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Celebrating 50 years
In July 1971, Hoggett Bowers was established as the first UK owned Search firm – and this month we are proud to be celebrating our 50th anniversary. The world, and with it the Search industry, has changed many times over the last 50 years. Some changes have been predictable and some not.
One thing which has remained constant has been the support, insight and advice which Hoggett Bowers has provided to clients and candidates as they have responded to the opportunities and challenges each change has brought. We felt the best way to sum up the past 50 years, as well as who we are, how we operate and what we deliver, was to ask those who have worked with us. Click here for more.
Happy 50th anniversary Hoggett Bowers! I have personally known Karen and the business for well over 10 years and in the guise of both candidate and client. It is quite a unique business in this space. The group takes it time to understand people, culture and organisations and on that basis gets much more right than it gets wrong. This considered and respectful (whilst responsive and communicative) approach helps both the candidate and client feel at ease and take confidence that this is all about a two-way fit. Karen and her team compound the sentiment post activity to ensure people have settled well, assumptions have materialised and that any much needed follow up is always there and very timely. A team that has always been a pleasure to work with.
Kevin Moore CCO Greencore PLC, NED
I have known Hoggett Bowers and in particular Karen for well over twenty years. During that time, she and the firm have helped me resolve many technical and leadership challenges across a number of businesses and sectors. When looking for a recruitment partner I needed something more than someone who can open doors and get meetings from the best (and sometimes elusive) candidates and someone who understands the business issues and culture I am working in. This could be an odd looking ‘out of sector’ appointment or a rising star not on other people’s radar, and Karen and her team have done this for me many times over the years. In short, with Karen and the team, you get what all the top-drawer recruiters promise but also straight talking advice and challenge, a partner mindset and creative solutions – at a commercial cost rather than fixed fee percentages that do nothing to excite a Board, CEO or CFO.
John Smith, ex Group HRD, Greene King
I’ve worked with Hoggett Bowers over the last 20 years as both a candidate and client. Throughout the period, I’ve found the team driven to get what is right for both the candidates and the clients and in doing so, becoming a trusted partner.
Andrea Davis, Investcorp
My personal experience of partnering with Hoggett Bowers is a long and pleasurable one, spanning over two decades. I started this journey as a client and I have always appreciated the direct contact and understanding of all the Head-hunters, especially from Karen Wilson, who I have come to know well. She understands individual strengths and connects you both as a client and a candidate to opportunities that you may not have been thinking about. As a client Hoggett Bowers has helped me in my role of HRD achieve the organisations D&I objectives and provided me with a wonderful diversity of skills and talents that have boosted the Organisations capabilities. I love reading the 2-Minute weekly update and attending the network events particularly the HRD annual dinner. These are great opportunities to network and share learning in a wonderful environment. I wish Hoggett Bowers all the success in the next 50 years and thank you for all the support you have given me to date. I look forward to working with you all in the future.
Debbie Scola, ex People Director, Telecom Plus
I have been working with Tariq and the Hoggett Bowers team for many years now, across different organisations and various roles. Their pace, passion for what they do, and partnership skills are superb. They have consistently delivered high quality short lists, pre-vetted and well prepared based upon clear requirements but, more importantly, tailored to the style of the organisation and me as a leader. This is all built around their broad and deep network of professionals in the markets they specialise in, but also the way they work to understand the cultural drivers and the people involved. Much appreciated, thank you to the team.
Matt Kimber, Chief Risk Officer, Aon UK Limited & Chief Compliance Officer, Aon EMEA
50 years is a pretty impressive heritage. A good milestone to celebrate. What sets Hoggett Bowers apart for me is the long-term nature of the relationship. I see my recruitment into the Anesco CEO role as a mid point along the journey. I knew David some years before this and our relationship has sustained in the subsequent period. I also benefited from support and advice in making a positive and effective start in my new position.
Mark Futyan, CEO, Anesco
I’ve experienced Hoggett Bowers as both a candidate and as a recruiter and have always found them to be exceptionally high quality. As both a successful and unsuccessful candidate (!), the feedback they provide is first class and helpful. It’s also timely which is welcomed. On the recruiter side they put together a terrific brief, seek the best and most appropriate candidates and always include some to make you think, and they handle the process efficiently. They are one of my go-to headhunting specialists and I have no hesitation in recommending.
Jemima Bird, Founder and CEO
I put great value in my relationship with Simon. It has endured over many years, and he has always had my best interests at heart. He has extended my network, brokered introductions between firms and has been generous in sharing both his market insights and best practices in corporate governance. Between assignments, Simon has always been proactive at keeping in touch and has always been there when I needed help. In my experience I have known few professional advisors of Simon’s integrity and dedication to clients. There is much I could say… the tag line… “one to keep and one to trust”
Erik Bonino, former Chairman, Shell UK, currently Chairman, Bute Energy and NED Tokamak Energy
Hoggett Bowers are professional, efficient and always dedicated to meeting the needs of their client. Having worked together for over seven years it’s the attention to detail, seamless organisation and feedback of candidate experience which makes a real difference. The insight they provide both into our market and broader commercial challenges demonstrates their commitment to delivery and is just one of the reasons I would recommend them as a partner. Congratulations on reaching your 50th Anniversary milestone, here is to many more yet to come!
Susan Martindale, HR Director, Mitchells & Butlers plc
I have used Simon Musgrave as ‘sounding board’ for more than 20 years – reflecting on the executive talent market globally – with a specific focus on the energy business. This has provided a very useful context for further development of our HR strategies. His insight and integrity is always much appreciated.
Jens R. Jenssen, Former EVP People & Organization, Statoil – now Equinor
Executive Search, Globally
For nearly 50 years, Hoggett Bowers has been synonymous with excellence in leadership and senior executive recruitment. Why? Because we listen harder and search smarter.
Because we believe that every client and candidate really matters. Because we see ourselves as true partners in your future. Because we know that we can only succeed when you succeed. And because our experience and specialist knowledge means we navigate the market better than anyone else. We take you further.
We make the difference
Hoggett Bowers was founded to be the best executive search firm. We work with businesses and organisations of all sizes, across a broad range of sectors, to recruit the people they need to help shape their future. And we work with candidates at every executive level to find the right opportunities for successful, fulfilling careers. Our reputation for world-class service has been hard-earned – and it’s built on rigour, integrity, and bravery. It’s a combination that makes the difference.
We provide a range of expert services to help our clients select and source key executives:
Our specialist consultants focus on executive search across a range of business sectors and practices: