Today’s Generation of Board & Executive Search


About Us



Ivy Street is today’s generation of boutique Executive Search firm, fulfilling an articulated need for a creative, thoughtful and transparent partner for clients and candidates. 

Established by Kate Bamford and Crystal Walter, Ivy Street is a true partnership built on deep expertise, shared values and genuine collaboration.

As an independent boutique, we are focused on working with a select number of commercial businesses on their transformative and ever-changing Board and Senior level appointments in the UK and internationally.

Ivy Street is relentlessly focused on quality. To deliver this, we combine innovation, agility and pace with a rigorous and professional approach, underpinned by over thirty years of best in class search experience.

Above all, Ivy Street is relationship driven. We are built for the long term on foundations of trust, honesty, integrity and empathy with each and every one of our clients, candidates and colleagues. 





Our Services

Building complimentary, successful and diverse Board and Senior Leadership Teams is our focus. This requires the right relationships, a depth of knowledge and the ability to effectively advise and challenge which we have articulated, developed and delivered throughout our many years of experience.

We have established strong credentials in a wide range of industries including the Consumer, Converging Media, Technology, Digital and Business Services sectors, and can provide deep analytical and advisory support as our clients continue to evolve and transform at pace.

For high growth, disruptive businesses looking either to IPO or add necessary but different skill sets to their Board or Leadership Team, we can advise on the best process and we have the right network to identify and attract the most suitable candidates who will be highly motivated to support on the next phase of the journey.


We specifically work with clients on their critical C-Suite and Senior level appointments across established and scaled challenger businesses within the FTSE 100 and FTSE 250, as well as Private Equity Portfolio companies and Privately Owned organisations. We are proven in delivering successful search work across a wide range of functions including:

  • CEO

  • General Management

  • Finance

  • Human Resources

  • Marketing

  • Corporate Affairs

  • Digital

  • Technology

  • General Counsel


As businesses continue to rapidly change and diversify across many areas, the need to build Boards with different but complimentary and value add experience is even more crucial. With our broad and deep network, we bring expertise in helping to appoint Chairmen, Committee Chairs and Non-Executive Directors who can quickly make a positive impact and successfully deliver in the Boardroom.


Why Us



Quality Not Volume

We are driven by working in genuine partnership with our clients, not by a need to deliver volume. Therefore you get us, experienced Partners, who remain close to you throughout and are responsible for delivering each stage of your search work from briefing to completion.

Clear & Transparent

Transparency is a core value of ours. And this translates to our fees. We have no hidden percentage expense fees but a clean and simple charging model which is aligned with clear objectives. 

Deep & Creative Research

Thorough, discreet and detailed research is in our DNA. It is how we have been trained. And we have seen first-hand how key this is to delivering successful searches and minimising unwanted surprises. Extensive informal referencing and sourcing from our trusted network is done in the initial stages of the search, in addition to formal referencing at the end.


No Limits

As a boutique, Ivy Street offers a different search experience, one which is personal, proactive and dedicated to you, without restrictions from off limits.

Highly Discreet

Maintaining confidentiality and ensuring discretion is something we pride ourselves on, whether that is in search, succession planning or advisory work and mentoring.

Trusted Advisor

Our depth and breadth of multi-disciplinary expertise and ability to advise with honesty and candour, ensures we are a trusted partner to both clients and candidates.


Diversity in Leadership



“Increasing the diversity of leadership teams leads to far greater innovation, significantly better employee engagement, and improved financial performance”


Whilst gender diversity has been a clear priority for the executive search industry for some time, at Ivy Street we are committed to ensuring all aspects of inclusion and diversity are top of our agenda.

We are focused on helping our clients to build stronger and more successful Boards and Management Teams comprising people with the widest possible range of backgrounds and perspectives. This enables businesses to drive creativity and innovation and deliver meaningful change in a truly inclusive way.

In order to identify and attract diverse leaders, advisors and mentors, we dig deep into our varied and trusted international network to ensure we consider all aspects of diversity including gender, race, ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, nation of origin, and socioeconomic status.

Furthermore, we passionately believe that in order to deliver significant and lasting change through diversity, these initiatives have to be actively sponsored and led from the top and cannot only be an objective of HR.





Kate Bamford


Prior to Co-Founding Ivy Street, Kate was a Partner at JCA Group, the pre-eminent boutique executive search firm established by Jan Hall. Here she led both Executive and Non-Executive international search work for a wide range of clients including those in the Media, Digital, Technology and Consumer sectors across the FTSE 100 and FTSE 250, in addition to working with Private Equity businesses and challenger brands. With over 18 years of executive search experience, Kate has an established and wide-ranging network at Board and C-Suite level across a number of key functions and is proven in delivering successful search, succession planning and senior level mentoring projects.

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Crystal Walter


As Co-Founder of Ivy Street, Crystal focuses on Board and Senior Executive appointments across the consumer, leisure and business services sectors. With over 16 years executive search experience working with large global public and private organisations, she has deep expertise in partnering and advising leadership teams on their critical C-Suite appointments and succession planning projects across all functions including Marketing, Corporate Affairs, HR and Finance. Previously, Crystal was a member of the senior leadership team at JCA Group, one of the most highly respected Board level executive search firms in Europe. Following its acquisition by Heidrick & Struggles in 2016, she joined the Global Consumer practice. 

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