Global Reach

Not just limited to New Zealand, Sheffield is in the unique position of being able to utilise our international networks to provide a truly global service. From international candidate searching to the latest global best practices and guidelines, Sheffield has both the reach and capability to ensure you receive the highest standard of service solutions possible.


Sheffield has been the exclusive New Zealand Licensed Partner for DDI since December 2000. We provide seamless delivery of DDI's organisational development services to a broad base of clients using their internationally-acclaimed HR solutions. We help our clients get the best talent and the best out of their talent, through our deep knowledge of people – as individuals, in teams and in organisations.


Sheffield is a proud founding member of the AltoPartners Executive Search Worldwide network, a global alliance of independent search firms established in 2006. For international search assignments, we work closely with our partners worldwide, pooling our collective expertise in sourcing and selecting exceptional talent. Additionally, we maintain close contact through online collaboration and regularly attending networking events.


Sheffield is proud to be a member of the Association of Executive Search Consultants (AESC). As the worldwide professional association for the executive search and leadership consulting industry, AESC promotes the highest professional standards in executive search and leadership consulting through its industry recognized Code of Ethics and Professional Practice Guidelines.

  • Ian and the team clearly had extensive networks in the education sector which meant we were presented with candidates of exceptional quality and appropriate characteristics. They understood our requirements and led us through a recruitment exercise which was comprehensive, holistic and timely.

    Sharon Wards, Chair, Lindisfarne College Council - North Island

  • Sheffield Search’s service was highly professional, marked by a strong collaborative/partnership approach. Communication throughout the process was regular and full, and gave the board comfort of the progress being made.
    All these elements ensured not only a successful outcome but a series of relationships very well managed.

    Andrew Johnson, Chair, St Paul's Collegiate - North Island

  • It is all about the people and Mike (Stenhouse) has built up a high level of trust in his relationship with the MTF Board. He provides a very thorough, credible and professional process which resulted in, in this case, three high calibre and appointable candidates to choose from.

    Mark Darrow, Chairman, Motor Trade Finance Limited - Christchurch

  • Our search was more than just replacing a Council CE, we wanted a change leader that could assist the Mayor and Council in operational pivoting Palmerston North City into a new direction. This required an Executive search for our Council CE through the Local Government, public and private sectors.
    We found Sheffield to be outstanding in the calibre of candidates they brought to the table. Consequently we appointed outside the Local Govt sector and went for a private sector appointment. That has proven to be very successful.

    Grant Smith - Mayor, Palmerston North City Council - North Island

  • Sheffield ran a tight ship and conducted a thorough and professional process.

    Peter Bamford - Director, CoveKinloch

  • I was really impressed with the way Sheffield took us through the process.

    John Robertson - Chief Commissioner, Kaipara District Council

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