2-Way Commitment

We believe that good business comes from treating people the way you like to be treated yourself. So we’ve developed a Charter which encapsulates what our clients can expect from us and also what we expect from them. It’s this mutual respect that delivers the best possible outcomes for our clients, our candidates and for us.

Unrivalled Sector Knowledge

No other executive search company has more relevant, senior, specialist knowledge of the media and marcomms industry. This unrivalled expertise, and our unique Conker Capability Criteria , gives our clients and candidates the very best chance of unleashing their potential.

Daren:

20+ years as Agency MD & CEO.  IPA Fellow, co-created IPA Certificate, Graduate from Babson Business School, Agency of the Year x 8, Top 20 Sunday Times Best Company to Work For, Chair of the Campaign Media Awards, Event Speaker, NABS Mentor and Ally of The Black British Network, Token Man.

Liz:

20+ years as Agency CEO, B2B.  Co-authored LinkedIn pay gender parity initiative,  Mentor for NABS, WACL & IPA, WACL Member, sitting on Comms & Voice Committee and Member of NABS Stranger than Summer committee.

Rachel:

20+ years client side.  Qualified Coach and Marketing Week’s Mini MBA Graduate.  Former Treasurer of ISBA and Non-Executive Director of Newsworks, WACL Treasurer and Associate of Future Dreams.

Charlie:

20+ years across Creative Agencies, Charity & New Business leadership.  Mentor for NABS & WACL. Chair of Notting Hill & Ealing High School and awarded Change Maker for Brixton Finishing School.  WACL member.

Unique Purpose and Behaviours

We are driven by one desire – to help businesses and individuals to succeed and thrive.

This frees us to behave in ways not commonly associated with executive search.

We don’t place candidates to ‘do deals’, so we can always act in the interests of both parties.

“Decisions relating to the hiring and development of talent continue to be some of the most important and difficult ones to make. The team at Conker inject experience, integrity and creativity into that process in a way that makes them a trusted and valued partner of ours.”

Tim Pearson
CEO, OMD Group UK

 

“To say I’ve been a client and partner from Conker’s beginning doesn’t do the relationship justice for me. I trust them implicitly. Their integrity and the relationships they build make them the new standard for executive search and talent businesses.”

Ewen MacPherson
Group Chief People Officer, Havas UK

We don’t answer to shareholders, so we can create models and ways of working that suit different requirements.

“Finding an external CEO is challenging at the best of times but when COVID struck two weeks into our search, you could forgive anyone for slowing down. Not Conker. They slipped effortlessly into a new way of working and we had our new CEO signed up ahead of schedule.”

Katherine Almond
Non-Exec Chair, Route Outdoor

We have always held a deep-rooted belief that a fairer talent mix and wider perspectives create better results, which is why 50% of our placements are from under-represented groups.

“The primary essence of business has been to fulfil a need in society, but how can we serve a society that we are not adequately representative of? Conker strive to engage people from a variety of cultures and backgrounds, which gives me confidence that their dedication to improving the state of things for this industry will play a key part in supporting the change we need to see.”

Cephas Williams
Founder, 56 Black Men and Black British Network

 

“Talent is the thing that makes our industry unique, and creativity is founded on diversity, so it is so refreshing to know that Conker, who have a vital role in the circle of accountability for equality, have put diversity front and centre of their values. We all have a part to play and its great to see them in the driving seat.”

Dino Myers-Lamptey
Founder, The Barber Shop

The new world economy will be based on these values and they are front and centre to our approach.

“Their generosity in supporting NABS was brilliant but so was the approach. Our role needed to blend empathy and leadership – Conker is uniquely placed to see those qualities.”

Diana Tickell
CEO, NABS