TESTIMONIALS

Here's what some of our clients, both businesses & individuals, have to say about us.

Chris Rolland

Chris Rolland

CEO, AllClear Insurance

"Mat and his team were quick to comprehend nuances and conducted a very seamless and smooth process. I am very appreciative of the hard work and effort that they put into finding the right candidate."

Chris Rolland
Chris Rolland

Chris Rolland

CEO, AllClear Insurance

"I first came across Drax in 2016 and was impressed with the team and, in particular Mat Cuthbertson. He remained open and transparent, and demonstrated a strong knowledge of the PE space.  We stayed in touch over the years, and when I was looking to hire a CFO position, I reached out to Mat, and he provided a thorough shortlist of candidates swiftly. As the assignment was further developed, Mat was accommodating and supportive recognising the role expansion. Throughout the assignment, Mat and his team were quick to comprehend nuances and conducted a very seamless and smooth process. I am very appreciative of the hard work and effort that they put into finding the right candidate for AllClear. Having built a good longstanding relationship with Mat, I would absolutely work with him again."

Nazish Dossa

Nazish Dossa

CCO, Send for Help Group

"The team at Drax are very informative and apply a high level of professional expertise and knowledge to their work."

Nazish Dossa
Nazish Dossa

Nazish Dossa

CCO, Send for Help Group

“I first came across Drax when I was placed at Capita IT in 2016 and have since kept in touch on a regular basis. The team at Drax are very informative and apply a high level of professional expertise and knowledge to their work. They are consultative and supportive of who they represent, from both a functional and cultural perspective. They really look at the broader picture of where you are as an individual in your career, understanding the best role for you and why you’d be a good fit. Drax take in your career future, and the opportunities that would suit you and the networks it can help provide. I have had a very good personal experience with Drax and would absolutely recommend them.”

Lisa Stone

Lisa Stone

Chair, Smoothwall and Ticketer

"At Drax you get the sense that quite a lot of bottom up research goes into it. It is a bit more thoughtful, structured, and analytical."

Lisa Stone
Lisa Stone

Lisa Stone

Chair, Smoothwall and Ticketer

"I have used Drax several times in the last few years to help me recruit people into senior management roles. I mostly deal with Ruby and I like working with her because I find her straightforward and honest. She has presented us with a good list of interesting candidates for the searches we have done. Sometimes you get the feeling with other recruitment agencies that they are a bit lazy and offer the candidates they can think of who might only vaguely fit, whereas at Drax you get the sense that quite a lot of bottom up research goes into it. It is a bit more thoughtful, structured, and analytical, and I think the assessment they produce of candidates’ strengths and weaknesses and match for the role, is a very good and focused summary."

Martin Robinson

Martin Robinson

Chairman, Innis & Gunn

"The Drax team were very thorough with their search, which was proven in the strength and variety of candidates that they were able to unearth."

Martin Robinson
Martin Robinson

Martin Robinson

Chairman, Innis & Gunn

“We had a tricky assignment with a complicated brief, but after a few discussions with Mark Sherman, we worked out two different directions for the search. I was impressed with Mark’s flexibility to adapt the process and the shifting priorities, and he kept me informed throughout, with continuous communications. I was very pleased with the calibre and quality of candidates that they presented. The Drax team were very thorough with their search, which was proven in the strength and variety of candidates that they were able to unearth. The whole process was absolutely seamless; Mark and Kate and the team went above and beyond to meet the leadership team of the business and impress them. The project was a true testament to Drax’s abilities in how they can take a brief and truly deliver on a perfect candidate.”

Richard West

Richard West

CFO, Avicenna

"For Drax, it’s not just about looking to fill a role for a client, but really looking for the right fit for the individual."

Richard West
Richard West

Richard West

CFO, Avicenna

“I’ve known Mark Tomley and Drax for about 2 years now, when Mark placed me at my previous role. Since my last exit earlier this year, I got in touch to look for a new opportunity, and Mark was extremely supportive on ideas and roles for my next steps. For Drax, it’s not just about looking to fill a role for a client, but really looking for the right fit for the individual. I trusted Mark to look at roles that were the right fit for me personally, that would build on my career future. He was cognisant of my needs and my potential in a future role. Drax provide a clear understanding of each role and company, with detailed descriptions and an overview of the key attributes and insights, so I’m well-informed. It was tough initially with the uncertainty of the Covid crisis, and how long lockdown would last, and if recruitment would continue. But Mark and the team provided updates and clarity throughout, managing my expectations, and I would 100% recommend working with them.”

Andrew Kouloumbrides

Andrew Kouloumbrides

CEO of Xceptor

"They understand our industry, financial services and technology, and they have a network in the space in which we operate, which is very useful to pinpoint the right calibre of talent that we need."

Andrew Kouloumbrides
Andrew Kouloumbrides

Andrew Kouloumbrides

CEO of Xceptor

"We have used Drax for four senior hires within our business and I can recommend them. They understand our industry, financial services and technology, and they have a network in the space in which we operate, which is very useful to pinpoint the right calibre of talent that we need. Mat Cuthbertson, the Drax Partner we deal with, has built up an understanding of our business in terms of our culture and how we operate which is useful because it means that when he and his team produce a range of candidates, a number of them hit the mark strongly, because they know what we are looking for and what makes a successful senior hire for us as an organisation. They also follow a very robust process in terms of establishing the role profile and assessing candidates against the critical factors which ensures that only strong candidates get through."

Andrew Steel

Andrew Steel

Managing Partner, Cairngorm Capital

"We have used Drax pretty extensively across our range of portfolio companies; I would use them again and recommend them."

Andrew Steel
Andrew Steel

Andrew Steel

Managing Partner, Cairngorm Capital

"Drax are very effective in understanding client requirements and aligning their candidates with the clients’ needs. A lot of headhunters are inclined to tip good resumes in front of people like myself irrespective of whether a particular resumé has resonance to what we might be looking for, but Drax are very good at assessing the specific requirements of a specific role in one of our portfolio companies and then identifying the right candidates for that specific role. That means it is an efficient use of our time working with them. We have used Drax pretty extensively across our range of portfolio companies; I would use them again and recommend them."

Chris Hodges

Chris Hodges

Director, Caledonia Private Capital

"Rob and Ruby draw on personal experience in their chosen domains, are well networked, and take the time to understand the requirements of a search situation"

Chris Hodges
Chris Hodges

Chris Hodges

Director, Caledonia Private Capital

"I worked with Rob Lanham in the Industrials team to find a Chair for one of our portfolio businesses and I am absolutely delighted with the person we chose. Rob did an excellent job for us; the assignment was structured, methodical and process driven, creating trust in the approach and a personal rapport with Rob. I was really pleased with the outcome and would absolutely work with Rob again. I would say that both Rob and Ruby draw on personal experience in their chosen domains, are well networked, and take the time to understand the requirements of a search situation; I would definitely recommend an early conversation with them."

Jim Marsh

Jim Marsh

Former CEO, Cable and Wireless Worldwide PLC

"The difference with Drax – they care more, they understand the customer needs more and that manifests itself in being the best headhunters I have worked with."

Jim Marsh
Jim Marsh

Jim Marsh

Former CEO, Cable and Wireless Worldwide PLC

I have worked with Drax for more than 15 years across multiple organisations. What makes Drax unique in my experience is their combination of excellent candidate delivery and outstanding focus in understanding their clients’ requirements. If you give a Drax a brief and you want to land a shortlist of three, you usually find that any of the three people on that shortlist would be good enough to do the job. That is the difference with Drax – they care more, they understand the customer needs more and that manifests itself in being the best headhunters I have worked with in terms of delivering a high quality shortlist.

Suzie Walker

Suzie Walker

Founder, Primal Pantry

"I was surprised at the large amount of work that went into the selection of the candidates, it was far more thorough than I had expected."

Suzie Walker
Suzie Walker

Suzie Walker

Founder, Primal Pantry

Drax helped us to find a Chair for our business and the process was very thorough, both in terms of their selection and the due diligence they did. The Drax team conducted the whole process in a very open and honest way and it was really well organised and very professionally done. I was surprised at the large amount of work that went into the selection of the candidates, it was far more thorough than I had expected. I would definitely use them again and I would also recommend them.

Peter Smith

Peter Smith

CEO, Bollé

"Drax has supported me in securing a CEO role in a leading branded Consumer Goods business and I can highly recommend them."

Peter Smith
Peter Smith

Peter Smith

CEO, Bollé

"Drax has supported me in securing a CEO role in a leading branded Consumer Goods business and I can highly recommend them. They engaged me as a pre-deal advisor to support a European Private Equity fund who successfully led the carve out of the Business from a US Parent Company. They have taken the time to build a strong relationship with me and have subsequently helped me find a strong candidate to lead take on a VP of Finance & Operations role in the US. They are consistent in their approach and often provide me with valued counsel which is very helpful when I am making decisions around the talent agenda. I would not hesitate to work with them again."

Tom Wrenn

Tom Wrenn

Investment Director, ECI Partners

"They are not afraid to make sure that we have thought through the consequences of what we are asking for and therefore whether it is going to drive the right outcome."

Tom Wrenn
Tom Wrenn

Tom Wrenn

Investment Director, ECI Partners

"Drax are good at challenging our thinking. They understand the private equity journey and what we are trying to achieve, and they are not afraid to make sure that we have thought through the consequences of what we are asking for and therefore whether it is going to drive the right outcome. I think that is quite valuable. They are interested in the long term success of the candidate in the role rather than just filling a seat. When I talk to candidates about headhunters, Drax comes up as a firm they feel is interested in building a long term relationship with them. That is important from my perspective because it means that candidates are keen to engage with Drax and will pick up the phone to them. We invest in a lot of technology businesses and tech-enabled businesses and Drax is able to bring us a good flow of candidates within that space, particularly people who have good international experience, which is important for us as we often work with businesses that are expanding internationally."