University of Sheffield

“Over the last 12 months, Dixon Walter has assisted us with a number of Chair appointments, against very specific and challenging briefs. Their clear focus on quality and ability to engender interest, both nationally and internationally, has been crucial in securing keynote appointments.”

Professor Gill Valentine, Provost and Deputy Vice-Chancellor

Newcastle University

“We recently engaged Dixon Walter to lead the process for the appointment of our Executive Director of HR. They produced a very strong list of candidates and offered us clear insights. Their contribution was very significant and powerful.”

Dr John Hogan, Registrar


University of Dundee

“Alan Walter has consistently delivered outstanding senior appointments across a range of professional services for our university, against a number of challenging briefs, and has been highly effective in attracting senior management talent from both the UK and overseas. Integrity, confidentiality and regular communication are hallmarks of his approach”.

Dr Jim McGeorge, Secretary of the University

York Business School, York St John University

“Dixon Walter have supported York St John for over three years to recruit to a number of high level appointments. What makes Dixon Walter stand out is their eagerness to understand organisations, their cultures and values and to seek out individuals who will fit with the ethos as well as being appropriately skilled. Dixon Walter bring a wealth of experience and knowledge of the HE sector”.

Emma Wilkins, Director of Student and Staff Services, York St John University

University of the West of Scotland

“The person centred approach that Dixon Walter take is refreshing and we have found that they are more than capable of unearthing outstanding candidate pools from which to create a long list, refine to a short list and subsequently bring together a competitive, diverse and extremely capable final interview pool”.

Professor Craig Mahoney, Vice Chancellor, University of the West of Scotland


“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


“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


“I would like to take this opportunity to express my gratitude for all the support offered to me throughout the process by Kiersten Avery and Dixon Walter. Having had a recent experience of working with other HE consultants, I have been struck from the very start by the attention to the detail of how my experience matches the role, the insight into the industry, based on Kiersten’s experience of HE, which was enormously helpful to provide the contexts to the earlier discussions, and made me interested in the role, visioning how the role fits within my career path. I felt I was talking to an equal who understood my context and my thinking. Kiersten has shown an enormous amount of care and support to make me feel connected with the process, supported at every stage and someone to talk to who understands how I feel. The wider staff at Dixon Walter have been attentive to every detail, making the process easy and smooth, without having to chase anyone for information. Looking back at the experience of the process, I have found that I’ve learned a lot from Kiersten, her expertise has made me focused on my abilities and project them more clearly, it has been a journey of self-discovery like no other I have experienced with other HE consultants. I wish to thank Kiersten for her quiet support on the way, being there when needed, her most professional attitude but at the same time friendly and approachable manner, which puts you at ease. Thank you very much Kiersten.”

— Dean, Business School