About SA Associates



Sam Allen Associates is a boutique business with the expertise, tenacity and reach of a global search firm. Our main areas of business are:

Executive Search

SA Associates works with clients when they are seeking to appoint Chairmen, Non-Executive Directors, Chief Executives, Chief Financial Officers and other board-level executives. We work in the UK and internationally for PLC, private and private equity-backed businesses.

We are signed up to the UK Voluntary Code for Executive Search Firms adhering to best practice concerning the recommendations for Women on Boards and subscribe to governance best practice in all we do.


SA Associates provide referencing services on each search. We provide comprehensive, meticulous referencing to help clients de-risk the hiring decision and support the on-boarding process where the candidate is successful.

We can also offer referencing as a separate standalone service for clients.

Board Effectiveness Reviews 

SA Associates conducts Board reviews to establish both compliance and best practice with regard to legal and regulatory requirements, and evaluate the Board’s effectiveness at carrying out its role.

Succession Planning

SA Associates can provide support and guidance on either Board or Executive level succession planning.

Talent Evaluation

SA Associates uses in-depth interviews and psychometrics to provide insight on capabilities, potential and fit to role, based upon benchmarking against “best in class” in the marketplace.