Executive Search

Feel executive search firms take too long and under-deliver?

At Norrie Johnston Recruitment we don’t believe clients should have to wait.  So we focus our executive search service on finding good people, for each and every brief – fast.  Good, carefully hand-picked, people who will not only join a business, but actually stay and perform.

We can do this because our world-class recruiters are not like typical recruiters. They all have real-world experience. They have worked at a senior level, in a variety of sectors, within the corporate world.

So they can have a peer-to-peer discussion with the client and ensure the brief really reflects the business’ situation.

Combining this experience and rigour with the speed and reach of the web – we then deliver candidates who truly fit with the company’s culture and long-term needs – fast.

The difference:

  • A short list of candidates within 2-4 weeks
  • World-class recruiters with real world experience
  • Any senior role, any sector
  • Operating out of the UK yet supporting clients anywhere in the world
  • Success-orientated fees

Track Record

Here’s a small selection of recent briefs we have successfully filled:

  • Chief Executive Officer – UK
  • Chief Executive Officer – Ghana
  • Managing Director – Germany
  • Director of Manufacturing Operations – UK
  • Director of Audit & Risk – UK / International
  • European Chief Financial Officer – France / UK
  • Finance Director – UK
  • Director Internal Audit – Pakistan
  • Group Marketing Director – UK
  • Operations Director – Abu Dhabi
  • Commercial Director – UK
  • General Manager Strategy – Bangkok
  • Solvency II Specialists – UK
  • Head of HR – UK
  • Sales Director – UK
  • Marketing Director – UK
  • Head of Procurement – UK
  • Procurement Manager – Dubai

"Insurethebox is a market leader which needs to react with speed and agility to maintain its market position. To support this Insurethebox requires our business partners to be able to respond promptly with expertise, skill and well-rounded solutions. Rex at NJR has consistently met the brief set, and has delivered."

Andy Haynes, COO Insurethebox
Read Our Insurethebox Case Study

"NJR did a fantastic job of turning round a comprehensive short list in a very tight time-frame, quickly sourcing a range of highly relevant and suitable candidates. They were also extremely responsive, helping to manage a smooth and efficient process; I would definitely recommend working with them based on my experience."

Sarah Thompson, VP Finance, HR and Operations International Leapfrog Toys

"NJR are an outstanding company to work with since they understand the need to deliver high quality people but also at speed and with unrivalled client service. What's more NJR have outstanding people who not only understand recruitment but who have fulfilled senior executive roles in all their key sectors on a global basis. So they can instantly understand a client's needs and its culture and use this to source top quality candidates who will be effective on a long term basis."

Rene Schuster, Former Group COO, VimpelCom and CEO Telefonica Germany

"We have used NJR on more than one occasion and have been impressed by their ability to find excellent candidates both quickly and cost-effectively. We particularly like the fact that throughout the process we have the personal attention of one of NJR’s Directors who knows and understands our business and its culture."

Mark Cockburn, Managing Director Cambridge Economic Policy Associates

Executive Search Team

Rex Cridland


Rex has over 25 years executive search experience gained working at the highest level with global recruitment consultancies and search & selection specialists. During his career, Rex has helped numerous start-ups and SMEs find the best senior talent. He has also successfully recruited globally finding senior executives, directors and CEOs for blue-chips such as Apple, Sega, GSK, IMI Plc, Network Rail, Royal Mail, Arcadia Group Plc, Diageo, Legal & General, and American Express.

Phil Hagen


Phil 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.

Michelle Stanley

Head of Research

Michelle Stanley is a very experienced and effective researcher. She has over 9 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. Prior to this Michelle assisted a world leading defence technology and security company in the delivery of its IT & telecommunication requirements.