History

Established in 2002, Carlyle is an independent Search and senior recruitment practice with national and global reach. Our team of professionals bring over 100 years’ of combined experience in sourcing and securing executive talent for permanent, interim and advisory roles.

Recognised as Leaders in Talent, we partner with clients and candidates across multiple business disciplines and markets. Examples of sectors and disciplines we regularly undertake assignments within include: Financial Services, Digital & Technology, Professional Services, Property & Construction, FMCG, Sales & Marketing, Manufacturing, Legal, Finance, HR and Change & Programme Management.

Professional collaboration is the cornerstone of our service, with our established professional networks and partnership based approach setting us apart in our marketplace.

Our Partners and Associates have extensive professional networks built up through decades of working across senior level appointments. We are highly effective at leveraging these networks to match clients with the candidates best suited to the role and to their business. A significant proportion of successfully placed candidates come through referrals from partners in our networks. Our established professional connections also enable us to rapidly source interim solutions for critical roles and mission specific assignments.

The effectiveness of our collaborative approach is consistently demonstrated by the high levels of repeat client engagement we enjoy. Of the clients we partner with, 75% go on to work with us again within 12 months. We enjoy intimate long-term relationships with many of our clients, partnering with them on a variety of assignments as their businesses develop. We share the commitment of our clients and candidates to their long-term success and work closely with them to achieve their ambitions, building lasting relationships to meet future objectives. Every client is distinct and every brief unique, so we tailor our services, delivering a bespoke, focused and flexible methodology that meets specific needs throughout the Search and selection process and evolves as required.

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The Team

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Vision & Values

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Our Services

As a candidate I was impressed with Carlyle’s professional and highly competent approach. Throughout the entire process the consultant team were highly responsive and knowledgeable, which meant I was confident in the robust nature of the selection process and was clearly guided through every stage. I would not hesitate to recommend them and would work with them again in future.

Philip Hogg, Managing Director, Bancon Homes

As a candidate, I found that Carlyle offered a professional, helpful service throughout the entire Search process. From their first contact with me through to the offer stage of the Search, I found them to be extremely responsive and supportive. The entire process was run in a timely, efficient manner and I would have no hesitation recommending them or working with them again.

Malcolm Fleming, Head of Public Affairs, People’s Postcode Lottery

Having a partner in this field who takes the time and effort to really understand your business and drivers is a valuable asset. These guys do exactly that and deliver a professional service every time.

Mike Welch, Founder & CEO, www.blackcircles.com

Making the right choice when selecting an executive Search partner is critical.  The appointment is always of high importance and you need to have confidence in the approach and delivery.  I have engaged Carlyle a number of times, across multiple leadership assignments in varying disciplines and geographies and I always had complete confidence that Carlyle would not only deliver, but work in partnership with the business leadership and HR through every step.  Their approach was based on solid methodology and rigour, but more importantly they demonstrated a great passion and commitment to finding the right people.  They are a credit to the profession.

John Wallace, former Head of Resourcing, Barclays

As a candidate I found the level of support and consistent communication throughout the Search process to be 10/10. My main contact within the Client Delivery team was highly professional and an absolute pleasure to work with during the process.

Cherrelle Skinner, Flow Hospitality Training

Axcess Financial was looking to relaunch its business following a strategic review and we were looking to appoint a number of senior people to key roles. I had previous experience working with Carlyle associates in my own capacity as a candidate, so they were the natural choice when it came to seeking advice on building my senior team.  I was especially impressed with their innovative and tailored approach and how quickly they understood our key requirements. The success of their approach resulted in a number of senior appointments being made, enabling the business to move forward significantly over the last 18 months. I would have no hesitation in working with the Carlyle team again.

Paul Court, Managing Director (Europe), Axcess Financial

Carlyle operates a professional and personal approach to Search; offering us the ability to work with a Search partner where we get attention from the top, but at the same time, big company expertise and reach. Their professional attitude, attention to our specific needs and consistent communication ensured a smooth Search process. I would highly recommend them and would not hesitate to work with them again.

Forsyth Black, Managing Director, Menzies Aviation

I have worked with Carlyle as both a client and a candidate and found their service offering to be excellent in both regards. Unlike other agencies they offer a genuinely bespoke headhunting approach, with Associates who are extremely knowledgeable about the sectors they work within, as well as personable to collaborate with on a Search. In my experience they always put forward exceptional candidates who have been carefully screened and matched to both the role and the company. I would recommend them as an expert Search partner and would work with them again on future roles.

Chris Golland, CF10a, Head of CASS & Middle Office, Aviva

Having engaged with a number of similar companies, I found Carlyle to have a proactive approach to Search and the team easy to work with. During my application process I was impressed with the team’s attention to detail, comprehensive knowledge of the marketplace and ability to maintain a good balance between handling client and candidate needs. They provided consistent, timely support throughout the process and I would be happy to work with them again.

Andrew McKerracher, Head of Planning & Supply, Scottish Salmon Company

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