Why Shirley Parsons Search?

Our unique combination of HSEQ, Sustainability and ESG industry knowledge and exceptional service ensures that our clients can attract the best talent to their organisations while also providing valuable feedback on how the market sees them as potential employers.

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​​​Shirley Parsons worked hard throughout the search to ensure a right match for both candidate and the hiring organization.

​​​​I’ve worked with Shirley Parsons for over 20 years in various roles. When I recently needed to appoint a senior HSES manager with influence and gravitas, I knew where to turn. They understood the brief and conducted a thorough candidate search. I particularly value their focus on communication and engagement. They worked hard throughout the search to ensure a right match for both candidate and the hiring organization. We were pleased with the outcome and would use Shirley Parsons again.

James Pomeroy, Group HSES Director, Lloyd's Register

​​​​I would not hesitate in recommending Shirley Parsons for anyone looking for a senior HSE professional

​​Shirley Parsons reacted quickly to the change in our circumstances and delivered an excellent interim solution. ​Our quick timelines were met well, and customer service was great throughout the assignment. ​I would not hesitate in recommending Shirley Parsons for anyone looking for an HSE professional. They know their market very well and provide a friendly and professional service.

John Lambert, Group Human Resources Director at Interserve Group Limited

​​My experience of using Shirley Parsons Executive Search has been extremely positive, with commercially astute and technically competent professionals being sourced for high-profile roles.

​​​I have appointed Shirley Parsons and her team to deliver a number of critical executive search assignments and have no hesitation in recommending these specialist careers consultants. Deep expertise in the field of health and safety, quality and sustainability mean that the team has trusted long-term relationships with the very best talent in this sector. It is often tricky to find specialists who are also business leaders.

Lynne Graham, People Director at Thames Water

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How we will conduct your search

Shirley Parsons will take a well-thought-out approach to this search that is customer-focused, objective, thorough and confidential.

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The first stage of our process is to understand and define your need. We will meet with a minimum of 2 key stakeholders to discuss in detail and clearly understand your company culture, job specifications and requirements for the ideal candidate.

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Supported by our professional research staff and using our Intelligence Network, we will map both candidates who are already known to us and candidates who fall outside these networks using both primary and secondary sources.

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We use an extensive, multi-stage process to build our shortlists, including:

Exploratory telephone interviews with 40-70 candidates,

A joint internal evaluation to assess each candidate and select 10 candidates for further interviews.

A second interview phase to focus on their technical skills, influencing skills, leadership style, values, motivations and cultural fit.

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We manage the assessment of each shortlisted candidate using our unique MAPP personality and aspiration tool and/or any other testing and assessment tools you may need, and we incorporate the results into the decision-making process.

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The final stage of our search process is managing the listing and onboarding process. We advise you on the motivations of your selected candidate, so you know what to include in your offer. This way, there is a very high chance of acceptance once the offer is submitted.

Partner with Shirley Parsons for Executive EHS & Sustainability Talent

Partnering with Shirley Parsons for your executive search needs can give your business a competitive advantage. Our specialized expertise in the industry allows us to understand the unique challenges and opportunities of your organization. With our tailored search methodology and extensive industry knowledge reaching globally, we can help you identify and attract top talent that will drive cultural transformations and advance your business HSEQ and sustainability strategies.

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Find your next career move with Shirley Parsons

Choosing to partner with Shirley Parsons for your next career move can be key to discovering new opportunities for growth and impact. Our deep understanding of the industry and our commitment to finding the right cultural match means we can connect you with companies that align with your values and goals. With our thorough search methodology and comprehensive support throughout the application process, you can be sure you're taking the right step for your career.

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Meet The Team

Shirley Parsons has developed an executive search offering that can be tailored to our clients' needs. This process has produced exceptional results for both multinational organisations and SMEs. Thanks to our specialization, our clients find better candidates in half the time compared to other companies. We are experts in our field; We interact daily with senior leaders in health, safety, environment, quality and sustainability and understand what it takes to lead these functions.

  • Shirley Parsons

    Shirley Parsons

    Founder & Brand Ambassador

  • Paul Roebuck

    Paul Roebuck

    Group CEO

  • Gerry Pearson

    Gerry Pearson

    Managing Partner

  • Ben Hiner

    Ben Hiner


  • Nick Farkas

    Nick Farkas

    Director of Project Services

  • Sam Chappell

    Sam Chappell

    USA Vice President, Global Operational Excellence

  • Shona Paterson

    Shona Paterson


  • Phillip Muston

    Phillip Muston

    Head of Careers

  • Helen Gibbs

    Helen Gibbs

    Partner & Account Manager

  • Liam Tiddy

    Liam Tiddy

    Head of Search

  • Duncan Cooke

    Duncan Cooke

    Regional Lead

  • Yu Pin Lin

    Yu Pin Lin

    Country Manager - Taiwan

  • Chloe Howard

    Chloe Howard

    Divisional Leader, Shirley Parsons Canada

  • Ryan Binnee

    Ryan Binnee

    Managing Health and Safety Careers Consultant

  • Emily Swindlehurst

    Emily Swindlehurst

    Lead Careers Consultant - Environment & Sustainability

  • Jessica Plested

    Jessica Plested

    Principal Careers Consultant

  • Mike Roebuck

    Mike Roebuck

    Senior Careers Consultant

  • Jonny Montgomery

    Jonny Montgomery

    Head of Project Services - Quality

  • Louie Covello

    Louie Covello

    Managing Consultant

  • Tom Nicholls

    Tom Nicholls

    Principal Consultant

Expert HSEQ, Sustainability Executive Search

Shirley Parsons specialises in HSEQ and Sustainability Executive Search. With deep industry knowledge and exceptional service delivery, we help our clients attract the best talent while providing valuable market feedback. Our well thought-out search process ensures thoroughness, confidentiality and focus on finding the perfect match. Contact us today for tailored executive search solutions to suit your needs.