Current position: Executive Search and Career Management Consultant
Course: BCom, Industrial Economics and Business Studies, 1965
This mentor may be of interest to students of all disciplines who are interested in leadership positions, developing career management skills and networking.
Andrew Garner has helped fashion the make-up of boardrooms across Europe, Asia and the USA. His depth of knowledge and experience gained has been derived from a career which has had two distinct phases. Initially he worked at a senior level with Mars and Brooke Bond, and for the last 28 years he has become one of the world’s leading executive search consultants.
For seven years he was Chairman and CEO of Boyden World Corporation, during which time the company grew to 64 offices in 40 countries. He then established his own firm, Garner International, floated it on the LSE and later bought Norman Broadbent, one of the all time leading search brands operating across Europe and the Middle East.
In this current phase he has brought together a team to provide the most up to date techniques in executive search, mentoring/coaching, career guidance and 100 day 'on boarding'.
Andrew is best known for the work completed at PLC board level including NED appointments - most notably for one of the UK’s FTSE 10 companies.
His style and approach as both mentor and search professional has given rise to the development of strong relationships with significant business leaders in a diverse range of markets.
Quotes from mentees
So I first met my mentor Andrew Garner at a PSA graduation in June last semester. He was giving a speech at the ceremony and I was struck by how he didn’t mince his words. He talked about life and what it was like when he was at uni and a bit on his career. In addition he spoke his opinion on the current situation for graduates just commencing on their careers and even dared to speak about government policy! I was very impressed as I felt like he was being honest and not just saying meaningless phrases because they sound good. On the basis of this I went to speak to him at the end for 5 minutes and then I also put him as my first choice for mentor.
He has had various jobs but currently works in recruitment so I thought “I need a job, who better to help me get one than a recruitment consultant?!”
Since being on the scheme and meeting with my mentor again I have realised it is not simply about just “getting a job” it is about getting the “right job for you”, or a job that will “get you to where you want to be”.
My mentor has taught me to think bigger than the next few months and start to formulate a plan, however loose, on where I want to be in the next 5 years or so.