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Should you look outside your sector for talent?

by Howgate Sable - InterSearch UK. When it comes to hiring a new member of the board, there’s long been the question of whether to focus more on a candidate’s knowledge of and experience within the sector, or their unique talent, skills and abilities. It seems natural to favour a combination of the two, but the fact is that this doesn’t always exist.

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Q&A with partner Neil Humphreys - InterSearch UK

What’s your background and how did you come to work at Howgate Sable?
Having toyed with the thought of joining the RAF at 18, I decided to go to university to study Organisation and Management. After working on a lean project during my industrial placement, I received an offer to work for a tier-one automotive manufacturer as part of a team setting up new facilities. By the age of 22, I was managing the supply chain over two sites supporting big OEMs like Land Rover and Rover, amongst others. I moved into aerospace in 2000, joining TRW ASG, where I worked as a supply chain manger before joining the central HQ team working in programme management, customer support and six sigma. That was the experience that set me up for executive search, though I didn’t know it at the time.

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Q&A with new partner Mark Iliffe

What’s your background, how long have you worked in the industry and how did you come to work at Howgate Sable?
I began my career in recruitment at Michael Page in 1997 and remember it being the exact week that Tony Blair began serving as Prime Minister – so I’ve just reached my 20-year milestone! I was there for nine years, ultimately managing a team of 20 consultants in three offices across the South of England.

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Q&A with partner David Holmes

What’s your background and how did you come to work at Howgate Sable?
It was my ambition to be a singer, so after completing a degree in music at Manchester University I spent a while trying to break into the circuit before it became apparent that this was never going to earn me any money! I accepted a place on the Marks & Spencer graduate training scheme and worked in the corporate team before moving into recruitment in search of something more fast-paced.

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