Executive Action Logo, 20 years of forward thinking

Executive Action is the best in the business
Jamie Buchan, CEO

I couldn’t commend Anne and her colleagues more highly… a brilliant service
Marc Wolman

I received an excellent service from Executive Action tailored exactly to my needs
Simon Oakes, Senior Civil Servant

Executive Action are demonstrably experienced in their field, well-connected and always went that extra mile
Ash Marston, Head of IT

Executive Action are a pleasure to work with, even after placement they keep in contact to ensure all is well
Chris Browning, Managing Director

Having someone to talk things through with, to support me and push me to focus my ideas was fantastic
David Blackwood, Group Finance Director

Empowering and very time-effective way of answering some key questions
Clara Swinson, Senior Civil Servant

Its great strength is that it is tuned to the individual instead of process-driven
Peter Whittle, Group Strategic Development Director

As well as my dedicated consultant, there was always someone on hand to help with whatever was needed, from interview training to research
David Blackwood, Group Finance Director

Meet the Team

ANNE ISAACS, DIRECTOR
Anne is a pioneer of career management services and a founder of the outplacement industry in the UK. She works at the highest level, with captains of global industry, heads of government and other leaders who value her expert perspective.
HEATHER GREATREX, DIRECTOR
Heather brings a rare combination of business background (she’s a Chartered Accountant), headhunting experience (16 years in total) and coaching expertise (an MSc in Executive Coaching from Ashridge Business School). She puts this to excellent effect helping senior people make the most of their experience.
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JOHN F. RENZ, PRACTICE DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR
John has around 30 years’ experience in HR, half within professional services. Most recently Group HR Director of Novae, he previously spent 5 years as HR Director at Mourant, helped manage the merger that created CMS Cameron McKenna and held senior roles at Standard Life, Grant Thornton and Linklaters. An author and regular speaker, he is also Clerk, Guild of HR Professionals.
ZOË BLAKE, COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR
A skilled wordsmith with a strong eye for design, Zoë produces CVs, profiles, references, letters, website and brochure copy which contribute to the marketing effort of clients. She also carries out 360 feedback interviews and Hogan psychometric assessment.
BARBARA WILSON, CONSULTANT & NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Barbara has almost 40 years of HR experience, gained in financial services, consultancy and the public sector. She has a rare combination of remuneration, leadership development and talent management expertise and is an experienced coach. She recently founded a social enterprise, Working With Cancer, and joined us as an NED.
NIGEL URWIN, CONSULTANT
Nigel’s HR leadership has covered several global companies including HSBC, Foster Wheeler, Costain and Laing. He has many years’ experience as a career strategist for senior executives, helping them to develop their networks and achieve their goals.
ELIZABETH REDDISH, CONSULTANT
Elizabeth, who has a PhD in psychoanalytic psychotherapy, combines her psychoanalytic experience and commercial insights to help people resolve career issues of all kinds and to understand the role that work plays in their lives. She was previously a senior marketing executive in the film industry.
LEONARD MAGRILL, CONSULTANT
Leonard has a PhD in Marketing and a breadth of business experience across many sectors, from Board-level positions in Texaco to non-executive roles in innovative SMEs. This enables him to help clients consider the full range of options.
LAURENCE MOSS, CONSULTANT
Laurence is an experienced international HR director who has worked in sectors ranging from FMCG (Colgate Palmolive) to global financial services (HSBC, ABN Amro). Working as a consultant and coach since 2012, his areas of expertise include executive assessment, organisational effectiveness and talent management.
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DR SHERRIL KENNEDY, CONSULTANT
Sherril has coached executives from organisations as diverse as NHS Trusts, film companies, banks and manufacturers. She brings her years’ of expertise to help Executive Action’s clients become more effective.
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MIKE LEIGH, CONSULTANT
Mike has been a consultant for 16 years and is renowned for his work with the Brunel Institute of Organisation and Social Studies (BIOSS). His work with Executive Action is based around Career Path Appreciation which helps people to understand their true capability.
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GIORGINA SOANE, CONSULTANT
In Giorgina’s long and successful career in the public sector, she headed up senior recruitment, talent management, succession planning and leadership development for the Cabinet Office and led on key aspects of HR for the Crown Prosecution Service. An experienced Coach, she specialises in leadership and organisational development.
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EMILY ANDERSON, BUSINESS WRITER
Following a degree in journalism, Emily has spent over 20 years applying her writing and editing skills to a vast range of subjects and projects. These have ranged from editing autobiographies and academic papers to interviewing experts and creating in-house magazines for businesses.

Support Team

MARY ALDER-BENTLEY, OFFICE MANAGER
Mary is the first point of contact at Executive Action for many people, building relationships with corporate and individual clients, putting together proposals and dealing with client and office administration. Mary has over 30 years’ administrative experience from working within various public and private sector organisations.
Alexandra Kele
Alex is part of the Marketing team and is also responsible for event organization and maintaining the website. She carries out research for clients and Executive Action, including general market intelligence about the industry and the job market. Alex has a degree in economics with marketing and a diploma in digital marketing.