Diversity Recruitment

Diversity Recruitment

Diverse Leadership Talent

Savannah Group is committed to diversity of gender, ethnicity and thought. As a specialist Executive Search and Interim firm we have more than 15 years’ experience placing diverse candidates into senior leadership teams. We have a fresh approach and are passionate about helping leadership teams achieve greater business performance through access to a diverse range of talent.

Mckinsey’s 2018 report ‘Delivering Through Diversity’ found that of 386 UK and US businesses, gender representation stands at 14% while ethnic and cultural diversity stands at 13% in executive teams. As a testament to our ability to access high quality and diverse senior leaders, 40% of appointments were of a diverse candidate.

Our service is tailored and personal, and as a result we are trusted by some of the most forward-thinking businesses internationally to help them acquire high quality, diverse senior leaders.


Diverse Candidate Appointments Last Year


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Experienced. Thorough. Proven.

It’s not difficult to create a list of diverse candidates. It’s meeting, listening, and forming relationships which takes time, but is necessary in order to build trust and credibility. As diverse candidates become increasingly highly sought after, accessing them becomes much harder as they are frequently approached by many businesses. Why would your brief stand out?

Each of our partners has 15 years+ experience of building extensive global networks of exceptional candidates.  Candidates know us, trust us, take our calls and will listen to your businesses proposition because of this. Through this access, we are able to tackle diversity issues head on to ensure future clients are receiving the best candidates from the broadest pools of talent.

“The Hampton-Alexander Review team would like to congratulate Savannah Group for excelling in their work to further diversity and inclusion in the recruitment of senior leaders at Board, Executive and direct report level.”


Diversity Recruitment

Our Six Step Approach

Statistics show that gender, ethnic and cultural diverse individuals are under-represented at executive level. In order to source and acquire the best diverse talent, it frequently requires searching lies beyond the obvious markets. We have networks that expand across continents, and the research capability to explore all relevant markets.

1. Succession

Creating talent banks through our diverse global connections and networks to build succession.

2. Overcoming Barriers

Advising our clients on effective BAME recruitment strategies and how to overcome barriers whilst maintaining candidate quality.

3. Candidate Openness

Working with Candidates by providing an environment of openness and healthy criticism.

4. Board Level Conversation

Confidential Board and Senior Executive succession planning around all aspects of diversity and inclusion strategies.

5. Representation

Ensuring our clients are well represented both technically and strategically at board level.

6. Accountability

Making ourselves accountable and building it into our delivery. We are partners not suppliers.


Diversity plays a key role in unlocking a business’s maximum potential. The 2018 ‘Delivering Through Diversity’ Mckinsey report found that companies that demonstrated the highest levels of cultural diversity were 33% more likely to have industry-leading profitability than those lacking diversity. At Savannah, we have a proven track record of consistently producing exceptional candidate shortlists of individuals from a diverse range of cultural and professional backgrounds.


Diversity isn’t just about ensuring that teams are culturally diverse; it is also about valuing difference and allowing the various strengths and skills that different members of the team have to come through. It is no use increasing the number of diverse individuals in a leadership team if they don’t feel supported enough to be able to present and have their views listened to. As a way of understanding the different personalities of leaders, we have developed a transformational leadership tool to ensure that the right support mechanisms are in place for both our team and our clients to achieve the benefits of diverse perspectives.

Unconscious Bias

We all harbor unconscious biases that influence our perceptions and judgments of others. As a business, we spend a lot of its time interviewing and assessing individuals. To help overcome these preconceived ideas we actively recognise that distortions occur, question why we have been socialised to think this way, and take necessary steps to reduce the impact of our preconceived biases on our behaviours when networking and building relationships with candidates.

Accessing Diverse Candidates Internationally

Savannah Group quickly demonstrated a deep knowledge of the talent pool, and were able to call on their wide ranging network to inform the search process. We challenged them for a diverse short list of high calibre candidates and they delivered.  It was a pleasure to work with Savannah on this search and I’m delighted that we were able to complete this critical appointment within our targeted timescale.

Patrick Bermingham, Group HRD

Very responsive, found quality people for us and quickly understood our culture to find people that are a strong fit. Even if there have been challenges they have always found a way to solve the problems and create solutions. The partnership and collaboration has been a positive for us.

Sebastien Froidefond, Chief Human Resources Officer

We knew there would not be many people in the market with the skill set we wanted so we needed a global approach. The added complexity of the search was the accelerated pace we asked them to work at, which they did successfully without compromising on quality.

Maira Kokkinou, VP Talent Acquisition

Featured Article

Bringing Diversity To Your Organisation

Creating a more diverse organisation is a key point on almost every board’s agenda. Whether the business is facing quotas, investor demands or public scrutiny, business leaders are increasingly interested in seeing a diverse selection of candidates when hiring for new positions.

As a result, we are regularly asked how we can tap into diverse talent pools at the early stages of a search. In some extreme cases, a client may have already singled out a specific minority to hire (which is both short-sighted and potentially discriminatory).

In this rush to bring diverse talent to an organisation, few stop to ask themselves why they are actually doing this. What is it about the sex or race of a particular candidate that makes them the best fit? What does the company hope to gain by seeking out a more diverse group of candidates in general?

Answering those important questions holds the key to unlocking the potential of a diverse organisation, and that requires redefining what diversity is.

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Who We Are

Committed To Diversity

Our partners operate at the highest level of the market, focusing on Board, C-Level Corporate Functions and appointments in key sectors. We were one of the first Executive Search signatories to the voluntary code of conduct to address gender diversity on corporate boards, more than 1/3rd of our partners are female and we are partnered with the Windsor Leadership Trust and their programme to support Black and Asian leaders.

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Inspiring Black and Asian Leaders

We are delighted to support Windsor Leadership in the launch of their new programme to support Black and Asian Leaders.

The Inspiring Black and Asian Leaders Programme offers senior leaders from differing sectors the opportunity to engage in a challenging, thought-provoking and inspiring environment and shape an energising vision for how and where they lead in the future

Executive Search

With more than a decade of experience in identifying and securing high performing executives, Savannah offers a rigorous global search process based on deep functional and industry knowledge.

Interim Management

From business transformation to crisis management, our experienced team, integrated interim and search practices, and accelerated search process secures for you the senior leaders needed to drive short-term fundamental change.

Market Intelligence

Market leading businesses are increasingly asking us for detailed market intelligence to either help inform current searches or to understand landscapes as foundations for future searches. We offer market intelligence reports and mapping as a stand-alone service, giving you a complete 360 degree view of relevant talent.

Featured Report

2018 FTSE Board Appointment Analysis

The first report in a new quarterly series provides an analysis of board and executive appointments within the FTSE 100 and FTSE 250 in 2018. Among other observations, the analysis shows a significant increase in gender diversity amongst the non-executive director appointments however a significant shortfall in diversity amongst the executive director appointments.

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