First Flight is a search and selection agency specialising in recruiting Chairs and Non-Executive Directors. We also supply companies with pre and post-search Board services, including NED and Chair remuneration advice, NED skills audits, Board benchmarking and succession planning.


  • We have successfully completed over 175 Non-Executive Director and Chair assignments across all sectors. Our clients include AIM listed and FTSE SmallCap companies, mutuals, growth companies, not-for-profit organisations, family-owned companies, investment companies, partnerships, UK subsidiaries of multinationals and EIS/VC/PE-backed companies.


  • We provide a cost effective, quick turnaround Non Exec recruitment service working closely with our client companies to achieve effective Boards and good Governance.

To read about our pre and post-search service click here

To see how we have helped our clients recruit "high impact" Non Execs  see our Client Testimonials and Case Studies pages or read our Overview


To apply for one of our roles all you have to do is register with us. This is completely free and we guarantee that we will not pass on your CV to a client without your permission. Further details are in our Candidate Section.

Please note that we have no connection to any company that charges candidates for access to NED roles, and we advise candidates to be extremely sceptical about such organisations.

Non Exec Workshops

We actively encourage first time Non Execs, and run Non-Executive Director Learning Workshops for those who want to learn more about the NED role and its responsibilities.

For further information please go to our Non Exec training page.