Testimonials

Although we provide a fully confidential and discreet service, we are very grateful that a selection of our clients have offered to provide a public testimonial. Please contact us if you would like further details of our service, experience or areas of expertise.

Investment Trusts

"The Board of Ediston Property Investment Company appointed Fletcher Jones to help recruit a Non-Executive Director for this relatively new property investment company.  Fletcher Jones provided us with a good list of candidates for quite a bespoke appointment, and helped us work through in a constructive way a lengthy process of interviews, culminating in a successful appointment.  We were particularly impressed by the level of 'hands on support' Fletcher Jones provided us with throughout the course of the recruitment process."

Robin Archibald, Non-Executive Director and Chairman of the Nominations Committee, Ediston Property Investment Company 

 

“This was the second NED search that Fletcher Jones had undertaken for the Board and this time the brief was to find someone living and working in SE Asia. They got up to speed very quickly and produced an excellent list of potential candidates for interview in Hong Kong.  The appointee is a Singapore based Australian, with exactly the skills and experience we were looking for.  I would have no hesitation in recommending Fletcher Jones for NED assignments, whether the Board is looking to appoint a UK or an overseas based individual."

Peter Arthur, Chairman, Aberdeen Asian Income Fund Ltd

 

“We appointed Fletcher Jones to carry out a search for a new independent Non-Executive Director. The mandate involved an extensive range of skills and experience in the context of accessing a diverse group of high quality candidates.  My Board was very impressed with the breadth and quality of candidates identified and with the results of the process.  Fletcher Jones carried out their assignment speedily and efficiently and I am very happy to recommend the firm to others.”

Donald Adamson, Chairman, Invesco Perpetual Enhanced Income Limited

 

“Fletcher Jones listened and were interested in our needs from the outset and sensitive to our expectations.  They proved to be very engaging yet thoroughly professional and delivered a strong candidate list.  It was a pleasure doing business with Fletcher Jones.”

Nick Bannerman, Chairman, Baillie Gifford Japan Trust

 

“F&C Private Equity Trust needed to appoint two new non-executive directors. The trust is a highly specialised company and clearly defined skill sets were required. Fletcher Jones produced a very high calibre long list from which it was very difficult to choose.  The board reduced the list to a short list of three any one of whom could have done the job. Final negotiations were performed by Fletcher Jones extremely efficiently and we now have two new directors, one of which is female, who not only complement the skills of the current board but who from a cultural perspective fit in perfectly to an extremely able and experienced team.  I would have no concerns about recommending Fletcher Jones to any potential client.”

Mark Tennant, Chairman, F & C Private Equity Trust


Mutual Sector

"Fletcher Jones have a knowledge of our sector which helped them to grasp the brief quickly for a Chair of Audit Committee.  They managed the recruitment very well throughout, did what they said they would do and I always felt informed and in control of the process.  At the end of the day they identified some very interesting candidates and we have an excellent hire who doubtless will bring a lot to this business."

Dick Jenkins, Chief Executive, Bath Building Society

 

“Fletcher Jones delivered on their promises by working as an effective partner in defining the brief, sourcing an excellent group of candidates and supporting us through the selection and appointment process to a successful conclusion.”

Mark Myers, Chief Executive, British Friendly Society

 

"I selected Fletcher Jones for the first time recently to assist us in finding a new Non-Executive Director.  Our brief to them was tight and very specific.  They were swiftly in tune with our requirements, produced an excellent list of potential candidates and communicated with exemplary thoroughness and accessibility throughout the process.  I will not hesitate in commissioning Fletcher Jones for our next senior appointment."

David Webster, Chief Executive, Hanley Economic Building Society

 

"We used Fletcher Jones to recruit a new Non-Executive Director, and their list of candidates was so impressive we took two!"

Rob Golbourn, Chairman, Scottish Building Society

 

"This was our first experience of using Fletcher Jones following a 'beauty parade' to appoint a search firm to find us a new NED.  Fletcher Jones did a sterling job in pulling together a long list of excellent candidates, the quality was such that we struggled to agree a short list for interview.  We would certainly use Fletcher Jones again and would not hesitate in recommending their services to fellow mutuals."

Andrew Horsley, Vice Chairman, Chorley Building Society

 

“I have been extremely impressed with Fletcher Jones throughout the process of recruiting a Non-Executive Director for The Exeter and would have no hesitation in using their services again and recommending them to others.”

Andy Chapman, Chief Executive, The Exeter


Financial Sector

"Fletcher Jones has assisted us over many years in the recruitment of a number of senior executives, most of whom are still with us.  We have been impressed with their ability to secure quality candidates from throughout the UK, for a number of specialised roles and look forward to continuing our long standing relationship with them."

Andrew Laing, Deputy Chief Executive, Aberdeen Asset Management

 

"Sarasin's Nomination Committee considered a number of options to help find a suitable NED to join its LLP Board. We concluded that Fletcher Jones offered the more bespoke service, which was closely aligned with our needs. The search and evaluation process was rigorous, culminating in a high quality short list from which we were able to appoint a seasoned professional who I'm sure, will add value to our decision making. I commend the team at Fletcher Jones for both a successful outcome and timely delivery of the project."

Gary Steinberg, Chair of Nominations Committee, Sarasin & Partners

 

“Fletcher Jones worked with us for the first time in 2016 on two key senior appointments for Speirs & Jeffrey of a Deputy Chief Executive and a Head of Compliance. I was very impressed with the quick, thorough, methodical and professional service provided. They grasped the nuances of the roles more or less immediately and produced some very impressive candidates matching our requirement. We are delighted to have filled both these appointments quickly. I would not hesitate to recommend Fletcher Jones to others."

Russell Crichton, Chief Executive, Speirs & Jeffrey

 

“Scottish Equity Partners have worked with Fletcher Jones for over 10 years assisting with appointments to our own team as well as investee company director appointments.  They are excellent to work with, develop a thorough understanding of the brief, have extensive coverage of the candidate population and provide a strong and competitive shortlist of candidates.

This year we retained Fletcher Jones on a search to strengthen our infrastructure investment team in London.  As always we were impressed with their grasp of the brief, coverage and professional pride evidenced in their team’s approach to the assignment and were delighted with the outcome.”

Gary Le Sueur, Partner, Scottish Equity Partners

 

"Fletcher Jones provided us with an excellent choice of candidates and a solution that has exceeded expectations."

Nick Barclay, Chairman, Thorntons Investment Management


Professional Practice

"Fletcher Jones worked with us in connection with the search for our first external non-executive director.  This is a key position for us, as the individual needed both to have impressive credentials and gravitas but also professional services experience, as this is our first external appointment.  Fletcher Jones exceeded our expectations, producing impressive long and short lists and guiding us effectively through the appointment process.  The end result was that the appointee, a former head of PwC's consulting practice in the UK, joined our Board and has already impressed the partnership and added considerable value to our decision making process.  We are very pleased with the result and the service and would not hesitate to recommend Fletcher Jones to others seeking a similar appointment."

Stephen Gibb, Chief Executive, Shepherd & Wedderburn

 

"Fletcher Jones excelled at understanding and interpreting our brief for a senior position and assisted the process at each and every step of the way, thank you."

Derek McCulloch, Partner, Head of Commercial, Gillespie Macandrew

 

“We set a tight, challenging brief in terms of the attributes of the ideal candidate we were looking for to fill a key role in our firm. This meant the likely appointee would need to relocate from a big city to a regional centre. Fletcher Jones filled us with confidence with their hands-on approach and the impressive short list prepared for us, which demonstrated they understood exactly who we were looking for. The candidates were not only of the prerequisite calibre, but also a good fit with our culture. We are delighted with our new partner.”

David Smith, Managing Partner, Henderson Loggie


Charities, Trusts & Education

We were delighted with the assignment that Fletcher Jones undertook for us.  We were originally looking for two trustees with specific briefs for each candidate.  The strength of candidate that was put in front of us and the knowledge that we would be looking for an additional trustee in the not too distant future meant that on the basis of the candidates identified we changed the mandate to make three appointments.

Ian Blackford, Trustee, Golden Charter Trust

 

“I am delighted to write this reference for Fletcher Jones, who were very professional, thorough and helpful in the process of appointing to the post of Head of College at Robert Gordon's College.  In particular, we valued the detailed work that was involved which was necessarily quite lengthy and time consuming. We were delighted with the result and felt that everything possible had been done to ensure that we ended up with the best person for our school.  I can genuinely recommend the firm, and look forward to working with them in the future."

James Hutchison, Chairman of the Governors, Robert Gordon's College

 

"Fletcher Jones took time to understand both our cultural context and operational requirements and delivered an excellent range of candidates that exceeded expectations."

Matthew Carpenter, Head of Finance/Company Secretary, The Salvation Army

 

“Laura conducted us through a process which none of us had previous experience of in a most professional manner.  What was at times a challenging and difficult process was made enjoyable and in the end very successful by her all round understanding of our needs.”

Roger Smith, Chairman of Council, Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland

 

“Fletcher Jones worked with SQA for the first time in 2017 carrying out a successful search, within a very tight timescale, for a Director of Business Systems and Transformational Change.

I was particularly impressed with the great tact, diplomacy and sensitivity in balancing some unusual dynamics and, despite a very challenging brief, achieved an excellent result for SQA.

The professionalism, attention to detail and persistence demonstrated by Fletcher Jones, gave me great confidence throughout the process.”

Maidie Cahill, Director of Corporate Services, Scottish Qualifications Authority