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Executive search

We specialise in connecting SMEs and large organisations with top C-suite candidates. With an extensive network of industry contacts and a proven track record, we provide the highest level of service for executive search across the Midlands and London area.

Our flagship sectors include:

Finance director, Leanne Gelderd, sat in Distinct’s Nottingham HQ, smiling at a colleague who is off-camera.

Personalised headhunting service

Our longstanding industry connections mean that we have unparalleled access to a hidden pool of exceptional C-suite professionals. Partnering with us provides you with access to this talent pool, giving you a competitive edge over your industry peers.

We spend time integrating into your business, so that we not only understand the vacancy requirements, but also the future direction of the business, culture and working environment. We also offer insights into market trends, salary analysis and interview strategies in order to fully support the hiring process.

Distinct’s UK strategy and growth director, Alex Alcock, smiling at a colleague who is off-camera.

Leaders to transform your business

Executive hires are needed for a variety of reasons. Adding value, devising and executing strategy and influencing the long-term growth of a business. This is why we’ve tailored our service accordingly.

Our wealth of experience allows us to build customer relationships, on both sides, to become a trusted and reliable comrade. Our partnership with The Hanover Centre provides expert consultation and qualified coaching support, as well as advice to individuals, teams and organisations.

Included within our fee structure is our bespoke 3-month plan, designed to support both clients and candidates in achieving the best possible impact in the first 100 days.

Your FAQs

Our head office is in Nottingham. However, we have a dedicated London team who make regular trips down south to meet with businesses and candidates. Our central location means that we’re able to access a wider pool of C-suite candidates who are often open to hybrid roles at this level.

What executive-level roles do you recruit for?

If you’re in the market for a C-suite or board-level hire, we can facilitate this across our specialist sectors. Example job titles of positions we have recruited for include the following:

Managing Director
Financial Director
Chief Financial Officer
Head of People

Human Resource Director
Head of Marketing
Marketing Director

Our match-making approach is well-defined. To provide a premium experience for both clients and candidates, we aim to understand your short, medium and long-term business aspirations, as well as your motivations to find a new leadership member. Our services include the following:

  • Proven industry knowledge of over ten years from every leading specialist
  • We eliminate the need to screen candidates and businesses, saving you valuable time
  • An extensive network of passive candidates. This means we can present you with the highest calibre of senior professionals, not just those available on the market today
  • Optional psychometric profiling
  • Provide access to a team of executive coaches from The Hanover Centre for both business and successful candidates.

Hear from our senior team

Sarah Shardlow, Recruitment Advisor at The Coal Authority

We engaged with Becky at Distinct to assist us in our recent search for a new Head of People & OD. Due to us wanting to exercise an anonymous recruitment process to support our D&I aim, it was imperative that we partnered with the right agency. From the briefing through to the management of the process with complete discretion, Becky and the team were excellent. A true professional service with an exceptional understanding of the HR market.”

Irene Dovey, Head of Corporate Services at Nexor Ltd

“We would highly recommend the team at Distinct. They listened to our requirements and facilitated a recruitment process for a senior member of staff with minimum effort on our part. All our interactions with Distinct have always been very professional and we will not hesitate to use them for future requirements. We consider them to be a strategic partner.”

Stuart Pender, Group Chief Executive at Lomond Group

“Distinct was asked to source an experienced Human Resource Director for a new business formed from the merger of Loman Capital and Linley & Simpson. Distinct invested time in understanding both the business and the role. As a result, the shortlisted candidates were not just good quality but an excellent fit for the business. We are absolutely delighted with our new appointment and would have no hesitation in recommending Distinct to other businesses considering appointing them for a similar role.”

Steven Milholland, Head of Human Resources at ONYX Insight

“We selected Distinct to support us with a senior finance hire. Due to the quality of their candidate network and the experience of their senior team, many of whom have worked together for an extended period. They managed a complex stakeholder mix and a pivot on role scope mid-process extremely effectively.”

Mark Smithson, Managing Director at Marks Electrical

“I have recently engaged James at Distinct to support us with the recruitment of an Ecomerce Director. He took his time to understand our business and the skillset we were looking for. James managed the process very professionally and I wouldn’t hesitate in recommending him to recruit a senior digital or marketing leader.”

Phil Hullah, Chief Executive Officer at Riviera Travel

“Distinct Recruitment recently helped us with a difficult and vital search for a Head of People on our executive team. They did an outstanding job in challenging circumstances and we’ve never looked back since. I would not hesitate to work with them again”

Colin Anderton, Chief Financial Officer at Keys Group

“Alex has been a standout recruitment director for me. Alex is relatively unique in that he puts genuine thought into linking candidates with companies who are compatible. In regard to both skills and values, this means no time wasted by the candidates that are introduced. He has integrity and is very personable - always available for a conversation to kick ideas around. As a result, Alex ends up on the top of my call list whenever I have a recruitment need.”

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Our prime locations and continued investment mean we’re perfectly placed to match talented individuals with the best roles across the East Midlands and London.