We are the communications and advocacy headhunters
How can we help you?
Are you looking to advance your career? Do you need to appoint someone? Or do you just want to have a look around?
We live in interesting times...
...so great communicators are more important than ever.
We recruit the people responsible for an organisation's communications, reputation, change and influence.
We are here to find you an amazing new colleague and make the process of hiring them seem effortless.
Talent acquisition & HR
We want to help you delight your line colleagues and be cost effective.
Whatever stage you’re at progressing your career, we want to be genuinely helpful. Our “Career Hub” is for you.
Political Cartoon of the Year Awards 2017
Event: Crisis? What crisis?
Ellwood Atfield acquires Mondo Executive Search
September 2017. Ben Atfield commented on the acquisition “I am delighted to announce that Ellwood Atfield has acquired Mondo Executive Search, an international executive search…Read more
The Network That Works
Grant Tucker and Joanna BellOrder, Order! The rise and fall of political drinking November 2016
Boris Johnson Royalty, Politics & War. The art of the photojournalist September 2014
Then Prime Minister David Cameron Royalty, Politics & War. The art of the photojournalist May 2014
Rebecca Shelley, Tom Kelly, Mary Fagan, Tony Langham. Political Cartoon of the Year Awards November 2016
Simon Enright and Carrie-Ann Wade The NHS at 70 May 2016
Ed Balls Political Cartoon of the Year Awards November 2016
Evan Davis Full Fact March 2016
We meet a lot of people so you see the right ones
Jeremy Paxman Political Cartoon of the Year Awards December 2014
Lord Paddy Ashdown Political Cartoon of the Year Awards December 2016
Then Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne Royalty, Politics & War. The art of the photojournalist May 2014
Communication Leaders Consumer tech start-ups vs. Established consumer tech brands November 2016
Laura Kuenssberg Order, Order! The rise and fall of political drinking November 2016
Ben AtfieldManaging Director
Mark DoberManaging Director, Brussels
Jules ShelleyDeputy Managing Director
Our team of specialist headhunters is deeply connected to, and embedded within, the communications and advocacy industry.Meet all of the team
Geraldine HetheringtonPractice Head
Rachel SmithPrincipal Consultant
Lottie GunnSenior Consultant
David MilliganSenior Consultant
1. Expertise in Breadth
We recruit the entire communications and advocacy team
Together we build and shape the best teams because our experts understand every role in the entire function.
Chairman, DGs & CEO
Group Communications Director
Sustainability & CSR
Digital & Social Media
2. Expertise in Depth
We met today’s leaders yesterday.
We’ll meet tomorrow’s leaders today.
We help you hire the most senior people in your communications and advocacy team. We can also help with the appointment of everyone who reports to them (full time and interim contactors).
Interim & Permanent
Chairman & NED
CEO & Director General
3. Expertise across the Board
We have deep market knowledge of different organisations in various sectors. Because the best person, who can bring a freshness and disrupt the day to day, may well be working somewhere else.
Arts & Heritage
Energy & Utilities
FMCG & Retail
Leisure & Travel
Industrial & Manufacturing
Media, Digital & Telco
Transport & Infrastructure
Property & Construction
A selection of our work
“We found Ellwood Atfield absolutely client-oriented, enhancing and complementing our own actions. Interaction...Read more
Great British Racing
“We worked with Ellwood Atfield on the recruitment for a senior role in our organisation – Communications...Read more
“After taking on the role of Director of Communications, one of my first tasks was to bring in Ellwood Atfield to...Read more
“Our mission is to make London the best city in the world in which to do business, we aim to influence national...Read more
“We work closely with Ellwood Atfield as they are the specialists in their field and every time they have placed...Read more
The Publishers Association
“Finding the right leader to represent our interests, work alongside the senior management of our industry as...Read more
“Ellwood Atfield fully understood what we needed and quickly found several great candidates to put forward...Read more