Testimonials

Testimonials from our clients and candidates say it better than we can…

“I wanted to drop you a line to thank you for the brilliant job you did for us on this assignment.  You took a challenging brief (we were asking for a lot!) and worked with us to really test and hone our thinking about the role and what we wanted from it, before bringing us a range of uniformly high-calibre candidates at shortlisting and interview.  Undertaking a search through lockdown and the coronavirus crisis can’t have been easy, but your professionalism and candidate care shone through.  The way you personally supported the shortlisting and interview process really helped enhance our decision-making and the part you played in supporting me in the negotiations to secure our chosen candidate was outstanding and greatly appreciated.”

— Dr Jim McGeorge, University Secretary & Chief Operating Officer

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Royal College of Art

“Dixon Walter were very good at taking and delivering a brief, and were very realistic. Feedback from the successful candidate has also been positive. I would definitely use Dixon Walter again for a similar role.”

— Dr Paul Thompson, Vice-Chancellor

“In the last year the College has engaged Dixon Walter to assist in the search for a variety of senior and middle management positions. The superb experience we’ve had on each occasion is why we are a returning customer. The feedback we’ve had from candidates is equally glowing – they felt valued, supported and fully informed.”

— Lorna Walker, HR Director

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Aston University

“Earlier in the year, Aston University went to market for a new Executive Director Marketing, Recruitment and Admissions and partnered with Dixon Walter to support the search. We spent time in the early stages of the process to unpack exactly what we were looking for in the candidate and these detailed discussions helped inform a very targeted and focused search process. Despite Covid interrupting our plans, Dixon Walter managed to produce a comprehensive, diverse and impressive long list which was condensed into a very strong shortlist. The quality of the candidates was outstanding and so was the quality of the briefings provided by Kiersten Avery. The short-listing process was closely supported by Kiersten and picked up on important additional information about the candidates, which I found to be particularly useful. Following online interviews and subsequent face to face meetings, I am pleased to have made a very strong appointment to the role. Indeed, we were in the fortunate position to have several appointable candidates.

I have been very impressed by the quality of the work delivered by Dixon Walter every step of the way and would be pleased to work with them again in the future.”

Saskia Hansen, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Engagement) 

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The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI)

“Finding the right fit for any role is always a challenge. You have a clear picture in your head of what that fit looks like and as a client you are dependent on this picture being understood and translated. Trust and insight underpins the success of this process and these are the stand-out qualities that Dixon Walter brought to the table during our recent engagement. Kiersten and Alan just got it. They asked the right questions to allow us to paint the picture of exactly what our needs were. These clear insights fostered trust in their judgement and periodic meetings ensured that we were always on track. The process worked seamlessly and we were delighted to make an appointment in what originally had seemed like a tight timeline. I cannot recommend Dixon Walter enough for their down-to-earth approach, insightful judgement and professionalism – thank you!”

Sara McDonnell, Executive Director

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University of Leeds

“Dixon Walter recently supported the University of Leeds in a senior educational leadership appointment. In identifying a diverse field of strong candidates, Dixon Walter brought real flair and imagination to the process, which put us into contact with people we would not have found otherwise. They also provided real clarity and insight for the shortlisting process, by combining a nuanced understanding of the institution and the role with painstaking preparatory work with each of the candidates, both in person and on paper. We are delighted with the final outcome, the rigour and care Dixon Walter brought to the process, and the positive impression left on the other candidates about the University”

— Professor Tom Ward, Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Student Education

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Your Homes Newcastle

“We have recently engaged Dixon Walter to help and support us when recruiting for our Chair and Non Exec roles as well as an Assistant Director Finance role. We selected Dixon Walter because of their knowledge of the sector, experience in recruiting to these roles and their wide-ranging network of contacts which means you quite often get interest from people outside of the sector that we would not normally have attracted. The way they support you through the process of shortlisting, selection and appointment takes all the hard work away. They spend significant time with you to really understand what it is you are looking for, how the company works, the culture within the business and therefore bringing people to you who will be the right fit. I would have no hesitation in recommending them.”

— Tina Drury, Managing Director

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Karbon Homes

“Karbon Homes partnered with Dixon Walter for our recent Chair and Non-Executive Campaigns and to appoint our Executive Director of Resources.  We felt that Dixon Walter really understood our business, their expert advice lead to further challenging of our briefs and requirements, and their ability to look beyond the housing sector was invaluable and has yielded some outstanding hires. Dixon Walter provided real clarity and insight for the shortlisting process, by combining a nuanced understanding of the role with painstaking preparatory work with each of the candidates, both in person and on paper. We are delighted with the final outcome, the rigour and care that they brought to the process, and the positive impression left on the other candidates about Karbon Homes. Dixon Walter have an unrivalled network of trusted advisors who are able to recommend people coupled with an experienced research team who were able to focus in on our exact requirements. I would have no hesitation in recommending their approach to others.”

— Paul Fiddaman, CEO, Karbon Homes

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University of St Andrews

“I have found my experience of working with Dixon Walter really positive, and we made an excellent appointment as result of their support.  I would recommend their services to other colleagues working in HE, and I would very happily engage them in future recruitment exercises.”

Marie-Noël Earley, Academic Registrar, University of St Andrews

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University of Surrey

“I have used the services of Dixon Walter for a number of campaigns over the last twelve months and also in my previous role at the University of Greenwich and have always been impressed by the additional value they provide over and above the usual search and selection service. Their expert advice leads to further challenging of our briefs and requirements, and their ability to look beyond the HE sector is invaluable and has yielded some outstanding hires. They are a trusted provider who offer a personalised and honest touch and I would have no hesitation in recommending their approach to others.”

— Anne Poulson, Chief Operating Officer

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Candidate Testimonial

“I had the pleasure of working with Alan Walter during the recruitment process for a senior University leadership position. I received a platinum service throughout which was person centred, highly professional, diligent and supportive. Although I guess that much the same could be said for many senior recruitment professionals, Alan stands out. I felt that he was there at every stage of the process, offering constructive feedback and advice in a direct but supportive way; nothing was too much trouble. I had never met Alan before this recent process, but I would happily nominate him for an award for best Recruitment Consultant!”

Dean of School

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Candidate Testimonial

“As a recent candidate for a senior position in a UK HEI, I have no hesitation in recommending Mike Dixon from Dixon Walter. Having been approached for previous positions by other agencies before, they in no way compared to the very sensitive, professional, personal and supportive nature by which Mike dealt with me at every stage of the process. At both the formal and informal stages Mike’s communication was timely, clear and wholly focussed on ensuring the best possible outcome for myself and the institution. At no point did I feel that I was just another candidate and I am sure that due to Mike’s diligence and effective communication both the institution & I were immediately aligned in terms of expectations and aspirations. If you are seeking to recruit exceptional individuals into your organisation or you are an individual seeking exceptional opportunities in the Higher Education sector I can only suggest you start a conversation with Dixon Walter to see for yourself how they can contribute to your own success.”

Director, Centre of Education

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