CASE STUDY -
City & County Healthcare

Mark Hall, Investment Director at Graphite Capital, has used Drax on many occasions to help fill suitable senior roles for portfolio company management teams, including asking the Business and Support Services team to run a search process to find a CEO for City & County Healthcare. One of the shortlisted candidates was James Thorburn, who took up the role.

The Result

Mark Hall, Investment Director at Graphite Capital, said: “We are an active user of Drax and have run numerous searches in the last few years with them. Drax ran a formal search process for us which was very thorough and rigorous, and has resulted in us recruiting a very high calibre CEO. James is one of our best CEOs. Drax has a strong network and access to capable candidates, and they are good at listening to the client and understanding what we are looking for. We are quite specific about the individual that we want in terms of what they are good at and what experience they have, and Drax really listen very intently and factor that into the search. Their multi-stage process is professional, well thought through and well presented, and leads to us securing top calibre candidates that fit. We are very happy with the service and we will continue to use them very actively. I would recommend them.”

James Thorburn, CEO of City & County Healthcare, said: “I thought it was a very good and thorough process. I was new to private equity, having worked in corporate environments previously. I really appreciated David’s guidance and insight into private equity and what they were looking for. He was always very available and gave me plenty of advice. The outcome has been an incredibly positive one;  I am thrilled to be doing what I am doing, it is a huge privilege and very exciting.”

“We are quite specific about the individual that we want in terms of what they are good at and what experience they have, and Drax really listen very intently and factor that into the search. Their multi-stage process is professional, well thought through and well presented”

Mark Hall
Investment Director, Graphite Capital
“We immensely value and respect the long term relationships we have built up over the years with our clients which can deliver many benefits on both sides. We take a lot of effort to really understand the changing opportunities and challenges that our clients face over time and work closely with them to understand and anticipate their needs. We are helped considerably in this mission by our proprietary data platform drxDATA, which enables us to show clients a complete picture of the market and to identify all possible candidates for their role, including many they might not have otherwise considered."
David Bushell
Partner, Business Services

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