“We were looking to make a senior appointment within our global insight team. The position had not been announced to the company or our close-knit sector — so all recruitment activities needed to remain confidential. Nigel Wright could not discuss the name of our business or reveal details about our commercial activities during the hiring process. The positivity and enthusiasm of Nigel Wright’s consultant in their approach to this assignment was hugely impressive. We knew from the past that this was a very difficult role to fill, even without the confidentiality aspect.”
“Despite the restrictions we had in place, the team had a can-do attitude from the start. Nigel Wright acted quickly to create a strong shortlist of potential candidates. All candidates were asked to sign NDAs and were managed through the interview process in a way that reassured us the secrecy of this appointment was never compromised. Even with the contract signed, the recruitment remained confidential until our new candidate joined the company.”
“Our new Senior Director is an established leader with the requisite skills and experience to help lead us through a period of change and transformation. Throughout the process, the Nigel Wright team was friendly, personable, and easy to work with. They offered help and guidance along the way and delivered the right outcomes on time. We will happily recommend Nigel Wright to other firms looking to recruit senior roles.”
Jeremy Michael, Managing Director – SMG
“We had an urgent requirement for a sales director who would drive the on-trade growth of our business. Xin and Voltaire is a start-up luxury alcoholic sorbet brand, so the ideal candidate needed significant experience within the alcoholic drinks industry and proven success in opening doors and winning new customers. Nigel Wright was accommodating right from the start. Nothing was considered impossible, and they were very keen and eager to take on the challenge. Within a few days, they had already identified one person who matched our requirements. And one week after starting the process, they had presented a shortlist of three strong candidates for the role. The standout individual was a target for other businesses, and Nigel Wright was clear that we had to act fast to hire them. We took their advice and moved quickly to secure the candidate. The whole process was completed within three weeks, and we’re delighted with the appointment we’ve made. Our new sales director has held multiple senior positions within the premium drinks industry, playing an instrumental role in the success of global brands. They're an intrapreneur too – someone who has launched new brands and categories for major drinks companies – bringing the necessary ‘start-up’ experience that we considered important for this role. From a cultural perspective too, we made an immediate connection. I was impressed with their values and leadership style which resonated with my own and those of the company. We couldn’t have asked for a better outcome. Engaging Nigel Wright for this appointment has been one of the best decisions I’ve made on our journey so far.”
Grace Ubawuchi, CEO & Founder – Xīn and Voltaire
"Kathy has worked hard to find us two suitable candidates, kept in touch with progress and helped us out in challenging circumstances.
Peter Richards, Moving on Durham
"Working on a Finance Business Partner opportunity was made easier with the support of Emma Smith. We worked to timelines, she has market knowledge to keep us on track and nothing was a problem. The calibre of candidates and the mix of what she showed us was welcomed. Emma carried out a vast search for us to reach her shortlist. She has clear communication and is not shy when it comes to chasing us up for info or updates which is not a bad thing as she is managing the candidate experience. Thank you Emma."
Gemma Shoulder, Bede Gaming
"Katie has always been very supportive for our appointments, she is a great communicator, keeps me updated with progress and managed to again fill the position. Thank you."
Mark Lyon, Vocare
"Erica was a fantastic support to us in our recent recruitment exercise. She was helpful, friendly and professional throughout. Her knowledge and experience was second to none and made each part of the process easy. I would highly recommend."
Scott Edgar, South Tyneside Homes
"First class. My contact was professional at all times and more importantly responded to all the challenges during an extremely long and drawn out recruitment. We got there in the end thanks to Nigel Wright!"
Neil Wrigglesworth, Walker Filtration
"Lisa was knowledgeable (in terms of market, candidates, skills, etc), operated efficiently and was a consummate professional throughout the multiple searches I entrusted to her. Finding good senior candidates during a global pandemic was never going to be easy but Lisa tackled the searches with vigour, pace and applied a range of creative methods to help us secure the key talent we needed for our continued growth."
Lisa Davies, Walker Filtration
"Sue and Shona were great! Delivered to agreed timelines with great candidates and were very responsive – all with a smile.”
Robbie Taylor, Fenwick
“We reached out to Niamh after being unsuccessful in securing an appointment for a Payroll Advisor for a maternity cover, we were confident we would fill. Niamh took the time to understand our complex business, our team dynamics and what the role truly involved. She set expectations from the beginning that the market was tough at present with what we were looking for, however, we were keen to progress. Within 48 hours we had 3 virtual interviews scheduled, which we appointed a fantastic candidate. The candidate was not passively looking and we would not have them without Niamh's support.
Thank you again, and here’s to a great working partnership for the future”
Natalie Henson, Head of People & Culture at Changing Lives
We reached out to Nigel Wright after unsuccessfully trying to appoint a Payroll Advisor. The consultant took the time to understand our complex business, our team dynamics and what the role truly involved. She set expectations from the beginning that the market was tough. Within 48 hours, however, we had three virtual interviews scheduled, from which we appointed a fantastic candidate. The candidate wasn’t seeking a new role and we would never have found them without Nigel Wright’s support.
Natalie Henson, Head of People & Culture at Changing Lives
"Over the years I‘ve been a candidate with Nigel Wright Group, then a client recruiting and then as a candidate again.
I was looking for a new challenge and Elaine Tulip-Johnson put me forward for the right role for my skills. Elaine stayed in regular contact and supported me through the interview process. I was successful and never forgot the support she provided.
I needed to recruit in my new role so contacted Nigel Wright Group. Elaine listened to the role requirements and matched these with similar roles on the market to help develop a job title and description. Elaine then found high quality candidates for us to interview and hire.
Throughout the process the support and resource were everything we needed as a business.
I was made redundant due to COVID-19 so contacted Nigel Wright again. Elaine introduced me to Jemma Devine-Wilkinson who specialises in Consumer sector commercial roles. Jemma was equally first class.
Jemma maintained regular contact at a time when the recruitment world was scary. I had never seen such competition for roles until the impact of COVID. The set up at Nigel Wright through the pandemic has been very effective.
Jemma has been the ultimate professional. She juggled home life and maintained a caring and professional approach which led to me joining a new company.
What can I say candidates or businesses looking for reliable recruiter?
Nigel Wright has recruiters filled with passion, care and drive. All delivered with the professional approach you would expect. They will only submit the right candidates for roles.
As a candidate, they are everything you need. And as a recruiting business, they are worth their fees! They are a first-class recruitment company.
They have helped me so much both personally and as a recruiting business."
Tracy Jameson, Customer Service Manager at Fentimans Ltd
“I have worked with Jemma for many years, on both sides of the fence, and find her to be knowledgeable, adaptable to the clients needs and, above all, communicative. She always runs a really good process and has consistently delivered great candidates who fit the technical and cultural brief.”
Steve Edwards, CEO at Nic Ice
“I have worked with Nigel Wright across my career, 3 businesses and 3 very different sectors and have always found the service exceptional and professional. The fact that Sarah and Lisa have taken time to understand our business and the challenges we have, ensures that we are only presented with candidates that fit our brief. This not only means that we are getting a great service but also, candidates are too If you are looking for a new role, it can be frustrating being put forward for a role only to find out at interview that it’s not suitable.”
"Huge thanks to the team at Nigel Wright for supporting us with our recruitment. As a small growing business, that support is invaluable and we so appreciate the time they took to understand our culture and values and we really look forward to working with them again."
"Given that this was a tight deadline you listened, understood the requirements of the role and managed to find a good selection of candidates. Katie, you have been very polite, friendly, professional and responsive throughout, which has contributed significantly to the success of the recruitment process."
Mark Berry, Finance Director at Parmley Graham Ltd
"This has been the first time we have used Nigel Wright to assist us in our recruitment process and we have been very pleased with the outcome. We were looking for a Chief Financial Officer and we wanted to attract the very best candidates from across all sectors, but as a school we felt that our normal recruitment routes could limit the field. From the start Charlotte Owen from Nigel Wright gained a very good understanding of what our requirements were and worked with us to develop an attractive offer and selection process. The outcome has been everything we had hoped for and we were able to select from an exceptional field of candidates."
Mr S Haigh, Headteacher at Whickham School and Sports College
“Since launching in 2015, Silent Pool has become a leading independent UK gin brand. For phase two of our journey, we required a global sales director to take our performance to the next level and grow our business outside of the UK. A proven track record in strategy, sales analysis and building successful sales teams were attributes we were keen to attract.
“We selected Nigel Wright to lead this critical search assignment based on its drinks industry expertise and extensive consumer sector networks. Andy took the time to get to know our business and used this insight to deliver a successful process. He kept us informed of developments, provided weekly update reports and managed our expectations in an open and transparent way.
“A few unexpected twists and turns were navigated in a professional manner. And all candidates engaged during the process were impressed with the high standard of customer service they experienced. Nigel Wright also created marketing literature to support the search, including a branded candidate pack which helped promote our story to the wider market.
“The final shortlist included two strong but very different candidates. This was the ideal outcome as it challenged us to think about what we really wanted – a tough decision at the final stage of a recruitment process is a good problem to have.
“Our new sales director worked for a global spirits producer for several years. This included roles 'at the coal face' during their early career, before progressing into domestic and international sales leadership positions. Critically, their track record at building high performing sales teams is matched by expertise in strategy and sales analysis.
“Having also spent time with a smaller independent brand, it confirms that from a cultural perspective, they understand our specific challenges, making them an ideal hire for Silent Pool.
We’re delighted with the result and will happily use Nigel Wright again in the future.”
John Keeling, Director – Silent Pool Distillers
"Very impressed with the service from Nigel Wright, great candidates at a competitive price. They really helped me out over the busy December payroll period with a quality placement.”
Jim Woodlingfield, Newcastle College Group – 9/10
"In looking to recruit a new Personal Assistant they immediately sourced a high quality field of candidates allowing us to make an excellent appointment.”
Kevin Clifford, Crossling & Co. – 10/10
"Proactive approach to recruitment, delivered what was promised. Chris Arnold led the assignment with great results through his dedicated approach and effective communication skills.”
Roger Crudgington, Joseph Joseph - 10/10
"Charlotte Owen has been great to work with and is always available to answer any query.”
Kerry Steen, The Linskill & North Tyneside Community Development Trust
“I have worked with Nigel Wright for many years while being employed in various organisations and they have always demonstrated professionalism and great understanding of business needs. The team are very responsive and always able to source quality candidates in a competitive market. I can highly recommend Nigel Wright to other organisations looking for a reliable recruitment partner.”
Magdalena Rutkowska, CMR UK
“Erica has been brilliant to work with on both sides, as a candidate myself and when looking to recruit a new member to my team. She's understanding and proactive, but never pushy. I can't fault the service I have received.”
Joanne MacLauchlan, Silverbean
“Excellent communication from the start of the process through to the candidate’s start date. Throughout the process we constantly talked in terms of the relevant skills I was looking for; opinions were exchanged from both sides which helped when deciding on the correct fit for the job. ”
Gerard Brockley, Interflex Group
“After a conversation with a mutual contact about EuroDrive’s ambitions to appoint a Head of Risk & Regulation, I was introduced to Mark Dale as a consultant focussed on professional services at Nigel Wright. Although we were in the early stages of shaping the role Mark took the time to come and meet us at our offices and discuss the current climate, available talent on the market and various methods of recruiting for a strategic and niche appointment.
After helping us define the role, within a short space of time, Mark was able to act as our brand ambassador and describe our vision and the longer term ambition of our business to the candidate marketplace. His work meant that a relevant, local and available candidate was attracted to EuroDrive as a business, resulting in a successful appointment.
I’m confident that, should we need such support again, I would return to Mark and Nigel Wright in the future.”
Chris Hodgson, Commercial Director, Eurodrive Motor Finance
“The level of engagement at the beginning is excellent and means that when candidates are supplied you know they are going to match your criteria. This level of initial involvement and understanding has always proved to be very successful as both a candidate and a recruiter.”
Trevor Austin, Rotary Power
“Nigel Wright provide a high level of professionalism and insight, a good understanding of the job markets and candidate suitability as well as being flexible and patient in supporting clients”
Colin McLauchlan, Homes England
“Nigel Wright was recommended to me as the best recruiter to partner with for Executive Level appointments. The strength of that recommendation, together with Nigel Wright’s extensive regional networks, were key reasons why we chose to partner with them on this assignment.
This was a key appointment for Beyond Housing at a critical moment in our journey. The new CFO would share the ambitions of the leadership team and demonstrate enthusiasm for the opportunity to help build a new brand. Change and integration would define their first 12 months, and candidates required experience operating at the senior level within this context. We were also keen to attract people from the North East as well as Yorkshire.
Nigel Wright helped us shape the CFO brief. Our shortlist included people from across the North East and Yorkshire. Though the successful candidate was based in North Yorkshire, they actually worked for a local authority in the Midlands. We’re delighted to attract such a high-calibre individual.”
Rosemary Du Rose, Chief Executive, Beyond Housing
"Having worked with Nigel Wright for several years, I find their service to be professional. They work hard to engage with the client, always providing a personal touch in order to build the relationship and ensuring they can match the best candidate for the role."
Stanley Black & Decker
“We’re currently expanding our business, including moving into larger premises to accommodate our growing team.
All 58 Gin employees must have a personal investment in our brand and treat our ambition with ‘raw heart.’ Furthermore, we require our people to ‘get their hands dirty’ and perform tasks outside of the traditional remit of their role – our expectation on this occasion was to hire a Sales Manager ‘plus other stuff.’
I provided Nigel Wright’s consultant with, what I believed, was an impossible list of attributes. They included finding someone with experience of scaling up a distillery, who could operate effectively within our agile entrepreneurial culture. My expectation was that we’d attract candidates with some, but not all these traits.
The consultant (Andy Scott) met with me and worked hard to understand our business, our ambitions and culture. I was always impressed with their ability to digest feedback, suggest alternative places to seek out talent, and ultimately present highly relevant profiles.
The successful candidate is the perfect fit for 58 Gin, and I expect will be a real asset to our business. They joined us from a very similar company which has already undergone a scale-up process. A good understanding of the sector and its challenges was matched by a genuine commitment to grow an entrepreneurial brand.
I’m delighted with the result and look forward to working with Nigel Wright again in the future.”
Managing Director, 58 Gin Ltd
"Our Group Finance Director appointment was critical for Gentoo following a challenging period and several new leadership appointments. We chose Nigel Wright due to their impressive regional network, national search capability and the consultative and transparent process they outlined. We were very pleased with Nigel Wright’s service delivery, they did exactly what they said they would, communicating with us regularly throughout each stage of the process to ensure our leadership stakeholders were fully informed with the right level of detail. Our final shortlist of candidates was comprehensive, diverse and matched the key elements of our challenging brief. We ultimately reached the point where we were able to choose between several appointable candidates and we are delighted with our new Group Finance Director. We have just recently successfully worked with Nigel Wright again for some Non- Executive Board appointments."
Executive Diector Corportate Services, Gentoo Group
"Our initial conversation went really well, I felt Katie understood exactly what I was looking for in just a few questions. I was really pleased with the quality of the candidates sent my way, their CVs were all very attractive."
Reporting Manager, Balfour Beatty
"Mark took the time to really understand our requirements for the role so when he suggested a candidate, I knew they would be credible and worthy of serious consideration. He kept us fully informed of the candidates’ thoughts between interviews and managed the whole process very effectively."
UBS Wealth Management
"We received a prompt, professional service and would not hesitate in using Nigel Wright again in the future."
Mike Meynell, Managing Director
I have worked with Nigel Wright Recruitment as both a candidate and a client. The service received in both instances has been extremely friendly, polite and professional. Other companies I have worked with do not make you feel as if you have any value as an individual, you are just another commodity and they rarely listen or try to understand your requirements. It's almost as if they know better than you do. Not so with Nigel Wright recruitment personnel. On each occasion they have taken the time to understand my needs and skill sets both as a candidate and a client. I would have no hesitation in working with them again.
Carroll & Meynell
"Having worked with Nigel Wright for many years, I am always delighted with the service I receive. Nigel Wright understand our business requirements and make the recruitment process simple and straightforward. I am kept regularly informed of progress and receive excellent quality CVs."
Louise Lightfoot, HR Director, Banks Group
"The consultants took the time to visit our site and understand the company’s needs. This made the selection of candidates much easier to manage."
Stephanie Hodgson, HR Manager, Greencroft Bottling
"Really good service. Time was taken to get to know me and the business I support, and then the right kind of candidates for the role and the business were proposed."
Trevor Austin, Head of Supply Chain, Rotary Power
"High quality assessment and shortlisting of candidates"
John Devall, Water Director at Northumbrian Water Limited
"I am consistently impressed by the level of professionalism demonstrated by the consultants at Nigel Wright."
Jolene Middleton, Recruiter at Northumbrian Water Limited
"Nigel Wright sourced our requirement very efficiently and professionally, presenting good candidates all with relevant experience for the role. It was great to have such quality of candidates. Since we offered the role, the high level of service has continued."
Chris Story, Treasury Manager, Froneri
"Amazing in terms of speed of delivery and the quality of candidates."
Jonathan Smith, IT Director at HC-One Ltd.
"I found the recruitment consultant to be quick in terms of getting up to speed on the requirements and thorough in making sure that I was happy with the profiles supplied. Helpful and feedback was wanted and work achieved was swift and comprehensive, with an obviously positive outcome."
Rosamunde Willis-Read, Head of Standards and Compliance at HC-One Ltd.
"Nigel Wright’s consultants understood what I was looking for, not just in terms the skills, but also personality and culture fit. Translating that understanding into an effective national search, they matched my expectations by delivering the right candidates for the jobs. “They showed expertise by sharing market insight which tested my thinking on certain aspects of the assignment. Significantly they recognised that none of us has time to waste these days and, as promised, delivered two strong shortlists which made our final decision difficult. “Communication wasn’t too much or too little. Weekly updates were complemented with additional calls, only when something needed confirming. Messages were always concise and clear. The result? We appointed two great people.”
Heather Ashton, Executive Director of Resources at Thirteen
"Nigel Wright Recruitment took the time to understand our business and needs before looking for a suitable candidate. This resulted in us finding the right person first time."
Operations Director, C-Ways
"Nigel Wright has been nothing short of exemplary for the challenging requirements we have. The framework is tough and extremely competitive. Due to the amount of competition on our panel, it is difficult to make an impression and even more difficult for the supplier to make money. Nigel Wright quickly found value in numbers and in turn the calibre of candidates has been strong."
Recruitment Partner, de Poel
"I worked closely with the team at Nigel Wright. The process was first rate and the Consultant was communicative and transparent throughout a process that was moving at pace. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend the Nigel Wright team to anyone looking to recruit senior commercial talent or indeed, to those embarking on their next move"
Group Commercial Director, Adelie Foods
'I am often surprised about the short term, situation and impersonal approach many recruiters take to candidate stakeholder engagement. Candidates one day become potential clients, after all ....
Personally, I have experienced a very different approach across the Nigel Wright organisation. Critically, I feel my objectives and aspirations have been recognised, understood and actively considered. Communication through processes has been first class and proactive, resulting in increased candidate interest in opportunities.'
Ex Sales Director, Birds Eye
"The team at Nigel Wright have worked with Premier Foods for a number of years, and we're always impressed with their network and knowledge of the market. Their recent handling of an assignment for a senior commercial role was excellent, delivering an exceptionally strong shortlist, ahead of time."
Human Resources Director, Premier Foods
"We used Nigel Wright to identify and source a Fleet and Procurement Coordinator - throughout the whole process they excelled in their communication with myself, were able to identify and short list multiple candidates against the criteria as agreed and ultimately identified our new recruit.
We will have no hesitation to call on Nigel Wright should we need such assistance in the future."
Gary Kinghan, Procurement Team Leader, The Priory Group
"In a competitive marketplace, Nigel Wright managed to source high-quality candidates, above and beyond that of other agencies working on the assignments. It was clear that they understood the requirements of the roles as well as our company culture.
Nigel Wright provided a consultative approach to both assignments which helped enormously in inviting the right people to join our team. I would not hesitate to use Nigel Wright again."
Rob Blundell, Director, Supply Chain Acumen
“I’ve worked with Richard Morgan on several senior executive appointments at IHC over the last few years and enjoyed a lot of success. He has taken the time to understand our business and its needs, as well as get to know the people in our organisation. This means he always knows, exactly, the required personalities of the individuals we want here, and all the operational and strategic requirements of the roles he’s working on. His communication is excellent too and a good fit for how we like to work. He doesn’t bombard us with calls and emails, but rather asks our preference for how and when we want communication and then sticks to that agreement. He’s very responsive and keeps me in the loop; I’m never left waiting to find out the progress of an assignment.
Richard takes the pressure off the recruitment process; his shortlists always contain individuals who fit our requirements and we rarely need to ask for additional candidates or to review longlists again. Our most recent appointment was for a new Financial Director. The successful candidate has offered IHC a breadth of industry experience, adding value to our business."
Jane Hudson, HR Manager at IHC Engineering Business Ltd
“During a period of change and transformation, Formica needed to identify and attract talent into a variety of positions across its sales, marketing, operations and supply chain teams. These roles were at different levels and spread right across the European division, making this an extremely challenging process. Nigel Wright took the time to fully understand each vacancy, as well as Formica’s culture and provided insights and recommendations throughout. Each assignment was delivered by an expert in the relevant function and was managed by a dedicated account manager. This approach enabled us to have oversight of all of the concurrent recruitment activities taking place. We continue to partner with Nigel Wright in the North East and also across Europe.”
Victoria Scott, European Talent and Reward Manager at Formica
“We initially approached three agencies to discuss a Finance Director vacancy at The Port of Blyth. It had been a long time since we had recruited at that level and we needed make sure we got the right person. We selected Nigel Wright because of its long-standing reputation and expertise. We were also impressed by the lead consultant’s market knowledge and offer of a ‘added value’ approach. This was a challenging assignment. We needed an FD with a unique skill set as well as ‘cultural’ affinity with the leadership team and ways of working here at the Port. Nigel Wright shortlisted six strong candidates who matched what we were looking for. The documentation submitted helped inform our own interview process. This was all done within a very tight schedule and demonstrated complete understanding of our business needs.”
Martin Lawlor, Chief Executive at Port of Blyth
"As a candidate and as an employer I have always found Nigel Wright Recruitment to be a stand-out agent in a very competitive market. The calibre of Recruitment Consultant is first-class in terms of professionalism and industry insight. The client base is impressive with key contacts at most leading food manufacturers. The candidate database is also impressive with access to a wide range of technical professionals (interim and permanent)."
Head of Technical UK, Bernard Matthews
"I’ve always found Nigel Wright to be professional and discrete. I’ve had bad experiences with other firms but Nigel Wright has successfully established a level of trust within the finance team at International Paint, hence the longevity of the relationship."
Regional Controller North Europe, AkzoNobel
“I have always found the consultants at Nigel Wright to be knowledgeable of my business sector and at all times they interacted in a professional manner. My recent experience in dealing with them was excellent. They kept me up to date regarding the progress of the recruitment process.”
Warehouse Operations Manager, END
"Quick response and good candidates, which led to a hire."
IT Manager, END.
"Lisa Taylor is probably the most professional Recruiter I have ever worked with. She takes time to understand our business, not only the needs for the role she is recruiting for but the department and where that sits in the overall organization. She understands the culture and the people we have here and the challenges we face as a business as well as the industry as a whole. She is honest and takes ownership of her work in a way that many other Recruiters do not. She is discreet when needed and I would recommend her to anyone looking for a new role as I know she genuinely cares about the candidates she represents. Lisa also keeps me up to date with market developments and changes within the North East which may have an impact on what we do here, a consultative approach is always taken but with a friendly approachable manner."
"Nigel Wright provided an excellent service to Draeger; myself, the MD and Regional Heads were all very impressed with the level of knowledge and specialist skills demonstrated during the project. The brief was presented very well, sense checked with us and the results were two very strong candidates to choose from. The consultant went over and above their duties in terms of taking calls, ensuring the candidate was very well versed with Draeger and liaising with myself out of hours in times of need. They immediately built a rapport with our internal team and for the time they were working with us, it was as though they were a Draeger employee. I would have no hesitation in recommending Nigel Wright to work on a brief."
Head of HR, Draeger
"In our rural locations, finding quality candidates locally has always been difficult. We engaged Nigel Wright through a retained search model which has enabled us to attract talent from inside and outside the region, with Mark Dale marketing our Armstrong Watson brand , delivering a consistent message about our company and our vision and values.
This has enabled Armstrong Watson to action their growth plans and allowed us to continue providing excellent service to our clients.
Mark’s timely communication and approach whilst managing simultaneous requirements has helped create a relationship based on trust which we hope to continue."
Head of Audit & Assurance, Armstrong Watson Audit Ltd