Stephen Buchanan

Stephen Buchanan is the Spexsearch Partner in Europe and runs Research Europe


As the founder and Managing Director of Research Europe, my vision has always been to offer research-based talent services that are cost-effective, collaborative, and contribute positively to our clients’ long-term talent planning. 

Research Europe is a talent & executive research firm supporting talent acquisition, talent intelligence & DEI consulting. 

For over 20 years, Research Europe has served Talent Acquisition, Executive Search, HR, and DEI leaders within complex private and public sector companies, non-profits, and private equity firms. We stand at the forefront of empowering businesses to make more informed talent decisions. 

We find and secure the brightest talent for our clients around the world. We provide information and insight which help firms make better decisions about people. We enable businesses to create and sustain more diverse and inclusive workplaces. 

What sets us apart from traditional search firms and recruitment agencies is that we don't merely find candidates; we transform talent acquisition. As a research-led firm, we collaborate with in-house TA and executive search leaders globally, enhancing their capabilities and capacity. We offer a broad range of services beyond executive hiring, including succession planning, reward intelligence, employer brand insight and competitor / market insight. 

At our core, we're a research-led firm with an experienced, cosmopolitan team of research professionals, offering a blend of talent acquisition services and intelligence products that traditional headhunters are often not set up to deliver. 

Our reputation is particularly built on impactful diversity programs, supported by an array of inspiring case studies. Having spent two decades helping firms diversify, we have developed a portfolio of DEI consulting programmes, helping our clients measure and enhance diversity, equality and inclusion, and build DEI strategies. 

We operate as an extension of in-house talent teams, upholding transparency and delivering insights that matter. 

Our dedicated team has managed talent programmes in over 140 countries, making us a truly global partner. 

I'd love to hear more about your current and future talent challenges and share insights tailored to your sector.


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