John is a Search Consultant based in Wickland Westcott's London office. He has extensive experience supporting business change, turnaround and growth agendas recruiting at non–executive, board and senior management level. He works across HR and all the key functions in a variety of sectors including consumer/service, food and agriculture, retail, retail finance, consultancy and not-for-profit. He is equally comfortable working with major multinationals, smaller organisations and private equity houses both in the UK and overseas.
Before joining Wickland Westcott John enjoyed a varied career, initially in retail store operations, resourcing and buying before becoming HR and Operations Director of an international niche fashion business. After a period in global HR management consultancy working in the strategy and reward teams, and a stint at London Business School, he spent four years in the media as a Sales Director. He then moved into executive search with two well-known firms prior to joining Wickland Westcott. He holds BPS level A and B certificates in occupational testing.
Chain-sawing, fly-fishing, theatre and ballet.
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15th June 2011Becoming an NED - Look Before You Leap
Non-executive directorships are often seen as a natural step for those seeking to build a portfolio of career interests later in life. Non-executive work can certainly be satisfying and fulfilling, yet the nature of the role means that it is not always easy to fully understand the operation and risks associated with the business and, when things go wrong, non- executive directors are increasingly in the firing line....
05th June 2015Nature and Nurture
Founded in 1994, Natures Way Foods is a privately owned business that has made its name by manufacturing fresh, convenient food for major retailers and food service companies in the UK. Having expanded steadily and organically it now has a turnover of circa £135 million, and is recognised as one of the most advanced and innovative fresh produce manufacturers in the UK. The...
17th June 2013Raising the Game
Founded in 1976, Bowlplex grew rapidly and established a nationwide footprint of adult-focused, large-box leisure outlets offering food, beverages, bowling, amusement gaming and American pool. In more recent times however, the company had suffered from the economic slowdown, the implementation of the smoking ban and upward-only rent reviews. Following an earlier consensual restructure that failed within months of inception, a more structural reorganisation was undertaken....
08th February 2013Facilitating Profitable Growth
After a decade building a profitable niche support services company with a portfolio of blue chip corporate and consumer clients, Mark Cooper, the founder and owner of Anabas, decided he needed a top flight individual with new ideas to help take the business forward....
19th April 2012Recruitment of a Non Executive Chairman
Sedex, the not-for-profit ethical sourcing data exchange is looking to become the provider of choice for those seeking to manage their global supply chains responsibly. They retained Wickland Westcott to find a new Non-Executive Chair of the Board of Directors to set a new course which truly meets the needs of their broad membership base. ...
16th August 2011Eastern Promise
Positec has grown rapidly in recent years by developing own label contracts with organisations such as Screwfix, B&Q and Argos in the UK. It is now the largest manufacturer and exporter of Power Tools in mainland China with a design centre in Italy and a number of subsidiaries across the globe. ...