Company overview

When Group GTI was formed just over 30 years ago, its mission was simple: to help organisations recruit top early talent, whilst providing students with the best resources possible to make successful decisions about their future.
Today, with a sophisticated technology platform at its heart and an unbeatable candidate database, the company is the UK and Ireland’s leading provider of graduate and school leaver recruitment services for employers looking to attract and recruit the most talented and engaged students. The company also has joint partnerships in SE Asia & Australia.
Headquartered in Oxfordshire with offices in London and Dublin, the business currently employs 170 staff.

Brief & Process

Following recent investment by Causeway Capital Partners, and a strategic review by the Board, the decision was made to hire a new CEO to lead the next stage of Group GTI’s development.

Directorbank’s James Searby, having completed past assignments successfully for Causeway Capital Partners, was appointed to fill the role.

Supported by Researcher Maire McKay, a thorough search process was completed combining analysis of Directorbank’s candidate network with comprehensive mapping to build a strong short list for client review and interview. 

Simon Martin was successfully appointed to the position.


With a strong foundation in software, Simon is a young, entrepreneurial Board Director of data and digital businesses with experience of growing tech SMEs to exit.
Most recently he was Chief Commercial Officer and Data Officer for Mumsnet, a parenting website offering advice and information to more than 119 million unique users, and an Influencers’ Network of over 10,000 bloggers, vloggers and social media influencers.
Simon also spent over 12 years at Experian, the multinational consumer credit reporting company, latterly as MD of Cross Channel Marketing where he developed the service model and successfully launched new technology to market.

Other notable Board roles include Global Sales and Marketing Director at MVF, a high growth, PE-backed digital customer acquisition platform, and Sales Director at MediaTel offering media and marketing data solutions.