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Experts in specialist Search and Selection...

Since 2010 AWS Executive has worked with CEOs and Boards to identify and attract exceptional leadership talent for a variety of Non-Profits. We’re devoted to finding the right CEO or Director every time and we do this by forming an authentic partnership with your organisation. We tailor every assignment / campaign to suit your organisations requirements and our portfolio includes small, medium, and large Non-Profits throughout the country.

You will benefit from our wealth of knowledge, and our flexible approach to each individual tailored assignment. AWS are always ahead of the curve and ready to work in partnership with you to source the best talent for your organisation.

Our Executive Team...

Donna McKay

Donna McKay is the co–founder of AWS and focuses on Executive level appointments in the UK. Prior to establishing AWS, Donna specialised in financial service appointments and then leadership positions within public, not for profit and private organisations. Donna has over 15 years’ experience with recruitment, and has successfully appointed into organisations such as Bank of New York Mellon, JP Morgan, Standard Life, and the Royal Bank of Scotland.

Donna graduated in 2001 and holds a Master’s degree in Science.

Alan Surgeon

Alan is the co-founder of AWS and his areas of expertise for the Non-Profit Sector include; Income Generation, CEO and Board Level Appointments. After working in the Third Sector in a variety of roles, for LGBT Youth Scotland, and Meningitis UK, Alan was approached by one of Scotland’s leading Search firms to lead the team focussing on Executive Appointments for Non-Profit organisations.

Alan graduated from Napier University in Edinburgh with a Bachelor of Science, and holds a Diploma in Human Resource Management from the Open University.

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We specialise in senior appointments, and typically work with CEOs, directors, ‘heads of’ and other senior managers, trustees, and paid and unpaid non-exec directors. We also recruit Philanthropy experts for anything from a non-profit to a UK investment management firm.

'AWS sourced the CEO for OneKind and their assistance was invaluable. The calibre of candidates they were able to present was very high. They were also able to take the time to provide advice to potential candidates to ensure that they were all equally briefed in preparing for their presentations to the Board'

Chair, One Kind
One Kind

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