Gillespie Manners Celebrates 20 Years of Global Executive Search

Marking two decades of Executive Search Success

We are thrilled to be celebrating our 20th anniversary this year. For two decades now, we’ve helped hundreds of technology businesses around the world to expand through senior talent acquisition, having placed thousands of senior, niche and C-level mission-critical roles.

Over the years, at Gillespie Manners, we have firmly established ourselves as a trusted, senior recruitment partner for the technology sector and its verticals. Our ethos centres around people. Our continual mission is to provide our market sectors with the best Executive Search service, ensuring successful outcomes for people’s career goals and business aspirations. And this is exemplified in the unparalleled client and candidate service we routeinely deliver. Our Co-Founder, Andrew Manners reflects on this milestone anniversary and remarks that “whether it’s our clients, our candidates or our employees – people are the beating heart of our industry. It was true in 2004 when we founded the business; it’s equally true today. A lot has changed in the technology market over the last 20 years, but people are the constant”.

Rewinding to 2004, the mid-market recruitment industry was a proverbial wild-west landscape. It was Andrew Manners and Alex Gillespie’s disillusionment with “Pile it high, sell it cheap, low-grade attitude” taken by the industry which led the pair to disrupt the norms and found a professional, consultative agency with customer and candidate satisfaction at its heart. “There was a real lack of understanding of the complexity of the people side of the recruitment process. Many firms at the time took a volume-based sales approach, and it lacked sophistication. We were driven by a desire to create a better experience for all people involved at every stage of the process. We felt that senior talent acquisition deserved a higher level of intellect and professionalism to be attributed to it” Andrew Manners explains.

The innovative approach taken by Gillespie Manners was refreshing for our clients and candidates alike. Our founders carefully created a process-based, methodological framework to ensure the success of the mission-critical hiring projects for which they were enlisted by clients. It didn’t take long for us to make waves in our markets; our first specialist practice being in the supply chain space. One of the first big names to join our retained client roster was DHL Supply Chain, who still work with us at Gillespie Manners today, twenty years on. This two-decade-long partnership is a highlight that Alex Gillespie, Co-Founder reflects upon “To have made over 100 placements for the world’s leading logistics specialist, and nurtured a professional relationship that has withstood two decades is a monumental achievement in Gillespie Manners’ story”.

Surviving and thriving after twenty years hasn’t always been plain sailing though. As Alex Gillespie points out, “We’ve ridden out not one, not two, but three once-in-a-lifetime global events with two economic crashes and a pandemic”. And Andrew Manners comments on the grit and determination employed by our workforce with a reminder that “Only 40% of businesses make it past the three-year mark in the UK. And, globally, only 25% of businesses survive fifteen years or more. That we are in the privileged position to celebrate our 20th anniversary and embark upon the next phase of our business’s growth is a truly humbling experience. We owe our success to our employees, our board, the clients who entrust us to support them and our network of fantastic candidates”.

The road from a brand-new startup in 2004, to an established global leader in Executive Search has been one of continual, incremental improvement. The first large shift in our growth was outgrowing our original serviced office rooms which triggered a move into our own offices. Claire Smart, Operations Director and long-term employee, with over 10 years of tenure at Gillespie Manners said of the move “It suddenly felt elevated. We were on our way, with an identity, a location, a home. The gradual expansion of our home has been a physical marker of our success. We’ve gone from that first floor of our office to three and now considering the next phase of our expansion”.

“I’m looking forward to the next phase of our company life cycle. We’ve achieved 20 years, and that’s brilliant. It needs to be marked and celebrated. It’s a hell of a view to look back on, and we’ve climbed very far. But one of my eyes is looking up at the mountain ahead, eager to continue climbing and peak my head over the horizon. I’m excited for what’s next” says Andrew Manners on marking the achievement.

It’s our refusal to stay still for too long, to not get complacent and comfortable which has empowered our growth over the last two decades. What began as a singular specialist supply chain technology Executive Search practice has now evolved into a much broader service proposition. The technology industry has undergone countless transformations in the 20 years since our inception. To grow with our rapidly evolving industry, we have founded new practices for retail, robotics, automation, AI and sustainability technology. Each arm of our business is deeply embedded within its respective market vertical as part of our long-term mission to champion talent at the cutting edge of technology.

“Our original mission and vision statements remain true to this day. We want to be the best Executive Search firm in the world, and the biggest in our markets. We believe in the robustness of our delivery model and the senior talent acquisition services we provide. We’ll keep iterating, evolving and scaling. There’ll be many more milestones to come in the story of Gillespie Manners” states Andrew Manners, summarizing his final thoughts.

Our 20th anniversary celebration is a reaffirmation of our vision for the future as much as it is a recognition of our achievements to date. 

About Gillespie Manners

At Gillespie Manners, we specialize in strategic talent acquisition, helping businesses like yours expand and thrive. Our Executive Search projects are carried out on a retained basis, guaranteeing the delivery of challenging roles. From CEOs to Individual Contributors, our expertise covers a wide range of senior positions.

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