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Tim Shaw


Tim is a Partner in the Industrial Practice, where he leads our focus in Infrastructure, Construction & Services. His deep expertise across the built environment stems from over 20 years in organisational and leadership development, executive recruitment, benchmarking and assessment. This has led to over 300 successful searches with FTSE 100 and Fortune 500 organisations, as well as family businesses, private equity firms, infrastructure and pension funds.

My story

Before joining Savannah, I was a Senior Client Partner at Korn Ferry. My primary responsibility was leading the Infrastructure, Construction & Services practice across EMEA. Prior to this role, I co-built the global Infrastructure practice at Heidrick & Struggles.

My career began with the international recruitment group Hays, and I hold a degree in Construction Management, from the University of the West of England.

My focus

My focus is on multi-national infrastructure, engineering, construction and services clients. My expertise spans engineering and construction to operations and maintenance. I have undertaken extensive work more broadly in surface transportation, airports, ports, utilities, renewables and energy.

My motivation

I have always had a love for everything ‘built environment’. Since my days at university studying Construction, I have been fascinated with infrastructure, engineering and architecture. It is a privilege to work with such a purpose driven sector – building schools, transport systems and connecting people to water, energy and telecommunication networks. I feel proud to help our clients identify the people who are driven to deliver a better world, in which we live, work and travel.

Why I like working at Savannah

Savannah is wholly focussed on providing the best possible service for its particular clients. Unlike many Search firms that are fixed to using global process and protocols, Savannah can adapt its strategies to best-fit the individual client. I recognise that each of my projects is different with specific strategies and cultures at play. There is no ‘one size fits all’. Working with a firm like Savannah gives me the opportunity to serve each of my clients much more individually, providing them with the tailored approach they want and deserve.


“Following a competitive process, we chose Tim for the appointment of our new Chief Commercial Officer, a critical role for us as we bounce back from the pandemic.

The outcome was the appointment of a highly experienced aviation professional with an approach and mindset that is complementing and adding to our team and business. I would certainly have no hesitation engaging Tim again and recommending him to other businesses.

In addition to being able to fully canvass the market, we found his ability to assess candidates based on their “fit” with our team and the airport was highly valuable, particularly given the focussed nature of the role and skill set we were looking for and also the very tight knit and established nature of our team. Tim was also very happy to make a recommendation to us, something which not all recruiters are prepared to do.”

Robert Sinclair, Chief Executive Officer, London City Airport

Tim Shaw's 
Specialism & Experience
IndustrialBoardCEOExecutive SearchOperations & Supply ChainTechnology & Communications

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