Editorial Strategic Director

Editorial Strategic Director

Our client, a leading newsbrand, retained us to appoint an Editorial Strategic Director. This new position would aim to bridge the gap between editorial and commercial whilst introducing the required digital capability to help drive the organisation’s digital and customer centric transformation. Given the limited talent pool within the vicinity of the organisation’s HQ, it was highly likely that a relocation would be required. 

Our research team meticulously mapped the media sector across Europe to identify the very best digital content candidates, who possessed strong leadership credentials. It was important to identify individuals who had an intricate understanding of how editorial operations work, but who also possessed the ability to create the digital content strategy and infrastructure to help deliver the company’s ambitious growth plans. Drawing on our deep expertise and network in media, we were able to build a compelling shortlist of engaged and diverse candidates who were receptive to relocation.

Our positioning of the opportunity was crucial in our ability to heighten initial interest and create excitement. Moreover, the need to rigorously assess and understand the individual’s key drivers and genuine desire to relocate for the right opportunity was a vital part in delivering this very successful assignment.

Our client selected their ideal candidate and Wickland Westcott managed the complex offer process, providing support and counsel to the candidate throughout the move, and ultimately securing the services of an outstanding individual.

Wickland Westcott have adopted the Voluntary Code of Conduct for Executive Search Firms which, amongst other things, sets a minimum expectation level for gender diversity for each search assignment.


Executive Chair (Media Industry Body)

Executive Chair, Media Industry Body

Our client, a prestigious and high profile media governing body, controlled by the UK national newsbrands, tasked us with appointing an Executive Chair. Our brief was to identify a highly respected media icon who could champion Britain’s vibrant news media to customers and advertisers across the nation. It was important that we identified a leader who could drive further industry-wide collaboration, transformation and growth and who would be comfortable operating at the forefront of a profoundly changing landscape at a pivotal time in the media sector.

Our research team meticulously mapped the media sector and adjacent consumer markets to identify potential candidates who were highly credible and proven leaders, with strong strategic credentials, and who could create a compelling and exciting vision that people could get behind. We were then able to refine our target list through rigorous research and candidate assessment to build a strong and diverse shortlist of candidates from multiple sub sectors of media and tech related industries.

Our client, and the multiple stakeholders involved, were unanimous in selecting their ideal candidate and Wickland Westcott managed the complex offer and stakeholder management process, securing the services of an outstanding individual.

Wickland Westcott have adopted the Voluntary Code of Conduct for Executive Search Firms which, amongst other things, sets a minimum expectation level for gender diversity for each search assignment.


Digital Content Director

Digital Content Director

Our client is a reputable news and media organisation wanting to deliver a step change in the step change in the performance of their digital content business. The ideal candidate needed to be a ‘digital content expert’ and be able to demonstrate a track record of delivering digital innovation as well as having the commercial and creative know-how to deliver a premium brand experience, drive consumer engagement and increase revenues.

The Wickland Westcott team conducted the search on a strictly confidential basis. Our client’s identity was only discussed with appropriate candidates following rigorous qualification checks and assessment of their suitability. We looked extensively into best-in-class digital media businesses to identify ‘A-Players’. This included going beyond obvious media competitors to include other consumer-focussed businesses in our search.

Wickland Westcott hired a highly talented digital candidate, whose appointment received unanimous support. This individual brought extensive experience of leading digital transformation within both traditional and pure play media organisations. Wickland Westcott coached the individual through his exit process to make the transition as simple as possible for all parties. As a consequence of the positive experience Wickland Westcott have been engaged on a number of additional searches.

Wickland Westcott have adopted the Voluntary Code of Conduct for Executive Search Firms which, amongst other things, sets a minimum expectation level for gender diversity for each search assignment.


Managing Director (Digital)

Managing Director (Digital)

Our client, a global media organisation, gave us the brief to appoint a Managing Director for the digital operation. The role would drive digital expansion of company IP, realise structural efficiencies and exploit the significant commercial opportunities across the organisation.

Our research team meticulously mapped the media sector to identify potential candidates with strong leadership and digital credentials, who could create the strategy and infrastructure to help deliver the company’s ambitious growth plans. We were then able to refine our target list through rigorous research and candidate assessment to build a strong and diverse shortlist.

Our client selected their ideal candidate and Wickland Westcott managed the complex offer process, securing the services of an outstanding individual.

Wickland Westcott have adopted the Voluntary Code of Conduct for Executive Search Firms which, amongst other things, sets a minimum expectation level for gender diversity for each search assignment.


Managing Editor

Managing Editor

Our client is a reputable news and media organisation, wanting to drive innovation to transform audience engagement. They wanted to appoint a Managing Editor to do this and who would complement other members of the senior leadership team.

Wickland Westcott utilised their extensive network of editorial leaders to pinpoint a shortlist that was creative and represented candidates who had relevant skills and experience and, importantly, were culturally appropriate for the role. The team spent considerable time meeting all key stakeholders, so they were able to represent the client’s business with the authenticity required to engage with the best talent.

Wickland Westcott appointed a Managing Editor, who brought the right skills, experience and outlook for our client’s requirements. The search was creatively executed, efficient and provided the client with a strong choice of potential candidates. Furthermore, and as part of the process, we provided the client with invaluable market insight which helped in securing the final candidate.

Wickland Westcott have adopted the Voluntary Code of Conduct for Executive Search Firms which, amongst other things, sets a minimum expectation level for gender diversity for each search assignment.