Ford Hastings.

Trusted Board Recruitment

Founded in 2003, Ford Hastings are trusted leadership advisors to entrepreneurial businesses.


We help clients and investors build boards and senior management teams. This is for present and future business needs, including succession planning, funding for growth and exit strategies.

We have a fantastic network of executive and non executive talent. We have considerable reach and access to business intelligence and corporate research through our professional affiliations, as well as online search tools.

We actively spend time getting to know candidates well in advance of specific recruitment assignments. We only deal with people we have met.

We are always interested in hearing from individuals who would like to get into our market, particularly if you have worked in a PE/VC environment and been though some kind of transaction or liquidity event as an Executive Director or NED in an MBI, MBO or flotation.

Ethos and Culture

Successful delivery is the lifeblood of our business. We have a high level of referrals and repeat clients.

We are naturally collegiate and see ourselves as business partners.

Our clients tell us that they value our ability to think laterally and demonstrate innovative leadership solutions, not just one-off hiring decisions.


Board Search

Executive Search at board or head of function level - permanent and interim. Psychometric testing where appropriate.

NED Consultancy

Purpose, advice on scope of the role, interview and offer management support.

Leadership Advisory

Leadership development, psychometric testing, management assessment, role and person specifications.

“fh has been Pemberstone’s recruitment advisor for over 10 years. We continue to use them because they know our business needs and use all this knowledge to place the best most appropriate people in front of us. The result is that they've been really successful in recruiting the very best people to our senior teams”

Mark Anslow, CEO, Pemberstone Ventures.


We specialise in board appointments in fast-growing, entrepreneurial businesses. Our broad experience, gained from working in most industry sectors and management disciplines, enables us to operate effectively with a wide range of clients.

We have a particular knowledge of the investment community and many of our clients are in the process of moving through a step-change in corporate maturity, which may involve a significant financial transaction, liquidity event or flotation.

We operate throughout the UK, working alongside, and complementing the skills of private equity investors, family offices, accounting firms and other professional services organisations.

fh. Partners

Vision: To positively transform your business performance by providing you with high impact senior talent.

Tim Hastings - Board Search

Tim has over 20 years board level search experience, having spent his early career at KPMG and EY. With an excellent reputation for delivery, he works closely with investors and business owners, placing CEOs and SMTs into a variety of fast growing entrepreneurial businesses, often PE or VC backed.

Tim's experience encompasses the complete investment cycle from pre-transaction, through funding and scale-up and on to successful exit.
This has given him a very robust network of investors (institutional and private), HNWIs, family offices and NEDs.

Jane Anderson - Leadership

Jane is an experienced business psychologist, leadership advisor and NED. She focuses on organisational and individual growth and development to deliver strategy successfully.

Jane was a founding director of YSC and a key member of the team that built it into a consultancy of international repute and reach. She has over 20 years’ experience winning and then managing global corporate clients as well as other entrepreneurial, PE backed businesses.

Will Hastings - Creative

Will is the Creative Partner at Ford Hastings and originally trained as a graphic designer. His early career was as a Photographer and Videographer which he uses extensively in digital marketing across a broad range of services, principally aimed at the SME market.

In addition to supporting our speaker and dinner events. Will also co-hosts and produces the Ford Hastings podcast, with the first series making the UK top 100 on iTunes. He also launched his own start-up media company called Lightsmiths.

Joe Thomsett - Advisor

Joe started professional life as a Chartered Accountant for a top 50 firm, working with entrepreneurial owner-managed businesses.

He moved into SME management consulting (strategy, marketing), delivering a plethora of value-added projects for an SME client base; such as delivering growth projects and working on successful company turnarounds.

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fh. events

Our team and partners host periodic events and dinners for aspiring Non-Executive Directors and founders hiring boards and management teams.

Event Schedule

Should You Become A Non-Executive Director?

Date: Wednesday 26th February 2020
Time: 9.00 am - 1.00 pm
Where: 20 Birchin Lane, London. EC3V 9DU


  • Pros and cons of NED vs consultancy / advisory

  • Compliance

  • The search process

  • Practical Case Studies and principles learned

  • How to position and market yourself

Total Places Available: 35

Book your place now.

Contact fh.

London Office

Birchin Court, 20 Birchin Lane, London, EC3V 9DU

Phone: 0203 751 9480


Manchester Office

53 King Street, Manchester, M2 4LQ