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Nick Irving

Director & Head of Aviation Practice

TELEPHONE: +44 (0)7894 586429


Nick’s extensive experience in HR and Executive Search, coupled with his relentless approach to finding the best talent means he is a trusted advisor for his clients and in both Consumer and Aviation.

Nick Irving

Director & Head of Aviation Practice

TELEPHONE: +44 (0)7894 586429


Nick is head of the aviation practice and also a member of the consumer practice.

He joined Howgate Sable in 2011 and has worked in executive search for over 15 years having previously spent six years with a major international recruitment firm. He started his career in retail and worked in a variety of senior operational, HR and talent acquisition roles for one of the world’s largest retail groups.

He has focussed on consumer sectors throughout his career advising some of the world’s best known brands on executive hiring. His clients include key players in the food and non-food retail sector, telecoms, financial services and aviation. He typically recruits roles in the C-suite and amongst their direct reports.

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