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Welcome to The Mellor Partnership

Expert headhunters in the creative industries.

Specialists in Search

Engaging with individuals who add more value to our clients' businesses


The Mellor Partnership

We specialise in searching for the best and brightest who can add the most value and help transform businesses. The partnerships we have forged over the last 20 years provide us with unparalleled market intelligence. Our in-depth knowledge of the marketing communications industry has led us to become one of the most respected headhunters in the business. We now also use that expertise to place marketing communications leaders into professional services firms.

We have a near 100% success rate when searching exclusively or retained. We are committed to maintaining this record and finding the right person for our clients.

We're proud that over 80% of our candidates get promoted at least once post-placement. 

what we do

We search out, engage and attract the best talent across disciplines and roles

Advertising   Design   Branding   Innovation

             CRM       Shopper Marketing 

Digital    Data     Insight     Public Relations

      Content   activation   experiential

                Client - Side marketing

      Business Development      STrategy

project management    finance     creative

    planning  operations  client services

      senior management

specialists in search

Our expertise is in fully understanding any brief and then actively searching for the right person. Targeting the best qualified and successful candidates, talking directly to them in detail. We have all of the experience, commitment, drive and character to search way beyond the obvious, to find and attract those people that our clients and competitors cannot.

Filtering the market

We always ensure that only the best and most suitable candidates are presented to our clients. We only put forward candidates that we would be happy to hire ourselves. For our clients this means valuable time saved; for our candidates confidence it’s the right opportunity for them. This also provides every candidate with the confidence to know that they are targeted perfectly for the role.

creative industry expertise

We have a unique perspective and a full understanding of the creative industries and those working in them. This enables us to find the senior marketing and communications talent capable of transforming any business.


Founded in 1996, we pride ourselves on being one of the most experienced headhunters in London. Our business is built around the long-term relationships that we have developed with our clients and candidates and reinforced by the positive referrals we receive from both.

meet the Partners


Simon mellor

Managing Partner


18 years at Saatchi & Saatchi plc working alongside Maurice and Charles Saatchi, as well as Martin Sorrell, means there is not much Simon doesn’t know about running agencies. He was a key member of the Saatchi team devising the company’s growth strategy. This background provides the foundation for The Mellor Partnership’s business focussed approach.

As a Main Board Director of the publicly listed company, Simon analysed, negotiated and acquired agencies worldwide and then helped manage their subsequent integration into the Saatchi Group. He has held management responsibility for agencies across all disciplines while also been responsible for handling all Saatchi’s corporate communications activities.

Simon set up The Mellor Partnership in 1996 intent on establishing a business that would be known for its high standards and its principles of openness, honesty and integrity. He focuses on headhunting at senior board level, with particular expertise in CEO and CFO appointments, as well as in-house CMO positions.


Jason esfandiary



After three successful years in market research Jason made a career change and joined The Mellor Partnership in 1996 as a specialist advertising search consultant.

Using his in depth knowledge and experience of the Market Research and Marketing Communications industries, Jason has built up an enviable reputation specialising in executive search for Strategic Marketeers, Account, Media and Visual Planners and strategists. He has successfully placed candidates from junior to the most senior level for an eclectic range of businesses within the creative industries – including Advertising, PR, Branding, CRM, and Content both in the UK and Internationally.

A Partner in the business, Jason knows all there is to know about planning and planners and who will fit best with his clients. His valued advice helps clients grow their business and candidates advance their careers.


Paul North



Paul began his career as a researcher at a media headhunters working with EMAP, Ziff Davis, and Reed Elsevier before joining Clear Channel International as a Client Services Manager.

Four successful years followed, developing new business and working directly with clients such as Nestlé, Mars, Columbia TriStar, EMI, and Virgin Music and with media agencies such as Mindshare and Starcom.

Paul then joined The Mellor Partnership, becoming a Partner working across a breadth of clients on roles in account management, strategy and business development, at all levels, while building a particular depth of knowledge of the design and branding world.

Paul's extensive expertise and breadth of agency knowledge allows him to headhunt across any role, finding exceptional candidates who add more value to any business.

A selection of OUR CLIENTS

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Client testimonials

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"We are a business that relies on talent to a degree few others do. A consequence of this is that finding and recruiting the finest team takes on enormous strategic urgency for Siegel+Gale. Simon Mellor has earned a position as vital resource to our firm in Europe because of his own Sherlock-like abilities to find extraordinary people who want to take on exhilarating challenges. He and his firm The Mellor Partnership are true strategic partners with Siegel+Gale"

Howard Belk

Co-Ceo & chief creative officer

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