What we do

McLean Public offers a truly bespoke, partnership approach to executive recruitment. We are trusted advisors that deliver. We operate in some of the most complex, high profile and scrutinised environments where recruitment campaigns involve multiple stakeholders and considerable choreography. Alongside our core focus on diversity is our emphasis on due diligence and robustness of approach and we always act as ambassadors in the market for both our clients and candidates.

What we offer

Executive Search

We identify, source, assess and secure talent from across both the commercial and public sectors by utilising and leveraging our diverse networks. From the outset we work closely with our clients as trusted advisors to ensure a compelling narrative is taken to the market. Each assignment is creative, bespoke and delivered within a true partnership approach.

Executive Interim

We provide senior experts and leaders for roles across our sectors to provide the skills and experience our clients need to deliver the agenda ahead – through a truly tailored and bespoke approach to the market.

Board Practice

Our commitment to levelling up the playing field for senior appointments extends all the way to the boardroom. We engage with our diverse and broad networks who can bring new and inclusive perspectives as Chairs, NEDs Trustees, Committee members and advisors

Coaching & Advisory

Working closely with our clients as a trusted and strategic partner, our team can also provide coaching and advisory services. This is underpinned by our diversity, culture and ethics expertise which also provides a bespoke EDI offer supporting organisations to become more equitable, diverse and inclusive through data-rich auditing, strategic advice and training.

Technology & Innovation

We have established an enviable reputation in the technology and innovation space where public and commercially funded organisations work alongside others to deliver transformational change and economic and societal impact across the UK. The organisations include government funding bodies, the Catapult Network, spin-outs and technology transfer organisations. As such, we are experienced at working across complex stakeholder ecosystems, which includes amongst others: wider government, the research community, academia, the defence sector, industry and financial and institutional investors.

Areas we specialise in

Digital & Technologies

Modern Government

Public Enterprise

Science & Sustainability


Health & Social Impact

Digital & Technology

Modern Government

Public Enterprise



Social Impact

Our Clients

Some of our most recent clients