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We understand the challenges of finding and attracting diverse candidates

Sapphire Partners is a London-based executive search firm with an extensive, global network of senior relationships across a wide range of sectors and geographies.

Our unrivalled reputation for championing all strands of diversity is driven by a dual focus: helping our clients find the best candidates for each role and supporting our candidates in finding opportunities that best meet their experience, aspirations and values.

We understand the challenges of finding and attracting diverse candidates. Acting as partners to our clients, we help you successfully navigate the challenges of finding and attracting diverse candidates and work tirelessly in supporting you to secure the best candidate for each role. Our track record speaks for itself.

The value of diversity

Diversity, equality and inclusion (DE&I) is at the heart of everything we do. We champion equity, empowering people to excel in their careers regardless of their visible or non-visible aspects of diversity including race, gender, gender identity or expression, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation or socio-economic background to name a few.

These aspects, combined with cognitive diversity and differences in perspectives born of individual backgrounds, life and career journeys are, we believe, the keys to a successful organisation.

Seeing the world through diverse prisms leads to better ideas, greater innovation and smarter decision-making. This is what we specialise in delivering for our clients.

With the above in mind, if you require any accommodations throughout the recruitment process, please feel free to discuss with us in total confidence.

What we stand for


Trusted relationships rooted in honesty and transparency are at the heart of our business. They underpin the advice and support we give our clients and candidates.


It is often said that people are the most important asset of an organisation. We think they’re more than that - through their ideas, talents, aspirations and personalities they bring a business to life.


We partner with our clients and candidates to build long-term relationships and gain in-depth insight into their aims, objectives, hopes and dreams. When you work with us we’ll be by your side, advancing your interests, part of your team.


Driven by a collegiate culture, our experienced team strives for best-in-class service because quality matters to us. Your success is our success, whether you are a client or a candidate.

Click here to read more about our Environment, Social and Governance policies.

Accessibility matters

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We believe that accessibility is a key component of diversity, equality and inclusion, and our website is designed with that in mind.

The site complies with Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.1, and as such has been designed for perceivability, operability and to be understandable for users. Our typefaces have been chosen for legibility, we have avoided using text on complex backgrounds and the copy and image information can be read out by screenreader software.

We have aimed for a structure that is clear and understandable, and although there are no fancy animations to catch the eye, it looks attractive and is easy to navigate. We consider feedback a gift, so if you detect an accessibility issue, do let us know so that we can make improvements.


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Kate Grussing, CBE

Kate Grussing, the founder of Sapphire Partners, received a CBE in 2021 for her contribution to business.

Recent highlights include Sapphire’s work in helping shortlist the first ever female candidates for Governor of the Bank of England in over three centuries.

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The Gadhia Report

Sapphire Partners was an important contributor to the Gadhia Report on harnessing the talents of women in financial services and subsequently joined a round table hosted by HM Treasury and Virgin Money on how the report’s findings can be implemented.

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Meet the team

Liz Arvanitaki
Charmaine Cain
Project Co-Ordinator
Monique Collman
Sam Cooke
Jodie Forrester
Research Manager
Kate Grussing CBE
Managing Director
Julie Hacon
Research Consultant
Andi Howard
Finance Director
Lisa Murray
Executive Assistant and Office Manager
Bunmi Onile-Ere
Junior Researcher
Colin Rennison
Technology Manager
Veronica Rose
Asad Salam
Technology Director
Sally Springbett
Caroline Turner