Mark is responsible for the recruitment of professional services staff for clients based in the North East region & Cumbria, across all salary levels.
Typical assignments cover roles within accountancy practices, law firms and back office support roles for corporate clients, including company secretarial, compliance, risk and regulatory disciplines across both the public and private sector.
Mark is responsible for both permanent and contract recruitment, and due to the diverse nature of the desk, has experience of contingent and retained search recruitment processes.
Mark graduated from Stephenson College, Dunelm in 2005 with a 2:1, BA (Hons) in Sport, Health & Exercise, and has over 10 years experience in recruitment. After graduating he worked for IRG, a boutique research company based in North Yorkshire. Here he worked as a researcher providing candidate generation services to some of the largest and most successful national and international recruiters. Over the next four years Mark was promoted into a lead business development role.
In January 2013, Mark moved into recruitment consultancy, working for a leading global IT recruitment company, specialising in the Scandinavian contract market. He then joined the finance recruitment team at Nigel Wright in June 2014, working with North East based clients, providing mid to senior finance staff.
In July 2016, Mark took an opportunity to widen Nigel Wright’s service offering within professional services, with an emphasis on candidate generation and opening new markets whilst diversifying in terms of geography. Something which his varied and all round experience in recruitment to date should allow him to do.
Mark has recruited for a number of international clients including Sage Plc, Engine FM, Puig UK Ltd, Avery Dennison, Formica and Deloitte LLP.
Thanks to an introduction from Mark Dale at Nigel Wright, I was appointed Head of Corporate Finance at RMT. During an initial meeting with Mark, he took the time to understand my situation and long-term career aspirations. Confidentiality was paramount during this process, and Mark met my wishes exactly. He engaged with RMT and fed back to me beneficial information about their corporate finance activities and plans. My profile was also raised with RMT but done so without harming my professional integrity. Right up until I was placed at RMT, Mark acted as a key liaison and advisor ensuring the process met mine and his client’s expectations. I would have no hesitation in recommending Mark to anyone seeking a senior position in finance.
Michael Cantwell, Head of Corporate Finance, RMT
I cannot recommend Mark Dale high enough. He was the only recruitment agent who took the time to meet me at a convenient location and discuss about my career objectives. He always acted highly professional but in a friendly manner too and helped me secure a role which looks at my long term career objectives. I have had a lot of bad experiences previously with other agencies who were only looking for a "quick sale", without caring whether is the right job for you but Mark Dale and Nigel Wright as an agency definitely stands out by the level of professionalism and care they offer. Many thanks, Mark!
Mark was a great resource throughout the period I was looking for employment. Relocating to the North East was a difficult move, but Mark helped me understand the landscape and all the different organisations in the area. It is clear he not only possesses a deep knowledge of the area and the key decision makers within the investments sector, he is clearly well connected and has a personable touch I did not find with any other agencies. Always quick to reply to my requests and took the time to meet personally. Working with mark was very easy and flexible and I will continue to lean on mark as I go forward and look to further my connections, I know he will be there to help in any way he can.
The service I received through Nigel Wright Recruitment from Mark Dale was excellent. The initial meeting was very detailed, taking on board all of my needs and informative of how we would go about searching for a suitable role for myself. Mark kept me up to date with what practices were out there and who were currently recruiting, discussing with me first then putting me forward for anything he thought suitable for me. He kept in contact with me via telephone and email regularly so I knew what was going on. When I attended interviews Mark sent across as much information as possible and gave me a call to prepare for the interviews. He also give me a follow up call to see how everything had gone and communicated any feedback which always kept me positive along the process. I would definitely recommend Nigel Wright to anyone looking for a role in accountancy as I felt they were with me and helped me through the whole process and ultimately they found me the ideal role which i am very happy working in now.
Gemma Farrell, Practice Manager, DB Thompson
The process from start to finish was very smooth. My requirements were specific as I was only looking to move if the right opportunity came up in the right location. Mark kept in touch on a regular basis and communicated all suitable opportunities which together we either dismissed or took forward. Feedback after interviews was timely and Mark was always in touch the next day to see how it went. The position I now have met all my requirements and I would recommend Mark and Nigel Wright to any colleagues looking for their next career move.
I would highly recommend Nigel Wright as a recruitment company. They have a fast response rate and a generally very easy to deal with. It was a pleasure dealing with Mark Dale, he was super helpful and patient with me, answering any questions or queries I had with ease. Thanks again, and I would definitely use this company and Mark in the future!
It has been a great experience, and I really appreciate you going out of your way to find a vacancy that was not initially there! When I first messaged other recruiters they all just wrote it off as too far in advance, so I am really grateful for you making the effort!
A good sense of understanding of my objectives, aligned with a willingness to understand skills and therefore potential opportunities.
Friendly, personal and professional service.
Mark’s personal approach and punctuality in correspondence made him a pleasure to work with.
We worked with Mark on an Assistant Company Secretary post based in Newcastle. Mark came out and really took the time to understand the role, our requirements and also the feel of the Company and our culture. We were hugely impressed with the calibre of CV’s that came through – and after a very smooth process we appointed a candidate who actually exceeded the expectations of who we may be able to find in our area. All in all a very positive experience and we would happily recommend Mark.
Rebecca Griffin, HR Business Partner, The North of England P&I Association Limited
The service provided by Mark Dale has been far superior to that of any other search firms we have encountered before.
Andrew Robinson, Partner and Head of Agriculture for and on behalf of Armstrong Watson LLP
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 & Assurance, Armstrong Watson Audit Ltd
A very professional and discreet service, trying to bridge the gaps between two parties having open and continuous communications.
Mark was a great resource throughout the period I was looking for employment. Relocating to the North East was a difficult move but Mark helped me understand the landscape and all the different organisations in the area. It is clear he not only possesses a deep knowledge of the area and the key decision-makers within the investments sector, but he also is clearly well connected and has a personable touch I did not find with any other agencies. Always quick to reply to my requests and took the time to meet personally. Working with Mark was very easy and flexible and I will continue to lean on Mark as I go forward and look to further my connections, I know he will be there to help in any way he can.
Mark was a pleasure to meet; he asked sensible questions and provided good insight into the position, he also made me feel at ease during our conversation. On the whole it was very pleasant experience.
Pleased that Mark retained my details following our initial conversation and when his client reviewed their selection criteria, he came back to me straight away.