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Nick Hedley

Nick Hedley co-founded Hedley May in 2009, a specialist executive search firm unique for its focus on senior functional leadership roles for major corporates, financial institutions and professional services firms. The firm operates globally from its offices in London and New York.

Nick is an expert in the in-house Legal, Risk, Company Secretarial, Compliance and Internal Audit executive search markets and has developed a deep interest in the relationship between governance and sustainability in organisations and also the role that corporate functions play in creating value through both risk management and facilitation of the business.

Nick is a qualified solicitor who moved into Executive Search in 1995. He has an LLB from Queen Mary & Westfield College, University of London.

Hedley May Thinking

UK Regulators: seven actions to win the war for talent

The role of Regulators has never been more complex and society demands higher-quality regulation as a crucial step in rebuilding trust in UK plc ...

Charles Darwin – the Yardstick against which to measure Sir Martin Sorrell and Arsene Wenger

In the space of seven days the longest serving FTSE 100 CEO, Sir Martin Sorrell, and the longest serving Premier ...
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What option would you take in your moment of greatest weakness?

A sporting star’s reputation is in tatters, and a press conference where a man, who plays the game with such finesse and authority, looks broken ...
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The Chair of the Audit Committee and Head of Internal Audit – a critical relationship but it needs work!

The relationship between the Chair of the Audit Committee and the Head of Internal Audit is critical to each other’s ...

Demand for Company Secretaries outstrips General Counsel as appointments slow to a trickle

The number of General Counsel appointments at FTSE 100 companies has declined from 13 in 2015 to just 7 last ...

Tax follows Reward

It has been a difficult few years for big business - as if the economic environment has not been challenging ...

Are FTSE’s fishing in the wrong pool for female CFOs?

There are more women on FTSE Boards than ever before but progress on diversifying the UK’s leading executive committees is ...
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The Chief Compliance Officer of the Future: Five Key Skills

The Chief Compliance Officer of the future will need a set of skills that the current Compliance function alone cannot produce ...

CFOs – twice as mobile as General Counsel

60% of CFOs change with a new CEO, evidence of how much importance is placed on the two roles working ...

Preparing for an IPO

Don’t forget to assemble the new Head Office team. In the frenzy of preparing to IPO, it is very easy to lose sight of the fact that you are also preparing the company for the significantly increased external scrutiny that comes with being a plc ...

HM Audit & Treasury Retention Index

Unprecedented levels of hiring activity over the past three years has exposed a weakness in the market for Group Heads ...
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The Post Financial Crisis Chief Risk Officer The Teenage Years

The difference between ‘good’ and ‘great’ is a CRO’s ability to find the time to focus on the big picture ...
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Control function leaders – you’ve never had it so good!

George Osborne is smiling, and no wonder, when the likes of the British Chamber of Commerce are predicting that the UK economy will grow by 2.7% this year. It was 2007 that the economy last grew at this level (3.1%) – the year that Gordon Brown replaced Tony Blair as Prime Minister ...

Executive Pay – Perspectives on a fair Deal

Our survey results highlight the areas where there is broad alignment, to those where there is fundamental disagreement – from the importance of the CEO to a company’s success, to the need for better succession planning ...

Company Secretaries: Raising the Profile

Company secretaries have never enjoyed much attention, but dealing with the increasingly sophisticated corporate governance and regulatory issues of the past five years, means the role is emerging from the shadows ...

Changing Faces at the RemCo

Strategies for Navigating Today’s Remuneration Landscape ...

The Compliance Challenge – retaining and developing leaders in an overheating market

Five New Norms for the compliance market: Top talent will be at a premium Average talent will be valuable Total ...

If I’m ever going to be fired it will be because there was a mix up with the RemCo

Hugh Mitchell, Former Chief Human Resources & Corporate Officer, Royal Dutch Shell”discusses the pivotal moments in his career, the growing opportunities for HR to make an impact in international organisations and why Group HR Directors don’t need to be on the main board ...

Lawyers on Boards – “Where Are They?”

UK Boards are criticised for being drawn from a narrow pool of individuals who hold, or have previously held, senior executive positions – most commonly CEO and CFO roles. In this report, we examine why there are currently so few NEDs with legal backgrounds in the UK despite this being an aspiration for many in the profession ...
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The myth and reality of the corporate CRO

Deloitte and Hedley May have collaborated on a research project to bring some clarity to the much discussed role of ...

Risk Matters

The changing risk and regulatory landscape is one of the most rapidly evolving areas of financial services. With EU inspired measures such ...
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Risk Upgrade: Rise of the New Model CRO in the Financial Services Sector

In the last quarter of 2010 we embarked upon a project to answer the following questions: What should an organisation ...
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Diversity and inclusion applies to everybody, from the CEO to the janitor…

Helen Mahy CBE, former General Counsel & Company Secretary, National Grid and Rosemary Martin, Group General Counsel & Company Secretary, Vodafone talk to Nick Hedley about the practical steps that can be taken to create a more diverse and inclusive workplace ...
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