About Bridgewater Leadership Advisory

Bridgewater Leadership Advisory acts as trusted advisor to a small number of clients in both the commercial and not-for-profit sectors. We believe client needs are best served by a small firm able to seek candidates and provide advice, where many of the larger firms cannot because of client conflicts. Bridgewater Leadership Advisory is committed to developing and building client relationships that are based on trust, experience and professional maturity.

People are at the heart of every organisation. We are passionate about identifying and attracting the best available talent for our clients, to serve as senior executives, non-executive directors or trustees.

Chemistry and fit are vital factors to be taken into account in any high level search process. It is not enough that the candidate is qualified to do the job. Bridgewater Leadership Advisory works closely with its clients to understand their business strategy and priorities and the culture and environment of their organisation.

The challenge facing many clients today is not the process of finding candidates through search or selection but being able to evaluate those candidates who eventually comprise a longlist. Bridgewater Leadership Advisory places high emphasis on ensuring its clients are as well informed as they possibly can be at the stage when a shortlist is complied and, crucially, a preferred finalist candidate selected.

Bridgewater Leadership Advisory was established by Anthony Archer in 2010. He has over 25 years’ experience in the executive search industry, latterly as a Partner of Odgers Berndtson in London.

Anthony is also a Partner of JWA Governance Services LLP and a Governor of the Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust.  He is a member of the General Synod of the Church of England and a Freeman of the City of London.  He is former Council Member of Wycliffe Hall, a permanent private hall of the University of Oxford, where he chaired its Nominations Committee.

He has served clients across all sectors of the economy, including listed companies, private-equity backed businesses, major charities and foundations, Government and regulatory bodies, and trade organisations. He has recruited to all senior positions for clients, including chairs, board members, chief executives and finance and other specialists. He has a deep understanding of the role and functioning of boards and their committees, including audit, risk, nomination and governance, and remuneration committees.

His earlier career was in accountancy and banking, with Price Waterhouse and SG Warburg respectively. He is a chartered accountant and holds a law degree from the University of Birmingham.