Executive Search

Our executive search team supplies senior staff to PR and communications agencies, and media owners such as publishers, conference and exhibition firms, and business information providers.

These roles usually pay £100k+ and are based both in the UK and overseas.


Multiple solutions tailored to your executive search needs

Our management team will employ a variety of methods suited to your needs, including:

  • Search and selection
  • Advertising across job boards and social media
  • Outbound messages to our extensive network
  • Auditing of and advice for your talent acquisition and retention

We understand your market

Our executive search team works extensively across the media and communications industries. With a combined 60+ years of recruitment experience, we’ll put our contacts and knowledge gained in that time to good use.

Make use of our extensive network

Since we were established over 30 years ago, Media Contacts have built an extensive network of talent. This includes both those actively looking for a new position and passive members of our community who are open to the right opportunity. We’ll always work hard to understand your business, its culture and motivations, and find the right match.

Rupert Wallis

With more than twenty-five years’ experience at the company, Rupert is our Managing Director. He has covered every sector of recruitment in his time at the company, gaining a significant number of contacts as a result – he provides specialist support to our teams across all sectors, while also currently working directly with our PR team.

Rupert Wallis - Managing Director, Media Contacts

Jonathan Richardson

Jonathan recruits for sales, marketing, operations, content and tech roles, specifically for events (conferences, exhibitions, trade shows), business intelligence providers and publishers.

Jonathan Richardson, Division Manager at Media Contacts

Julia Walton

Julia recruits healthcare communications staff for both agencies and pharmaceutical companies (covering healthcare advertising, PR, medical communications, public affairs, corporate comms and market access).

Julia Walton, Director at Media Contacts

Ben Galyas

Ben works with media and intelligence businesses (including newspapers and intelligence platforms) looking to hire specialist journalists, analysts, editors and writers.

Ben Galyas, Senior Recruitment Consultant and Head of Diversity at Media Contacts


“I have used Rupert and his team on serval occasions to support me with senior agency hires and have always been extremely impressed with their considered and well-targeted approach. They always take the time to truly understand the brief and the business in order to match the right candidate.  Senior hires are so important and Media Contacts seem to get it right each time.”

Richard Baines, Director, Amber Group

“Julia and the team at Media Contacts are a trusted and reliable source of quality senior contract and permanent hires – the most recent of which were vital client partners and business drivers for us throughout 2023 in Conran and Havas.”

James March, Head of Healthcare Communications, Conran

“We retained Ben Galyas for a senior editorial hire with a tight remit that was crucial to developing our specialist news business. Over six weeks, Ben worked closely with us to present a succinct shortlist of candidates who had been vetted and interviewed to a high level. The vacancy was filled with an exceptional candidate within three months and Ben was available to offer consultative advice throughout. His specialist insight into the business intelligence industry was invaluable and I would not hesitate to recommend him.”

Sarah Goldsbrough, HR Director, DN Media Group

“I’ve worked with Julia and Media Contacts for several years now and am very impressed by their level of service and support. They have taken the time to develop a solid understanding of our company and our needs and whether we are recruiting for senior leaders or more junior team members, they have always been responsive, professional and easy to work with.  I would highly recommend them to anyone looking for a reliable recruitment partner.”

Alison Denham, HR Director, Ruder Finn