by John Purkiss, co-founder

Executive search

I have worked in executive search since 1997 when I joined Heidrick & Struggles. I set up the CFO Practice in the London office and recruited finance directors. Having been promoted to partner, I began recruiting chief executives and non-executive directors too. In 2001 my colleagues and I started Purkiss&Company. We recruit at board level for small companies, and at board and executive-committee level for companies in the FTSE 100, FTSE Mid-250 or international equivalent. Our methodology is search by research, which enables us to find the best possible candidates.

“Many thanks for a successful search, the field you brought together was first class and we’re very pleased to be getting Andrew.”
Jeremy Lewis, Chief Executive, Universe Group Plc, May 2015

Personal branding

David Royston-Lee and I have spoken on the subject of personal branding and personal development for companies and business schools in several countries.

“John came on board to help my team of writers and video presenters understand how to better hone their online personalities. He engaged with each person individually, made sure that they were comfortable with the process and the results, and offered not just a skill boost but also a morale boost from his work.”
Jon Squires, CEO, iBus Media

“John has delivered talks to both our Executive MBA and MBA programmes on personal branding and the feedback both times has been stellar. John is the best speaker on personal branding I have heard. Highly recommended.”
Jon Milnthorpe, Career Services Manager at Hult International Business School

Case study


A new CEO for Lo-Q (Accesso)

Our Team

John Purkiss

John recruits chief executives, finance directors and other board members. He spent his early career with The First National Bank of Chicago, Mercury Asset Management and OC&C Strategy Consultants. John co-founded a software company and then worked in sales and marketing, in the UK, Belgium and France. In 1997 he joined the London office of Heidrick & Struggles, where he built up the CFO Practice and was promoted to partner. In 2001 he co-founded Purkiss&Company, which became the board practice of Veni Partners in 2012. In 2015 Veni Partners was sold and Purkiss&Company regained its independence. John studied economics at St John’s College, Cambridge and has an MBA from INSEAD, where he was awarded the Henry Ford II Prize. He speaks French, German and Spanish. www.johnpurkiss.com

Serena McCall

Serena is a research associate with Purkiss&Company. She has worked on board-level assignments in a wide range of sectors. Serena previously worked at Amadeus (the global travel distribution company based in Sophia Antipolis, France), and then at KPMG and Sotheby’s. Serena has a BA in business studies from Brighton University.


How to be Headhunted

If you are looking for a senior executive position – or a seat on the board – this book will tell you what you need to know. Learn about the search industry and the prominent firms within it. Understand the recruitment process and make it work to your advantage. Identify the search firms that specialise in your sector or job function. Prepare a persuasive covering letter and a ‘headhunter-friendly’ CV. Build long-term relationships with search consultants. Headhunting has long been shrouded in mystique. This book is the insider’s guide, packed with practical tips to help you approach executive search firms

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Brand You

In the modern workplace, clearly defined hierarchies are on the wane, few of us have ‘jobs for life’ and many of us have portfolio careers or are self-employed. In these self-reliant times, it’s essential to be remembered for the right reasons. Brand You will help you develop a powerful personal brand. It starts by helping you identify your talents and values, and the archetype(s) that express what you do and the way you do it. (E.g. the Ruler, the Hero, the Creator.) Then it shows you how to communicate all of this, both on- and offline. Brand You will help you attract the opportunities that really interest you.


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