ABOUT US

Leadership search & selection that consistently provides executive searches that exceed our clients' expectations

Welcome

When it comes to Leadership Search & Selection, Optitude sums up what we believe makes a great leader in any organisation.
Attitude + Aptitude + Fortitude = Optitude

This core principle guides us in everything we do. We are a boutique consultancy, working in partnership with our clients to find responsive and timely solutions to their needs. Our offering includes our highly targeted executive search and selection service, plus our boardroom advisory service for clients who need strategic help, guidance, wisdom, and mentoring but don’t always need it on a full-time basis.

The power of collective intelligence

Our boardroom advisory panel is made up of a team of exceptional individuals who come from a diverse and rich background in industry, commerce and the not-for-profit sectors. Between them they bring extraordinary insights, providing your organisation with the clarity and vision it needs to guide it through the most challenging of times.

Optitude-360 is headed by Simon Childs who has over 25 years of experience in sourcing high calibre candidates for some of the UK’s most dynamic boardrooms in the City of London and beyond. Simon has also worked in management consultancy and brings a wealth of understanding about what makes organisations successful and how great teams can achieve extraordinary results.

Optitude’s mission is to help our clients thrive in an increasingly complex and uncertain world.

Call us today if you want to optimise your organisation’s chances of success.

Leadership search and Selection Director

Simon Childs - Managing Director

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Our Values

  • Integrity - Our reputation is our single biggest asset. We maintain this by behaving and acting with the highest levels of professionalism.

  • Clear Communications - We are clear, open-minded, and honest in our communications and frequently offer timely information, insights, and advice.  We are not scared of challenging the status quo and address issues to avoid confrontation.

  • We respect our people for their individuality and diversity - Through their valuable contribution to our team, we recognise and celebrate their success, promote accountability and encourage them to learn from their failures.

  • The provision of value, service, and satisfaction to our clients and stakeholders is always at the forefront of our consultant's minds. As known experts in our field, we deeply respect the trust that our clients place in us.

  • Whether we are securing top-performing leadership talent, providing advisory, strategy, or consulting services to boards, our client's satisfaction is first and foremost.  Building trusting relationships with our clients is both a privilege and honour but one that requires an unrelenting and stalwart commitment to honesty, integrity, and consistent delivery. 

Our Mission

To consistently deliver top performing leadership talent and business advisory services, that inspire action, deliver change, and consistently exceed our clients' expectations!

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Our Vision

To be the leadership search and board advisory practise of choice for the world's most progressive and inspiring companies!

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Our Testimonials

We Let Them Speak For Themselves

Simon has been an invaluable and impartial supporter of my career. He brings a wealth of pragmatic advice, professionalism, and knowledge gained from his many years of leading-edge experience in search and executive selection. Above all, Simon has an engaging style and a calm demeanor which can be so reassuring when supporting anxious clients. That said, he can and will, always be clear and extremely focused when meeting his objectives. In short, Simon is a highly efficient, professional and cost-effective senior recruiting manager who delivers results for clients in the most constructive and effective manner.

Roy Ebanks - Programme Manager

Roy Ebanks

Director & CEO - Roy Ebanks Consulting

Simon has supported me in the past on a key executive search - we got the right person, in a timely fashion. Since then in regular contact, it has been a pleasure to work with him and I have found him highly effective. Happy to recommend Simon for executive search. The psychometric evaluations that he has provided were also extremely useful.

Cormac McCarthy Managing Director

Cormac McCarthy

Director owner at McCarthy Strategy & Mgt Ltd

Simon is a highly skilled and experienced leadership professional adept at identifying what makes leaders tick and what challenges them. He brings diligence, integrity, and a very personable sense of humor to the world of recruitment, selection, and headhunting. Simon has developed an approach to recruitment that goes well beyond the tired status quo, to the core of leadership. His article: 5 Traits of Exceptional Leaders, demonstrates rare insider knowledge. I would highly recommend Simon as the goto specialist on recruitment and leadership strategy.

Chris Pearse

CEO - Leadership Revival • Author - The Broken CEO

Simon is an outstanding professional and I know him already for a number of years. His insight, knowledge, and experience, especially in the IT and Finance industry are very impressive. Simon is a trustworthy and outstanding individual who is totally committed to delivering first-class service for his clients and candidates. Not just this, he spends significant time and effort with candidates to ensure they are the right fit and prepare them for challenging interview situations. I can highly recommend Simon to everyone who is looking for a new position or is in need to recruit someone. He should be your first point of contact.

Sebastian Loska - Founder & CEO at SL Marketing & eCommerce Consulting

Sebastian Loska

Founder & CEO at SL Marketing & eCommerce Consulting

Simon is an outstanding professional and I know him already for a number of years. His insight, knowledge, and experience, especially in the IT and Finance industry are very impressive. Simon is a trustworthy and outstanding individual who is totally committed to delivering first-class service for his clients and candidates. Not just this, he spends significant time and effort with candidates to ensure they are the right fit and prepare them for challenging interview situations. I can highly recommend Simon to everyone who is looking for a new position or is in need to recruit someone. He should be your first point of contact.

Jason Tisdall - Managing Director

Jason Tisdall

CEO - Fuel Included Ltd

In my position as Managing Director of N200|GES, I have had the pleasure of working with Simon on a couple of projects. His diligence and understanding of the requirements needed are exceptional, he leaves no stone unturned when it comes to candidate selection. What sets Simon apart from his peers is his ability to fully grasp the culture and fit of a business ensuring enduring success. Simon and his team have added so much value to our company knowing we get the round peg to fit the round hole when recruiting for some very technical, diverse positions. A true professional, with outstanding temperament and balance for his profession.

Jeff.L GES

Jeff Lee

Group Operations Director at GES

Simon is an expert in his field and operating at a highly professional level, you will understand that as soon as you meet him. Very personable, absolutely full of knowledge and easy to engage with. Credibility and the appetite to "do the right thing" is evident in his work and attitude.  I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Simon to anyone.

James Scutt - CX Thought Leader

James Scutt

James Scutt Post Office Head of Customer Experience Strategy and Deployment

Simon truly stands out from the many recruitment consultants I have worked with. He went the extra mile to develop a thorough understanding of my business and this was apparent in the quality of the candidates he placed with us over the years. I highly recommend him to any organisation with recruitment needs.

Chief Evangelist

Patrick Bolger

Chief Evangelist at Hornbill

I have worked with Simon for a number of years. He is a trustworthy and personable individual who is totally committed to delivering a top-class, value-driven service. He is able to build strong relationships built on trust, honesty, integrity, and his total dedication to the task in hand. His extensive experience and industry knowledge have been demonstrated on numerous occasions his expertise has been used. I have no hesitation in recommending Simon as an expert in his field and am happy to discuss this in more detail.

Gary Banner

Gary Banner

Founder & CEO at SL Marketing & eCommerce Consulting

Advisory Panel

To help us further develop our role as the leading leadership specialists our Advisory Panel provides high level intellectual and strategic guidance to our team and our clients. Our panel consists of thought leaders and industry specialists, each bringing their unique approach to problem-solving. All members of the Advisory Panel excel in their capacity to deliver excellence.

Advisory Panel

Dr Gary Coulton, Leadership Specialist - Board Advisory

Dr Gary Coulton

Leadership Consultant
Chris Pearce

Chris Pearse

Clarity Space Ltd
Author of The Broken CEO + MD Leadership Revival
Paul Vousden

Paul Vousden

The Corporate Counsel Ltd