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Barry Heald


TELEPHONE: +44 (0)7841 801486


Barry has extensive experience and expertise in executive search right across the board, delivering outstanding candidates for senior roles in almost every sector.

Barry Heald


TELEPHONE: +44 (0)7841 801486


Barry began his executive recruitment career 25 years ago, with a world-leading international recruitment firm, quickly developing his skills and expertise in building relationships with a broad range of businesses.  He specialised in senior finance and human resource appointments, establishing himself as a trusted advisor to major clients, delivering on their key mandates.

Having built a reputation for advising clients on senior executive appointments, Barry joined Howgate Sable as a Partner in 2004, and has continued to develop and broaden his track record in partnering public company, private equity backed, and privately owned enterprises in the appointment of key executive hires (ExCo & NED), across all group level functional areas.

Barry leads Howgate Sable’s Consumer Practice, working with leading brands, internationally, in the appointment of high-performing executives. He has developed long-standing client relationships, and recruited into sectors which include: consumer products, retail, telecommunications, travel and leisure, eCommerce, financial services and supply chain, whilst maintaining a strong functional expertise in the appointment of CEOs and CFOs, as well as their direct reports. 

Global recruitment is one of Barry’s specialities, and he continues to successfully complete high profile mandates across Europe, North America, APAC, MENA, Sub-Sahara Africa, and South East Asia.

Outside of work, he has a passion for the ‘great outdoors’ and, alongside family and friends, is regularly walking the Lake District fells, or cycling mountain trails/country lanes. Enjoying a personal challenge, he has raced to marathon distance, climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa and completed the Caledonian 100, a non-stop 100 km walk around the Ben Nevis range in less than 24 hours. In doing so, he has raised money for numerous charities.     


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