David Thew and Company


David’s approach to the search and recruitment process is distinctive and characterised by three core constituents of thorough briefing at each stage, candid feedback throughout the process and personal warmth. David placed me at TSO and I found his entire approach to be simultaneously highly professional and yet relaxed. David is commercially astute and very knowledgeable across the broad constituency of the modern publishing landscape.

David is characterised by high integrity coupled with a direct and honest approach and for those organisations lucky enough to secure his services he will deliver a select group of highly filtered and well prepared candidates

I have had the good fortune to work with David on many occasions over the last 20 years. I have yet to find anyone who can match David’s knowledge expertise of the information industry.

As a candidate as well as offering placements with leading firms, David has always provided exceptionally creative ideas about how my skills may be applied to different roles that I would not have considered. I would say rather than just a recruitment consultant David provides high value career advisory services to his candidates which have proved invaluable. I would gladly recommend David’s services to anyone in the information industry.

David is one of a rare breed, and I can say that from having being placed by David in a role, and by having had the benefit of his expertise in filling gaps in my own sales teams. His experience, commercial savvy, knowledge and expertise in anything related to publishing or broader information provision is a given. What sets him apart, and seems to be a rare commodity these days, is his forthrightness, honesty and integrity. He won’t put you forward if he thinks the match is not right, nor will he send you lists of candidates as stocking filler who have not been vetted and their merits duly considered. He is also a true gent, and a Charlton Athletic supporter, but for the latter he can be forgiven.

David recruited me from Britax-PMG to join Emerald Group Publishing Ltd.

David was completely profressional, probing, and incredibly thorough during two telephone interviews I had with him, and and real help in subsequent emails and phone calls.

David is well networked in the publishing industry and I would recommend him any senior executive search assignment.

Paul Cartwright Head of Commercial Operations at Emerald Group Publishing Ltd

David is a pleasure to work with and can always be relied upon to provide a first class service.

David contacted me regarding the role that I am currently employed in. We spent a lot of time discussing the role and what I was after to make sure that this was something that I would enjoy and be suitable for. David was able to answer all of my questions and was very professional and personable throughout the whole process.

David has always found good candidates to fit the brief provided

I’ve known David for a long time and have relied on him for recruiting consultancy whenever I’ve needed it. David is extremely knowledgeable about the Publishing industry, has a great deal of respect from many people and therefore provides a very high quality service to his clients. Your in very safe hands when working with David!

David identified some excellent candidates for a new role we had created, when I wanted someone who wasn’t necessarily “on the market”. He provided very detailed descriptions of the candidates and really took the time to understand what we were looking for. And we found a great new hire!

David approached me regarding a position I didn’t know existed, but which turned out to be perfectly suited to my skill set, interests and career path. He had a keen awareness of what I would bring to the role, and was able to provide me with the coaching, information and support needed to enable me to not only join a new company but successfully change sector and careers.

At all times David was communicative and clear, and was a vital part of the process. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend David to others.

I enjoyed working with David on a project to recruit a senior person in my team. He is straightforward and patient, both things much needed for what was a difficult task.

I have known David for over 15 years (Intelligent Resources & TFPL) and have used his services for recruitment in building sales teams and also for my own career development. David’s understanding of the Publishing industry and the requirements for each role is second to none. He has built up an excellent network of contacts over the years which stand him in good stead for finding that perfect candidate for any publishing role.

He also takes an active part in the Publishing industry especially at conferences or events and I have always found him to “go that extra mile” to satisfy the requirements for both the recruiter and the candidate.

I would not hesitate to call on David for all my future recruitment requirements and for personal career advice too. An avid Charlton supporter, I have tried on many occasions to convert him to the oval-shaped game but all in vain as he remains firmly in the Addicks camp.
David is, and always will be, my first port of call for all recruitment issues and even for a chat about the industry trends and I would not hesitate to recommend David to anyone looking to fill a position or trying to find a new challenge.

Stuart CooperVP Global BusinessColwiz

David has helped me tremendously and matched my profile to exactly the right type of companies. He has a great portfolio and is extremely supportive and effective.

Shariq AliBusiness DevelopmentKony Solutions

David tirelessly worked to get me the role with BBC Monitoring, for which I am eternally grateful. What makes him stand out from others is that he listens…David understood my skill set and matched it perfectly with the right role. Thanks David

Paul SandersSenior ManagerBBC Monitoring
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