Latest news from Directorbank

3 December 2018

Tim Robb joins Directorbank as Head of Consumer practice

Directorbank appoints Head of Consumer practice to strengthen team – We are delighted to announce a significant appointment within the business. Tim Robb joins our London team as a Consultant with a particular focus on the Consumer sector. He will also support colleagues in the Industrial and Services practices.

Tim started headhunting in 2012, and has completed many senior assignments across Europe in the Consumer, Industrial and Services sectors for high growth firms backed by VC and PE. Before joining Directorbank, he led the Private Equity practice at a global search boutique.

His career foundations are in people leadership. After a decade in the British Army, Tim joined an international management consultancy to lead their regional business in Eastern Europe where headcount doubled and revenue tripled during his tenure.

James Searby, Director and Board Member, comments:

“Tim is a strong addition to our team. His focus is to strengthen Directorbank’s Consumer practice and service the requirements of our clients in this sector through his knowledge, expertise and reach. We are delighted to have him on board.”

Should you wish to get in touch with Tim, please contact him on 020 7255 7940 or at

About Directorbank:

Directorbank specialises in providing executive and non-executive search solutions for private equity investors, their portfolio companies and other entrepreneurial businesses across the SME market.

We also offer a pre-deal recruitment service to our private equity clients, giving them access to our leading network of proven board-level directors with the sector expertise and PE understanding to support and accelerate a transaction process.


27 November 2018

PLACEMENT NEWS – CFO at Lawyers on Demand

Directorbank places CFO at Bowmark Capital-backed Lawyers on Demand.

Lawyers on Demand (LOD) is one of the largest and fastest growing flexible legal services businesses with ten offices around the globe, over 600 lawyers and consultants, and more than 500 corporate and law firm clients.

Over the past ten years, the business has transformed the way in which lawyers, consultants and legal teams operate, winning numerous awards along the way for creating different, smarter ways of working.

Shortly after Bowmark Capital completed their investment into LOD, Partner Tom Shelford approached Directorbank’s Simon Thomas to identify a proven CFO with experience in Business Services to support their growth plans.

Read the full case study here

“Simon instinctively knew the profile of the individual required and quickly identified a number of strong and credible candidates. As a result, we were pleased to be able to make the appointment in a short period of time from starting the search.”

Tom Shelford, Partner
Bowmark Capital

“Understanding our business and in particular the culture was going to be vital and Simon quickly grasped that. Once we got into the process, Simon was attentive, without being overly so, and provided an excellent advisory service through the appointment. We would not hesitate to use Simon and Directorbank’s services again.”

Tom Hartley, CEO
Lawyers On Demand

29 October 2018


Directorbank’s Frankfurt team places MD at HANNOVER Finanz-backed MOESCHTER Group.

MOESCHTER Group supplies customers from a wide variety of industries worldwide with products and solutions in high performance ceramics, dental ceramics and engineering plastics.
The company is headquartered in Dortmund, Germany. Read the full case study here.

“We are very satisfied with Directorbank’s performance in the recruiting process. After a detailed briefing concerning our requirements of a potential candidate, Dorothea and Pia quickly provided a short list of highly experienced and very suitable candidates. From the very first meeting, Thomas has been our favourite candidate. Directorbank was highly committed and showed an important positive contribution in the final meetings.”

Christian Lömker
Investment Manager

18 October 2018

Celebrating 20 Years in Business!

Last night, in honour of our 20th anniversary, Directorbank held a celebratory event at the Dakota Deluxe hotel in Leeds for members of our board-level candidate network and PE investment clients.

During the welcome address, board director James Searby reflected on our journey to date …

“In 1998 Directorbank launched from a small office in central Leeds. We fast-earned a reputation for adeptly sourcing board-level talent for the booming private equity market, at the pre-deal and portfolio stages of the investment cycle. Our mid-market client base grew quickly, and our innovative subscription offering gained traction granting PE clients access to our expert network of proven industry leaders.

During the recession years we realigned, opening up our executive search offering to privately-owned and listed SMEs wanting to augment their boards with experienced, entrepreneurial directors. We also expanded our role focus from the core positions of Chairman, NED, CEO and CFO to include critical directorships in Operations, Sales & Marketing, IT and HR.

Fast forward to current day and we have completed over 2,000 appointments. Our client and high-calibre candidate network has evolved, and notably our Germany operation has gone from strength to strength.

Importantly we have built a skilled team of consultants, researchers and support staff, most of whom have been with the business for a considerable length of time. In April 2017 this position was further strengthened when Directorbank’s Management Team completed an MBO taking 100% equity ownership from Nova Capital.

Looking to the future, our focus is to continue supporting our clients with comprehensive searches which unearth the best talent throughout Europe. We will continue to enrich our candidate network through expert research and personal networks ensuring we can react quickly and effectively for our clients. We will also continue to expand the Directorbank team, bringing in fresh talent who will keep the Directors on their toes for years to come!”

From left to right: Board Directors: George Heppenstall, James Searby, Dorothea Kronenberghs, Graham Jones and Simon Thomas

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