We share a common drive and passion to go the extra mile for our clients

The Collingwood Executive Search team are a fantastic, results driven, ambitious group of individuals, from a variety of backgrounds, who work across a variety of specialisms. Sharing the same common drive and passion to go the extra mile for our clients, not only do they excel at this but the results of repeat clients speaks for itself.

The team don’t just work for you, they become your trusted advisors, supporting you to achieve business success through recruitment, leadership, and consultancy, enabling you to make data led hiring decisions.

You will come away at the end of the day feeling proud of what the team has achieved for you.

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Doug Mcckay
Doug Mackay

Managing Director

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Claire Mackay
Claire Mackay

Finance & Operations Director

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Mark Goldsmith

Head of Sector, Building Products & Construction

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Sarah Jones
Sarah Jones

Operations Manager

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Callum Pepler

Executive Search Resourcer

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Poppy Rathbone

Executive Search Resourcer

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Sara Limam

Business Support Executive

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Dr Paul Turner, Ph.D

Associate Consultant

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Keri Gray

Delivery Consultant

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David's understanding of the security market and my requirements ensured I was able to very quickly and straightforwardly recruit some great individuals to my delivery team.

CEO,
Global Systems Integrator
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Since placing the candidates, I have gained feedback from all involved.  The result has not only been successful in terms of their individual performances but the three appointees regularly meet up to share best practice and guide each other.

It was not only a very rewarding set of assignments but I obtained added satisfaction from the fact that this new contact from Germany completely understood the importance of partnership in order to gain maximum return.  I cannot wait to work with her and, what is, a great client again.

Mark Goldsmith,
Senior Executive Search Consultant at Collingwood headhunting for German based Construction Products Group
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We have used Collingwood on a number of occasions over the years and have always been impressed with their understanding of our business and our needs. The outcome of that understanding is high quality candidates and ultimately, some excellent, long-term, employees. I can fully recommend them and would not hesitate to use them in the future

CEO,
Global Medical Devices Manufacturer
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David is a seasoned and senior global executive. With very strong business, sales, marketing, management and leadership acumen. I have worked with him on key projects where he’s always able to find the right person for the right role. I have high degree of confidence he can bring the people, resources, and experience needed to support our goals & objectives. I will continue to work with him and encourage anyone looking to grow and succeed to consider him as the right person to call on for the toughest challenges

CMO,
Global Cloud Infrastructure Organisation
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We have been partnering Collingwood Executive Search for over 6 years and have successfully recruited a UK Managing Director, a UK General Sales Manager, a Global Training Manager and a Regional Sales Director in Spain. They really understand the European Ophthalmic Industry and combined with their focus on understanding our company culture, they have simplified our recruitment process.

CEO,
Leading Ophthalmic manufacturer
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We have used Collingwood twice so far and both times have proved successful in identifying a quality recruitment for the role we were looking to fill; a Sales & Marketing Director and a Production Manager. I have no hesitation in recommending Collingwood and would use again.

Client,
Managing Director, Provider of SCADA and Command and Control Systems
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David is an excellent recruiter and his technical knowledge and expertise is enviable. He has a strong understanding on all the technical challenge on our team requirement, and he has helped through the entire recruiting process, and always go above and beyond his role for both the company and the candidate. David is diligent, his insight is on not only how to recruit, but who to recruit was a refreshing change from the norm. I found him to be smart, professional and effective, he is the type of recruiter you would give the most important recruitment assignment to, meanwhile he and his team could also support mass quantity when the business needs it.

I have the pleasure to work with David both as a candidate and as a company, I'm very impressed with his consistent delivery results. I truly believe his well established network within the tech-industry and all this combined makes him one of the best recruiters in the technical arena. I certainly recommend David for any companies out there, so as for any candidates.

Client, Director - Customer Innovation Center EMEA
Global Industrial Automation Company
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I've used the services of Collingwood on several occasions over a period of more than 10 years and have found in every case them to be exemplary in all aspects. Their attention to finding the right fit in search and selection is excellent as is their expertise in the provision of development tools in team development. I would have no hesitation in recommending them both professionally and personal.

Managing Director,
Leading Window Systems Provider
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I have worked with Doug and the team at Collingwood over several years, both as a hiring manager and as a candidate. On both sides of the recruitment process what stands out is the effort that the team put in to understand the business and its culture, find high quality candidates suited to the role, understand their aspirations and work to achieve a strong match. Their approach extends through all aspects of the recruitment process, from role definition through on-boarding and during the initial employment period, and has achieved great results.

Client and Candidate ,
Aircraft Manufacturer
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Doug is an enthusiastic person who will stretch himself to search the right person for our company and understands the business we are in. He delivers high quality of people within a very short time. He never loses sights our needs. It has always been a pleasure to work with Doug because he meets our expectations. I would recommend Doug to anyone who was serious about finding the right talent for their business.

Client,
HR Director, International Healthcare Organisation
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In a crowded marketplace, its not often that a recruitment specialist really stands out from the crowd. He is thorough, collaborative and very thoughtful in working alongside you in helping specifying the requirements for senior roles and producing excellent candidates. Always happy to take on board further comments and adapt his approach as needed to ensure the right hires are found and properly reviewed. High emotional intelligence and also an all-round nice guy and a pleasure to work with. I would have no reservations at all recommending Mark.

Head of Water, Client
Utilities Infrastructure
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Collingwood provided professional and personalised support and advice throughout the recruitment process combined with regular and open communication leading to my successful appointment. Collingwood are enthusiastic and knowledgeable and I would highly recommend their executive search and recruitment services to other individuals or organisations.

Director of Operations,
Look Ahead Care, Learning Disability Services
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David has provided some top talent for our team while avoiding lower quality deal flow. David listens and asks the right questions to map our challenges and needs into specific deal flow that reflects what we are searching for. We continue to work with David!

COO,
Cyber Security Solution Provider
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We have used Collingwood on a number of occasions over the years and have always been impressed with their understanding of our business and our needs. The outcome of that understanding is high quality candidates and ultimately, some excellent, long-term, employees. I can fully recommend them and would not hesitate to use them in the future.

Client,
Business Development Director - Respiratory
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I have worked with Justin for several years - initially when he placed me with my current organisation. The attention to detail during that period was second to none and the personal service incredible. Since then we have worked closely in the search and placement of roles within my teams. Working across multiple disciplines within the broadcast business, he is very well connected and knows the business inside out. If you are looking for a recommendation - Justin is most likely your man!

Client and Candidate,
Director of Tech, Healthcare Charity
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We have worked with Collingwood on several occasions over the past five years, having had meaningful conversations about what we were looking for, they were always ultra-professional in their dealings with us and they found some fabulous candidates which were all certainly credible. We would not hesitate to recommend them to other businesses

Managing Director,
Building Products & Construction
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We are very happy with our new MD for the UK. Mark monitored the process towards us as well as towards the candidates very carefully and made adjustments where necessary. We have never seen a process running so smoothly. As a group, we operate in various European countries, as well as the USA, Canada and South Africa. Fortunately for us, Collingwood also perform their activities outside the UK. A reliable, effective and pleasant recruitment partner, which we truly can recommend.

HR Director,
International Packaging Company
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I have worked with a Doug and his team on a number of occasions recruiting diverse Board level positions.

Doug ensures he understands his clients business and their specific needs and ultimately delivers on the brief, even when changes are needed.

He has helped me bring talent into our business that will help us step up for our next period of growth. Little wonder that repeat business is a huge part of his success. As a person he is incredibly humble and open which are traits that serve him well.

Managing Director, Client
Building Products & Construction - Fenestration
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I've worked with Doug and his team at Collingwood with two organisations now and I have to say the quality and delivery of the programmes was excellent. He really listened to what we needed and completely understood what we were looking to achieve. He and the team were able to deliver a bespoke programme that not only delivered results but also within our budget.

The programmes themselves were transformational, which is why I went to Collingwood again when I moved rolls. Personally I got a lot out of the executive coaching and l believe it has made me a better leader and more productive in my role.

I wouldn't hesitate in recommending Collingwood and if you aren't sure if executive leadership development is for you, I would say thing again as it made such a difference to our business.

Leadership Consultancy Services , Director of Finance and HR
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Doug and the Collingwood team helped establish a strong and vibrant leadership group here. Finding talent is one thing but the resilience, questioning and value add means they work to get the best fit and solution not just the fee, quickly building trust. Working across function and broad geography have not been an issue - a pleasure to work with.

Client, Managing Director
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I have worked with a Doug and his team on a number of occasions recruiting diverse Board level positions.

Doug ensures he understands his clients business and their specific needs and ultimately delivers on the brief, even when changes are needed.

He has helped me bring talent into our business that will help us step up for our next period of growth. Little wonder that repeat business is a huge part of his success. As a person he is incredibly humble and open which are traits that serve him well.

Client, Managing Director
Built Environment, Fenestration
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Used both as a candidate and as a client. Professional in outlook and in engagement and of a size that enables them to understand the clients they work with.

Client,
Building Products & Construction
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It has been great to work with Doug and his team. They are very professional in understanding our needs and going out and finding that "right" person. We look forward to working with them again in the future.

Director,
Design & Engineering - MedTech
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As an HR professional, the relationship with outsourced recruitment teams is not always smooth.

However Doug and his team at Collingwood are professional, educated and honest, taking time to understand the needs of our business and sourcing credible candidates, who meet our requirements.

I would recommend Collingwood.

HR Director,
Aerospace
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I have worked with Doug and the team at Collingwood several times over the past 8-10 years. I return to them as they spend a lot of time and effort at the outset understanding the roles we are seeking to fill, the leaders they will work with and for and how the organisation operates. Collingwood are also very effective at delivering candidates of a high standard, avoiding wasted time.

HR Director,
Chemical Cleaning & Environmental Solutions
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I would have no hesitation in recommending Collingwood Search to any company looking to recruit senior personnel for their organisation.

Right from our first conversation, through the engagement process, finalising job specifications, reviewing potential candidates and so forth, Mark and Callum provided excellent input, with some great suggestions and were diligent and professional throughout.

The candidates taken forward to interview were all top quality individuals, who met the brief well and we had some difficult decisions to make when deciding on who to appoint to what role.

The bottom line is we wouldn’t have found the key people we needed for our businesses without Collingwood Search and their expertise.

Managing Director,
UK based Building Product Manufacturer - Housebuilder, Social Housing & RM&I markets
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Really impressed with Mark and the team at Collingwood, right balance of listening and probing - we were doing something a bit different and it worked. Great communication, pace met expectations and all done with a pleasant, friendly and professional approach. Looking forward to next time. Thank you!

Director of Talent & Relationships,
UK based contractor serving the social housing sector
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Mark shows fantastic candidate care throughout the recruitment process. Mark is a great interviewer; very engaging - he looks to get the best out of people and is keen to make sure the fit is right between candidate and client.

Very quick to respond to any messages/queries.

A pleasure to work with - I would recommend any candidate to trust Mark and his experience in helping them achieve their ambitions.

Contracts Manager (placed candidate),
UK based contractor serving the social housing sector