John is a Search Consultant based in Wickland Westcott's London office. He has direct experience of working across most functions at board and senior management level in a variety of sectors, including luxury goods, retail, retail finance, consultancy and the consumer/service sectors. 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 an eclectic career as an HR, Operations and Sales Director in retail and the media as well as a period in consultancy. John has spent the last eight years with two well-known executive search firms before 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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28th October 2010Recruitment - Ensuring it Really is a Buyers Market
In the current economic climate, with the private and public sectors experiencing re-organisations and redundancies, one might expect there to be a surplus of quality candidates – it should be easy to fill the few good vacancies in the market.
However, competition for top flight individuals has always been intense, and continues to be so. This may be due to a mismatch in expectations between the candidate and the recruiting organisation, coupled with a general cautiousness on both sides....
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. ...
02nd June 2010Global Sales Development Director
PZ Cussons is a FTSE 250 Company and a leading manufacturer and distributor of branded personal care and household cleansing products with operations in Africa, Australia, Asia and Europe. One of the key challenges facing the company in achieving its substantial growth targets has been the need to improve consistency and performance across the company's sales function. Previously the business units operated fairly independently and sales performance was personality driven and dependent on the incumbent....
28th July 2010Head of Organisational Development
Britvic Group is one of the leading soft drinks businesses in the UK, and has established itself as a FTSE250 company through product innovation and developing supply arrangements with significant new customers including Pepsi. The company has ambitious plans to double its value and expand its international presence through organic growth and acquisition activity, coupled with proactive management of the bottom line....
12th December 2007TFL - Senior Executive Recruitment
Recruiting for very senior positions is always interesting as each role presents a different set of challenges. This was the case when Transport for London (TfL) recently entrusted Wickland Westcott with the task of finding a candidate for the newly created role of Managing Director, Marketing and Communications....