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Winston Johnson

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Leanne Spencer

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Now more than ever, leadership is critical – which makes the way you recruit your leaders more critical than ever too. Zachary Daniels Executive Search finds leaders who operate in the sweet spot between operational, commercial and financial mindsets. Drawing on 30+ years of senior appointment experience and with an impressive legacy of board level recruitment across a range of sectors including private equity, challenge us to find the leaders to help take you further.

Executive Search Recruitment for Clients

You’re probably in the process of transformation. Most organisations are. The success of the programme relies on the capabilities and qualities of the top team, where personal traits – agility, adaptability, leadership and the ability to complement a well-established team – matter just as much as strategic vision.

Finding the right person not only demands a meticulous search. It requires delicate negation to bring the appointment over the line. These can be tricky waters to navigate, but we know the way.

Executive Recruitment for Candidates

At this level, the decision to join an organisation (or not) can often rest on culture – the culture of your peers, the culture of the business, the culture of the non-exec board. It’s not about seizing any opportunity; it’s about judiciously choosing the right opportunity.

After years in executive search, we understand what really matters to senior leaders and the organisations that hire them, which is how we ensure that your next move will be the right one.

Why Zachary Daniels?

We’ve built our business on a simple mantra: it’s not about finding people to fill posts. It’s about finding the right fit. Nowhere is that more in evidence than in our executive search, which is why we look further and dig deeper to find exactly the right candidate. And that’s not all that sets us apart:

Beyond recruitment

For any board, there’s a crucial step to get right before you launch a search for your next NED, CEO or COO. Is the vacant role still the one you need to fill? Has the landscape shifted, driving a need for your top team to evolve? Does a change in corporate strategy demand a change in recruitment strategy?

Our executive search specialists are experienced in mentoring boards and can provide the insight and support to help you restructure successfully, so your recruitment exercise will be more successful.

The candidates no one else has

At executive level, exceptional tends not to sit waiting on a jobs board. Often, it requires a conversation to promote your opportunity and spark interest. But you can’t hold a conversation if you don’t know who to talk to.

That’s why we’ve spent more than a decade building a network of exceptional candidates who aren’t actively looking for opportunities, but who are open to exploring options. We’ll happily do a little discreet headhunting or run a bespoke ad campaign too.

Private equity recruitment

PE firms don’t recruit often or in high volumes, so every appointment has to be the right one. Our specialists are experienced in private equity recruitment and the headhunting required to deliver results.

Challenge us to challenge you

Bring similar talent together and you’ll have lots of individual brilliance but collective uniformity that can stifle creativity and innovative thinking. We understand that boards thrive best when they harness difference. So as we look to find the right people to fit your organisation, we’ll also accept the challenge of finding people with experiences, skillsets and approaches that offer your board something new.

These clients recruited with us:

  • BioteCH4
  • BMSI
  • Boundary Mill Stores
  • Buckfast
  • Centurion Safety Products
  • Crew Clothing Ltd
  • Ryman Stationery
  • Sandpiper
  • Schole
  • Theo Paphitis Retail Group

Executive recruitment delivers better results with ZD. Here’s how it works:


A conversation is an essential part of launching an executive search, because so much of what makes a candidate the right candidate isn’t going to be found in the brief. We’ll work with you to build a clear understanding of what the successful candidate will need to bring to the table.


Bespoke campaigns. Headhunting. Networking. And our own list of contacts, developed over years. It’s how we ensure our search unearths the very best candidates.

Assess & Shortlist

At the end of our search, we aim to find two or three exceptional interview candidates who’ll present you with a challenge: who do you choose when you’d happily say ‘yes’ to all of them?

Interview & Offer

We’ll put arrangements in place for interview and, when you’ve settled on your ideal candidate, we’ll carry out the delicate negotiations required to turn a candidate into a member of your senior team.

What executive roles do we recruit?

For clients across the UK and internationally, we help to make the biggest appointments easier. For candidates, we help ensure your next move is the right one. We’d love to help you.

Here are just some of the roles we’ve recruited recently:

  • Executive Chair
  • Non-Executive Chair (NXC)
  • Non-Executive Director (NED)
  • Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
  • Chief Financial Officer (CFO)
  • Chief Operating Officer (COO)
  • Chief Trading Officer (CTO)
  • Chief Product Officer (CPO)
  • Chief Marketing Officer (CMO)

What’s it like to work with us?

Find out from the people who’ve already worked with Zachary Daniels – check out our testimonials and find out more about our approach.

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Meet our Executive Recruitment experts

Winston Johnson

Business Director

07375 058 174

View Profile

Leanne Spencer

Business Director

07943 423 535

View Profile