About Us

Whether you are looking for permanent senior executives,  senior interim managers, or need some talent management support to improve your whole employee life-cycle we can help.

Founded in 2013 and corporate members of the REC, we support exciting start-ups right through to major blue chip organisations, finding and maximising the highly specialised, senior talent they need – fast.

Our team has placed senior executives around the world with companies such as IMI, Veon, G4S,  Shiseido Group, Apple, GSK, Diageo, Leapfrog Toys, SEGA, Nestle, Premier Foods, WEIR, BBC, Network Rail, Royal Mail, Dalkia, Legal & General, American Express, Aioi Nissay Dowa Insurance, RSA, Toyota Financial Services, RBS Insurance and Direct Line – to name a few.

We believe that when you have an executive recruiter working on your behalf you want two things – someone highly motivated who understands the world of recruitment, but also understands the world of business.

That’s why our team is headed by experienced senior business people – executive recruiters who have had a corporate career.

Norrie Johnston, Chairman

During his corporate life Norrie was a sales and marketing problem solver. He worked with companies as wide ranging as Ricardo International Plc, SAC Technology, IBM, London Electricity, Tunstall Group, Jarvis Porter and HomeDirectory.com

Norrie also knows what it’s like to be an entrepreneur, and raise finance having formed Executives Online in 2000. He built the business to cover both interim and permanent executive recruitment, and raised £250k of expansion capital to develop it further. It grew into a £multimillion business before Norrie oversaw an MBO by its management team.

Norrie is also currently a Non Executive Director for a VCT backed company in the renewable energy sector.



Rex Cridland, Managing Director

Rex has over 25 years of recruitment experience gained working at the highest level with global recruitment consultancies, major online recruitment firms, exciting start-ups and with global search & selection specialists. In many Rex was headhunted into the firms to launch and rapidly build major new businesses.  Rex has also enjoyed considerable success as a ‘hands-on’ senior executive search specialist, managing teams and regional offices for Hudson Global Resources, Reed Personnel Services Plc and also helped to launch an executive search business backed by Pertemps Plc.

Rex has successfully recruited for blue-chips such as Apple, Nestle, Diageo, Virgin Atlantic, American Express, RBS, G4S, Sega, GSK, IMI Plc, Network Rail, Royal Mail, Arcadia Group Plc, Legal & General and many more.



Graham Oates, Director

Graham was a senior partner at KPMG for 14 years and managing partner and member of the UK Board. During this period he built the IT Consulting business for KPMG UK to a £50m turnover operation employing 500 people. He also launched the firm’s internet operation, Metrius Europe, oversaw the growth of the KPMG business in the Asia Pacific market and spearheaded joint ventures with Compaq, Microsoft and Cisco Systems.

Graham has also been Chair of the Insolvency Service and Executive Chair of Tribute a software business which processed £1.5 bn in rail ticket revenue.

Graham’s vast wealth of experience means our international and technology clients are assured a recruitment service developed by someone who completely understands the challenges they face and the standards of service they need.



Phil Hagen, Director

Phil Hagen knows what clients looking for a senior executive really need.  After all he spent many years as a senior and director-level executive working in the telecoms, IT and ICT sectors. This included being CEO for the Amcat Group as well as important senior roles with NTL and British Energy plus 11 years with Cable & Wireless plc, where he achieved the CEO award for exceptional services to the company.

A sales and business development specialist, Phil has tremendous director level experience, delivering strong sales solutions and results in areas of; strategic planning, international business development, change management, increasing profitability and new start-up environments.



Daryl Stickland, Director

Daryl is an experienced executive search professional who, over a recruitment career spanning more than 15 years and some of the industry’s leading brands, has been mandated to recruit to all core business functions and for an array of sectors (for example from Financial Services, IT & Technology, Pharma, Manufacturing, FMCG and Consumer, Not-for-Profit and even executives in professional Sport) on behalf of clients in the UK and internationally. Daryl’s earlier non-recruitment career included EMEA finance and commercial roles for global US & UK corporations.

Prior to joining NJR, Daryl was a Senior Partner and Board member of a global executive search business, a subsidiary of a c.1£bn turnover PE backed Group. Daryl has an extensive international network and during his career to date has recruited for large global businesses as well as supported ambitious SMEs to achieve their strategic plans and growth objectives, including turnaround. His appointments have often played critical roles in significant shareholder value creation and subsequent exit success.

Daryl is an Ambassador for the Institute of Directors in the UK and leads NJR’s Non-Executive Director practice.



Christian Rolke, Associate Director

Christian has 20 years experience in the recruitment industry. He has expertise in international recruitment, with extensive experience of conducting searches for clients across Europe, the Middle East and the Far East. Christian has delivered against complex international briefs, for companies including Jaguar Land Rover and Lotus.



Michelle Stanley, Head of Research

Michelle Stanley is a very experienced and effective researcher. She has over 10 years executive research experience using both traditional and advanced web based search techniques, helping to place the best talent into organisations worldwide. She has extensive experience of working across a diverse range of sectors including: aerospace & defence, finance, retail, manufacturing, marketing, and technology & media.



Alison Pilpel, Executive Researcher

Alison is an Internationally focused Executive Search Consultant / Executive Researcher and is highly experienced in sourcing senior and board-level Executives across a range of disciplines and sectors.



Roz Webb, Financial Controller

Roz is a commercially focused, results orientated finance professional with extensive experience of both operational financial management and change management gained in both the private and public sectors. Her experience has covered: Mergers and acquisitions – due diligence and integration management, change management and business integration to improve results, implementation of financial systems and team management.