & Spencer worked with Acre on specific energy assignments and they understood our recruitment needs well. Their knowledge of the marketplace was impressive and they brought an informed and professional approach to the process."


    Senior Recruitment Manager, Marks & Spencer


  • "When it came to recruit a Sustainable Development Manager, we looked for an organisation that specialised in this discipline and could work to a high standard. Acre did not disappoint - and the level of service provided was first class. Despite a very focused and defined job role, they were efficient in providing a shortlist of qualified candidates from which we were able to select an applicant of quality."


    Head of HR, Eurotunnel


  • "Galliford Try used Acre to recruit a CR Manager to the business. The process they followed in matching our requirements with those of potential candidates was very thorough and ensured we received a high quality shortlist. They provided excellent support throughout the process which enabled us to secure our preferred candidate."


    Group Human Resources Director, Galliford Try

Executive Search Case Studies

VP of Social Responsibility for Lego

Ambitious sustainable materials and renewable energy targets triggered the expansion of Lego’s Social Responsibility and Engagement Team, and in turn created the need for an individual who would define Lego’s social and environmental responsibility approach.

Chief Safety Officer at The Bangladesh Accord on Fire and Building Safety

The Accord is a ground breaking agreement between over 200 global retail brands and the world’s two largest trade unions, with the aim of improving the safety conditions of c.3 million garment workers in Bangladesh. With a limited time frame to launch, Acre was retained to hire the first two employees – the Executive Director and Chief Safety Inspector, both rare profiles, yet vital to the success of the initiative.