Natasha Makhijani, CEO of Oliver Sanderson Group, is changing the face of executive search. A pioneer of new digital platforms and a powerful advocate for diversity and inclusion programmes, Makhijani has led Oliver Sanderson to the forefront of an evolving industry.
After graduating with a Bachelor’s degree from City, University of London and a Master’s from DePaul University in Chicago, Makhijani began her recruitment career on the Graduate Scheme at Hays. Fast-tracked into management roles, she achieved four promotions in four years and took a team from billing £10,000 to £80,000 a month.
From Hays she moved to Michael Page, where she worked on a hybrid desk across permanent and interim senior leadership roles. Makhijani was given responsibility for growing Michael Page’s Public Sector division from its offices in London. She was soon the company’s number one biller in HR across the UK. But Makhijani envisioned another path for her career, and having set up executive desks at both Hays and Michael Page, she set her sights on establishing a business of her own.
Reflecting on the entrepreneurial ambitions that motivated her move, Natasha said: “I come from a very entrepreneurial community, and I always felt that there was something more out there. People questioned whether it was the right thing to do, but I took the risk. I knew it was the right thing to do, and I have never looked back.”
Oliver Sanderson was born in 2011, and what began as one lady and a laptop has grown into an international business at the cutting edge of executive search. “I left a great job, sold my car to consolidate my savings, and set up an office in the dining room,” she recalled. Within a couple of years she had built an international executive search firm with a dedicated research team. “Things have snowballed we’ve made exceptional progress.”