“IRC Global Executive Search Partners lead by Paul Knight has successfully supported us at Bibby Financial Services several times with senior recruitments in various countries. The most recent one being a challenging Country Managing Director position in Hong Kong where HR and the hiring manager were both based elsewhere. Paul managed the remote search efficiently and managed to present us with really high calibre candidates in a short amount of time and supported the process in an extremely professional yet down to earth and pragmatic manner. We were thoroughly impressed by the quality of service and the shortlisted candidates and will definitely work with IRC going forward.”

Nina Forsberg HRD Europe and Asia Bibby Financial Services

“I had the pleasure of working with IRC as a candidate and I was more than satisfied with the quality of the service they delivered, particularly the service I received from Paul Knight.
Paul did a very good job of guiding me through the process and I was very pleased with the level of communication between us, the professionalism he showed and knowledge of the organisation he had. It is clear that Paul has a passion for placing the right candidate with the right client.
I will not hesitate to use IRC in the future as I believe their understanding of the client and candidate’s needs is palpable.”

Celeste Du Plessis, CFO, BACB

“As you assume more accountability, you get to interact with
recruitment firms on a regular basis. Most often the interaction is as
the recruiter but at certain times in a career, you become the
candidate. I've just made what I hope to be the last move of my career
thanks to Paul Knight at IRC. The process took time - because
matching candidates and firms should take time - but throughout the
process I was struck by how candid Paul was and how this
helped manage my expectations. The key to this was how well he
knew the firm and how well he knew the individuals involved in
the hiring process. The difference is that Paul clearly acts as a
partner, not just a service provider.”

Richard Burrows, Treasurer, BACB

“From the first meeting, IRC UK demonstrated a professional and effective approach to the process of recruiting our new Managing Director UK. The process itself was of high quality, with outstanding result. We don’t hesitate to recommend IRC UK to others.”

Dag-Adler Blakseth, Managing Director/Group CEO, Element Logic AS

“I really appreciated the highly professional approach from IRC and Paul Knight, from start to finish Paul ensured I was updated around how the process was going and what the next stages would be etc.
Paul had a very good understanding of the company, the structure and values of which were needed for the search. He also spent a number of hours with me to understand my background and ability to make sure he put forward the best candidates.
I’m 2 months into my new role thanks to Paul matching us together and loving it!”

Christine Blackburn, Head of Operations, BACB

“Paul has been a valuable partner on a senior recent hire. What stands out with Paul, is his deep knowledge of the industry, the market and our geographies. What I have valued, is Paul’s ability to listen, keep me updated and the insight into the different candidates. The service has been efficient, with expectations managed every step of the way. Paul acts with the highest level of integrity at all times and working with him has been a refreshing agency experience!”

Kam White, Head of HR Partnering, Bibby Financial Services Ltd

“We are an early stage, listed, automotive business. As the business scales up and matures, our people needs change. Against this background, IRC UK helped us in a key executive replacement search. It is not always easy to attract high-level candidates, with secure career paths in large Companies into the world of early stage, complex technology, high risk – high return. Nonetheless IRC “came up trumps” with a very strong short list where all the candidates had relevant strengths and all wanted to work with us. Furthermore, as a listed Company, confidentiality was crucial and throughout the process there was not a single leak. We were delighted with the process and would work with them again.”

David Bundred Chairman Surface Transforms plc

“I have been impressed at the quality of the candidates identified by IRC UK. Our most recent hire is an outstanding fit for both the role and our firm; this reflects the thoroughness of your research and understanding of our business.”

Paul Robinson, Group HR Director, Arup

“When we engaged IRC UK on a critical search, (a senior Operations role in our largest Financial Services account), it was with an acute sense of urgency.

We had already been looking for some six months or so, without success, and beginning to wonder what more we could do to identify and attract the right person. However, within a few short weeks, IRC UK had taken the assignment, built a comprehensive profile of the ideal recruit, and developed a long-list of no less than 30 appropriate candidates!

Working closely with my management team, they helped us filter this down to a shortlist of 8 to undergo panel interview. The quality of the candidates was outstanding – we had real difficulty narrowing them down and making a selection from the final 4, (though, from previous experience, this was a GREAT problem to have!) In due course, our new recruit arrived and it quickly became apparent that we had struck gold; he on-boarded quickly and easily and has already started delivering on our pre-employment expectations.

All-in-all a fantastic service from the folks at IRC UK; professional, efficient, considerate, courteous and, overall, highly competitive from a pricing perspective. Most importantly, of course, is that we landed a great addition to Business Process Services!

My grateful thanks to the entire IRC UK team – I look forward to working with you again on our next key recruitment ….!”

Steve Hendry, COO, Business Process Services, Atos UK

“Paul Knight's approach to selecting candidates is very professional and imaginative. In addition, he was always responsive, collaborative and he invariably showed an interest in the end result, throughout the recruitment process. The highest recommendation I can make is that Paul’s commitment to the candidates is yet another admirable quality. ”

Jean Francois Kouassi, Directeur Général, British Arab Commercial Bank

“BACB have worked with IRC UK over recent years with great success. In 2015 we partnered on a project to source an Office Head for our new Cote d’Ivoire office, and succeeded in finding not just an excellent candidate to fill the role, but also filling the ‘number two’ role at the same time. IRC UK provided detailed lists of potential candidates located in different parts of the world including Africa, and conducted telephone and Skype interviews. The candidate reports were thorough and the follow up arrangements for interviews were seamless. We also found the business model cost-effective, and will be using IRC UK to work with us on other projects in the future.”

Derek Joseph, Managing Director, Human Resources, BACB

“We have been delighted with the way that you have carried out this search and found us such an outstanding candidate, plus others who came very close in the process. Please accept our thanks for the very professional way you have handled our assignment.”

Peter Maskell, Chief Executive, BHSF Group Ltd

“I still struggle to believe how IRC UK managed to find a unique specialist for the position as our new UK Managing Director. But they did.

Process was excellent, result even better!

Our best recommendation!”

Peter Thomsen, CEO, Consignor Group

“Excellent service. Not only did they systematically take us through the recruitment process painlessly, but they also provided us with some high quality candidates. We have been able to fill our CEO post and we feel confident that we have the best of the best available for our organization. When time is at a premium, the effectiveness of the services offered by Paul and his team is invaluable.”

Peter Dent, Founder and Chairman, Edwards Trust