Main-Board is an independent specialist executive search consultancy which understands the real value of people. We provide nationwide expertise at fulfilling senior level roles on behalf of SMEs, privately owned firms, PE portfolio companies and listed companies.

With more than 25 years executive search experience, we are dedicated to working collaboratively with our clients to tackle the real business challenges facing leading organisations. We use our knowledge, expertise and market insight to provide bespoke solutions which will enable you to stand apart from your competitors.


Organisations are continually evolving; we understand and recognise the vital importance of securing the most talented individuals who will deliver in senior level roles that are instrumental in managing change and achieving strategic growth and success.

We seek out the most highly skilled individuals at Board level including Chief Executives, Managing Directors, Finance Directors, Chief Operating Officers and HR Directors. Not only do we ensure they possess a proven and exceptional track record, we understand the necessity to demonstrate outstanding leadership qualities and inspiration to ensure that your key values and culture run through every aspect of your organisation.

Creating partnerships is at the very core of every successful executive search.

Our commitment knows no compromise; using our extensive knowledge, network and know-how we gain a thorough understanding and insight which allows us to deliver commercially astute, people-focused solutions.

We are seen as trusted advisors, able to provide insight and strategic counsel.

Our reputation, precise approach and speed of delivery ensures that through effective search and selection we will make a true and on-going difference to your organisation.


Job Title Group Finance Director
Salary £85,000 + Benefits, Bonus & Equity
Location South Yorkshire
Sector Manufacturing

“Julian Woodman impressed us from the outset by his keen desire to understand fully our requirements. His detailed knowledge of the market place quickly led him to provide several high quality candidates which he kindly pre-interviewed for us and presented us with a thumbnail sketch of each candidate.

This allowed our interview panel of directors to be better prepared for our preliminary interviews with each candidate. Acting as the conduit for two-way feedback after each interview helped us move more quickly to a satisfactory conclusion.

I would also like to thank him and his team for allowing us to use your offices for the interviews as confidentiality was of the utmost importance in this rather sensitive appointment.”

Chief Executive – PE backed business

Job title: Brand Product Director, Salary: £65,000 + car
Location: North of England, Sector: FMCG

A combination of advertising and the use of a specialist research firm was the recommendation that Chris Sharp made to us, allowing our business to make a very important board level appointment from a very small pool of qualified candidates. I can confirm that the process ran smoothly and that the candidates were exceptionally well briefed and a good match to our core values. Managing Director of a fast growing SME.

Job title: Chief Financial Officer, Salary: £125,000 + 40% bonus & equity
Location: Yorkshire, Sector: Business Services

Identifying and selecting high quality candidates for an MBO remains one of the great challenges for all PE Houses. Despite us knowing many candidates ourselves, it was Chris and his team who found the `right one’ allowing us to complete the management team for this business.


“I am a business owner and executive search consultant offering a tailored service to a wide range of clients from entrepreneurial clients through to major blue chip businesses. Our team operates from offices in Leeds and Sheffield. Our clients are companies that need highly talented individuals with exceptional levels of skill but also share the same vision and ambition to allow for the right cultural fit. We are very proud of our high success rate for assignment completions.”

Chris Sharp

Founder & Director

Call 07930 346 619


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“I am a specialist executive search consultant offering a tailored service to a wide range of clients from entrepreneurial companies through to major blue chip businesses. I operate nationwide. My clients tend to be companies that need highly talented individuals with exceptional levels of skill but who also require like-minded people who are the right cultural fit. This is easy to say, but much harder to achieve! My shortlisting processes have been developed over a 20+ year period and can be described as: thorough, timely and cost effective.”


Julian Woodman

Director of Search & Selection

Call 07930 415 710


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“My background has enabled me to offer a tailored service across a wide range of clients from SME’s through to major blue chip businesses, delivering candidates who not only possess proven and exceptional track records but are also able to demonstrate outstanding leadership qualities to ensure that the key values and culture run through every aspect of my client’s organisation. Our shortlisting process, utilises a 360 degree feedback system which has been developed over a 20 year period and can be encapsulated in four words: professional, dedicated, on-time and cost-effective.”

Simon Robertson

Director of Search & Selection

Call 07725 797140


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“I am the Client Services Manager with Main-Board Executive Search who offer a tailored service to a wide range of clients from entrepreneurial clients through to major blue chip businesses. Our team operates from offices in Leeds and Sheffield.
Our clients are companies that need highly talented individuals with exceptional levels of skill but also share the same vision and ambition to allow for the right cultural fit. We are very proud of our high success rate for assignment completions.”

Gillian Sylvester

Client Services Manager

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Privacy Policy

Main-Board is committed to ensuring that your privacy is protected and Main-Board is compliant with the Data Protection Act 1998. This privacy policy (‘Privacy Policy’) explains how Main-Board uses the information that Main-Board collects about you and the procedures that Main-Board has in place to safeguard your privacy.

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For the purpose of the Data Protection Act 1998, the data controller is ” Main-Board”.

The information Main-Board collects and how it’s used

Information Main-Board holds about you may include your personal details, any material you have provided to Main-Board such as your CV, references and examination certificates, and sensitive data relating to your health, racial or ethnic origin, or convictions.

We use information held about you:

The information you supply including, where relevant, your sensitive personal data, may be disclosed to Main-Board staff, and with your prior consent, agents and employers seeking candidates for employment. It’ll be disclosed to people to whom we may transfer rights and obligations in connection with our business, and to any organisations that provide a service to Main-Board, and who have agreed to keep your information confidential.

Subject to the terms and conditions of this Privacy Policy, Main-Board protects all data from being disclosed to any third parties except when required by law.

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We may collect information about your computer, including where available your IP address, operating system and browser type, for system administration and to report aggregate information to our advertisers. This is statistical data about our users’ browsing actions and patterns, and does not identify any individual.


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Protecting your information

The internet is not a secure medium. However, Main-Board has put in place various security procedures and strict policy rules to safeguard and protect your information from unauthorised and unlawful access and use. These security procedures and policies, which are of the highest standards, are continuously improved.

Notwithstanding the above, it should be appreciated that no system is entirely fool-proof and you should be careful when you reveal any confidential information to any third party.

Main-Board shall use reasonable endeavours to ensure the security of the data, but shall have no liability for any loss or damage, including for access to data, caused by a distributed denial-of-service attack, viruses or other technologically harmful material that may infect the Client’s computer equipment, computer programs, data or other proprietary material through use of the Services.

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If Main-Board and/or part of its business is sold or integrated with another business, your details may be disclosed to Main-Board’s advisers and any prospective purchasers and their advisers and will be passed on to the new owners of Main-Board.

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Main-Board reserves the right to amend this Privacy Policy from time to time as it deems necessary. In such event, Main-Board will post such changes on the Website.

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