What We Do

By identifying, securing and developing the right people for your organisation, Holtby Turner Executive Search makes real estate businesses more productive and profitable. We also offer talent development services that ensure your star performers are continually developing their leadership potential, which in turn, deepens your commercial value in the sector.

Coupled with services including succession planning and board advisory, our array of services helps distinguish Holtby Turner Executive Search as real estate specialists with a noticeable competitive edge. In-depth sector understanding, coupled with an enviable address book help us offer a level of rigour and scrutiny in our work makes us the favourite executive search firm for so many leading organisations in real estate and construction.

Executive Search Areas we cover

"We struggle to find senior executives who demonstrate sufficient flexibility to fill key strategic positions around the globe.

Holtby Turner’s speed, combined with thorough evaluation and appraisal of each individual, gave us peace of mind." MD, International Developer View our case studies
"We appreciate Holtby Turner’s knowledge about the market and positive, passionate way they approach assignments, from senior search and workshops on business strategy and values.

They always deliver above and beyond and provide us with a real return on our investment." Michael Woodhead, Chief Executive, HCP View our case studies

Development, Consulting & Events

Holtby Turner Executive Search designs bespoke development programmes for real estate and construction organisations who want to invest in the long-term value of their top talent. Core to developing real estate leaders with passion, productivity and purpose are personal impact and self-awareness, alongside effective management and a willingness to embrace change. These are the qualities that all outstanding leaders in real estate and construction demonstrate.

To discuss your Development & Coaching needs, contact Director of Service Delivery Mark Bailey on + 44 (0) 203 371 6680 or email mark.bailey@holtbyturner.co.uk

Board Advisory

At Holtby Turner Executive Search, we have two of the UK’s most respected real estate figures as Non Executive Directors – Liz Peace CBE and Alan Froggatt. With over 60 years’ experience in Britain’s property field, they help us to deliver an ever deeper level of client services. So we know just how much a balanced board helps to ensure a market-leading position!

Our advisory services for clients help to deliver a dynamic board culture with strong sector-specific experience. With an extensive network, knowledge of succession planning and potential candidates who are seeking advisory roles, our service in this area is second to none. So do get in touch to see how we can help.


Leadership Development

Working closely with you, we help ensure that the rich potential of your people is being realised. We do this by partnering with industry experts in leadership development to offer bespoke programmes and services, tailored for your organisation.

Our 360-degree assessments help with team profiling and team building and use specialist measurement tools such as Belbin, Thomas International and SDI, which offer in-depth expert talent assessments.

Popular management development programmes cover topics such as inspirational team leadership; self-awareness, personal impact and effectiveness; change management.

Succession Planning

Succession planning is vital for leaders to ensure that your board and stakeholders can execute strategic plans after you’ve gone.

Market-leading real estate companies constantly review the strength of their executive team and pro-actively recruit at a very senior level so there’s always a group of strong candidates for CEO and other leadership roles.

We help you think strategically and creatively about who will be leading your organisation in the next 5 years. We do this by identifying individuals, internally and externally, whose approach is agile, adaptive and visionary.

Executive Coaching

Whether for new and existing senior executives, one-to-one coaching helps people achieve specific goals quickly and effectively, driving the results your organisation needs. The focus of such coaching may be managing change, leading a team to better performance or successfully transitioning from one role to another.

The benefits of our coaching are abundant and almost always deliver improved personal effectiveness, self-awareness and direction; the improved ability to relate to others, handle and manage change and increased levels of motivational energy, focus and drive.

Not one of our clients has ever regretted investing in coaching for its top players.

Leadership Transition

Holtby Turner Executive Search helps new senior executives become most effective to your organisation as quickly as possible. Our Leadership Transition services primarily focus on establishing role clarity, understanding culture and defining milestones. Starting before a new executive takes up their appointment provides early client wins every time.

We make sure candidates understand the way your organisation works, building positive relationships with key stakeholders and team members. Their performance indicators are mapped so expectations are managed, targets agreed and performance monitored accurately.


Organisational change usually means a change in staffing needs. Our intelligently crafted outplacement support service offers personal support, emotionally and practically, with clearly defined outcomes over a fixed timescale for anyone who has been made redundant.

Through outplacement coaching at Holtby Turner Executive Search we identify candidate skills, personal branding opportunities, update CV’s and finely tune interview techniques. There is a sensitivity required for outplacement that comes with solid experience in people-related development and recruitment in real estate.

Our niche sector expertise in real estate means we know what’s going on where, aiding our ability to outplace successfully and diplomatically.