Latest news from Directorbank

4 February 2020

Directorbank appoints new Director to strengthen its North West team

We are delighted to welcome a new consultant to our UK team. Mike Avis will be based at our Manchester office and will focus on providing executive search services to entrepreneurial companies across the region as well as supporting our Private Equity clients through his local knowledge and reach. He will also further develop our Board-level candidate network in the region.

Mike has extensive experience in C-Suite search and selection with a successful career spanning 20 years. He joins us from Tindall Perry Partnership where he delivered executive, non-executive and senior finance appointments for a range of clients across the SME landscape, both nationally and internationally.
George Heppenstall, Director, comments:
“Mike is a hugely experienced and well connected search professional with an impressive track record and a solid network in the North West. He is the ideal person to strengthen our presence in the region, which is a significant territory for us, and we are delighted to have him on-board.”
On joining Directorbank, Mike Avis comments:
“I am excited to be joining Directorbank. The business and team have a superb reputation within Private Equity and the wider mid-market and I’m looking forward to working with them to extend their North West exposure.”

Mike Avis, Director
T. 0161 509 3508

20 January 2020

Summary of Activity 2019

A round up of our 2019 successes and achievements –

As we begin a fresh year, we’d like to share some of our achievements from the past 12 months including a selection of appointments. Here’s to a good 2020!

To view click on the following link – Directorbank_Summary of Activity 2019


10 December 2019


Directorbank Germany celebrates 10th anniversary –
In 2009 Directorbank launched its German practice in Frankfurt, Europe’s second largest financial centre behind London. Headed up by Dorothea Kronenberghs, our Executive Director Europe, the practice set out to offer a tailored, board-level recruitment service to Directorbank’s growing German Private Equity client base and establish a strong network of executive and non-executive talent across Germany and the DACH region.

Roll forward a decade and Directorbank Germany contributes around 40% towards Directorbank’s total business revenue and our reputation as a trusted search partner is cemented in the German mid-market Private Equity community. We are also widely recognised as the go-to point for entrepreneurially-minded, proven directors and senior managers looking for new challenges and opportunities.

“I’m very proud of Directorbank’s growth in Germany over the last ten years – the talented team we’ve built, the brand recognition we’ve developed and the trustworthy relationships we’ve established with Private Equity clients, entrepreneurial managers and board directors. We look forward to continuing our growth journey and helping our investor clients create value and build successful businesses as well as supporting our candidates to find outstanding entrepreneurial opportunities.”

Dorothea Kronenberghs, Executive Director Europe

6 November 2019

Directorbank awarded Cyber Essentials Plus accreditation

Directorbank has received ‘Cyber Essentials Plus’ accreditation demonstrating that we have adopted the best practices in cyber security.

What is Cyber Essentials –

Cyber Essentials is a government-backed scheme to encourage organisations to adopt best practices in their information security strategy. It helps guard them against common online threats such as hacking, phishing and password guessing and helps protect the confidentiality, integrity and availability of data stored on devices which connect to the internet such as desktops, laptops, tablets and phones as well as all server and networking equipment.

How did Directorbank gain the ‘Cyber Essentials Plus’ certificate –

By demonstrating that our IT is suitably secure and meets the strict requirements set out in the Cyber Essentials framework. This covers 5 themes – firewalls, secure configuration, user access control, malware protection and patch management. Following an independent assessment of our security controls by a Certification Body (including an external and internal vulnerability scan) Directorbank was upgraded to the tier 2 level – ‘Cyber Essentials Plus’ status.

Benefits of the Cyber Essentials scheme – 

  1. It has provided us with a strong framework in which to review our internal security and made us fully question and test all aspects of our IT infrastructure and systems. As a result any potential weaknesses have been highlighted allowing us to put robust measures in place to overcome them.
  2. It protects us against common threats – the Cyber Essentials certification provides peace of mind that our defences will protect us against the vast majority of prevalent cyber-attacks.
  3. It reassures our clients/candidates/contacts by demonstrating that we take the security of our systems – and the integrity any personal data stored within them – very seriously.
  4. It supports our commitment to GDPR. 


Should you have any further queries regarding Directorbank’s approach to cyber-security, please email Ian Street, our Head of IT and Data Protection, at