Harper Fox Partners

Harper Fox Search Partners provides senior leadership talent and executive search solutions for the global energy, engineering, manufacturing, transport, technology and utilities sectors. It is a female-owned boutique search firm, offering a bespoke service to their clients with offices in London, Birmingham and Texas in the US.

  • The business partnered with E.ON’s Women in Leadership Series to provide voluntary workshops/keynotes for development, supporting its ambition to increase women in leadership to 50% by 2025. Harper Fox also had a 43% increase in placing diverse talent, compared to the industry average of 11%.
  • It also successfully retained 100% of business and opened a new bigger headquarters in Solihull. That was alongside doubling its amount of employees, doubled turnover and profit from £270k to more than £500k and growing its highest revenue international account by 157%.
  • Wellbeing is a priority for Harper Fox, where it focuses on healthy work/life balance and creating a collaborative, friendly, and inclusive work culture. Employees manage their own schedule where the company provide complete hybrid/flexible working eg. school drop-offs/self-care/working abroad. They also foster a continual development culture with external training and individualised courses. Benefits include (but not limited to) mental health days, healthcare, life insurance and monthly team building days.

Judges’ comments

“From start to finish, Harper Fox’s entry to this category was extremely impressive. From the thoughtful way that it explains its niche and areas of focus to the fact that it is explicit about its values and overall commercial impact as a business, it would be hard not to recognise it as best in class. The D&I Ambassador program, partnerships with EON’s women in leadership, and the 43% placing D&I talent vs the 11% industry average was hugely impressive. The organisation’s commitment to wellness is on par with some of the most thought-leading organisations across other sectors. Double turnover and profit last year and being set to do so this year is hugely impressive and the quote from the testimonial about Harper Fox ‘changing the perception of the industry’ really struck a chord with the judges.”


Highly Commended – Impala Search