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.
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