Doug Mackay

Managing Director

About me

Having started his career in Executive Search in 1998, Doug set up Collingwood in 2005 alongside his wife, Claire Mackay.

I have a BA (Hons) Business Studies but specialised in marketing and French. My degree involved spending a year in France with Xerox which is where Claire worked and where love started!! 😊

I didn’t actually choose a career in Executive Search, I applied for a sales role back in 1998 via an Executive Search firm in Warrington. They then called to discuss me joining their graduate scheme instead and that’s where it all began!

Collingwood was set up in 2005 and has gone through several transformations to create and shape the strong team we have now. I lead our sales and marketing strategy and have worked hard to develop a portfolio of aspirational clients who align to our values and who we love partnering.

Outside of work 

I have been managing kids football teams for over 12 years and hung up my coaching whistles recently.

My main sporting passion is golf, I enjoy trying to get fit and going to Anfield to watch the Reds! I also enjoy reading business books and sporting autobiographies.

During the lock down 2020 I took on telephone befriending, a service set up for lonely people, some of whom were struggling with isolation and just needed someone to talk to, and I absolutely love it. It has been great to create new friendships and I am aware that I am making a huge difference to someone’s week with just a simple phone call, taking half an hour or so out of my whole week.

What do you like most about your job?

I love seeing our team collaborating, growing personally, and delighting clients.

Fun Facts

Favourite Band: I love my music and my favourite two bands are The Cure and The Wedding Present. I used to go to two gigs per week throughout my teens and early 20’s. I was also a band manager whilst at University.

Favourite Film: Top Gun or Star Wars

Favourite Food: I love any food except seafood

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.

Managing Director, Provider of SCADA and Command and Control Systems, Managing Director

Doug is involved with his clients every step of the way. I could of not asked for better support. I would highly recommend working with Doug for all recruitment needs.

Director of Corporate Development - Private Healthcare,

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…

Alex, Director of Operations
Look Ahead Care, Learning Disability Services

I have had the pleasure of working with Doug and his team at Collingwood Executive Search for several years now. The team at Collingwood is exceptional! Doug and team partnered with me on many critical searches and several pipelining exercises. The team is exceptional at understanding the business, the culture and the …


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 …

Global Medical Devices Manufacturer