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Jenny has eight years’ experience in Executive Search, five of which she has spent at Harris Hill recruiting to Director, CEO and non-executive roles in the charity and not for profit sectors. Prior to this she worked on senior financial services appointments across London, Europe and the Middle East with a boutique city search firm.
Jenny's placements include Chief Executives at St Elizabeth Hospice, ELBA, Compton Care, Prior’s Court Foundation, Meath Epilepsy Trust, Montessori St Nicholas Charity, St Michael’s Hospice (Hereford), Young Devon, CXK and the British Youth Council.
Non-executive placements include the founding Chair (as well as the CEO) at the Newcastle Parks and Allotments Trust, Chairs at Contact a Family and The Reading Agency, three trustees of Alternative Futures Group and a trustee and three members of the investment advisory committee at Parkinson’s UK.
She has a BA in English and Related Literature from the University of York.
We were initially rather sceptical about appointing a recruitment agency to find us a replacement CEO, based on unsuccessful experiences with other agencies. However, Aled and Jenny from Harris Hill quickly proved themselves in a different league. After listening closely to our brief and making potential candidates very aware of the role, they not only provided a highly relevant long list, they guided the shortlisting and selection process with total professionalism. The Trustees have commented on the difference that Harris Hill made to the whole process and we would not hesitate to recommend them.
Ian Turner, Chair of Trustees, St Elizabeth Hospice
They’re a great opportunity to show you’ve got the necessary skills, but what exactly are they and how can you be sure to shine? Director Jenny Hills of our executive practice offers detailed insight and expert advice in the first of a two-part guide. What is a competency-based interview, and why do recruitment panels use them?A competency-based interview is one that focuses on establishing t...Read more
In part two of our guide, Jenny Hills looks at what to say when you don't have the competency in question, and how to bring out your personality, values and vision for the future, even if the questions focus firmly on your past... Bringing yourself to the interviewOne of the risks of a competency-based interview is that they can seem a little formulaic for both panel members and candidates. On...Read more
Interviewing via video is the new normal for now, and if it's also new to you, here are some practical tips on the process from our executive recruitment experts, courtesy of director Jenny Hills.Getting the basics right: make sure what's behind you isn't distracting How to get the best from video interviewsBy now you'll probably know the basics from the video meetings that have come to domin...Read more
► Every so often in the press - usually once we've finished frothing about GCSEs being too easy/too hard but before we start panic-buying for the Worst Winter In 200 Years (again) - we're all invited to be incandescent about the salaries of charity executives.But while the wintry warnings are typically 99% nonsense based on a tiny titbit of truth ('Met Office says Carlisle to be bit chilly for...Read more
Appointing the right (or wrong) CEO can have a huge impact, so how do you identify the right person? Jenny Hills of Harris Hill Executive Search has helped many charities with this decision and shares some expert advice on the questions to ask.The challenges of choosing a CEOOne of the biggest decisions a board of trustees can make is who to appoint as CEO of their charity. Hopefully, it is als...Read more