Meet our team



Nicki Denholm

Chief Executive

Nicki Denholm was the pioneer of specialist sales and marketing recruitment and has developed an unrivalled network at senior levels in Scotland and beyond. She successfully launched and developed Denholm into a widely respected and leading player within the UK market for providing top talent in sales and marketing. She currently heads up the Denholm Marketing Recruitment Group, encompassing Executive Search, Recruitment and Employer Branding.



John Denholm

Executive Chairman

John co-founded the Leith Agency, which grew to become Scotland's leading advertising and communications agency. After the agency became part of the Cello Group, John joined Denholm Associates as Managing Director. He has been a member of the Scottish Arts Council, Chair of Creative Edinburgh, Chair of the joint Marketing Committee of the Glasgow Commonwealth Games 2014 and was given a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2007 Scottish Advertising Awards. He is currently a Fellow of the Marketing Society in Scotland.



Marisa Carroll

Chief Operating Officer

Marisa has a wealth of marketing recruitment experience, and alongside Nicki, helped establish Denholm in 2002. Marisa has developed an enviable network of contacts and unrivalled knowledge of the Scottish/UK marketplace. Whilst Marisa has experience of recruiting into many industries, she has particular expertise in FMCG marketing recruitment, where she has filled a huge variety of roles for some of the UK's biggest brands.




Douglas Cross


With over 14 years’ experience in recruitment, Douglas developed his career as a specialist in the Food and Drink recruitment sector over 9 years. He is responsible for the management and growth of Denholm’s FMCG sector and has built an excellent record of long term business relationships with clients and candidates alike. He works on recruiting roles from mid to senior management and also Director level search assignments.


Jackie Anderson

Head of Agency, Principal Consultant

Jackie has spent the last 13 years working in the media and advertising industry which has given her a deep understanding and intuition for finding amazing agency talent. Jackie knows the marketplace inside out and enjoys building solid relationships with her clients, really getting under the skin of her clients’ business needs and objectives. Jackie specialises in all agency roles including account management, planning and strategy, digital marketing, CRM and traffic and production roles across digital, integrated, advertising, creative and design agencies.


Fiona Todd

Head of Glasgow

After gaining her marketing degree from the University of Stirling, Fiona started her recruitment career in 2009 with a boutique international agency in the online gambling sector. Having lived and recruited abroad in Malta and Canada; Fiona brings a unique outlook to the team at Denholm.

Now, more than 8 years on from that first role, and after settling back in Glasgow in 2013 - Fiona has built an impressive reputation within the marketing world in Scotland.

Fiona prides herself on the service she gives to both clients and candidates - resulting in long-term, mutually beneficial relationships.


Steph Buckley

Senior FMCG Marketing Consultant

Steph started her career with a National Bar & Restaurant Group as a Business Development Manager.  She joined Denholm in 2013 where, as a key part of the FMCG team, brings a passion and thorough knowledge of the food and drinks sector.

Steph works exclusively with an impressive range of branded businesses and adds a real commercial understanding to any job brief. As well as working across both Sales and Marketing projects, she offers a strong focus on brand, channel and category management in both domestic and international markets.


Paul McKernan

Senior FMCG Sales Consultant

Paul has nearly ten years UK and international sales recruitment and search & selection experience and has worked on an exclusive and retained basis with blue chip companies throughout Europe, Middle East, Africa, The Americas and Asia.

He specialises in mid-senior level sales recruitment search projects and works in partnership – often exclusively - with some of the world’s great food & drinks brands to identify and hire the very best sales talent.



Jonathan Watt

Senior Consultant

After graduating from the University of Stirling in Sports Science, Jonathan played elite amateur golf for 2 and a half years before moving to Edinburgh.

Jonathan is an experienced recruitment specialist spending 4 years identifying and recruiting for companies in the UK, Europe, Middle East & Asia.

He is now focusing on Sport, Technology & Retail within our Industry & Commerce team. 



Agata Szymanczak

Associate Consultant

After graduating from City of Glasgow College in Advertising and PR in 2010, Agata worked as a Marketing Assistant for AIC.

She then moved into recruitment, working with NetTalent before she joined Denholm. Agata now identifies and engages with star talent for Denholm’s FMCG team.


Amanda Kho


With over 3 years of experience specialising in Marketing and Communications recruitment; Amanda has worked with a number of impressive companies from a variety of sectors including manufacturing, not-for-profit, scientific and financial services.

Amanda’s flair for building transparent relationships with both clients and candidates means she is often called upon to work on niche roles within digital marketing as well as generalist marcomms vacancies. She prides herself on her ability to work quickly, efficiently and delivers excellent service throughout.


Our Operations Team


Keren van den Broek

Finance Director

Carole Gray

Office Manager

Anastasia Banks

Marketing Manager

We're always looking for bright and innovative people to join our team.

We're interested in consultants who are recognised as sector specialists & have demonstrated their ability to maximise commercial opportunities by servicing clients & candidates equally well.

We're also growing UK wide, so we'd love to hear from those entrepreneurial individuals at a senior management level as well.