Acorn Executive Search

Acorn Executive Search

Acorn are proud to partner with the Welsh Sports Association. The partnership was formed in 2017 to collaborate with WSA members, to strengthen their boards with Non-Exec Directors — in 6 years Acorn have assisted with the placement of 80 plus non-exec board members across Welsh sport, as well as numerous commercial recruitment placements.

Offer to members

  • Acorn’s commercial partnership with the Welsh Sports Association, means that Acorn are able to offer adiscounted rates on commercial recruitment for WSA and all its members in accordance with the WSA rate card. Acorn will also offer the WSA and its members a fixed rate on retained/Executive Recruitment Campaigns, this service will cover:
  1. Full recruitment campaign, including robust candidate pack and/or dedicated microsite. (Welsh translation covered if required). 
  1. Advertising across at least twelve job-boards, including selected EDI partners to drive diversity and social media marketing campaign to raise awareness. 
  1. Full management of all advertising responses, candidates to be briefed, screened, qualified and where suitable supported to proceed with application. 
  1. Full market coverage headhunting to ensure everyone potentially suitable is engaged and encouraged to proceed. 
  1. Contact throughout process, including detailed update meetings at set intervals updating clients on progress. 
  1. Acorn can facilitate video applications, psychometric or other forms of testing as part of application/interview process. 
  1. All applications delivered in a recruitment pack, with recommendations, background info and other key details.  
  1. All interviews arranged and managed by Acorn and candidates supported with preparation. Consultant can attend interviews if required. 

Pro Bono NED Offer

The main objective of the Executive Search Service is to aid WSA member organisations to recruit quality board directors to benefit the development and sustainability of their businesses.  

The Executive Search Service will provide, on a free of charge basis, advertising for NED Vacancies across twelve job boards including Reed, Jobsite, CV Library and a variety of other job boards. This also includes advertising on Acorn’s official website and across Acorn’s main social media accounts. All material and content is reviewed by Acorn’s team to ensure accuracy, maximum engagement, and inclusive language. All applications are collated and shared with the WSA member organisation, following the recruitment deadline.

Where advertising is not sufficient, tailored search and selection campaigns for NED vacancies at discounted rates are available. Please contact the team below:

Paul Anscombe
07766 246 995

Welsh Judo recently recruited two independent directors with strong commercial backgrounds via Acorn’s Executive Search service. We now have the right people, with the right skills, in the right place.

Darren Warner, CEO Welsh Judo

The service provided was professional, supportive and expert in nature, and resulted in a number of high calibre candidates joining the team. We would certainly rely on this service again in future

Peter Hybart, CEO Cricket Wales

Established, honest and reliable; Acorn is one of the UK’s leading recruiters, consistently recognised for providing award-winning recruitment solutions. With a network of branches and specialist divisions based throughout the UK, we provide local and national permanent, temporary and contract recruitment support. For us it’s about more than simply filling roles. We know that honest recruitment develops careers, grows businesses, fulfils ambitions and changes lives. Our specialist divisions: Accountancy & Finance | Construction, M&E | IT & Digital | Rail | Aerospace & Defence | Driving & Logistics | Industrial & Manufacturing | Legal | Technical & Engineering | Commercial & Office Support | Energy | International | Life Sciences

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