Executive HR – Regions – Midlands, North & Scotland

  • Over 20 years of executive search experience

  • In-depth knowledge of HR search across the Midlands and North

  • 100% success rate completing HR executive search assignments


After graduating from The University of Leeds, then training with PwC as a Chartered Accountant I moved into the career I enjoy the most, recruitment. I have remained in recruitment for over 25 years. My experience includes HR, Finance and Marketing and I have significant experience of managing and delivering senior HR leadership assignments.

I am currently responsible for our business across the Midlands, North and Scotland. I have worked and lived in the Midlands, Yorkshire and London and have spent the last 15 years back in the Midlands where I grew up and I now live with my husband and our two Jack Russells in Worcestershire.


Sarah placed me in my current role as Group HR Director. Throughout the process she was responsive, honest and friendly. I always felt fully informed and prepared and came to rely on her counsel at key points in the process. Now that I am in role I am looking forward to working with Sarah to grow my team, as I know the candidate experience will be a positive one

Jodie Bromley, HR Director – Bristow & Sutor

I first met Sarah 9 years ago when she contacted me, and successfully placed me, into a new role. At the time I was impressed by her open style, understanding of my fit to the brief and approach to communication. Nine years later Sarah has successfully placed me in my next role, displaying all of the same attributes. For me, Sarah brings a 100% success record and I would highly recommend working with her

Richard Thomas, HR Lead - UBT

I have known Sarah Westwood for over 15 years and have sought her services both as a HR professional seeking a job move as well as using her consultancy services to find new HR professionals for my own team.

Despite the many HR recruitment consultants available, I have followed Sarah to different agencies over the years as she advanced her own career. Sarah is one of those rare finds in the world of recruiters. Her communication style is efficient – in consideration of the frantic world of her HR clients and she swiftly grasps the needs of the assignments she is given both in terms of role responsibilities and cultural fit. She knows her market at both the mid-tier and senior levels and adheres to the agreed timescales when presenting a shortlist. Having been a candidate of Sarah’s I am also familiar with the trusted relationships she develops from the other side and the briefings that she provides on job roles. I am therefore assured that candidates she presents to me as an employer are fully briefed and are definite potentials for the vacancy.

Working with Sarah is a pleasure and I would strongly recommend her services to anyone seeking to recruit HR professionals!

Kate Delmi, Head of HR Canaccord Genuity

Sarah Westwood

Oakleaf is the largest independent dedicated HR Executive Search & recruitment business in the UK, with offices in London, Birmingham and New York. I deliver Executive Search assignments for HR professionals across all sectors and specialisms across the Midlands and North.
Please contact me directly if you would like a confidential chat.
T: 0121 270 4639
M: 07960 880 249



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