The Power Of Talent

Cross industry global expertise

Deep sector and market knowledge, internationally

Sectors Public Sector

During the last twenty years, Harvey Nash Executive Search’s team focusing on political or idea-driven organisations and companies, has acquired considerable expertise and networks in areas such as:

  • Trade associations
  • Employers' federations
  • Non-profit organisations
  • State and municipal-owned companies
  • Public administration


The Government and Public Services practice at Harvey Nash has a proven track record of identifying first-rate leadership talent within both the public and private sectors, and transferring it to our public sector clients in central and local government, housing and education.

Our team has world-class expertise gained from personal experience of successfully leading organisations within the public sector. We work broadly within the public sector, but the focus of our service lies within executive search, assessments and board reviews. Our deep experience from the political sector gives us a thorough understanding of how to handle official documents in accordance with the principle of public access. We are also able to advise clients on how to approach issues such as diversity at board level and interim solutions.

We excel not only in individual search, but also large-scale team re-organisation and functional design. Our search assignments work because we manage clients and candidates alike - with insight, empathy and first class sector knowledge.

The sector

We see an increased flow of talent between the private and public sectors – which expands the available talent pool to the benefit of both sectors. The drive for value for money, greater focus on customer centricity and adopting more commercial approaches, also means that public bodies are increasingly looking to import senior executive skills and experience from the private sector. In the opposing direction, outsourcing of public services to the private sector is also fuelling demand for individuals with relevant leadership experience.

Public sector companies and organisations often face the same challenges as the private sector in terms of leadership succession. The fact that the sector is democratically governed, however, adds extra complexity to leadership assignments within the public area.

For public sector organisations, just as in the commercial sector, leaders who can drive through strategic change and win the widespread buy-in of their colleagues are essential for success.