What People Say – Some Testimonials

Our Track Record Speaks Volumes

Some kind words from a few former Clients and Candidates  –


“I have worked with Harry for over 15 years. He has been a great source of high potential finance talent unlikely to be on the radar screen of the bigger headhunters. This has made a real difference to the quality of my finance teams.” – Stephen Gleadle (former CFO, Regus Plc; CFO, Lastminute.com; CFO, Synstar Plc)

“I have worked with Harry Chryssaphes on several occasions and have always been pleased with both the way he approaches the task and the results achieved.” – Gary O’Brien (Advisor to the Board at Bailey Montagu Executive Search; former Group Finance Director, Signet Group Plc; former Deputy Group Finance Director, The Burton Group Plc; former Deputy Managing Director and Finance Director, Max Factor UK Group)

“I’ve used Harry as a Search Consultant a number of times in different companies. Harry always delivers a carefully considered short list, and has helped me with Senior roles and with mid-level roles. He both delivers what we want, and tests our assumptions based on his enormous experience of the market. In my experience, he is better than the “big” search firms.”– Richard Townsend (formerly HR Director, Civil Aviation Authority; HR Director, DHL Global Information Services) 

“I have known Harry for many years on a number of assignments and have always found him to be highly professional, creative and absolutely in tune with the issues surrounding the appointment. I would not hesitate to recommend him.” Ian Fleming (Group Finance Director, Currie & Brown Ltd; former Finance Director, Chesterton International; former Group FC, George Wimpey Plc)

“Harry is highly professional, taking great care to understand not just the skill set requirement for assignments, but the culture and chemistry matches that make for recruiting successes. He takes personal interest in those he places and their careers.”  – John McElligott (former Director, Corporate Finance & Financial Analysis, BT Group Plc)

“I have known Harry since 1984 and, as well as having been introduced into a CFO assignment in 2003, have used him many times for FD and/or FC search assignments within the various clients in which I have worked over the years. His detailed appreciation of the financial and treasury sector together with his extensive personal network and his in-depth knowledge of its professionals is amongst the best in his field and his thoughtful and thorough approach to his work inspires confidence in those who work with him. He tends to source viable and enthusiastic candidates more expediently as he has often known them well for a considerable period over their careers, and this accumulated experience is not often seen in the larger search firms.” – Simon Poulton, (Business Recovery, Turnaround and Corporate Finance Practitioner – a member of the PricewaterhouseCoopers and KPMG Turnaround Panels, the Deloitte Executive Network and the Institute For Turnaround). www.simonpoulton.com

“I have worked with Harry for more than 30 years either as a colleague or a client and known him for even longer. He has a brilliant mind, a strong character and a deep & generous sense of humour. Harry listens carefully to client requirements and has a highly effective way of identifying the person who can perform the required role. He is mission driven – and will achieve the end objective whatever difficulty he encounters on the way.” Peter Robin (former Senior Director, Internet Business Solutions, Cisco Systems; former Chief Executive, Evolution Plc; former VP, European Financial Services Industry, IBM Consulting; former Partner – Financial Services, Coopers & Lybrand Management Consultants). 

“Harry is a consummate professional. He knows his market very well and provided a selection of good candidates in a tight time-frame producing a first class result.” – Richard Timmins (CFO of Alexander Mann Solutions; former Group Finance Director, Polestar Group; former Head of Finance & Business Services, Watson Wyatt; former  Director, Financial Planning – Thomas Cook Group).

“I’ve known Harry for many years and he has provided me with a lot of useful advice & support as I’ve sought to advance my career. I have also used his executive search capabilities to recruit senior finance managers into my team and I have found the breadth & depth of his knowledge in this area of expertise to be first class.” – Andrew Prosser (Finance Director, Health Care Division, Care UK; former Integration Director, AllianceBoots Plc; former Finance Director, UK Retail at AllianceBoots Plc).

“Harry has been very supportive as my career has developed, having known him for over 25 years; and he was instrumental in placing me in my first interim assignment as CFO of Esporta. I highly recommend him as an advisor who keeps himself well-informed and connected.” – Andrew Hall (Chief Financial Officer, Praesepe Group; former Group Finance Director, Talarius Plc; former Group Finance Director; Blacks Leisure Group Plc; former Group Financial Controller, Whitbread Plc).

“As Finance Director of DHL’s Global IT Division I asked Harry to find senior finance managers to strengthen my team and improve my succession planning. Harry provided several strong candidates enabling me to fill the positions required. The service was excellent, including follow up afterwards to ensure that both the appointed candidates and I were satisfied with results.”  – Jeremy Young (former CFO, DHL Global IT Solutions; former Chief Operating Officer, Bibendum Wines Ltd).

“I first met Harry when he was working on an assignment for Norwich Union (where he placed me as Group Strategy Manager). I’ve always found him knowledgeable about the market-place and well networked (he found me a very high calibre Strategy Manager when I was Strategy Director at Zurich Financial Services). He’s also been a useful sounding board for discussing my career choices.” Kevin Jones (former Director, Group Strategic Development, Ecclesiastical Insurance Group; former Commercial Director, Trading – UK Commercial, Royal & Sun Alliance Plc).

“Harry is a hands-on recruiter with an excellent understanding of both functional requirements and personal fit who achieves effective results.”  Robert Smart (former Chairman, County Hotels Group Plc; former Corporate Development Director, International Leisure Group Plc; former Finance Director, Intasun Holidays).

“Highly recommended in sourcing senior (Director level) financial hires.” – Pauline Ball (former Resourcing Director, Capita IT Services; former Head of Resourcing, DHL Global IT Solutions).

“Having worked with Harry over a number of years, both as a candidate and client, I can commend Harry’s ability to assess a client’s requirements and source high calibre candidates that compliment both the skills and personalities of existing team members. I look forward to working with Harry again in the future.”  Richard Lee (former Finance Director – Corporate, Liberata Plc).

“I have known Harry for over 25 years in a professional capacity and we have retained his services on several occasions. As a firm we have always been highly satisfied with the thorough and professional approach adopted in connection with assignments – particularly in the context of recruitment in the financial services arena.” Nick Archer (Partner, Director of Fund Administration, CVC Capital Partners). 

“I have known Harry for a number of years in both his current business and previous entities. He has always been thoroughly professional and has been extremely thorough in every piece of work undertaken. I’ve been impressed with candidates he has introduced and I have appreciated the support he gave when I have been seeking a new role.” Paul Massey (former Client Director/Head of Actuarial, Capita Life & Pensions; former Corporate Finance Director, Liberata Plc; and Director. Actuarial & Finance Services, Liberata Plc; former Managing Director, Clerical Medical International).

“I have known Harry for around 20 years, initially when looking for a new position myself and latterly as a client looking to recruit top calibre staff. Harry must be one of the leading headhunters in his field. He is very good at matching the needs of both the client and the job hunter.”  Owen O’Donnell (NED of Rank Group Plc; former CFO of Ovo Energy;  former Chief Financial Officer, Betfair Group; former Director, Finance & Performance, Pearson Plc).

“Harry is a true professional. He knows his market and he goes out of his way to achieve results. I have worked with Harry as both a job seeker and now as a CFO of a business and in both aspects I do feel Harry has integrity and a real drive to get the job done.” Nick Wright (Finance & Commercial Director, Welcome Break Group Ltd; former Chief Financial Officer, MyTravel UK; former Finance Director, Whitbread Restaurants).

“Harry helped me to switch careers into a more challenging general management role in a different industry. He helped me through a difficult decision, which certainly benefited my career. We have remained in touch for almost 20 years since and I am happy to recommend him.”  Neil Munz-Jones (Author of “The Reluctant Networker”; former Director of Trade, B&Q and Director of Programme Management, Kingfisher Plc; former Managing Director, Caradon Friedland).

“I have worked with Harry over a number of years, and found him to have both an in-depth knowledge of the market and an engaging presence. I would happily recommend his skills.”  – Peter Youngs (Chief Operating Officer, Blake Morgan LLP; former Chief Financial Officer, Financial Objects Plc; former Group Finance Director, The Body Shop International Plc; former Group Financial Controller, De La Rue Plc).

“As a job seeker, I have found that Harry has taken care to propose only well-matched roles and has kept me well-informed and provided very good feedback during the process. He is very good at keeping in touch – I have now known Harry for over 25 years. I recommend him highly.”  Iain Garden (former Finance Director, Fisher Outdoor Leisure Ltd; former Finance Director, Chartwell Land – Kingfisher plc; former Finance Director, Time Retail Finance – Kingfisher Plc).

“I have known Harry for over 20 years, initially responding to a job advertisement in the FT. Even though I was actually offered the position, I never took it up! However, Harry’s impartial advice was excellent, so much so we have maintained contact ever since. I would not hesitate to recommend Harry.” – Andrew Large (CFO, Compass Group North America; former Partner, The Infinite Group; former Group Finance Director, Cornfield Holdings; former Finance Director, Nichols Foods; former Commercial Director, SSP Restaurants – Compass Group Plc).

” I first met Harry over 20 years ago when he was running Chryssaphes Flammiger and I can recommend him as a true professional with a deep understanding of the recruitment market. Perhaps, most importantly, I have always found him to be honest and impartial with a straightforward manner.” Ian Mackie (former CFO, Certas Energy – Division of DCC Plc; former Chief Financial Officer, Spicers Group / D.S. Smith Plc; former Divisional Finance Director, Dairy Crest Plc; former Finance Director, Europe – Wincanton Plc).

“I initially met Harry over 15 years ago when looking for a new role. He placed me at Synstar Plc as Group Financial Controller. I was impressed with the professional and focused service and have no hesitation in using Harry as a client to recruit into senior finance positions.” Alex Job (Director, Shared Services & Reporting, Hertz; Director, former Director, Financial Accounting & Reporting – Hertz Europe; former Group Financial Controller, Synstar Plc).

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