Private Equity and Venture Capital Practice

Private equity and venture capital firms need to quickly build value in their investments. That means having the right boards and senior management in place.

Our dedicated private equity practice helps PE and VC firms to achieve this, thanks to our understanding of exactly what early stage, high growth companies need.  As a result, we can support every type of deal and every role – anywhere in the world.

Whether you are looking for a Chairman, CEO, CFO, Non-Executive Director (NED), Board members, Corporate Officers or functional leaders in areas such as marketing, IT, sales and supply chain, our specialist team has the experience to identify and recruit PE and VC-ready senior talent.

Having worked with several international PE and VC firms, we understand the specific pressures, priorities and sensitivities at every stage in the investment cycle – and can supply a mix of permanent and interim senior talent to match.  Whether it’s finding board members in preparation for an IPO, recruiting audit committee members post IPO, mapping out and filling the talent gaps following a merger or acquisition or identifying the functional heads for a spin out business.

Track Record

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

  • Interim Retail/Online Consultants (Pre-deal due diligence work) – Global Private Equity Group, London
  • NED Chair, Online/Retail – Global Private Equity Group, London
  • NED Chair, Retail/SaaS – Global Private Equity Group, London
  • NED/Head of E-Commerce, Online/Retail – Global Private Equity Group, London
  • E-Commerce Director, Online/Retail – Global Private Equity Group, London
  • BD Director – Multi-Family Investment Office, London
  • Group CFO – Multi-Family Investment Office, London
  • General Counsel – Multi-Family Investment Office, London
  • Group CEO, Media – Private Equity Group, Ghana
  • Director, Retail/Consumer/FS – Private Equity Group, Ghana
  • Interim SME Director, Retail/Consumer/FS -Private Equity Group, Ghana
  • NED – Global Thermal Engineering Group, London

"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
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Private Equity and Venture Capital Practice Team

Graham Oates

Graham Oates


Graham was a senior partner at KPMG for 14 years. During this period he launched the firm’s internet operation, Metrius Europe, oversaw the international growth of the business and spearheaded joint ventures with major technology firms. This wealth of experience gives Graham a clear understanding of the challenges of the investment cycle and the standard of service required by private equity and venture capital clients. Graham has successfully found talent for the likes of:

Daryl Stickland

Daryl Stickland


Daryl has been providing executive recruitment services, including interim management, executive search and Chairman appointments for the private equity and venture capital industry in the UK since 2010. Subject to mandate, he is comfortable with either a dual approach alongside Investment Directors (including for example BGF, Foresight, Octopus and Inflexion) and the Boards of their portfolio companies or directly with the latter for business critical positions.

Rex Cridland

Rex Cridland

Managing Director

Rex has over 25 years’ experience recruiting board and management level candidates. During his career he has supported private equity and venture capital organisations in their search for the best senior talent. He has also successfully recruited globally, finding executives, directors and CEOs for blue chip companies, including:

"We worked closely with Rex at NJR on a new and key, senior management position. He did a great job of turning round a strong short list in a tight time-frame, as well as quickly adapting to changing requirements. Rex was easy to contact and responsive throughout the process and I would definitely recommend working with NJR based on this experience. "

Maria Woodhams, HR Manager Toyota Financial Services (UK) plc

"NJR has supported IMI Critical Engineering with a number of senior interim roles spanning various locations across Europe and the UK."

NJR, Interim Management Experts
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"Rex at 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
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"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 Veon and CEO Telefonica Germany

"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, Joint Chief Executive InsureTheBox
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"Rex provided Diageo with a cost-effective, punctual and targeted approach which got the right result!"

Kevin Fairburn, Head of HR Western Europe Functions Diageo

"Rex comes highly recommended. Undertaking what proved challenging posts to fill, Rex got to grips with culture and fit very quickly. Very professional and an easy approach to work with. Most importantly Rex delivered on all of his assignments."

Justin Thomas, Managing Director Bon Bon Buddies Ltd

"Rex played a key role in running a successful talent pool campaign to identify, evaluate and appoint a number of senior finance roles at Legal & General. The assignment brief was challenging: timescales for delivery were tight and we had set a high quality bar for candidates' technical, as well as commercial skills standards. The brief was executed well and involved the delivery of rigorous assessment days. The days not only resulted in the selection of high quality recruits but also turned out to be a very effective and efficient use of the Legal & General senior management teams time."

Lee Dobson, Finance Director, Wealth Division (at time of project) Legal & General
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"Norrie’s firm always provides top quality candidates, often at short notice, in a very professional and client-focussed manner. He is a pleasure to work with."

Chris Rickard, Group Finance Director The Weir Group

"Rex is a hugely talented, proactive individual who takes time to understand his client's needs and provides a first class service."

Atul Sharma, Finance Director GSK Export

"Norrie is a consummate professional and a pleasure to do business with. He is affable, diligent and dependable. He operates well across sectors and brings a wealth of experience to any work situation. I recommend him without hesitation."

Alan McCarthy-Wyper, Director Balfour Beatty Rail

"Rex has assisted me as Group Head of Internal Audit at G4S Plc to place 3 senior roles during a 6 month period. Rex is a reliable Executive Recruiter who identified good quality candidates and made sure that they met the candidate profile before sending in their CVs."

Phil Summerton, Group Head of Internal Audit G4S Plc

"Rex assisted SEGA with recruitment campaigns. I found him to be honest, professional and helpful at all times. It was great dealing with him."

Ben Harrison, Head of HR SEGA Europe

"Norrie has always been very responsive and on two occasions has provided a very rapid and professional service to identify high-quality leaders for Westinghouse. He must have a huge network as he always manages to provide a short-list in a matter of days, of very high quality. I will continue to use Norrie for difficult positions when I need to move fast and guarantee quality."

Colin Brown, Engineering and Safety Director Invensys Rail

"Rex has worked on 2 commissions I have been involved with. On both occasions he has managed and conducted thorough searches with a particular diligence. This combined with highly developed levels of perception, an acute awareness and great people skills has led to being presented with proper runners for the top level posts involved. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend him and will use his services again."

James Sprint, Group CEO Alternative Flooring and Wilton Carpet Factory

"I just wanted to say thank you for your input, support and advice during our first interim appointment. The advice pre-Christmas was excellent, your first candidate was spot-on and of course, we are excited now at having our interim join our team. You've helped to make this process very straight-forward and uncomplicated and I will have no hesitation in recommending your services to others in the future. Thanks again."

Mark Wynn, Managing Director Avonline Plc

"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 it's culture."

Mark Cockburn, Managing Director Cambridge Economic Policy Associates

"NJR's SME service took the brief quickly and provided the experience, calibre and personality of candidates we were looking for."

Catherine Senda, Managing Director Curtin&Co
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"NJR have been outstanding. They truly went the extra mile to assemble a shortlist at short notice, working weekends to interview candidates speedily and arrange meetings on a Sunday. The resultant shortlist was of exceptional quality, any one of the five would have been appointable into the role. I would use NJR again without hesitation."

Stuart Brocklehurst, Chief Executive Applegate Marketplace Ltd