Rowan Partners were recommended to us when we needed to recruit a Chief Revenue Officer, which would be critical to ResponseTap’s future growth strategy.

I was extremely happy with all stages of the process, from the comprehensive briefing, where I felt they really took the time, not just to understand the role, but also the wider context of the requirement, through to the search process, where they provided regular updates, and the eventual outcome; a shortlist of high quality candidates which made the final decision extremely challenging.

I was particularly pleased with feedback from candidates, who were impressed with all aspects of their interaction with Rowan, from initial approach, through to the quality of the assessment process, and the regular updates and feedback they received throughout. Various candidates commented on Rowan’s great approach compared to other recruiters, which is vital for us in maintaining and growing our great brand as an employer of choice.

I would highly recommend Rowan Partners to anyone looking to make a board level appointment. They performed better than any other recruiters we have used at this level and we will definitely use their services again in the future.

Ross Fobian, CEO, ResponseTap

“We choose Rowan Partners to run a COO assignment that was critically important for us to achieve our company growth ambitions and were impressed with both their understanding of the requirement and their commitment to succeed.

My company is PE backed, and Rowan’s track record of successful appointments in such companies gave me an added level of confidence in what they could do.

We spent a lot of time together up front to ensure that the brief suited our needs and Rowan delivered this successfully.

We had a high quality shortlist to choose from and were able to appoint a candidate who was precisely in line with our requirements and the brief.

I am happy to recommend Rowan Partners and will use their services when I next have a need to strengthen my leadership team.”

Matthew Hirst, Chief Executive Officer, Utiligroup

“When I wanted to find a Managing Director for one of the businesses in our group I took soundings and Rowan Partners were recommended.

After meeting Rowan, I awarded them the assignment and was delighted with the outcome.

The process was extremely well managed throughout, from the quality of the briefing stage through the appropriate regularity of updates and the shortlist they presented was extremely strong. Indeed the quality of the shortlist is emphasised by the fact that we felt we could have  happily appointed three of the candidates.

I will use Rowan Partners again with confidence when similar requirements arise in our organisation in the future”.

Ian Brownlee, Group Managing Director, Mawdsleys

“From the outset it was apparent that Rowan’s offering was head and shoulders ahead of the competition.  What really stood out was the efforts they went to in understanding the brief and challenging the rationale behind our thinking to establish the core criteria from the outset, and in turn, immeasurably improve the chances of getting the right outcome. I could not have been more pleased (pleasantly surprised even) with the depth and quality of the eventual shortlist, which resulted in two outstanding candidates, each with different but relevant strengths and as a result we were able to make the final choice not just on technical competency and ‘team fit’ but also to reflect the ‘strategy culture’ we had been looking for without quite knowing at the time!


Andrew Redmayne, CEO, NRL

“I worked with Rowan Partners on the CEO role for a PE backed company I represent as Chairman and when a separate CEO appointment was required, this time in m-hance, another PE backed company I Chair, we chose to use their services again. This was not a straightforward brief, evolving through the process. They represented our business in a professional manner, introduced a number of high quality candidates and always prepared me well for the interviews with accurate assessment reports, supported by thorough referencing. The outcome is that we have made what we believe to be an excellent appointment”.

Gordon Matthew, Chairman, m-hance

Our company is engaged in a three phase turn-a-round program the initial phase required building a strong team to drive business process and cultural change. We chose Rowan Partners to work with on this demanding recruitment assignment and they delivered a superb outcome, leading to our appointment not just of the two Managing Directors we hoped for but also of a talented general manager. This outcome occurred because Rowan spent time with us, gaining a real understanding of our culture, demands and the characteristics of the individual who would succeed with us.

Paul Shuffleton, Managing Director, Renold Torque Transmission Division

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Brenden Holt, Portfolio Chairman

I have worked with David on several occasions where we have required support either on transactions or for within our own business. He has always been extremely responsive, sought to understand what we need, and only introduced people that fit that requirement. He has always made a point of vetting potential candidates to make sure there is a cultural fit, and as a result his introductions are always well received. I would use him again on future assignments.

Michael Reeves, Partner, Clearwater Corporate Finance LLP

I worked with Rowan Partners for a Board level role in our largest operating company. It was a  complicated brief on which they performed very well. We were presented with a high quality shortlist and they continued to add value throughout our thorough assessment process. My confidence  is best evidenced by the fact that I awarded them a second assignment shortly afterwards, to find a key member of my executive leadership team.

Nick Kelsall, Group Chief Executive, Norcros PLC

I was impressed by David’s ability to challenge my preconceptions about what I should be looking for, spending a significant amount of time with me in shaping the brief. I also gained confidence from examples of his previous work and the success of candidates he had placed into similar roles. Throughout the assignment, Rowan Partners team kept me fully briefed, providing valuable guidance on how to structure our selection process. All candidates had relevant skills, including individuals from outside our sector, with the resulting appointment being someone we believe will add real value to our organisation.

John Hutt, Chairman, HTI Group

As someone coming from a non-finance background, I relied heavily on David to help me shape my thoughts when it came to recruiting a new Finance Director. He worked closely with me to develop a candidate specification and then found us someone who matched perfectly. The appointment has proved invaluable, providing me with the financial information I need in order to realise the potential of the business. I will definitely use David again for critical hires.

Elaine Clarke, Managing Director, Baa Bar

Having previously failed to recruit the right FD through a London Based, Search & Selection consultancy, I engaged with Paul to identify an FD suited to an International, ambitious VC backed SME. Paul spent time with the business to understand the brief and, with his in depth knowledge of the NW market, provided a shortlist of high quality candidates, notably better than the previous options. From this we were able to provide the CEO with options and engaged a talented FD who had highly relevant experience. Since appointment the candidate has been given a wider role in the business and has proved to be an immense success.

Bruce Anderson, Director, Elstat

Rowan Partners have sourced high quality Chairmen for investee companies I have been involved with from a number of sectors. They have proved their ability to introduce individuals with the expertise to add real value to VC investments, both as non-executive and executive Chairmen

Richard Young, Director, BVCA

I worked with Rowan when searching for our first Finance Director following taking backing from LDC. The challenge was to find someone that would both satisfy our stakeholders and fit our entrepreneurial culture. I was impressed with his understanding of the challenges an equity backed business faces and was provided with a high quality, relevant shortlist culminating in a choice of 2 appropriate candidates that satisfied all stakeholders. The selected individual has proved to be an excellent choice who has been a great fit and has developed our finance department to a level that has been key to our big growth this year.

Elliott Mueller, CEO, Metronet (UK) Ltd

I have worked with the guys from Rowan Partners for the last 6 years on both sides of the fence….as a client and as a customer. As a customer, they are very thorough and good at understanding both the role and the cultural context helping to source candidates who are not just able to fulfill the role from a technical perspective, but will thrive in the environment. As a client, David was the best headhunter I have come across for communication and feedback.

Matthew Cheetham, Chief Executive Officer, Harrington Brooks

I’ve utilised David’s headhunting skills for over ten years. He has a great ability to quickly get to the hub of my recruitment need and then applies that to his excellent knowledge of the market to come up with a clear plan for the assignment. I’ve worked with him in three companies and he’s delivered great results for me in each of them. Strongly recommend him.

Andrew Dutton, CEO, Adare International

I have used David for senior management appointments on a number of occasions. I continue to use him, primarily because he gets results, but also because it is important to me that everyone we bring into our recruitment processes is treated in a professional manner, and in this respect I am 100% confident that David is a great ambassador for my company.

Guy Other, CEO, Orbis

Rowan Partners are innovative and constantly seek to find ways to ensure that their clients get the best service possible and a high quality result. At the start of an assignment they don’t just walk in, take a brief and go, rather they challenge your assumptions on what you think you need, and work with you throughout the recruitment assignment to make sure that the outcome is successful long term. They have a really good reputation, know a lot of important players in the entrepreneurial community, and utilise this network to reach candidates that others can’t!

Brenden Holt, Portfolio Chairman

“Rowan Partners managed the assignment for us to appoint a new Sales and Marketing Director, a critically important succession planning role for the company, and I was very impressed with Rowan’s all round professional service.

The briefing stage was conducted well and helped ensure that they knew exactly what we were looking for in the candidates, which then lead to a high quality, well briefed, shortlist being presented.

Rowan’s assessment and selection processes were evidentially strong to the extent that we were able to select from three candidates, all of whom we would have been happy to appoint.

I thoroughly recommend Rowan Partners work.”

Mike Gatenby, Joint Managing Director, CD Medical

“Thank you for your help in recruiting our new CEO. I have been impressed with professional and supportive approach taken by yourself and all at Rowan Partners from our first contact through to post-appointment reviews.

The time that you took to understand what we do, our plans for the future, and the qualities that we were seeking in our CEO, underpinned the success of our campaign. After providing a small sample of CVs to validate our requirements, you developed a shortlist of 5 candidates. All 5 were good, and 2 were outstanding. Having decided on our preferred candidate the process completed smoothly, in no small part due to your transparent management of expectations with all involved.

In summary, Rowan Partners have been a pleasure to work with. I look forward to working with you again when the need arises, and I would recommend you to anyone looking to recruit top quality people to key roles in their business.”

Clive Grummett, Chairman, ChannelUnity Limited

Rowan Partner’s network in the North West business community is, in my experience, outstanding and would be of benefit to anyone looking for in-depth third party referencing as part of a recruitment process.

Gary Palmer, HR Director, Waterfall Services Ltd

David is a forward thinking headhunter. His ability to support SME business leaders in designing a performance management framework and setting objectives as part of the induction process for new hires is an extremely useful added value service in a recruitment exercise and will help new recruits get up to speed and make a full contribution as quickly as possible. Incidentally, I also believe that David makes an excellent “buddy”, supporting executives through their early months in a new company.

Sally Howard, Head of HR, A4e

David undertook an FD assignment for me and I recommend him highly. His speed of service, attention to detail and impressive determination and wish to understand my exact needs were far advanced on any other recruitment company I have thus far dealt with.

Esther Wassman, former MD, GB, The resource Group

I selected Rowan Partners to search for a new Group Sales Director after receiving a couple of unsolicited recommendations from business contacts who had previously used David. David took time to thoroughly understand our brief and put together a comprehensive search strategy. We had a shortlist of quality candidates ready for interview whom fully met all of our requirements. David regularly briefed me throughout the process which helped to keep us on track. His candidate profiles were extremely insightful. In the end we had a difficult task choosing between the three final candidates, which is testament to the thoroughness and professionalism of Rowan’s search process.

Darren Waters, Chief Executive, Grouphomesafe