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)





  • "There’s no doubt that Acre are the best when it comes to recruiting sustainability professionals. This is partly down to the high-calibre of candidates they find - but also because they take the time to understand the role, the requirements, and the business to find the perfect match."


    Head of Corporate Responsibility, BSkyB


  • "The Acre team have supported us with business intelligence services through an important period of planning and restructuring. They have provided insightful information and guidance to help us make important decisions with efficiency and confidence. They are always at the end of the phone, are extremely supportive and have been generally marvellous throughout."


    Founder, Uscreates


  • "We consider Acre to be a really valuable partner when it comes to finding the specialist people that we need to deliver for our clients. They know the market better than most, and really understand our business – making the recruitment process much smoother as a result. Plus they’re a great, committed and fun bunch to work with, which also helps!"


    Head of Sustainability, Radley Yeldar


  • "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


  • "The whole team found the process very useful and many of the ‘areas of improvement’ identified in the report are now making their way in to our appraisal process. The comparison against the different groups i.e. leadership and fundamentals was particularly useful in helping the team progress to the next role. I personally have found this to be really useful, firstly in identifying skills matrixes across the team but secondly comparing our team to the industry norm groups. We think we are a high performing team but comparing it to industry has helped confirm where we can improve"


    Simon Walker , Director of Environment, Health & Safety - Mount Anvil


  • "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


  • "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


  • "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


  • "Acre has been a great partner in helping us fulfill our resourcing requirements. The service we have received from the team is truly that of a partner who understands our business and we are always guaranteed an exceptional personal service which is a rarity in this day and age."


    Resourcing Lead, BP


  • "Acre has risen rapidly to become the most specialised CR recruiter in the UK. I have always been impressed with the quality of candidates sent to me and I would have no hesitation to recommend Acre to anyone looking to find new people in the sustainability field."


    Head of European Sustainability Affairs, Samsung

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.