TESTIMONIALS

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

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."

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."

Jane Pateman

Jane Pateman

Group HR Director, Biffa

"The process always has the rigour I would expect, utilising detailed research to validate the candidates they put forward"

Jane Pateman
Jane Pateman

Jane Pateman

Group HR Director, Biffa

"Drax has supported both Biffa and myself on a number of searches for senior management positions and every time they have been a real pleasure to work with. They are always fully engaged throughout the process and take the time to really understand the requirements of our business and the nuances of the roles we want to fill. The process always has the rigour I would expect, utilising detailed research to validate the candidates they put forward and the evaluation ensure that the candidates are aligned to our company’s vision and culture. I very much enjoy working with them and can highly recommend them."

David Byrne

David Byrne

CEO, VFE

"Drax were extremely open and honest culminating in a highly successful and personally important career move."

David Byrne
David Byrne

David Byrne

CEO, VFE

"Re DRAX - our paths crossed in 2017 whilst I was referencing a colleague, resulting in a fantastic move and promotion, facilitated by the extremely professional team at DRAX. Rob Lanham applied a high level of professional expertise, marrying my experience, personality and character to my eventual new home. Rob and his team matched the requirements of Sea Equity to mine, and through a well considered process, were extremely open and honest culminating in a highly successful and personally important career move."

Chris Sellers

Chris Sellers

Portfolio Chair and NED

"What has always set them apart is the effort and intellect they put into understanding what I am trying to achieve."

Chris Sellers
Chris Sellers

Chris Sellers

Portfolio Chair and NED

I’ve worked with Drax for nearly ten years across a multitude of roles. What has always set them apart, and the reason I keep going back, is the effort and intellect they put into understanding what I am trying to achieve. Routinely, they have helped me better articulate the characteristics I am looking for and see options I had not considered. Real value add.

Mike Reynolds

Mike Reynolds

Investment Director, Tenzing

"Your support and advice has been invaluable over the past few years and I look forward to working together further."

Mike Reynolds
Mike Reynolds

Mike Reynolds

Investment Director, Tenzing

"I just wanted to drop you a quick note of thanks for arranging our Chairman masterclass. It was hugely valuable and I know the team learned a lot. Your support and advice has been invaluable over the past few years and I look forward to working together further."