Chris Cooke - CEO NP Group

"I have known David (or Ethers as he's better known) for almost twenty years, and for the most recent seven years in his capacity as our Group COO. David formed a key part of the Group’s Board, being responsible for building out the group’s service lines globally. He helped to drive a clear vision, strategy and execution plan, projecting a sense of common purpose to break many key milestones during the past seven years of growth. These include re-branding, launching a global capability, on boarding and managing major new clients and talent, launching RPO and Executive Search, resulting in NFI going from £2.5m in 2010 to £10m in 2015.

Well connected, intelligent, motivated, dedicated, professional and personable, David has a high integrity work ethic and has always faced the challenges of our growing a business with both enthusiasm and good humour.”

Mel Willsmore – Head of Human Resources, Terra Firma Capital Partners

“Helen is a seasoned HR professional, who I worked alongside for a period of four years. She has excellent interpersonal skills and an ability to communicate with and influence stakeholders at all levels within an organisation. Helen managed complex searches, selecting where required the appropriate counterparty and drafting and finalising the job description and person specifications.

Her ability to multi-task meant she was able to manage conflicting priorities and deliver at a high level, co-ordinating stakeholders to achieve a fast paced and thorough process flow whilst ensuring a positive candidate experience. Helen was highly regarded by senior stakeholders within the organisation, and by external recruitment counterparties who respected the professionalism that she brought to every project she worked on.”

Andy Green - Chairman and NED (NP Group, IG Group, Digital Catapult, Avanti, UK Space plc)

“David’s leadership has been instrumental in NP’s growth, market positioning and recruitment excellence. His commitment and ability to understand complex problems, turn strategy into reality, gain staff buy-in, innovate and execute with a client first mentality has been invaluable”

Dawn Marriot-Sims – Joint Chief Operating Officer at Capita

“Once onboard with a idea Dave would follow it through with much enthusiasm & commitment. He found it easy to get others bought in to ideas and to motivate them to follow his plans. In customer situations he was very good at inspiring confidence & used his excellent knowledge of the industry to secure buy-in from customers & staff.”