We are the
Skin Tight Denholms.

Nicki Denholm

Chief Executive Officer

Nicki came into recruitment from a career in marketing and brand management and from this experience became a pioneer of sales and marketing recruitment in Scotland. A passionate advocate of “doing recruitment differently”, she ensures that Denholm applies modern marketing principles to the recruitment process across all industries and sectors. In addition, she has widened Denholm’s scope into outplacement, career transition advice, and is currently CEO of the Denholm Group.

Marisa Carroll

Managing Director

Marisa helped establish Denholm in 2002, and throughout the years has developed an enviable network and unrivalled knowledge of the Scottish and UK marketplace. Whilst Marisa has experience of recruiting into many industries, she has particular expertise in FMCG, where she has filled many business critical roles for some of the UK’s biggest brands.

John Denholm

Non-Exec 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 non-exec Chairman. He has been a member of the Scottish Arts Council, Chair of Creative Edinburgh and was given a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2007 Scottish Advertising Awards. He is currently a Fellow of the Marketing Society in Scotland.

Douglas Cross


Douglas has been part of the Denholm team for over a decade and has a track record of success working across marketing, sales, operations and finance recruitment. With over 20 years of recruitment experience he is known for the excellent level of service he provides both clients and candidates, and was instrumental in the growth of our Navigator platform – providing support to individuals looking to change career path.

Fiona Todd

Commercial & Operations Director
With over a decade of international recruitment experience, Fiona’s over-arching purpose is to achieve the commercial growth objectives of Denholm by ensuring that all internal systems and processes are robust, and that staff are well-equipped (in terms of technology and training) to succeed. In addition to recruiting for particularly senior or complex positions throughout the UK, her remit centres on client service and satisfaction; training, learning and development; and business and process improvement. 

Jackie Anderson

Head of Agency

Having worked in the media and advertising industry for over a decade prior to joining Denholm, Jackie knows the market exceptionally well. She’s known across the marketing industry, and has a track record of building solid relationships with her clients – working to really understand their business needs and objectives. Jackie specialises in both agency and creative roles – covering account management, planning and strategy, digital marketing and traffic management throughout the UK.

Jonathan Watt

Client Relationship Director

A former elite amatuer golfer, Jonathan joined Denholm as an experienced international recruitment specialist. Within the team, he’s our leading expert within the Financial Services, Sports & Leisure and Energy & Renewables sectors, and works on commercial positions covering product and proposition, sales, digital marketing, data and communications. Jonathan is known for his depth of knowledge within these areas, and for the quality of service he provides both candidates and clients.

Steph Buckley

Client Relationship Director

Steph joined Denholm in 2013 where, as a key part of the FMCG team, she brings a passion and unrivaled knowledge of the 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.

Steph Halliday

Client Relationship Director

Originally training in Executive Search in 2005, Steph applies a robust selection process to every role she works on. Throughout her career, Steph has partnered with small owner-managed businesses through to international blue-chips and works closely with her clients to understand exactly what they need. The relationships she builds allow her to create truly bespoke recruitment solutions, and she puts her client and candidate relationships at the heart of all her delivery. At Denholm, Steph drives growth across Professional Services, Manufacturing, Construction & Engineering, Health & Life Sciences, and Hospitality.

Amanda Kho

Client Relationship Partner

Since 2015, Amanda’s energetic and warm approach to recruitment has built valuable client relationships within Retail, Not-for-profit and Public Sector organisations. Leading on recruitment within these industries for Denholm, Amanda’s sales and marketing expertise has allowed her to develop deep and sincere partnerships with businesses throughout the UK and truly understand their business needs. With a smile on her face and a genuine aptitude for connecting with people, Amanda’s ability to deliver first-class service to her clients and candidates is inspiring.

Fiona Ashcroft

Head of Accountancy & Finance

Fiona joined Denholm with a decade of experience recruiting across the Accountancy & Finance sector, placing key Qualified appointments up to Director and Partner level. During her career she has supported a range of businesses from small independents up to large global entities across, professional practice, industry and financial services. Fiona always has a welcoming and friendly approach, and ensures she delivers an exceptional service to her clients, by working in partnership with them.

Jill Macdonald

Head of Business Services

Jill joined Denholm in 2021 to head up their Business Services division. She brings a wealth of experience in recruitment, from international financial recruitment to account managements of some of Scotland’s most recognizable companies, recruiting for, among other roles, HR professionals, administrators, customer service experts and general support staff. At the heart of all Jill does – is a commitment to quality of service. She uses her blend of creative problem-solving, listening skills, passion for success, understanding of the market and ability to see potential, to ensure the perfect match between candidate and client.

Gareth Glen

Principal Consultant

Prior to joining Denholm in 2019, Gareth was professional actor for 15 years and brings great presentation and communication skills to his role. His focus with Denholm is to facilitate growth within the booming technology sector and he works on a variety of positions including sales, marketing, operations, software development and data management. Gareth’s success has been built on trust, hard work and a passion for the sector in which he operates.

Kerry McFarlane

Principal Consultant

Kerry has worked in the recruitment industry for over 10 years and has built up a great network in Scotland with professional services business, as well as construction and engineering firms. Kerry’s clients describe her as a knowledgeable business partner who delivers the best talent; and candidates come to her when they want representation in a saturated market. Her consultative approach and drive to identify and engage the best candidates ensures her clients win the battle for talent in a competitive market.

Paul McKernan

Senior Consultant

With an impressive track record, Paul has worked in the UK and International recruitment market for over a decade. He is known for his ability to align talent strategies to his clients’ business objectives and values. Paul works on mid to senior level sales opportunities across the FMCG market and has successfully completed projects with blue-chip and SME firms in some of the world’s most exciting cities. Paul is passionate about identifying those hard-to-find, in-demand commercial stars who will help his clients achieve their goals and aspirations.


Keren van den Broek

Finance Director

James Smith

Finance Assistant

Anastasia Banks

Marketing Manager

Taibah Rafiq

Project Coordinator




Our values are based on our people and behaviours. When we talk about excellence it’s because we strive to deliver more value than any other recruitment business.

The Skin Tight Denholms don’t just adapt, we thrive in new environments because of our desire to learn and succeed. Teamship isn’t about a pat on the back, it’s about helping one another be great. The ability to have those tough conversations and do exactly what we say we will do, means we can tackle anything – together.






Our Values in Practice award winners

Douglas Cross

Keren van den Broek

Fiona Todd

Amanda Kho

Jonathan Watt

Anastasia Banks

Jackie Anderson

Marisa Carroll




When we started in 2002, the aim was always to do things differently. To create a different type of culture, where yes, we work hard, but always remember how important it is to have fun and enjoy what we do. 

We’re not shiny suited sales people! We hire people based on our values and believe that we are stronger together than individually. Health, wealth and happiness is our motto and life at Denholm, whether in the office or working remotely has always been about getting the balance right. 

We’ve adopted a work from anywhere philosophy. We’re a team of great communicators and self-starters so this flexible, grown up approach is in our DNA.




Whether you’re ready for a move, looking to expand your team with either permanent or interim talent, or you’re interested in joining us… you can give us a call or drop us a note here. 

We’d love to hear from you. 

Our Community

As well as working in close collaboration with our clients, and the online marketplaces, we are active members of groups that have been established to combat illicit trade. These include the Scottish Anti-Illicit Trade Group, the European Intellectual Property Office, The Scottish Business Resilience Centre, the Anti-Counterfeiting Group, and the China Britain Business Council. Members of our senior management sit on the boards of ACID (Anti-Copying in Design), the Scottish Ministerial Trade Board, and the European Union Intellectual Property Office’s Observatory Panel for SMEs, amongst others.

Each team member nominates good causes or charities that are supported on both an individual and corporate basis. Wherever possible, we support the employee’s involvement whether through time or fundraising events.




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Denholm are delighted to be working exclusively with Loch Lomond Group; one of the most exciting and fast-growing global spirits companies in the country. To assist with their growth ambitions, they are looking to recruit a commercially astute and strategic marketer to join their team in a newly created role, as Head of Whisky Marketing.

Reporting to the Chief Marketing Officer, the Head of Whisky will create and drive a comprehensive and strategic brand plan including positioning, range architecture and pricing strategy to allow delivery of the business growth ambitions. You will have a background of working with premium spirits and be confident in launching NPD and range extensions across the global marketplace, ensuring alignment to the brand values through promotional toolkits. In addition to a background in brand-building, with the consumer at the heart of global activations, you will have experience of leading brand communications across all platforms including digital, sponsorship, PR and Events.

The Head of Whisky will be a visionary thinker and will bring passion and enthusiasm to the role. You will have the ability to nurture and lead a high performing team to ensure that all strategic plans are translated into commercially successful activations.

Sponsorship & Events Manager

The Loch Lomond Group are seeking a commercially-savvy Sponsorship and Events Manager to join the marketing team.

You will be responsible for developing Loch Lomond Group's sponsorship and events strategy and delivering a program of activities and partnerships that will support the business growth ambitions. Other responsibilities include managing renewals and negotiations, overseeing communication with sponsors as well as aligning business and market needs.

The Sponsorship & Events Manager is a key role in the business. We are looking for a dynamic, entrepreneurial and driven professional who has an understanding of how to build brand advocacy through sponsorship and events. You will ideally come from a marketing and sponsorship background in spirits or have a passion and understanding of the category and its nuances.

This is an incredible role and an exciting time to join one of the most talked about spirits companies in the marketplace. If you think you have the magic that they are looking for, get in touch today!


Digital Channel
Development Manager

Communication Lead

We’re a passionate and professional team who thrive in issue-rich environment and we’re looking to add a Communication Lead to our fast-growing team. You’ll be a trusted advisor to clients across several sectors in all aspects of communication, external affairs, marketing and issues management. Coming from an agency or consultancy environment, at Account Director level or above, you’ll report directly to the Managing Director and be responsible for a small and busy multi-disciplinary team. You’ll have first-class project management skills, be solutions-driven and excellent commercial acumen too. Alongside the senior team, you’ll work to drive the strategic growth of Aspect.

Your core duties will include:

  • Working with the MD to develop and deliver growth strategies 
  • Attracting and retaining profitable clients across a range of sectors 
  • Leading the creation and execution of strategic communication programmes
  • Inspiring, leading and developing multi-disciplinary teams
  • Developing strong relationships with clients, colleagues and associates
  • Producing high quality pitches and proposals to secure new business 
  • Curating, nurturing and managing a team of talented associates.

You’ll be a skilled communicator, interested and knowledgeable about the key issues shaping the external environment. In addition, to be considered for this role, you must be able to demonstrate:

  • 7+ years of senior leadership experience within an agency or consultancy
  • Experience in Energy, Renewables, Financial Services or Life Sciences would be very desirable
  • Outstanding writing skills and the ability to engage and excite an audience
  • An impressive track record of client attraction, retention and growth 
  • The ability to thrive fast-paced environment managing multiple projects simultaneously
  • Strong influencing and leadership skills to motivate and inspire those around you
  • Excellent planning, evaluation and project management skills
  • To develop new processes, systems and ways of working to drive performance

Our Environment

We deliver purpose-driven work from an extremely welcoming environment near the City Centre. We actively encourage the responsible use of resources, from using public transport to reuse, recycling, and, of course, a minimal impact office environment. We have benefited from the advice of the Energy Saving Trust and Resource Efficient Scotland. Our waste contractor also provides us with a monthly report on volumes and types of material and the carbon emissions avoided through recycling.

Over 80% of our employees can walk or cycle to The Lair and, pre-pandemic, 10% were using public transport as their normal daily commuting mode. Without doubt, online meetings will replace considerable miles, going forward, saving resources, time and energy. Where possible, when possible, the train remains our preferred option. 

Communication Advisors

We’re a passionate and professional team who thrive in issue-rich environment and we’re looking for Senior Communication Advisors, Communications Advisors and Communications Executives to join their fast-growing team. 

You’ll have previous agency experience at Senior Account Manager or Account Manager level and be passionate about delivering excellent results for clients. You might be a specialist in PR and media relations who produces compelling editorial content across a range of topics and sectors or you might be a public affairs expert who understands the policy landscape and helps clients build influential relationships. Whatever your specialism, you’ll be an excellent writer, full of creative ideas, with proven client management experience and the ability to provide expert advice our clients.

Your key duties will include:

  • Supporting the key account lead with day-to-day client liaison, providing strategic counsel on day-to-day account matters when required
  • Active involvement in planning and delivering global PR, marketing and digital campaigns
  • Managing content programmes, including mapping out content themes, spotting industry trends and story angles, writing copy when required which may include opinion articles, web and social
  • Building strong media relationships, creating pitches based on your story ideas and delivering content in-to suit the client’s target media and securing opportunities
  • Planning and running client’s social media programmes, and management of their channels
  • Continuously identifying opportunities to grow brand awareness and profile our client’s businesses within their target sector through events, webinars, thought leadership
  • Producing comprehensive and timely reports on client activity 
  • Supporting in the development of client proposals to help grow or win parts of the business

In addition, to be considered for this role, you must be able to demonstrate:

  • Proven background in account handling and direct client liaison – 4 years’ minimum
  • Experience in an agency setting focusing on B2B communication or PR
  • Strong communications skills, verbal and written
  • A background in delivering creative, digitally led B2B communications such as LinkedIn campaigns
  • An innate understanding of earned media, with the ability to create stories and generate coverage across traditional media, digital and social
  • Experience working on content management programmes, with an awareness of the changing way business audiences consume information and an appreciation of search, paid and wider customer marketing activity, and how it all fits together
  • A history of working with clients in a variety of sectors is welcomed but experience in the tech and energy industries is advantageous.









Our Purpose

Our aim is to combat illicit online trade by identifying and removing counterfeits for sale. Counterfeits not only damage brands, their reputations, and revenues, but can cause significant harm to the end customer – whether as a fake toy or a fake medicine – and the consequences can be life threatening.

Counterfeiting is a significant economic and social issue.

The OECD reports that counterfeit and fake goods make up more than 3.3% of the world’s global trade. Those involved in the trade of counterfeits have been linked to people trafficking, prostitution, and drug dealing.

As such, reducing illicit trade is about much more than brand protection but also about human rights, safety, and social equity.

And this is what we do, every day.

Our People

Our people are our most important asset, and their mental well-being and happiness are core to our success. We love our diverse workforce, actively embrace flexible working (even pre-pandemic!) and encourage a healthy work-life balance. We have been recognised as one of the most diverse SME workplaces in the UK and are holders of the Scottish Business Pledge which exists to promote a fairer Scotland. We have also just been included in the 2021 Culture Leaders Top 25 – an accolade of which we are very proud!

We are a fully inclusive and nurturing employer and, despite being in tech, the majority of our team are women, leading to accolades in the Computing Magazine Women in IT Awards and the Amazon Growing Business Awards. We currently represent 15 nationalities and speak 20 languages. Age is no barrier, and we recruit for attitude, providing and encouraging appropriate learning and training for each and every role.

We are also proud members of IP Inclusive, a network of professionals working to make the intellectual property industry more diverse.


CVs and interviews will take you to Level 2. Our behavioural profile will take you to Level 3, vital to identifying future potential.


Appears to...

  • Appearance
  • Expressiveness
  • Manner
  • Presence


Can do...

  • Knowledge
  • Acquired skills
  • Training
  • Experience
  • Education
  • Credentials


Will do...

  • Capability to learn
  • Aptitude
  • Attitude
  • Self-motivation
  • Stability
  • Persistence
  • Maturity
  • Temperament
  • Behaviour patterns