Client Services

Carlyle has a proven track record of placing exceptional people in senior, specialist, Director and Board roles across the UK. We partner with corporates, FTSE listed and SME businesses across multiple sectors, acting as consultants and trusted advisors in the selection and placement of key talent and teams. In addition to finding top-level management and leadership, we deliver strategic market insight and specialist advice, helping clients to achieve, and exceed, their business objectives.

Retained Search


Carlyle’s approach is uniquely partnership orientated. We collaborate closely with clients to source the best talent for each placement. We work in partnership during each stage of the Search and selection process, virtually integrating with our client’s business to understand and effectively meet its unique needs. Having absorbed their business vision, strategic objectives and culture, we clarify our client’s priorities and deliver an accurate and compelling message to a targeted talent pool.


Carlyle provides a flexible approach to Search, with each assignment led by an experienced Partner and managed by a dedicated team of Associates and Client Delivery Managers. During the initial stages our team works closely with the client to establish Search parameters based on their specific needs, agree the best methodology and define communication and reporting procedures. Once the client is satisfied with the preliminary process, we approach the market and our network with focus, accuracy and a professional, consistent message.


Carlyle employ a rigorous approach to Search, ensuring only the best talent is considered for selection and interview. Our comprehensive methodology includes conducting detailed internal and external research and providing benchmarking candidates to ensure consistency with client expectations. Throughout the process, we connect with our extensive contacts and referral networks, develop new leads and provide market insight and talent advice. As the shortlists evolve we conduct all screening interviews and manage the selection process right through to the final offer, acceptance and onboarding stages. We can introduce psychometric profiling, participate in final interviews and presentations, offer constructive feedback throughout the process and play a key part in package negotiations as required by the client. Once an offer has been made and accepted, we help the candidate adapt to their new role, providing relevant advice and supportive follow-up.


Carlyle is highly experienced at sourcing talent for critical and mission specific interim roles across a wide range of business disciplines and sectors. Our extensive network of professional contacts covers key areas of expertise and experience, enabling us to quickly source and place suitable candidates. We can source specialist interim teams across a range of functions, partnering with clients to bring together the best talent with the right skill sets and compatible attitudes. Our services can also include identifying potential skills gaps before they occur and sourcing interim talent during the course of a Search.

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, Former Managing Director, Menzies Aviation

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

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,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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