The fdu team has been instrumental in delivering Candidates of the highest quality who have hit the ground running and been crucial to our ongoing success: thoroughly professional, providing invaluable consultancy throughout the recruitment process. We will certainly be working with them again in the future.

Ellen Gormley, Director of Financial Planning and Analysis

Company: Bitfury

Sector: Technology

We had tried to recruit our new Finance and Operations Director ourselves and interviewed twice without appointment. With hindsight, we should have gone straight to fdu as the quality and the speed they got Candidates ready for the interview was impressive. We appointed and are already seeing a real impact of the successful applicant that fdu forwarded – a testament to the calibre of the field and also the whole process provided by fdu. Thank you.

Giles Scoble, Headmaster

School: Aylesbury High School

Sector: Education

What I get out of fdu’s approach is trust, their good network, a good candidate and – crucially – respect for my time and management’s time.

Karen Slatford, Chairman
Company: MYCOM OSI
Sector: Technology

fdu helped us build our finance team quickly. Great talent on their books and wonderfully efficient and helpful team to support you. Highly recommended.

Alex Smilansky, Co-Founder & CEO

Company: Mayku

Sector: Technology

fdu impressed from the outset. They worked with us closely across the whole process, helping us think about issues like role title, salary banding, job expectations and interview process.

fdu took the time to really get to know us and what we needed, and kept us regularly updated on the progress of the search. In the end we were presented with an excellent field of candidates, all of whom were highly appointable, allowing us to find and appoint a first-class candidate to the role.

fdu have shown their passion and dedication for getting this right, taking the time to check in with us and the appointee a few weeks and a few months later to make sure it’s all worked out.

Their work is a testament to the value of a good search process. Without their support we’d failed to find any credible candidates, with it we had the luxury of choosing between several outstanding candidates to find the one who would be the best fit for The National Mathematics and Science College.


Dr Andy Kemp, Principal
School: National Mathematics & Science College
Sector: Education

A top 10 global accounting firm introduced me to fdu. fdu were thorough in their scoping process and spent the right time to make sure that they understood Midrex’s global proposition and the local office technical requirement. I am based in the US and travel extensively, so it was crucial for me to feel comfortable enough to trust the chosen Associate and be able to build a successful working relationship at a distance. fdu supported me for over a year and I was delighted with the service. The implementation was quick, and the aftercare, both formal and informal, was regular. The mark of success came 12 months down the line when we smoothly transitioned fdu’s Associate directly into our workforce. For global firms looking for support on the ground in the UK, I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend fdu’s services.

David Hamilton, Global Controller
Company: Midrex Technologies
Sector: Manufacturing

Caroline adapted to the SSTL culture and Board very rapidly. She works well with all the Board Directors and offers clear, constructive and timely advice. I consider Caroline to be an important member of SSTL’s Board and value highly the services she provides on behalf of fdu.

Matt Perkins, CEO

Company: Surrey Satellite Technology

Sector: Technology

I was recommended fdu by my colleagues in London. Good quality finance professionals who not only have the experience but the energy to roll up their sleeves and get stuck into the details, which is essential for fast growth VC backed companies like Soundcloud. Finding the right person can be challenging, especially when you’re in San Francisco and the base of the operation is in Berlin. David did a great job at a key time for Soundcloud.

Mike Volpi, Partner

Company: Index Ventures

Sector: Technology

fdu spent the time with us to get under the skin of our requirement and really understand what we were looking for. As a company with the highest standards we expect our employees to be the very best in their field, and fdu combined a real passion for their work and a strong attention to detail to make finding our needle in the haystack look very easy

Simon Masters, Head of Recruitment

Company: Trayport
Sector: Technology

Initially we worked with fdu to fill a strategic part-time FD role, then very soon afterwards to recruit two full-time team members. fdu matched suitable candidates to our business need and culture to ensure the process was speedy and the outcome as we’d hoped. Today our Finance function is stronger than ever and we will continue to work with fdu as our needs grow.

Zoë Steventon, Managing Director

Company: Infectious Media

Sector: Technology; Advertising

fdu’s assignment was very complex and timescales were tight. Against this challenging backdrop, fdu remained professional and supportive of achieving the right outcome for us as clients throughout. I would have no hesitation in using fdu again or recommending them.

Paul Galvin – Finance Director UK & Ireland

Company: Compass Group

Sector: Leisure & Hospitality

It’s never an easy task to secure a really strong list of candidates that match a client’s expectations for a senior level FD role, yet fdu did just that through their exhaustive and comprehensive evaluation and understanding of our business. Their astute partnering with us throughout the process enabled us to secure a candidate of the highest quality.

Chris Rodman, VP & MD, Topps Europe

Company: Topps

Sector: Retail

Having used fdu in the past, when faced with a very short notice requirement I went straight to them again.

We developed the requirement together and fdu presented ten potential candidates. From a standing start this was a fabulous result and we shortlisted to a handful for the interview process. Final interviews were handled superbly and we employed a wonderful candidate whom I am almost certain we would not have found by simply putting out an advert.

Not only was the administrative burden removed but there was huge value added to the whole process by employing a professional organisation to ‘find the right person’ rather than the normal process of us posting a job advert and hoping that person finds us. All this was done during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic as well.

Top marks to fdu for a thoroughly professional service from a team who made me feel like I was their only Client!

Bob Pearce

School: Pipers Corner School

Sector: Education

We have now worked with the fdu team on multiple levels over the last two years. Navigant’s global capability in D&I is second to none and the collaborative partnership with fdu was originally created to enhance the D&I team’s reach on the international stage.

fdu has a great grasp of the key dynamics and challenges our D&I team face relating to the growth of the international practice and into the hiring of consummate talent. Our ability to represent global clients is underpinned by the abilities of the high calibre, entrepreneurial individuals we hire. fdu’s appreciation of our environment, and an excellent understanding of what motivates potential candidates, made fdu the perfect sourcing partner.

Throughout the life time of the project, leading up to a successful conclusion at the end of 2012, the fdu team was available and responsive, and drove process hard to obtain a good result for all parties. A deep knowledge of this niche market, strong relationship building, and rigorous project management make the fdu team stand out from many executive search players. I would have no hesitation recommending the fdu team when it comes to conducting critical, challenging senior level searches, and have already continued to enjoy the relationship in 2013.

Dan Dench – Head of Recruitment-EMEA and Asia-Pac

Company: Navigant

Sector: Professional Services

Having taken the time to fully scope out our needs with both Tyler Mangen and myself, fdu moved fast to identify the right Interim FD resource and implemented the Interim service on time and according to plan. Our chosen Associate set to work immediately on a series of objectives that had specific actions and timeframes. He completed all of these objectives within the timeframe set. He improved the systems which can easily be maintained, and very quickly became part of the management team, gaining respect from his colleagues and management peers. fdu’s Associate was fantastic; a friendly individual, but his management style was deceptively firm.

Simon Crompton, Managing Director

Company: Wirth Research

Sector: Manufacturing

Simultaneously managing two recruitment projects for us, fdu quickly delivered high calibre, technically strong Candidates – all of whom fitted perfectly into our quite unique company culture. They completely managed the challenge of recruitment for our team and delivered a great outcome, which has been further realised by the positive impact made on our business by the successful Candidates.

Hilary Culkin, Interim HR Director

Company: PAUL UK

Sector: Leisure & Hospitality

We engaged fdu initially based on a recommendation and have gone back twice since – their network and effective screening enabled us to speed up recruitment and focus our time on interviewing the right candidates.

Axel Thiemann, COO

Company: Sonnedix

Industry: Life Sciences

fdu have a really good grasp on what we are trying to achieve as a business and were very quick to come up with solutions that have been invaluable. They are professional, friendly and know their market inside out. Highly recommended!

Jonathan Shonn, Finance Director

Company: Deliverance

Sector: Leisure & Hospitality

fdu provided concise counsel and extremely efficient service throughout our entire recruitment process. Through their comprehensive understanding of our business model and recruitment needs, they distilled our requirements to find excellent candidates and ultimately deliver a great outcome.

Alex Sloley, CFO

Company: Triptease

Sector: Technology

The fdu Search team’s consultative manner throughout the engagement process helped shape the brief. The team worked with me and the out going Interim CFO to lay down a clear project plan and they stuck to it. The recruitment activity was smooth, and very quickly a high class shortlist of individuals was delivered. The problem free process culminated in David By grave accepting the position, after an effortless negotiation made easy by fdu Search’s involvement. We got a great result which was underpinned by a supportive experience.

Paul Caplin, CEO

Company: Caplin Systems

Sector: Technology

fdu supported me through the selection process and in the end we secured an FC who has added real value over the last two years. I would highly recommend fdu and I would have no doubt about using their services again.

Chris Spurgeon, Outsourced Finance Director

Company: Company of Cooks

Sector: Leisure & Hospitality

After spending many successful years with Proximagen, helping the company go through a flotation and subsequent sale, it was time for me move on. I needed to find a Finance Director to replace me – one that was comfortable operating within the SME environment but also appreciated the requirements of reporting to a large conglomerate. Proximagen had been sold to Upsher-Smith Laboratories, so there was a requirement of the new Finance Director to help the local management team run and grow the company within the confines of the parent company. In fdu I found not only a search partner that was able to comprehensively scour the UK market place within the relevant industry sector, but an energised team that fully appreciated the need for a strong cultural fit and a finalist Candidate who would be involved in managing the company. fdu’s timely and accurate advice made the process as seamless as possible, with great results.

James Hunter, CFO Venture Life (previously Finance Director, Proximagen)

Company: Proximagen

Sector: Life Sciences

Pivotal to the success of our partnership with fdu is the very strong relationship I have with one of its Principal, Scott Holland, who has developed an unrivalled insight into McMillan Williams’ operational structure and cultural identity. As a result, the service I receive is high quality, targeted, responsive and truly specialist. Scott and fdu have never failed to provide high calibre candidates that perfectly match our specific resourcing requirements. I have no hesitation in wholeheartedly recommending fdu when it comes to conducting critical senior level searches, particularly for our challenging specialised and niche appointments.

Dionne Allen, Partner, Director Regulation, People and Standards

Sector: Professional Services
McMillan Williams Solicitors

fdu has a strong understanding of the demands placed on the Finance function coming from being publicly listed in the US and has first-hand experience of building efficient operational processes that scale. A reliable partner offering a quality service I would recommend without hesitation.

Eric Ludwig, SVP and Chief Financial Officer
Company: Glu Mobile (nasdaq: gluu)

Sector: Technology

Whilst maintaining a high level of customer service, fdu group quickly brought us a selection of bright, ambitious and credible candidates all of whom lived up to our standards.

Sir Stanley Fink, CEO

Company: ISAM

Sector: Financial Services

Unlike other service providers, fdu quickly came up with a selection of Associates for me to choose from. Each Candidate was able to carry out the required duties but most important was the personality fit with the Abrams team. The whole process to secure the right Finance Controller was smooth and efficient. fdu remained engaged and accessible to monitor progress, and supported me and the Financial Controller. fdu coached me through the selection process and provided me with more face to face time than I had expected; a collaborative service provider. I highly recommend fdu.

Chuck Lang, Managing Director
Company: Abrams

Sector: Advertising, Media, Publishing

fdu’s help throughout the process has been invaluable, and, very importantly, I really enjoyed working with Adam Bloch and David Bloom. This won’t be the last role we are working on together.

Mads Jensen, CEO
Company: Sefaira

Sector: Technology

fdu have a really good grasp on what we are trying to achieve as a business and were very quick to come up with solutions that have been invaluable. They are professional, friendly and know their market inside out. Highly recommended!

David Liversage, Managing Director (People Development)

Company: Blue Phoenix 

Sector: Professional Services 

fdu do what they say – provide an outstanding double headed service. The quality of their Finance Director services is second to none and their attention to detail during the recruitment process was unique. fdu certainly stand out in what continues to be a crowded and competitive marketplace.

Finance Director
Company: Ping Pong

Sector: Leisure & Hospitality 

fdu tend to go the extra mile when it comes to understanding your requirements. Having sourced the right person to help our business, their flexible offering has enables us to draw upon specialist financial support as and when required. Sometimes this support needs several days input and sometimes just a few hours. This flexible support is ideal for a growing business like ours. I would strongly recommend fdu.

James Knight, Managing Partner
Company: Keystone Law

Sector: Professional Services

We were under some considerable pressure to complete some urgent statutory accounts and returns work in the UK for governance and tax reasons. The fdu team scrambled to get things done quickly and smoothly – a first class high touch service.

Iain Scorgie, President & CEO 

Company: MindsInSync

Sector: Technology

fdu’s Candidate had a range of skills and attributes that were simply a perfect fit for our company culture. The entire hiring process was completely tailored to our precise requirement – extremely thorough and efficient.

Adrian Murrell, Managing Director UK

Company: SilverHub

Sector: Technology

The FD hire is a key appointment for the Group, and fdu guided our faltering steps expertly and tactfully nudging us in the right direction from time to time when we were in danger of getting it wrong! I would have no hesitation in recommending fdu to another firm.

Martin Williams Chairman

Company: Edition Peters

Sector: Advertising, Media, Publishing