The Manchester College

Recruitment of CEO and other senior roles

HR Director: "We have received an excellent service from Wickland Westcott in relation to the recruitment process for the Chief Executive and Deputy Chief Executive/Finance Director roles. Both processes were executed in a responsive, professional and transparent way with the necessary rigour and attention to detail required. We can recommend Wickland Westcott to you for your recruitment needs".


Stuart O’Reilly

Stuart O'Reilly

E: stuart@wickland-westcott.email
T: +44 (0) 207 224 2071

Stuart is interested in the people aspects which make businesses competitive in their market place. He blends an understanding of commercial context with a deep set of expertise in understanding the strengths and development needs of senior leaders. This is complemented by his knowledge of how performance coaching techniques can get the best out of individuals.

He works with a wide range of clients, led many significant talent management projects and has a strong set of international experience. Stuart is also part of Wickland Westcott’s Board Evaluation practice and has worked on a number of main board evaluations. Finally, he is a member of its management team.

Prior to consulting, his career was spent with Dixons Group (now Dixons Carphone), where he was a member of the senior HR team, British Airways and the Ministry of Defence. His first roles at the Ministry of Defence and British Airways focused on providing a psychological input to military flying training and pilot selection.

He is a Chartered Psychologist with a degree in Psychology from the University of Edinburgh and a Masters degree in Occupational Psychology from Queen’s University, Belfast.

Interests
Running, history, wine, hill walking.

Amy Longden

Amy Longden

E: amy@wickland-westcott.email
T: +44 (0) 1423 536 901

Amy manages the firm’s financial management and accounting function. With a Diploma in Accounting, her duties include the provision of smooth and transparent client invoicing, credit control, supplier payments, and cash management.

Amy has over 20 years experience in a variety of sectors, mostly working in premium, boutique firms servicing major corporate clients.

Interests
Skiing, walking, films, fine wine and family (not necessarily in that order!).

Brian Walton

Brian Walton

E: brian.walton@wickland-westcott.email
T: +44 (0) 1625 508 100

Brian manages the corporate Windows network and cloud services. His responsibilities include managing mobile and VOIP telephony systems and Filefinder Anywhere CRM system.

His primary technical expertise is in the installation and support of multiple communication and application servers on a corporate WAN. Brian joined Wickland Westcott in 2006 after many years in the computer industry supporting corporate and SME clients. He has previously worked for Ericsson, Nokia and Fujitsu.

Interests
English Premiership & European Football, Evo Cars, Motorsport.

Colin Mercer

Colin Mercer

E: colin@wickland-westcott.email
T: +44 (0) 1625 508 100

Colin is CEO of the business. He joined Wickland Westcott in 1994 prior to which he was a member of BT’s Business Psychology Group. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Master’s degree (with Distinction) in Occupational Psychology. He is a Chartered Occupational Psychologist and fully qualified in psychometrics.

His clients include market-leading organisations in telecommunications, financial services, manufacturing, education and private equity. He operates at senior level in the areas of executive assessment and development. He has a particular interest in the operation and development of professional service firms. Colin frequently leads human capital due diligence assignments, and enjoys helping businesses grow and prosper. As an experienced coach with deep expertise in development and learning, he works with top teams to optimise their effectiveness and create a high-performance culture. Most of all, as a leader himself he understands the excitement, the challenges, the responsibility and the loneliness that leadership entails, and he has a particular passion for helping leaders thrive in volatile times.

Ian Richardson

Ian Richardson

E: ian@wickland-westcott.email
T: +44 (0) 1625 508 100

Ian is a founder member of Wickland Westcott and now operates as Non-Executive Chairman. His role involves helping grow the business, ensuring that it retains its special culture and people-focus. Previously a Search consultant of over thirty years’ standing, he has worked both in the UK and internationally, building relationships with many blue chip industrial and commercial clients. He has also managed senior appointments in the public sector, particularly in further and higher education, and has handled many assignments for major organisations wishing to recruit Non-Executive Directors.

Before setting up and building Wickland Westcott, his earlier career was at the Guardian and Sunday Times newspapers, giving him a unique insight into advertising and media.

Interests
Playing tennis, watching rugby, restoring house in Lake District.