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"Kathy has worked hard to find us two suitable candidates, kept in touch with progress and helped us out in challenging circumstances.

Peter Richards, Moving on Durham



"Working on a Finance Business Partner opportunity was made easier with the support of Emma Smith.  We worked to timelines, she has market knowledge to keep us on track and nothing was a problem. The calibre of candidates and the mix of what she showed us was welcomed. Emma carried out a vast search for us to reach her shortlist. She has clear communication and is not shy when it comes to chasing us up for info or updates which is not a bad thing as she is managing the candidate experience. Thank you Emma."

Gemma Shoulder, Bede Gaming


"Katie has always been very supportive for our appointments, she is a great communicator, keeps me updated with progress and managed to again fill the position. Thank you."

Mark Lyon, Vocare


"Erica was a fantastic support to us in our recent recruitment exercise. She was helpful, friendly and professional throughout. Her knowledge and experience was second to none and made each part of the process easy. I would highly recommend."

Scott Edgar, South Tyneside Homes


"First class. My contact was professional at all times and more importantly responded to all the challenges during an extremely long and drawn out recruitment. We got there in the end thanks to Nigel Wright!"

Neil Wrigglesworth, Walker Filtration

"Lisa was knowledgeable (in terms of market, candidates, skills, etc), operated efficiently and was a consummate professional throughout the multiple searches I entrusted to her. Finding good senior candidates during a global pandemic was never going to be easy but Lisa tackled the searches with vigour, pace and applied a range of creative methods to help us secure the key talent we needed for our continued growth."

Lisa Davies, Walker Filtration 


"Sue and Shona were great! Delivered to agreed timelines with great candidates and were very responsive – all with a smile.”

Robbie Taylor, Fenwick


“We reached out to Niamh after being unsuccessful in securing an appointment for a Payroll Advisor for a maternity cover, we were confident we would fill. Niamh took the time to understand our complex business, our team dynamics and what the role truly involved. She set expectations from the beginning that the market was tough at present with what we were looking for, however, we were keen to progress. Within 48 hours we had 3 virtual interviews scheduled, which we appointed a fantastic candidate. The candidate was not passively looking and we would not have them without Niamh's support.

Thank you again, and here’s to a great working partnership for the future”

Natalie Henson, Head of People & Culture at Changing Lives


“I have worked with Nigel Wright across my career, 3 businesses and 3 very different sectors and have always found the service exceptional and professional.  The fact that Sarah and Lisa have taken time to understand our business and the challenges we have, ensures that we are only presented with candidates that fit our brief.  This not only means that we are getting a great service but also, candidates are too  If you are looking for a new role, it can be frustrating being put forward for a role only to find out at interview that it’s not suitable.”

Thomas Swan


"Given that this was a tight deadline you listened, understood the requirements of the role and managed to find a good selection of candidates.  Katie, you have been very polite, friendly, professional and responsive throughout, which has contributed significantly to the success of the recruitment process."

Mark Berry, Finance Director at Parmley Graham Ltd


"This has been the first time we have used Nigel Wright to assist us in our recruitment process and we have been very pleased with the outcome. We were looking for a Chief Financial Officer and we wanted to attract the very best candidates from across all sectors, but as a school we felt that our normal recruitment routes could limit the field. From the start Charlotte Owen from Nigel Wright gained a very good understanding of what our requirements were and worked with us to develop an attractive offer and selection process. The outcome has been everything we had hoped for and we were able to select from an exceptional field of candidates."

Mr S Haigh, Headteacher at Whickham School and Sports College


"Very impressed with the service from Nigel Wright, great candidates at a competitive price. They really helped me out over the busy December payroll period with a quality placement.”

Jim Woodlingfield, Newcastle College Group – 9/10


"In looking to recruit a new Personal Assistant they immediately sourced a high quality field of candidates allowing us to make an excellent appointment.”

Kevin Clifford, Crossling & Co. – 10/10


"Charlotte Owen has been great to work with and is always available to answer any query.”

Kerry Steen, The Linskill & North Tyneside Community Development Trust


“I have worked with Nigel Wright for many years while being employed in various organisations and they have always demonstrated professionalism and great understanding of business needs. The team are very responsive and always able to source quality candidates in a competitive market.  I can highly recommend Nigel Wright to other organisations looking for a reliable recruitment partner.”

Magdalena Rutkowska, CMR UK


Erica has been brilliant to work with on both sides, as a candidate myself and when looking to recruit a new member to my team. She's understanding and proactive, but never pushy. I can't fault the service I have received.”

Joanne MacLauchlan, Silverbean


“Excellent communication from the start of the process through to the candidate’s start date. Throughout the process we constantly talked in terms of the relevant skills I was looking for; opinions were exchanged from both sides which helped when deciding on the correct fit for the job. ”

Gerard Brockley, Interflex Group


“After a conversation with a mutual contact about EuroDrive’s ambitions to appoint a Head of Risk & Regulation, I was introduced to Mark Dale as a consultant focussed on professional services at Nigel Wright. Although we were in the early stages of shaping the role Mark took the time to come and meet us at our offices and discuss the current climate, available talent on the market and various methods of recruiting for a strategic and niche appointment. 

After helping us define the role, within a short space of time, Mark was able to act as our brand ambassador and describe our vision and the longer term ambition of our business to the candidate marketplace. His work meant that a relevant, local and available candidate was attracted to EuroDrive as a business, resulting in a successful appointment.

I’m confident that, should we need such support again, I would return to Mark and Nigel Wright in the future.”

Chris Hodgson, Commercial Director, Eurodrive Motor Finance


“The level of engagement at the beginning is excellent and means that when candidates are supplied you know they are going to match your criteria. This level of initial involvement and understanding has always proved to be very successful as both a candidate and a recruiter.”

Trevor Austin, Rotary Power


“Nigel Wright provide a high level of professionalism and insight, a good understanding of the job markets and candidate suitability as well as being flexible and patient in supporting clients”

Colin McLauchlan, Homes England


“Nigel Wright was recommended to me as the best recruiter to partner with for Executive Level appointments. The strength of that recommendation, together with Nigel Wright’s extensive regional networks, were key reasons why we chose to partner with them on this assignment.

This was a key appointment for Beyond Housing at a critical moment in our journey. The new CFO would share the ambitions of the leadership team and demonstrate enthusiasm for the opportunity to help build a new brand. Change and integration would define their first 12 months, and candidates required experience operating at the senior level within this context. We were also keen to attract people from the North East as well as Yorkshire.

Nigel Wright helped us shape the CFO brief. Our shortlist included people from across the North East and Yorkshire. Though the successful candidate was based in North Yorkshire, they actually worked for a local authority in the Midlands. We’re delighted to attract such a high-calibre individual.”

Rosemary Du Rose, Chief Executive, Beyond Housing


"Having worked with Nigel Wright for several years, I find their service to be professional. They work hard to engage with the client, always providing a personal touch in order to build the relationship and ensuring they can match the best candidate for the role."

Stanley Black & Decker


"Our Group Finance Director appointment was critical for Gentoo following a challenging period and several new leadership appointments. We chose Nigel Wright due to their impressive regional network, national search capability and the consultative and transparent process they outlined.  We were very pleased with Nigel Wright’s service delivery, they did exactly what they said they would, communicating with us regularly throughout each stage of the process to ensure our leadership stakeholders were fully informed with the right level of detail.  Our final shortlist of candidates was comprehensive, diverse and matched the key elements of our challenging brief.  We ultimately reached the point where we were able to choose between several appointable candidates and we are delighted with our new Group Finance Director. We have just recently successfully worked with Nigel Wright again for some Non- Executive Board appointments."

Executive Diector Corportate Services, Gentoo Group


"Our initial conversation went really well, I felt Katie understood exactly what I was looking for in just a few questions. I was really pleased with the quality of the candidates sent my way, their CVs were all very attractive."

Reporting Manager, Balfour Beatty


"Mark took the time to really understand our requirements for the role so when he suggested a candidate, I knew they would be credible and worthy of serious consideration. He kept us fully informed of the candidates’ thoughts between interviews and managed the whole process very effectively."

UBS Wealth Management


"We received a prompt, professional service and would not hesitate in using Nigel Wright again in the future."

Mike Meynell, Managing Director

I have worked with Nigel Wright Recruitment as both a candidate and a client. The service received in both instances has been extremely friendly, polite and professional. Other companies I have worked with do not make you feel as if you have any value as an individual, you are just another commodity and they rarely listen or try to understand your requirements. It's almost as if they know better than you do.  Not so with Nigel Wright recruitment personnel.  On each  occasion  they have taken the time to understand my needs and skill sets both as a candidate and a client. I would have no hesitation in working with them again.

Lee Thomas

Carroll & Meynell

"The consultants took the time to visit our site and understand the company’s needs. This made the selection of candidates much easier to manage."

Stephanie Hodgson, HR Manager, Greencroft Bottling 

"High quality assessment and shortlisting of candidates"

John Devall, Water Director at Northumbrian Water Limited


"I am consistently impressed by the level of professionalism demonstrated by the consultants at Nigel Wright."

Jolene Middleton, Recruiter at Northumbrian Water Limited

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"Amazing in terms of speed of delivery and the quality of candidates."

Jonathan Smith, IT Director at HC-One Ltd. 

"I found the recruitment consultant to be quick in terms of getting up to speed on the requirements and thorough in making sure that I was happy with the profiles supplied.  Helpful and feedback was wanted and work achieved was swift and comprehensive, with an obviously positive outcome."

Rosamunde Willis-Read, Head of Standards and Compliance at HC-One Ltd.


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"Nigel Wright’s consultants understood what I was looking for, not just in terms the skills, but also personality and culture fit. Translating that understanding into an effective national search, they matched my expectations by delivering the right candidates for the jobs. “They showed expertise by sharing market insight which tested my thinking on certain aspects of the assignment. Significantly they recognised that none of us has time to waste these days and, as promised, delivered two strong shortlists which made our final decision difficult. “Communication wasn’t too much or too little. Weekly updates were complemented with additional calls, only when something needed confirming. Messages were always concise and clear. The result? We appointed two great people.”

Heather Ashton, Executive Director of Resources at Thirteen

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"We used Nigel Wright to identify and source a Fleet and Procurement Coordinator - throughout the whole process they excelled in their communication with myself, were able to identify and short list multiple candidates against the criteria as agreed and ultimately identified our new recruit.

We will have no hesitation to call on Nigel Wright should we need such assistance in the future."

Gary Kinghan, Procurement Team Leader, The Priory Group


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“I’ve worked with Richard Morgan on several senior executive appointments at IHC over the last few years and enjoyed a lot of success.  He has taken the time to understand our business and its needs, as well as get to know the people in our organisation.  This means he always knows, exactly, the required personalities of the individuals we want here, and all the operational and strategic requirements of the roles he’s working on. His communication is excellent too and a good fit for how we like to work. He doesn’t bombard us with calls and emails, but rather asks our preference for how and when we want communication and then sticks to that agreement. He’s very responsive and keeps me in the loop; I’m never left waiting to find out the progress of an assignment.

Richard takes the pressure off the recruitment process; his shortlists always contain individuals who fit our requirements and we rarely need to ask for additional candidates or to review longlists again. Our most recent appointment was for a new Financial Director. The successful candidate has offered IHC a breadth of industry experience, adding value to our business."

Jane Hudson, HR Manager at IHC Engineering Business Ltd

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“We initially approached three agencies to discuss a Finance Director vacancy at The Port of Blyth. It had been a long time since we had recruited at that level and we needed make sure we got the right person. We selected Nigel Wright because of its long-standing reputation and expertise. We were also impressed by the lead consultant’s market knowledge and offer of a ‘added value’ approach. This was a challenging assignment. We needed an FD with a unique skill set as well as ‘cultural’ affinity with the leadership team and ways of working here at the Port.  Nigel Wright shortlisted six strong candidates who matched what we were looking for. The documentation submitted helped inform our own interview process. This was all done within a very tight schedule and demonstrated complete understanding of our business needs.”

Martin Lawlor, Chief Executive at Port of Blyth

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"Nigel Wright provided an excellent service to Draeger; myself, the MD and Regional Heads were all very impressed with the level of knowledge and specialist skills demonstrated during the project. The brief was presented very well, sense checked with us and the results were two very strong candidates to choose from. The consultant went over and above their duties in terms of taking calls, ensuring the candidate was very well versed with Draeger and liaising with myself out of hours in times of need. They immediately built a rapport with our internal team and for the time they were working with us, it was as though they were a Draeger employee. I would have no hesitation in recommending Nigel Wright to work on a brief."

Head of HR, Draeger 



"In our rural locations, finding quality candidates locally has always been difficult. We engaged Nigel Wright through a retained search model which has enabled us to attract talent from inside and outside the region, with Mark Dale marketing our Armstrong Watson brand , delivering a consistent message about our company and our vision and values.

This has enabled Armstrong Watson to action their growth plans and allowed us to continue providing excellent service to our clients.

Mark’s timely communication and approach whilst managing simultaneous requirements has helped create a relationship based on trust which we hope to continue."

Head of Audit & AssuranceArmstrong Watson Audit Ltd

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