We'll find people to grow your business.

We specialise in executive search, recruitment and talent attraction for commercial roles - the business generators in sales, marketing, creative, data and digital communications.

Denholm Executive Search
Panning for gold

Experience will out

The gold nuggets that we search out on your behalf are precious because they're the vital ingredient of your business success - the CEOs, CMOs, the business developers, the sales directors, the digital e-commerce strategists, all part of the engine driving your future growth.

Because Denholm has been specialising in Sales & Marketing for over 14 years, we are the most experienced and effective Search & Selection professionals operating in the senior commercial talent market. In this crucial business function, we're the headhunters to contact. 

The Denholm Team

Meet the team: Douglas Cross, Nicki Denholm, John Denholm, Marisa Carroll, Richard Ash

NickiNicki 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 Talent Attraction.

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JohnJohn 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 and communications agency with offices in Edinburgh and London. 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, was appointed Honorary Professor at Napier University, and was given a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2007 Scottish Advertising Awards. He is currently a Fellow of the Marketing Society in Scotland.

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MarisaMarisa 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. 

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DouglasWith 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. 

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RichardRichard is a member of the Executive Search team and a Director of Denholm Associates. He is responsible for delivering board level and senior management search assignments across the UK and internationally. A strong FMCG background combined with over 13 years’ experience in Executive Search, he has successfully delivered leadership appointments for a wide range of large corporate, SME and private/family owned organisations with significant experience across Consumer, Food & Drink sectors. He is passionate about delivering outstanding service and value through a partnership approach and truly understanding the needs of his clients.

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A selection of successfully completed assignments by Denholm Executive Search:

  • Managing Director
  • General Manager
  • International Sales Director
  • Global Brand Director
  • Head of Digital Marketing
  • Head of Marketing
  • Head of Planning Global
  • Creative Director
  • Marketing and Business Development
  • Non-Executive Chair
  • Sales Director
  • Commercial Director
  • Director of Customer Services
  • Head of Data
  • Head of Sales
  • Head of PR
  • CRM Strategy Director
  • Head of Search and Optimisation
  • CMO
  • Marketing Director
  • Operations Director
  • Head of Consumer Insight
  • Head of Strategy
  • Head of Agency
  • Director
  • Website Owner

Our team’s client experience




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