London Office 33 James’ Street

+44 (0) 20 7495 1234

Manchester Office 10 Mount Street
M2 5NT

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Nick Irving


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 Retail and Aviation’.

Nick Irving


TELEPHONE: +44 (0)7894 586429


On joining Howgate Sable in 2011, Nick combined his

passion for aviation and technical expertise in Executive

Search to build the Aviation Practice at Howgate Sable.

Nick works with a wide variety of global aviation clients

and recruits at Senior management, Director and main

Board level. He has delivered searches in Flight and

Ground Operations, Engineering, Commercial and Support

functions such as HR and Finance.

Nick’s personal interest in the sector and subject matter

expertise mean he is often called upon to advise on trends

and developments in the market. He is passionate about the

future of the industry from a safety and service perspective

and starts every new project with the central aim of

delivering the best-in-class candidate that will add industry

leading operational, commercial and cultural value to his


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