Having been recognised by Best Companies as the best SME to work for in the East Midlands, Nottingham-headquartered recruitment and retention consultancy, Macildowie, has welcomed the return of former employees Joanna Riley and Jo Garside, bolstering the company’s dedicated executive search team.

Jo Riley re-joins the consultancy as business director of Macildowie’s CFO and Finance Director Practice, specialising in headhunting Executive Board Level Finance Leaders across the Midlands.

Having previously worked for Macildowie for nearly ten years, between 2003 and 2012, Jo has since headed up executive search teams at various East Midlands agencies.

Jo Garside also returns to the consultancy after 14 years, having previously worked for Macildowie between 1997 and 2009. Also joining the Executive Search team, Jo has taken up the role of Executive Search Associate.

With a focus on the Midlands, Macildowie’s Executive Search team has helped businesses to hire into crucial leadership positions for almost 30 years. Using a layered vetting methodology taking sector, technical, behavioural and motivational fit into account, the multi-faceted approach is tailored to exacting requirements to match businesses with the very best candidates for executive roles.

“At Macildowie one of our greatest strengths is our culture – recognised by achieving the highly coveted three-star world-class, employer status by the ‘Best Companies To Work For’ for the seventh time,” said James Taylor, CEO of Macildowie. “We understand that maintaining a fantastic culture for our own employees drives them to produce amazing results for our clients. It speaks for itself that Macildowie has been awarded the much coveted ‘World Class’ status every time we’ve entered the Best Companies accreditations.

“The two Jos, Riley and Garside, have both seen how Macildowie has evolved and continued to grow whilst enhancing our strong and dynamic culture, a key aspect of what drew them back to us,” Taylor added. “It’s rare for any business to have employees return, so it’s a great privilege to welcome Jo and Jo back, helping us to develop the next stage of growth for our Executive Search business. We are excited to see what they can achieve and wish them both the very best for the next chapter of their Macildowie careers.”

Managing director of Executive Search, Richard Haaker said: “It can’t be overstated how important it is to find and retain strong, effective leadership. We know that businesses rely heavily on individual leaders who can devise, develop and deliver a vision – and we know the importance of getting it right the first time.

“We are extremely proud of the Executive Search team we’ve built, bringing together the best recruitment experts who are passionate about helping our customers to find the perfect executive candidate, in doing so also helping them to achieve their strategic goals. What we do is crucial and often helps to elevate our client’s Leadership Team to the next level. With this in mind, we’re thrilled to welcome back Jo Riley and Jo Gardside to the business, bringing a combined 25 year’s worth of knowledge and experience to the team. It’s fantastic to see Executive Search growing and we’ve got an exciting year ahead with some great projects in the pipeline.

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