Alice Breeden


Alice Breeden is a partner in Heidrick & Struggles’ London office and regional co-managing partner of the CEO & Board of Directors Practice in Europe and Africa. She leads work with boards and senior leadership teams worldwide on a wide range of talent advisory issues. Alice has more than twenty years of experience working at the senior executive and board level in some of the world’s largest and most complex organizations. Previously, Alice was a member of the Heidrick Consulting Global Leadership Team.

Alice discusses the CEO and board confidence monitor on Sky News, January 2024.


Prior to joining Heidrick & Struggles, Alice led people operations for Google in EMEA. Before that, she worked for 12 years in McKinsey’s London office, where, as a partner, she was one of the leaders of the organization practice worldwide, leading multiple major transformation programmes in the UK public sector, airline, travel and logistics, banking, and technology.

Alice began her early career in marketing and communications, working for a number of organizations, including American Express.

Alice led the research report: Changing the Climate in the Boardroom in partnership with Insead. She has been featured in the debate on climate skills in the boardroom by Harvard Business Review, the Financial Times, and Sky News.

Alice is regularly published regarding board effectiveness and has contributed to the World Economic Forum debate on How Boards can adapt and thrive in a post-covid world. She has led the research and development of the following thought pieces: Five challenges facing today’s board Chair: Insights from FTSE Chairs, A Board review that accelerates competitiveness, Future Proofing Your Board, Boards' role in sustaining digital transformation, and What accelerating teams do better.


London Business School, MBA

University of Durham, Bachelor’s Degree in English and Literature