Latest news from Directorbank

15 October 2018

Directorbank supports Light Night Leeds 2018

Directorbank proudly supported Light Night Leeds this month, one of the UK’s largest annual art and light festivals. Over two nights, the city was transformed by creative artworks and performances from local, national and international artists to celebrate the theme of progress and innovation. The facade of Directorbank’s office at 2 Bond Court was turned into a playful light installation by Polish artist Daniel Kurniczak titled ‘The Bureauxx‘. 



4 October 2018

PLACEMENT NEWS – MD at LivingCare Group

Directorbank places MD at LivingCare Group.

The LivingCare Group is a privately-owned, multi-site provider of healthcare services in primary care settings. Read the full case study here.

“Lewis’s sector understanding and proactive attitude to the assignment has been highly commendable. He presented a short list of strong candidates for the position resulting in a very successful outcome. Helen is hugely experienced with a very relevant track record. She will be a great asset to the management team and instrumental in helping LivingCare achieve its next level of growth.”

Dr Stephen Feldman
Founder, LivingCare Group

27 September 2018


Directorbank reaches ’20 Year’ milestone!

This month, in honour of its 20th anniversary, Directorbank held a celebratory event at London’s iconic ‘The Ivy’ restaurant for its network of clients and candidates. A second event takes place in Leeds later this year.

During the welcome address, Directorbank’s Simon Thomas reflected on the business’s journey to date …

“In 1998 Directorbank launched from a small office in central Leeds. The business 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. Its client base grew quickly, particularly across the mid-market, and its innovative subscription offering gained traction granting its PE clients immediate access to Directorbank’s expert network of proven industry leaders across all key sectors.

During the recession years the business realigned, opening up its executive search offering to privately-owned and listed SMEs wanting to augment their boards with experienced, entrepreneurial directors. The business also expanded its 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 the business has completed over 2,000 appointments. Its client network has steadily grown, as has its market-leading candidate network, and notably its Germany operation – lead by Dorothea Kronenberghs – has gone from strength to strength.

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

Commenting on the future direction of the business, Board Director James Searby said:

“Our focus is to continue to support our clients – both old friends and new acquaintances – 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.

19 September 2018

Directorbank’s George Heppenstall completes IRONMAN 70.3 FRANCE

Well done to Directorbank’s George Heppenstall for completing ‘IRONMAN 70.3 NICE, FRANCE’ last weekend in support of Macmillan Cancer Support, our chosen charity for the year.

Whilst many of us were sipping coffee and perusing the Sunday papers, George was setting out on a gruelling course, the final element of a tough 6-month training regime.

George began with a running beach start – think David Hasselhoff in Baywatch! – and a 1.9km swim in the warm waters of the Mediterranean Sea. This was followed by a 90km bike course through villages and mountains with some aggressive climbing. The final section was a 21km run including a flat and fast course along the Promenade des Anglais. He completed the event in just over 7 hours. A very impressive achievement!

If anyone in our network is feeling generous and wishes to give George some well-deserved sponsorship towards Macmillan Cancer Support, please visit his JustGiving page.

Any contributions would be greatly appreciated. As many of you will know, Macmillan provides specialist health care, information and financial support to those affected by cancer. A number of Directorbank colleagues have been directly affected by cancer in recent years and have found Macmillan to be a vital support.