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Howgate Sable eyes major growth with new chair as part of trio of appointments

Howgate Sable is preparing for a period of strong investment and growth following a string of key senior hires.

The organisation has strengthened its board with the appointment of a chairman, as well as recruiting a new head of research and an additional search partner to support its growing executive search client base.

Gaurav Batra joins as chairman and brings with him 25 years’ commercial experience having previously operated at board level within the Virgin Group as well as Bibby Financial Services. Gaurav is also chairman of Greater Manchester-based charity, Life Leisure, which operates leisure facilities and focuses on delivering improved health outcomes in communities based on raising activity levels.

Commenting on his new role, Gaurav said: “Throughout my career, I have learned that, ultimately, a company’s success comes down to the quality of its people.   Executive search firms can play a vital role in helping organisations to pull together the best teams and I was attracted by the opportunity to join an innovative, client-focused firm that can realistically aspire to be the leader in this market.

“Howgate Sable combines deep sector expertise with a passion for delivering a great client experience and result through their innovative and agile approach to search. The firm has an impressive client roster and the level of repeat business points strongly to the future potential. I look forward to playing my part in the firm’s continued evolution and success.”

Elsewhere in the business, Liz Shay has been appointed as head of research following two decades within the research department for London search firm, The Miles Partnership. She works across a broad range of c-suite level projects and international assignments, as well as acting as co-chair for the Executive Research Association (ERA), a global forum for talent intelligence and insight professionals.

Dean White has joined as partner having worked within the human capital industry for 13 years. He began his career in retail operations with a leading high street luxury brand before joining Page Executive – part of the FTSE 250 listed organisation, Page Group. Here, Dean honed his recruitment skills before progressing into managing more specialised, technical search projects for large corporates across a variety of sectors.

Neil Humphreys, partner at Howgate Sable, said: “Our clients put their trust in us to source executives with the ability to deliver positive business impact. After 30 years of successfully doing so, it’s time to take things to the next level by further growing our organisation in terms of technology and capability. My partners and I are absolutely delighted that we have been able to attract individuals of this calibre to join us to help achieve this.

“It’s an extremely exciting time for the firm and these new appointments are critical to achieve our goals for growth.”

Howgate Sable, which also has offices in London, works with a wide range of businesses to source those capable of driving strategy and achieving business transformation within organisations from industries including transport and aviation, industrial, life sciences and consumer.

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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