Sarah Palmer - head of recruitment and interim management

Sarah Palmer


Executive search and selection, senior-level interim placements, executive coaching and CV writing.


Sarah is Altair's Head of Recruitment with over twelve years’ experience as a senior executive-level recruiter. She leads our executive and non-executive search, where she leads selection assignments. She manages senior interim management placements across all professional disciplines within housing, development, regeneration and asset management.

Sarah specialises in interim management and executive search in the public/private sector. She has successfully recruited over 130 permanent and non-executive senior positions. She has also filled over 75 interim management positions, working with a wide variety of organisations across the housing sector.

Prior to becoming a recruitment and search consultant, Sarah worked in the local government sector. She gained experience in operational management in addition to her professional background in HR, communications, information management and diversity.

Altair Assignments

Recent recruitment projects that Sarah has been involved in include:

  • Chief Executives: Bracknell Forest Homes, Hastoe, Gateway, Manningham HA, B3Living, Paradigm, Wellingborough Homes, Hornsey Housing Trust and Eastbourne Homes
  • Chairs: Thrive Homes, Estuary HA, Westward, Homes for Haringey, Teign Housing, Black Country Housing Group and Yarlington
  • Board members: Swan Housing Group, Riverside Housing Group, Local Space, Asra HG, Network Housing Group, Teign Housing, North Devon Homes, First Wessex, Thames Valley Housing Association, Thrive Homes, Yorkshire Housing and Origin


Senior Executive Search, Recruitment and Selection Consultant - Rockpools
Assistant Director of Information and Communications - Employers’ Organisation for Local Government
Key development and promotion lead - Local Government Pay and Workforce Strategy (partnership of EO, LGA and OPDM)
Head - Local Authorities Race Relations Information Exchange (LARRIE)

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