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Nick Slade

Senior Client Principal


Nick Slade is a senior client principal in Heidrick & Struggles’ London office and a member of the Leadership Assessment practice. He partners with executive teams and boards to ensure the best alignment between candidates and context and the conditions for sustained success.


Nick has more than 25 years of experience in human performance across a range of contexts. Most recently, as a managing consultant at YSC, he specialized in private equity, helping PE firms find and form the best management teams across their portfolios. Before that, his leadership assessment and coaching experience spanned financial services, industrial, media, energy, and public service. In-house, he was the head of HR for a boutique search firm and an executive coach and advisor during Ovo Energy's rapid early growth.

In his early career, Nick was an innovator and coach in high-performance sport. In the mid-late 90s, he was the first full-time performance analyst in international cricket, working with the England men’s team in more than 150 matches. He then spent a decade building a professional development coaching service for Great Britain’s Olympians and Paralympians up to and beyond the London 2012 Games. During this time, he was a regular conference speaker and contributor to the written and broadcast press as an advocate for athlete development and welfare.

He is a chartered member of CIPD.


University of Bath, Executive MBA

Cardiff Metropolitan University, MSc in Sport & Exercise Psychology

Liverpool John Moores University, BSc in Sport Science