“Three times over I have returned to Birchwood Knight. They have consistently found me some quite simply brilliant people over the years. Their perspective is refreshing in its honesty and clarity and I have used it to shape my teams to deliver the very best work to help achieve business goals.”
Director of Communications and Public Affairs
“And the icing on the cake was Birchwood Knight’s instinctive understanding of what the candidates would be likely to deliver and how they might develop, beyond the skills and experience set out in their CVs.”
“We needed four top quality senior corporate affairs leaders, quickly. I had no time for multiple interviews which meant the people I did see had to be capable of doing the job and sufficiently different from one another to give me choice. A tough brief that Birchwood Knight delivered because they listened to what we asked, gave us excellent advice and produced timely, balanced short lists. Would we use them again? Absolutely.”
Director of Corporate Affairs
“Operating to very tight time schedules Birchwood Knight successfully drove the process from outset - scoping and clarifying what we needed - through the shortlisting and interview process to placement of the individual. All the candidates were of a very high standard and well briefed about the position. I had full confidence that Birchwood Knight would be able to help me fill the vacancy - and they did!”
Chief of Staff
“Birchwood Knight get it. They listened to what we wanted to achieve, shaped the brief to maximise our chances of success and worked fast to produce diverse shortlists of highly capable candidates. What’s more, they’re lovely people to deal with, and we couldn’t be happier with the people we appointed.”
Managing Director, Communications
"Birchwood Knight have worked in partnership with me to build my team, delivering high quality candidates across all of the Corporate Affairs disciplines. They know what they are doing... And as importantly, they are lovely people to work with. "
Corporate Affairs Director
“Birchwood Knight were not afraid to challenge our thinking and worked hard to produce a diverse and thoughtful shortlist of candidates.”
Director of Communications
“Professional and purposeful, the team were always looking to perfect the level of service provided and were a pleasure to deal with.”
“Wayne and his team worked hard to understand our needs, organisational dynamics and skills gaps. The best view of our opinion of their service was to appoint them for another search immediately after filling the Director of Public Affairs position."
Chief Financial Officer
“At every stage of our search for a senior corporate communications professional to join the John Lewis Partnership, Birchwood Knight brought a genuinely bespoke level of service.”
“It has been a real pleasure to work with Birchwood Knight. They thought very carefully about the brief and did a ‘needs blind’ assessment for us which really helped us to focus on the competencies rather than the person being put forward.”
Director of UK & International External Relations
“The only way to do great work is to love what you do and Wayne and his team have built something really special at Birchwood Knight based entirely on that premise.”
“Utterly refreshing and responsive. That is how I would describe working with Birchwood Knight. Within weeks I had filled a number of key roles. The proof of the pudding though, is that months on, all of the people they found me are doing great! I would not hesitate to recommend Wayne and the team to anyone. "
Group Director of Corporate Affairs & Investor Relations
“Working with the Birchwood Knight team was a simple, fun and effective collaboration. They provided an excellent service from pitch, to shortlisting and selection support, to offer. They were innovative, providing us with ‘blinded’ CVs to avoid unconscious bias, which was new to us and something we will take forward routinely now. A great service and partnership.”
UK Corporate Affairs Director
“We have used the team at Birchwood Knight to appoint a number of senior communications roles directly supporting our founder, our core energy business and new ventures. In each instance they have conducted a thorough and creative search to present us with highly capable candidates who have all gone on to deliver great results.”
“Birchwood Knight invested time to understand our business, including our values and culture, and provided us with a strong and diverse shortlist. They were easy to work with and communication throughout the process was clear, concise and professional. "
“Wayne and his team played a crucial part in the building of the Corporate Communications team at Santander. They made the whole process seamless. Everyone that we appointed has been a huge success and there are a number that we would now like to clone!”
Director of Corporate Communications
"The team at Birchwood Knight have taken the time to really understand our business and values. This means they find us candidates with the right behaviours and ‘cultural fit’. We aren’t ever just sent a list of candidates who look good on paper; their work is much more sophisticated than that, with real thought applied to their search and selection.”