I’ve very much enjoyed working with you through this process. Recruitment can be a stressful exercise but with your help this has been delightfully streamlined.
RECRUITMENT OF BOARD DIRECTOR
Simon Talbot, Managing Director, Ground Gas Solutions
HIGH PROFILE ASSESSMENTS
“I commissioned Charles Fraser recently to conduct the assessment for a number of high profile management posts at the university. I found him to be knowledgeable, courteous and thorough. He was particularly skilled in drawing out the qualities I required from the candidates and then putting together a process for ensuring we tested thoroughly against those competencies. He was happy to adapt the different assessments in light of business need and I would very strongly recommend his services to any company wishing to bring added intellect and rigour to their recruitment processes.”
David Becker, Director of Corporate Operations, University of Central Lancashire
The recruitment for the position of Sales & Marketing Director was expertly handled by Ashley Hoyle from the initial brief, through the recruitment strategy, to managing the final appointment. The successful candidate is settling in well and is making a significant contribution to the business. I will be in touch again should an appropriate senior level recruitment be required in the future.
Garry Gresham, Chief Executive, GW International
MANAGEMENT DUE DILIGENCE – MERGERS AND ACQUISITIONS
Ashley Hoyle have a flexible approach and a strong ability to understand both the individuals and the dynamics of the management teams in the context of the M&A situation. It’s obvious that you need to understand the people that you are about to jump into bed with, but the depth and quality of the Ashley Hoyle assessments have added real value. Their work has been fundamental in helping us build a better understanding of the teams and how best to work with and manage them. It is money well spent.
Paul Byrne, Director, Bibby Distribution Ltd
When MSIF agreed to provide development capital for the international expansion of Aerogistics, the deal was conditional on satisfactory management due diligence assessments. Ashley Hoyle (“AH”) undertook the management profiling of the four members of the Aerogistics management team. Given the nature of the growth plans and the lack of experience of the team in growing and managing a successful international organization AH recommended including the use of a detailed In-tray (case study) exercise in addition to the usual interview and personality & psychometric testing to look into each team member’s abilities and personality traits to assess their chances of success in their respective roles. This was the first time we used the in-tray exercises which proved to be very useful. Overall, we were impressed by the thoroughness of AH’s work and the quality of the output. We would not hesitate in recommending AH to others and will continue to use their Management Assessment services in the future.
Matt Allen, Investment Director, Alliance Fund Managers Limited
Ashley Hoyle is recognised as a valued business partner who delivers a consistent high quality service and demonstrates a clear understanding of our culture and specific requirements.
Steve Corcoran, CEO, Speedy Hire Plc
SENIOR LEVEL LEGAL RECRUITMENT
Ashley Hoyle have helped in some key strategic appointments for us. Their USP is an ability to engage the interest of high calibre individuals, develop a dialogue and then work with us in establishing a process to ensure that the candidate of our choice agrees to join the business. This is often time consuming and frustrating but they are persistent!
Helen Ridge, Partner, Pinsent Masons LLP
Ashley Hoyle made a number of senior appointments at the Leeds Group. Their understanding of the culture and personalities involved, helped with the successful appointments, in particular Head of the Leasing subsidiary and also made successful finance appointments at various levels.
John Blanchflower, Managing Director, Leeds Leasing
DIRECTORS FOR HIGHLY GEARED ORGANISATIONS
Ashley Hoyle have helped us recruit Directors for several of our investee companies. They have an excellent network and a strong grasp of directorship requirements in highly geared organisations, so their shortlisted candidates have always been on target to meet our requirements as well as meeting the specialist needs of the investee companies. Their consultants are highly experienced and have a strong awareness of financial and business matters, which, in my experience, is rare among recruitment consultants. We regard them as a key specialist resource for filling both executive and non-executive director roles.
Andy Bate, Investment Director, Barclays Ventures
Ashley Hoyle provided an innovative solution to the management requirements for Ai2 in an efficient and cost effective manner by putting forward a strong shortlist of part-time CEOs for our incubator company.
Kevin D'Silva, Chairman, Ai2
RECRUITMENT / TRAINING
We have used Ashley Hoyle in two ways; our own company recruitment and training for our client’s project team. In both cases Ashley Hoyle has proved to be very approachable, easy to deal with and credible partners to work alongside.
Nina Dar, Managing Director, Cheeky Monkey Business Solutions
At a time when the business was growing and we needed to strengthen the management team Ashley Hoyle assisted in the recruitment of a new Development Director. They introduced an outstanding candidate with sector relevant experience and background and, as the business has expanded from 30 to 90 units, he has made an outstanding contribution and continues to be an excellent member of the management team. Ashley Hoyle provided an excellent and cost effective service and we are happy to recommend them.
Stephen Richards, Managing Director, Subway Development (NW) Ltd
In a lifetime career of employing consultants, I have had several disappointments – but not with Ashley Hoyle. Courteous, friendly and highly professional, I have no hesitation in recommending them.
John Noble, Chair, Emmaus UK
ASSESSMENT CENTRE DESIGN / TRAINING
Charles helped G4S Electronic Monitoring to produce a practical and efficient assessment centre design, assessor training course and materials for selection of customer facing staff. Charles has always been able to help move us forward when we needed support. He has always delivered to time, sometimes at short notice and has contributed significantly to the quality of our programmes. Ashley Hoyle has contributed significantly to a reduction in staff turnover, which at 18 % is less than half that of 3 years ago. Equally importantly, our managers often comment that the calibre of staff coming into the Business through the assessment centre process is significantly higher than before we used these techniques.
Frank Holden, HR Director, G4S Electronic Monitoring
Charles was very supportive to the HR team at NG Bailey during a time of change and transition. He created and ran a series of change management workshops which were professional, thorough and engaging and very well received by the delegates. They helped to draw the individuals further into how they could contribute to make the change process as effective as possible.
Neil Lancaster, Director H R transformation, N G Bailey Ltd
FD /NED SEARCH ASSIGNMENTS
The shortlist they (Ashley Hoyle) produced was high calibre and we selected John Sutcliffe, a strong technical and cultural fit for our organisation. It was a challenging project because Ashley Hoyle was also tasked with finding 2 Non-Executive Directors. We were delighted with the outcome and recognise AH as a valued business partner.
Jamie Boot, Chief Executive Officer, Henry Boot plc
NED / BOARD LEVEL RECRUITMENT
Henry Boot plc has undertaken several very successful assignments with Ashley Hoyle aided by the in depth knowledge of the business that Roger Hoyle developed through that process. I have enjoyed working with Ashley Hoyle. They provide a bespoke effective service and are particularly adept at candidate management and we are delighted with the Non-Executive Director candidates they have introduced to the company.
John Sutcliffe, Finance Director, Henry Boot plc
SEARCH & SELECTION 2
Ashley Hoyle understood our requirements and sourced some strong candidates against a challenging specification. They were at all times professional and their consistent support through the process was much valued. I would have no hesitation in recommending them for executive search.
Sue Webster, Chairman, pro.manchester
Charles has trained the international HR team in competency design techniques which has been very useful in building their skills threshold. His communication style is down to earth and easily understood by all and the training was informative and highly practical.
Paul Milner, Global HR Director, PZ Cussons International Limited
SEARCH & SELECTION
Ashley Hoyle provide an outstanding service for both candidates and businesses alike. I have worked with a number of executive search and select businesses, but none have provided a better, more client focused approach than Ashley Hoyle.
Chris Morris, Managing Director, LateRooms.com
We chose to work with Ashley Hoyle on a critical senior appointment that we feared might be difficult to fill due to some quite exacting requirements on our part. We were delighted with the outcome. They took time to understand the company, guided us in refining the recruitment brief to focus on the core competencies and characteristics, and then speedily identified a well-qualified shortlist. They listened to us, kept us up to date with progress, and most importantly, kept our preferred candidate on-side as we went through a quite extensive due diligence process. I would have no hesitation in asking for their help again.
Chris Simpson, Chairman, EcoLogicLiving Limited
OBJECTIVE ASSESSMENT / JOB GRADING
We used Ashley Hoyle recently to help us with a complex project developing an objective assessment method to grade roles within our organisation. Charles Fraser acted as our consultant and his expertise in assessment methods and statistical validity have enabled us to create a tool, that is not overly bureaucratic but that meets all our criteria. We were delighted with the service, Charles’ support and his flexibility and more importantly with the outcome, a fair method of assessment that is transparent and fully reflects the value of different factors with our business. I wouldn’t hesitate in recommending Ashley Hoyle to anyone who was looking for a professional service using experienced consultants.
Laura Wander, Group HR Director, Freedom Finance Group
MANAGEMENT TEAM RECRUITMENT
Ashley Hoyle have worked with Speedy for a number of years now and have been intrinsic in a number of strategic hires as the management team has been built to support the company’s growth. We have enjoyed working with them and are delighted with the calibre of the individuals that they have brought to Speedy.
Mike McGrath, Commercial Director, Speedy Hire Plc
BOARD LEVEL / SEARCH
DxS commissioned Ashley Hoyle to conduct a search to find a Chief Operating Officer at a time of rapid growth in the Company. It was a challenging assignment given both; the dynamics within the existing team and also with the investors. Ashley Hoyle dealt with those issues with a degree of sensitivity that made the acceptance of the final candidate a lot easier. In terms of the process itself the candidates identified were of a high calibre. I felt that Ashley Hoyle went the extra mile in terms of the overall process.
David Evans, Chairman, DxS
Ashley Hoyle’s excellent network within the financial and professional community was of real benefit to us in identifying the ideal candidate to head up our Manchester office. They also added a great deal of value in terms of helping us to clarify our candidate brief and their ideas and suggestions go well beyond the usual scope of an executive search consultancy.
Richard Morley, Director, NBGI Private Equity
“I have used Ashley Hoyle to recruit for several key appointments within our business. They are discreet, efficient and produce quality short lists that fit the given brief. They do a better job than I could do myself, are faster and better value (and I don’t say that very often). It is worth giving them a try.”
Bernard Burns, Chief Executive, William Sinclair Holdings Plc