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Mark Iliffe

Director - Head of Healthcare

TELEPHONE: +44(0)7740701606


The independent health and social care sector has never had a more important role to play to support the improvement of healthcare outcomes for the UK population - Mark acts as a trusted advisor to businesses in this area.

Mark Iliffe

Director - Head of Healthcare

TELEPHONE: +44(0)7740701606


The independent health and social care sector has never had a more important role to play to support the improvement of healthcare outcomes for the UK population. The massive contribution made by the sector during and after the pandemic is one of the factors recognised across the political spectrum contributing to the dilution of rhetoric around the so called “privatisation” of UK healthcare. Patients should be offered the choice of private treatment either funded by the NHS, through self-pay or accessed via medical insurance.

This creates opportunity for investors and will drive innovation across the sector for example in primary care through initiatives such as virtual GP platforms, diagnostic solutions accessed through community hubs or acute care settings offering early access to treatment, getting patients fit and healthy quickly and thereby less vulnerable to future health problems. Dedicated facilities are being developed offering patients who are ready to be discharged from hospital a safe place to recover releasing beds for those in greater need. There is rapid expansion in the development of retirement settings, providing the elderly with supportive living environments, reducing their dependency on the NHS.

Mark Iliffe has been working as a trusted advisor to organisations in these sectors since 2008, acting for some of the largest players in the market to start-ups. He has recruited Chairs and NEDs for Boards and senior leaders across the C-Suite and their management teams. He has an extensive network within the sector and is equally adept at identifying leaders from other sectors able to bring a different and valuable perspective to the industry.

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

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