Introducing Nancy Scott

Nancy Scott joins GatenbySanderson as Partner in our Local Government Practice, bringing over 20 years of recruitment experience. She brings expertise and an impressive track record across a variety of disciplines including infrastructure, transport, international development and professional services. More recently, Nancy has focused upon talent management and widening participation in the workforce and advancing social mobility.  She also has a strong interest in technology and sport.

Nancy cares passionately about collaboration and the pro-active sharing of industry knowledge so all can benefit; she has advised clients on a range of corporate issues related to HR and talent management, with a particular focus on employer branding, performance management, coaching and diversifying the workforce. 

In 2001, she was presented with an “individual award” from the European Federation of Black Women Business Owners, for her work in promoting equalities and diversity in recruitment, by the Mayor of London, Ken Livingston. She has also spoken at events related to improving representation and inclusion in the workforce and mentors young people, particularly from under-represented communities. 

She is currently a Fellow at the Royal Society of Arts (Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce), supports Transitions, a social enterprise that supports refugees in London get internships and into full time jobs in the UK, and provides ad hoc pro bono HR advice and fundraising support to two African charities, EducAid, based in Sierra Leone, and Aspyre Africa, based in Senegal. She also supports Centrepoint, a UK national homelessness charity supporting young people to lead independent lives, and Leadership through Sport and Business, a social mobility charity. 

Nancy began her career in not-for-profit working on issues related to young people, social exclusion and economic regeneration. Her HR and executive search career began at PwC, advising clients on HR change programmes and senior, interim and non-executive recruitment in the public and private sector. With a drive for enterprise, she then partnered with former colleagues to set up a boutique executive search practice, where she was seconded for 16 months to the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA London 2012). As part of the start-up team, she helped to establish a dedicated HR function and undertook senior executive hiring for the organisation. More recently she has focused on capacity building and talent management. 

Welcoming Nancy to the team, Simon Wing, Head of the Local Government Practice said: 

We are thrilled to welcome Nancy to the team. As well as bringing real depth of experience to place based approaches and partnerships, central to future local authority leadership strategies, she also brings additional diversity expertise. We will use Nancy’s global experience of improving representation and inclusion to really benefit the Local Government community and we can’t wait to get out and introduce her. 

If you’d like to discuss your current priorities and challenges with Nancy, and consider how our integrated executive recruitment and leadership development services can benefit your people strategy, please do get in touch at

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