Boyden Executive Search


“We chose Boyden for our global CIO role because of their reputation and connections in the market. We also appreciated their more personal, boutique approach.”

- Philip Burgess, former Group Head of Talent, Marks and Spencer 

“We commissioned Boyden, with Simon Bailey as the lead consultant, to find us two Director level positions for our finance team. We have successfully secured two talented individuals and have every confidence that they will make a great contribution. As is often the case with a search, it is as much about diligent research into a candidates skills and experience as it is about the candidates ‘chemistry’ with the hiring manager and organisation. Simon understood what we were looking for and quickly began to provide us with excellent candidates to select from. Simon also did an excellent job of keeping candidates well informed and ‘warm’ for us and managed us and our often uncooperative schedules to ensure we crossed the finish line. All in all it has been a good experience and bodes well for future assignments”

- Matt Huckin, Group HR Director, IMI plc 


"I have engaged Boyden and their team on several assignments and have always enjoyed working with them.

They provide real insight and integrity along with the most important factor RESULTS."

- Matt Parry; Head of Recruitment, Dixon’s Stores Group plc


“What makes Boyden special?  Flexibility and not being afraid of the ‘unconventional’, quick response, cultural awareness, non- bureaucratic and uncomplicated to do business with, straight to the point.”

- Joerg Boder, Deputy Chief Executive, Alliance Healthcare


“Having worked with Boyden many times, I recently partnered with Victoria Stead and Lisa Gerhardt at Boyden to hire a senior level Supply Chain and Procurement Director.  They took the time to fully understand our brief and our business whilst overlaying this with the available talent in the market.  They didn’t disappoint.  They are clearly passionate about search, worked with real speed and flexibility and I was immensely impressed with their professionalism and responsiveness.  I would recommend Boyden to anyone who has a senior level role to hire.”

- Mark Blundell; Head of HR Operations, McDonalds 


“Whenever I have a really complex search I think Boyden. They are bright, focused, tenacious, challenging in getting the spec just right, very pointed in feedback, never afraid to disagree with me, and the outcome here is that we get the very best talent identified and committed. They are in my book under the section: very difficult, almost impossible, call Boyden”

- Ben Bengougam; Group HR Director, DSGi


“The search was for a Director of Group Finance who could potentially succeed the Group Finance Director. Simon rigorously challenged our thinking which enabled the delivery of a very clear profile and brief.  The short listed candidates were a superb fit and the whole process was managed with consummate professionalism. The individual has been in place for 9 months and is a superb hire, probably the best we have made.”

- Sue Malti, Group HR Director, Mothercare plc


“Boyden is the default choice if you need great quality senior IT professionals quickly.  I’ve used Boyden twice now to recruit two senior IT roles.  The first time everything went smoothly whilst the second time was problematic.  When things didn’t go to plan on the second occasion Boyden owned the problem and the inconvenience and resolved matters quickly.  I would heartily recommend using them.”

- Jon Marchant, CIO, Paypoint


Cathy took the time to understand the brief, the key relationships and the company really carefully which allowed her to provide a strong list of potential candidates and a high level of constructive challenge to us.

- Jonathan Crookall, People Director, Halfords Group Plc


“Boyden worked through a very methodical process.  Having not worked with Cineworld before they took the time to thoroughly understand the culture and the specific requirements of the role.  The shortlist of candidates had a suitable breadth and once interviews commenced the process to streamline and include offer candidates worked very well.  All in all the most joined up process I have been involved in.”

- Philip Bowcock, CFO, Cineworld


“I have worked with Boyden on a number of occasions. I have found them to be professional, prompt and responsive. They have a great understanding of the market, and particular expertise when searching for functional heads. I have also recently finalised a project with Boyden where they conducted a search, but also helped determine the suitability of an internal candidate. The process was conducted without bias and with the sensitivity one would expect from a key search firm.”

- Martin Filippides, Group HR Director, BBA Aviation plc