Meet our Executive Search 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 started his career in marketing at Boots and Scottish & Newcastle. In 1984, he co-founded the Leith Agency, which grew to become Scotland's leading advertising agency with offices in Edinburgh & London. After the agency became part of the Cello Group, John joined Denholm. He's been a member of the Scottish Arts Council, Chair of Creative Edinburgh & was given a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2007 Scottish Advertising Awards. He is 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. 

Lorraine Gardiner

Executive Search Partner

Lorraine started her career in London working with some of the biggest names in the advertising and broadcast industry such as Channel 4 and Sky.
She returned to Edinburgh and worked in a leading advertising agency planning and buying media for clients such as RBS, Standard Life and The Scottish Government. At Denholm, Lorraine works with Financial and Professional Services within Executive Search.