TESTIMONIALS

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

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."

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."