London Office 33 James’ Street
London
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David Holmes

Partner

TELEPHONE: +44(0)7718 535507

EMAIL: dholmes@howgate-sable.com

David has established Howgate Sable as a leader in executive search for those in the competition and regulatory industries

David Holmes

Partner

TELEPHONE: +44(0)7718 535507

EMAIL: dholmes@howgate-sable.com

David began working life as a graduate trainee with Marks & Spencer before moving into the world of recruitment nearly 20 years ago.

Early work resourcing in the field of competition and regulatory economics led him to develop a real interest in the subject and he now enjoys strong relationships and an impressive network in the sector.

He understands the challenges and dynamics across regulators, industry and consulting firms, and has recruited extensively for all.

Many of those he has recruited are now part of the executive or partners in their organisations and he continues to provide a trusted search process to enable them to deliver through their teams and to develop their own careers.

The roles have ranged across economists, lawyers, financial experts and policy and regulatory affairs specialists, as well as strategy leaders.

Clients include regulators in the UK and overseas, large professional services firms and specialist boutiques, as well as many listed regulated businesses.

He has enjoyed supporting the creation and growth of new regulatory organisations and consulting firms, and learned much about intricacies as varied and challenging as off-shore regulation, enforcement and litigation, and spectrum auction management.

David is proud of the many long-held clients he has supported around the world whilst always being keen to develop new partnerships and to understand new requirements.

Away from the core of his work David also enjoys relationships with various other businesses including one of the world’s leading auction houses and other diverse organisations.

 

Barry and Clare are a dream team on a mission. They are connected, personable and full of integrity. Barry has managed to fulfil roles that others have failed to recruit and with A-class candidates.

Throw a hard mandate at them and see them deliver.

Jesper With-Fogstrup

” Mandy worked with me as a retained advisor on a board level assignment to recruit an HR Director and a Governance Director. I found the process deployed to be very efficient and Mandy demonstrated excellent knowledge of the sector and ultimately assisted me in securing talented appointments. Mandy’s approach is very thorough and professional, but importantly she also commits to making each element of the task run smoothly and supports the client at all times.”

Marc Bell, Ex CEO of Benenden Healthcare

The EMI Practice at Howgate Sable really took the time to understand our situation and find exceptional candidates who could fulfil challenging international leadership assignments for a truly global company with a history that spans well over 200 years.

It was a first class experience and positive outcome on many levels.

 

Barry McDonnell – Director of Manufacturing at De La Rue International

I have worked with the Howgate Sable team on several occasions whilst hiring mission-critical executives. Partnership is the byword for this organisation – they act as an extension of my team and work hard to support me not only in the technical solution, but in the sense of a deep understanding of my specific requirements. Delivery is the key measure of our talent partners and Howgate Sable have always achieved what was asked of them.

Jesper Berg – SVP HR, ABB

I was headhunted by Howgate Sable for the CEO appointment at Welspun UK (Christy) Limited, a new product sector for me and one I would not have naturally considered.  It turned out to be the best career move I have ever made.  Since taking the role I have worked closely with Barry and his team to build a high-performance team, and this has been achieved through his taking the time to understand our industry sector and our company culture intimately.  I cannot recommend Howgate Sable highly enough for anyone wishing to make a career move or build a team.

Leigh Taylor – CEO, Welspun UK (Christy)

Having worked with Howgate Sable as a client and as a candidate I can confidently say their ability to deliver on complex searches is second to none. They not only have a detailed knowledge of the marketplace but also understand the importance of cultural fit. 

Bridget Lea – O2

I was particularly impressed with Howgate Sable’s knowledge and network in the aviation sector, the quality of the candidates provided at shortlist and the availability of Nick and the team to provide us with advice and guidance on candidates when required. Nick was particularly effective in understanding our needs as a Company and being flexible in adapting requirements and plans.

Paul Hutchings – Thomas Cook Group Airlines

I have recently worked with Nick from Howgate Sable to recruit a new Head of Aircraft Operations for Thomson Airways. I was particularly impressed by the wide-reaching search undertaken and the quality of the candidates put forward. The skills match to the brief was excellent and I am delighted with the individual we selected.

Dawn Wilson – Thomson Airways

From their initial call to me the Aviation practice team at Howgate Sable demonstrated a significant difference. Straightforward and to the point, the extent of their network and deep insight into the industry was immediately evident. The added value I have received as a candidate is tangible. An almost instant rapport quickly developed into a focused business relationship which is open, honest, respectful and above all trustworthy.

Carl Gissing