Ford Hastings.

Ford Hastings Search

Founded in 2003 to provide executive search services to both fast growing entrepreneurial businesses and sensitive succession planning for privately owned companies.


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

Ford Hastings has 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 and usually only deal with people we have met face to face. However, given the current crisis this policy has been suspended and we are actively using online video conferencing and resources to ensure continuity for our clients and candidates.

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.

“Ford Hastings 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.


Ford Hastings specialises in executive 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.


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

Tim Hastings - Managing Partner

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.

Joe Thomsett - Partner

Joe is a creative, practical, strategic, cross domain thinker. He helps scale-up founders and boards plot a route to commercial success and investor readiness.

He has a unique blend of skills that includes an understanding of business models, risk and capital management, the maths of business, business development, marketing principles and strategy, content creation and distribution tools, stakeholder management and story telling.

He started life as a Chartered Accountant before moving into SME management consultancy and business strategy

Daryl Woodhouse - Partner

Daryl is a 26-time award-winning adviser & entrepreneur, speaker and trainer. He has 19 years experience helping entrepreneurs, business leaders and their employees achieve a healthy work-life balance, mental fitness, productivity and business growth.

His FTSE Top 10 leadership career combined with success building his own mentoring and training company with success stories helping companies to scale up, which enables Daryl to do what he loves: help many others to reduce stress, live happier and enjoy improved business results.

In more recent years Daryl has spent more of his time as a value adding portfolio NED, Keynote speaker, Business School lecturer, and investor in a number of technology businesses whilst being a proud, hands-on Daddy to his three children.

Katie Maycock - Partner

Katie is a Business Coach and Mentor for
C Suite-level executives as well as a professional speaker with 10 years of corporate sales experience.

She started her career within the recruitment industry and has since worked in every facet of sales, namely Business Development.

She has built her business specifically helping C Suite-level executives to manage their business, stress, health and mindset, creating a strong foundation to scale.

Will Hastings - Partner

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.

Jane Anderson - Partner

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.

Strategic Partners

FH Strategic Partners - Buzzacott
FH Strategic Partners - BHP Accountants
FH Strategic Partners - Gunnercooke
FH Strategic Partners - The Supper Club

Ford Hastings 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 Ford Hastings

London Office

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

Phone: 0203 751 9480


Manchester Office

53 King Street, Manchester, M2 4LQ