Steve Lee

Steve has been involved in the management, recruitment, coaching and development of high-performing executives for the last 25 years. His principal focus is in partnership talent development, executive coaching, succession planning, partnership reward and organisational design. Steve has consulted widely to professional services firms, financial services organisations and private equity businesses.

Prior to Aretai, Steve was the Global Head of Human Resources for Heidrick & Struggles International, the world’s largest listed executive search firm. Earlier in his career Steve spent seventeen years at Andersen and Deloitte, where he held roles as Managing Partner – Human Resources, and Managing Partner – Partner Matters.

In these two roles Steve was ultimately responsible for all strategic talent initiatives in the firm including the project management of several business mergers and asset acquisitions. He was also responsible for the admission, development and reward of over 2,000 partners across the region. His early auditing and consulting career with Andersen was spent in the professional services and utilities industries.

Steve is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, has an MA from The University of British Columbia in Vancouver and a BA from the University of Leeds. He enjoys sport, the theatre and cooking (with more enthusiasm than aptitude).

Our team


Aretai has worked with Lambert Smith Hampton over a number of years helping us with leadership and talent challenges as we have been growing our business.  They combine great professional development expertise with a grounded and practical approach that is important here.  They are also good fun to work with and that is not to be overlooked.

Mark Winsor, Lambert Smith Hampton