A smarter, modern approach
to executive search.

"Melanie has been approachable and highly professional. With senior management spending most of the time through the process in different time zones, Melanie ensured we were kept informed at every stage. We were extremely impressed with the calibre of candidates and the efficiency of getting the offer and terms agreed with our new CFO."

Stuart Watts, COOATP Media

"David's drive, determination and desire to succeed, coupled with an exceptional understanding of business needs and identification of relevant talent, result in a formidable talent search partner who goes above and beyond expectations in order to deliver. I have no hesitation in recommending David's services and look forward to working with him again."

Claire Price, CFO Investis Group

"My assignment was challenging as I was recruiting for two positions in London while I am based in Toronto. I was very impressed with Melanie's professionalism - demonstrated by her ability to quickly translate my needs into an accurate job description and her efficiency in screening potential candidates. I would absolutely recommend Melanie to anyone."

Nelson Kuo-Lee, COOEntertainment One

Connecting international talent

We believe organisations are evolving to become more ethical, sustainable and socially responsible, as well as more flexible and agile. We founded Azura Search in London and Amsterdam as we believed businesses want to work with a search Partner who operates in a different way.

The search industry has an influential role in sourcing and coaching tomorrow's leaders and helping people fulfil their potential, so we work collaboratively with our candidates, clients as well as each other to provide adaptable time frames and a holistic international approach to research using our centralised research team. This in turn helps provide a truly diverse talent pool.

We also expect everyone who works for us to focus on building value for our candidates, our clients, as well as themselves. As well as building our business, we help widen the pathway to success for those with less access to opportunity.

We achieve this by giving a proportion of our profits to our charitable foundation and play an active role in working with our long-term charitable partners: Resurgo Trust, Street Child and Evelina London Children’s Hospital. 

Melanie Clark

Managing Director

Melanie's spent 12 years building an extensive network of CEOs, CFOs and other transformational finance leaders. As Managing Director, she leads the Search business working on assignments in London, the UK and internationally; predominantly in TMT, Property and Retail. Previously Melanie was Business Director at a FTSE 250 plc.

Edward Nash-Steer

Partner

Edward has built considerable experience in executive search and interim management over 15 years. With a focus on delivering domestic and international searches for leading technology, retail, consumer goods and leisure organisations, he is known for his speed of hire and commercial acumen. Edward also leads our business transformation practice.

David McDowell

Partner

With over 20 years’ experience, David has executed searches at board level for some of the most globally influential brands. David is known for his pragmatic and intelligent advice as well as his thorough search capability and extensive network. David supports global businesses specialising in sectors such as media, leisure, hospitality and sport.

Paul Thompson

Principal

Paul has 14 years of experience recruiting senior finance professionals and c-suite executives into large multinationals and private equity backed organisations. Based in Amsterdam, he has sourced some of the leading CFOs, finance directors and senior executives for leading international organisations. Paul is known for his solution focussed approach.

International executive search 

We have collectively spent over 50 years perfecting our approach to Executive Search. Together, we have worked hard to build an extensive network and strong client relationships with both listed and private companies; from large global organisations to smaller VC backed businesses.

We appreciate the differing needs of international, transforming and smaller businesses and therefore favour a Partner led delivery approach, taking the time to gain a detailed understanding of our clients’ businesses and providing tailored solutions to specific requirements. Our success comes from our network and down to earth, agile approach.

Source at speed

Our up-to-date network of proven interim executives and senior finance professionals enables us to provide transformational interim talent. Our experience, process and network have resulted in appointments in leading FTSE 100's and other evolving businesses in countries such as the UK, China, the Netherlands and the Middle East. We deliver our interim shortlists quickly ensuring business have the right leadership in place through periods of turnaround or uncertainty. Our interim practice works closely with a variety of organisations to deliver external expertise on a short-term basis providing essential knowledge and experience that would otherwise be unobtainable.

We have delivered interims for a range of projects from CFOs of FTSE listed business through to executives leading business transformation at international organisations.

 

Identify tomorrow's leaders

We work with companies to generate their leadership talent pipeline, allowing our Partners to hire strategically. We work closely with you to identify gaps and plan future hires - giving you an ongoing source of leadership profiles. We both highlight and engage with potential leaders, providing you with the connection so when the time is right, leadership transition is smooth and successful. This ensures hires have the specific experience and skills to transform your business.

Early candidate profiling

Fewer client restrictions

Centralised research team

 A partner-led approach

A global approach

Thorough but agile

A global approach

Giving the next generation the power to fulfil their promise. 

Our charitable foundation supports three long-term charity partners: Street Child, Resurgo Trust and Evelina Children's Hospital. Working together with our partners we give people the power to live their true potential. All staff are foundation members and we give them tangible experiences to connect with our charitable partners. Last year we cycled 470km from our Amsterdam office to our London headquarters, and this year we’re running the Sierra Leone marathon for Street Child. These experiences push us out of our comfort zone, connect us as a team and build deeper relationships. It promotes our collaborative approach and supports how we work with our clients.

London

3 London Bridge St
London
SE1 9SG

44 20 3800 0487

Amsterdam

NL-Amsterdam
Keizersgracht 555, 1017 DR, Amsterdam 

31 20 262 7600