TESTIMONIALS

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

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."

Richard Bowden-Doyle

Richard Bowden-Doyle

Chair, Neilson

"The shortlist was very well constructed - six very different candidates, all of whom genuinely met the brief."

Richard Bowden-Doyle
Richard Bowden-Doyle

Richard Bowden-Doyle

Chair, Neilson

"Drax recently completed a search for an unusual NXD for Neilson.  Despite being set tight timescales, they made a big effort to properly understand both the brief and the company.  Consequently, the shortlist was very well constructed - six very different candidates, all of whom genuinely met the brief.  The eventual appointee, not a conventional, serial PE NXD, is already adding considerable value to the Board and the business. Without the involvement and commitment of Drax, I’m not sure we would have found such a good solution."

Bob Darling

Bob Darling

CEO, Jensten

"I felt well informed and feedback from applicants was that they had been treated with huge respect."

Bob Darling
Bob Darling

Bob Darling

CEO, Jensten

"The Jensten Group was new to the Private Equity environment, and we wanted to hire an awesome CFO to help us drive the business. We worked exclusively with Drax on the search. I was very impressed with the quality of the long list we received both in terms of potential applicants and well researched information. We worked well together throughout the whole process. I felt well informed and feedback from applicants was that they had been treated with huge respect too. Most crucially, of course – we found our CFO."

Danny Waters

Danny Waters

CEO, Enra

"I am not sure that we would have uncovered that particular individual if we hadn’t used Drax."

Danny Waters
Danny Waters

Danny Waters

CEO, Enra

"The process was thorough and structured, and the team that were working on it were very engaged. I believe we have got an outstanding candidate and I am not sure that we would have uncovered that particular individual if we hadn’t used Drax. We were very happy with the process and would use Drax’s services again."

Simon Charles

Simon Charles

Group HR Director, Succession Wealth

"Their approach in assessing skills, experience and cultural fit is very thorough and professional."

Simon Charles
Simon Charles

Simon Charles

Group HR Director, Succession Wealth

"Succession and Drax have partnered to both reshape our Executive team and also build capability with long-term back-fill options at our tier-two level. Ultimately, results count and Drax have helped us hire 5 senior leaders over a 12 month period. Their approach in assessing skills, experience and cultural fit is very thorough and professional. They understand our Private Equity backed ‘space’ and are both flexible and efficient with client and candidate alike. Having used retained Executive Search for over 25 years, I would recommend them."

Graham Cooke

Graham Cooke

CEO, Zenergi

"I am delighted that we found the perfect individual who not only had the experience and expertise we required but really was a Zen person too."

Graham Cooke
Graham Cooke

Graham Cooke

CEO, Zenergi

"As a result of one of our recent acquisitions we had a specific need for support as part the integration work. Whilst we could have provided this resource internally we found that by engaging a specialist such as Drax Executive this gave us access to many more options for us consider. Our need was less about project management and more about people so the requirement was quite unique given our culture and approach as a business, however I am delighted that we found the perfect individual who not only had the experience and expertise we required but really was a Zen person too. Stuart’s recommendation of this individual based on his previous relationship and knowledge meant we didn’t have to spend days interviewing potential suitors and the process has been helped by Drax’s role of facilitating the formalities as well as extending the contract too, which is always a good sign of course!"

Scott Fletcher

Scott Fletcher

Group Chief Executive Office, Crawford Scientific Holdings Limited

"We were really pleased with the personal aspect of it and the fact that the people at Drax had actually been there and walked in our shoes."

Scott Fletcher
Scott Fletcher

Scott Fletcher

Group Chief Executive Office, Crawford Scientific Holdings Limited

"The process was really positive and we were really pleased with it. It reinforced the progression plan that we already had in place and identified potential future gaps moving forward. We were initially all a bit sceptical as to what we could gain from the process, having been through these things in the past, but it far exceeded our expectations. The review was very specific to our needs and requirements, and the knowledge and expertise of the Drax team, especially around working in private equity-backed businesses, really made the process stand out and made it much more applicable than previous work we had done.

We were really pleased with the personal aspect of it and the fact that the people we dealt with at Drax had actually been there and walked in our shoes so they could apply their knowledge and experience directly to what we were going through and trying to achieve. That direct experience made the process just so much more useful and powerful. We had confidence and faith that they knew what they were talking about and that they understood what were trying to achieve, and we had confidence that they would give us the right advice rather than some generic formulaic advice. I would 100% use Drax again and I would wholeheartedly recommend them."

Sat Dhaiwal

Sat Dhaiwal

Chair of SRL Traffic Systems Ltd

"Drax were very approachable and down to earth and provided good communication and feedback."

Sat Dhaiwal
Sat Dhaiwal

Sat Dhaiwal

Chair of SRL Traffic Systems Ltd

“The people at Drax were very easy to deal with and were good at keeping in touch, which is always important. They were a lot more proactive and engaging than other recruiters I have seen and they were good at finding the right fit and looking at the overall skills of an individual. They were very approachable and down to earth and provided good communication and feedback. It was a good experience and I can’t think of anything they could do better. I was very pleased with the process. I have recommended them to other people as well as staying in touch with them myself.”

Ralph Catto

Ralph Catto

Chairman, Housing Partners

"I was delighted that we were able to make a unanimous decision on who to hire, and each day and week that goes by underlines that now."

Ralph Catto
Ralph Catto

Ralph Catto

Chairman, Housing Partners

“We needed to add resource in the Executive Leadership team; together with the existing management team and investors, we merged our ideas and created a long list of requirements under four headings: Values, Team Fit, Opportunity, Skills. We knew it would be a challenge to find the ideal candidate, especially to fit to the company values and team. How Drax responded was firstly to invest time with us; they came to visit our office to dig into our Values, the Team and the Opportunity. They separately interviewed the investors and Executive Team, gleaning insight to the interpersonal dynamics. They openly challenged any perceived weakness or unseen assets. We took their feedback which helped move our thinking towards what was needed in a candidate.  Drax suggested an alternative fuller approach to a normal interview process. First, we held informal meetings with a small number of candidates. Two very strong contenders stood out due to their views on Values and Team. Next the two candidates were exposed to the company, and interviewed by the management team. Drax collected the candidates’ honest opinions on the Opportunity and if they believed they could complement and make an impact by joining the Team. Finally, the candidates presented to management team and investors their thoughts on the business and areas identified as opportunities/challenges, to assess their critical thinking and natural bias of focus. I was delighted that we were able to immediately make a unanimous decision. We were confident of our selection, but each day and week that goes by underlines that now.”