What our clients say

This is what our clients have to say about the Walmsley Wilkinson experience.

Walmsley Wilkinson were highly recommended to me, as we had identified the need for 3 key hires arising from an organizational restructure to support the business in it’s next phase of growth. From the first meeting, it was clear that Linda and Taryn were absolute recruitment professionals. They took the time to understand the organisation, culture, strategy and roles, advising on levels and salaries where appropriate. From preparing Job Descriptions, to the detailed screening and shortlisting information provided on candidates, to managing interview schedules and offers, their service, communication and professionalism has been outstanding. It has been a pleasure to work with them and I highly recommend them.

Margaret Hopley
Finance Director

Chubb Fire & Security

We instructed Walmsley Wilkinson to undertake a confidential search and selection process on our behalf to identify a senior hire within our organisation. Their search activity was thorough, confidentiality was maintained throughout, and the shortlisted candidates were all relevant, possessing both the hard and soft skill sets we required. It was good to receive detailed insights on each candidate and to have the confidence that all the individuals who participated in our recruitment process were communicated with regularly and appropriately. The activity resulted in a successful appointment. Our experience of working with Walmsley Wilkinson has been a positive one.

Graeme Heanan
Director, Chubb Fire & Security UK

I have had the pleasure of working with the Walmsley Wilkinson team for the past 12 years. During this period of time I have been both an internal customer whilst at United Technologies Corporation and am now an external customer in my current role for Sherwin Williams Company. The relationship that I have built with the partners is one of trust, shared eye for talent and a focus on high calibre recruitment delivery. Linda and Taryn provide a quality service with a high level of customer care and a true want to understand the business context. The candidate care they provide is a strong extension of what we would provide via our internal resourcing team and that is key to protecting our brand in the marketplace.

Caroline Hudson
Senior HR Director - EMEAI, The Sherwin Williams Company

When seeking to appoint a Chair of our Board of Directors, we selected Walmsley Wilkinson as our executive search partners. This decision proved to be the right one as we were very pleased with the results, partnering support and communication levels. They provided a shortlist of relevant, screened and assessed candidates to our required timetable, bringing expertise and neutrality to our process. Taryn Wilkinson demonstrated an in-depth knowledge around our organisation and requirements, fully embracing our vision and goals and sharing our values. It was pleasing to be able to engage the services of a Lancashire-based business to deliver this key appointment for us.

Simon Gerard

Lifeways Group provide testimonial for Walmsley Wilkinson

Walmsley Wilkinson recruited me into my role as Group HR Director at Lifeways. Having enjoyed and been impressed by that recruitment experience, I had no hesitation in engaging Linda Walmsley to support me with senior hiring needs within the business. The senior leadership team and I, value her skills and experience and the recruitment business partnering she provides.
As a candidate I enjoyed the clear and structured process and the client insights provided by Linda, combined with her real understanding and honest portrayal of the role I was being interviewed for. In addition, the challenges and career path with the business were all clearly and honestly communicated. As a client I have been afforded expert support, working with a recruitment business partner who has identified and attracted several key members to both my HR team and the senior leadership team, providing me with the confidence that the talent project would result in a successful outcome. Walmsley Wilkinson are highly skilled in identifying talented people across all key business functions and importantly making sure each person involved in the process knows they are valued and will be treated with respect. I am happy to describe them as trusted business advisors.

Caroline Forty
Group HR Director

Collingwood Logo

I was introduced to Walmsley Wilkinson because of their strong reputation for supporting businesses with key senior/specialist talent at the point of significant growth.
This introduction has since resulted in a valuable and enjoyable business partnership as I have worked with Linda Walmsley and her team to identify several important senior hires for the group.
They have taken the time to understand the business, the sector and our market landscape and can therefore approach potential new team members in an informed manner. They are thorough and effective, and I have valued Linda's consistent contribution to our organisation. Their expertise also extends internationally, and this has been invaluable in recently helping us to attract a senior industry specialist based in Italy.
Linda’s ability to understand our unique requirements and identify candidates who not only meet, but exceed our expectations is impressive – not only in in their ability/qualifications/experience, but in their alignment with our company culture and values.
What sets Walmsley Wilkinson apart is the personalised approach they take throughout the entire recruitment process and the insightful recommendations they provide. Their transparent communication and timely updates keep us informed and reassured us that we are in capable hands. Their expertise has played a pivotal role in helping us secure top-tier talent, without doubt helping Collingwood Lighting Group to be successful in an ever changing, demanding business climate.
The key people they have helped us recruit have seamlessly integrated into our company, bringing fresh perspectives, innovative ideas, and invaluable expertise resulting in our business being better positioned for growth and innovation.
I look forward to continuing our successful partnership.

Joao Pola

I was conducting a confidential recruitment project for a senior executive role within the business and on the recommendations of a trusted colleague I approached Walmsley Wilkinson.
From the first meeting it was clear that my recruitment search was in good hands, they really took the time to understand the brief, our business, culture and respected how we needed to work within tight parameters and timescales.
Put simply, they did what they said they were going to do ie find us a new Finance Director for our growing and transforming business who reflected the exacting criteria outlined at the beginning of the process.
I, and members of my team, enjoyed the straightforward, timely communication and the support throughout the interview process provided by Linda and her team.
Our business is growing and therefore should we need any further senior or specialist team members we look forward to working with Walmsley Wilkinson again. For anyone looking for a high quality, professional service who really want to get you the right candidate I highly recommend Linda and the team at Walmsley Wilkinson.

Graeme Taylor

Leyland Holding company provide testimonial for Walmsley Wilkinson Executive Recruitmentf

Walmsley Wilkinson were recommended to me when we were seeking to appoint a Managing Director for the UK businesses. From our initial meeting, they were very knowledgeable and provided me with the confidence that they could successfully deliver on this key piece of recruitment for us. They listened and quickly understood our business needs, provided a strong, shortlist of well assessed, relevant candidates and partnered effectively with me and the international Board, throughout the process. This resulted in the successful appointment of our Group MD. Since then we have continued to work with Walmsley Wilkinson on other projects and would be very happy to recommend them.

Roger Swansbury
Group Finance Director

Linda is the rare talent acquisition professional who can manage volume staffing at multiple levels of the organization, c-suite appointments, and disciplined leadership of a team. Linda led the development of a UK-wide resourcing operation serving a 3000+ person organization achieving best-in-class performance within a global conglomerate. It is with this personal knowledge of her performance over a sustained period of time that I fully endorse Linda and her colleague Taryn to be the right partners to fulfil your talent needs.

Jim Girard
Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer, L3Harris Technologies

I first met Taryn and Linda when we worked together at United Technologies Corporation. As leaders of the internal recruitment division, my entity utilised their department’s services successfully on a number of occasions for sales and technical opportunities. Now, as Managing Director, at Kentec Electronics, I have again worked with them, this time via WW, to recruit a key management role for the business. Their commitment, understanding of the position, experience of our market, extensive network and ability to identity talented people has ensured a positive hiring result. It is a pleasure to work with this duo and I am happy to recommend their services.

Kevin Swann
Managing Director, Kentec Electronics Ltd & Global Head of R & D Hochiki & Kentec Ltd

Identifying talent for the business that ensures we have the right people in place is a critical, demanding, potentially resource heavy activity. This pressure is relieved when working with Linda and Taryn. I trust them to locate individuals with specialist skill sets, provide accurate insights for me and provide timely shortlists of relevant candidates. I value the detailed assessments that they also provide on each candidate and they always manage the process efficiently. They listen, understand, advise, action, work closely with me and my senior team to ensure a positive outcome for all involved. I am sure that we will continue to work together for many years to come.

Mitch Keene
Divisional General Manager, Lift & Escalator, Mitsubishi Electric Europe B.V.

I have no hesitation in recommending the services of Walmsley Wilkinson Associates. They possess many years proven talent attraction experience and I can imagine that any quality driven organisation would be happy to partner with such knowledgeable recruitment professionals.

Chris Seaman
Managing Director – EMEA at GTreasury

Having worked with Linda Walmsley and Taryn Wilkinson over a number years, I have witnessed them successfully deliver many recruitment assignments across a variety of specialisations. They possess in-depth talent attraction knowledge, with their search activity resulting in the hiring of many key individuals for United Technologies Corporation and its subsidiary businesses across UK & Ireland. Their work ethic is laudable and their integrity is without question. I would be happy to recommend their services.

Gillian Barton
Senior Director HR, EMEA& APAC, Shared Services HR Transformation at Otis Elevator Co

It is without hesitation that I recommend highly the search and selection services of Linda Walmsley and Taryn Wilkinson. Their professionalism, creativity and 100% customer dedication backed both by independent and in-house recruitment experience enables them to continuously outperform their industry peers. In UTC where outstanding performance at pace was a non negotiable, recruitment became a joy under Linda’s expert leadership. It is a pleasure to work with them both and I will have no hesitation in recommending their services again.

Sue White
People and Organisation Development - Omers Private Equity UK

I have known and worked with both partners of Walmsley Wilkinson for a number of years. More recently, this has been in my role of Chief Executive Officer, Envivo, where I have required assistance with a number of key hires in order to support the continued growth of the business. These roles have spanned from Director level to Operational and Specialist positions. My senior management team and I have really appreciated the supportive and inclusive way in which Linda and Taryn operate. They always provide very relevant candidates, invaluable insights and ensure deadlines are met. Feedback from new members of the team who have been placed by WW has also been positive regarding their hiring process. I would have no hesitation in recommending this business.

Paul Hainsworth
Group Chief Executive Officer, Envivo Group

Having gained confidence in how they operated in their previous corporate roles, I was happy to trust them with several key hires. They provide an experienced, safe pair of hands with the ability to act as extended HR team members. They saved me valuable time at a point when I had yet to build my own department and they consistently supply a diverse shortlist of talented candidates. They are passionate about what they do and their partnering style of working. Linda and Taryn are Walmsley Wilkinson. This is also a key aspect of their service offering. As a client you know exactly who you are working with and are assured of their commitment.

Tracy Noble
UK Human Resources Director, Alliance Automotive Group

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