TESTIMONIALS

“James worked with us to recruit our CTO. James invested the time upfront really getting an understanding of what we were looking for in terms of both competencies and ‘fit’. Meant we got to short list very quickly. He was also very accommodating in how we considered both candidates we had identified, and ones which he sourced himself. Compared with other search experiences I have had this was a really good one.”

Richard Wazacz – Head of Octopus Labs and Director at Octopus Investments

“James is a deeply passionate, engaged, hands on recruitment professional who takes a rigorous and rather relentless approach to finding world class technical leadership talent. I worked closely with James on a project to bring in a seasoned, growth orientated CTO to scale Adbrain from 20+ eng to a much larger, more customer-orientated team operating on a global basis. James not only ran an incredibly hands-on, structured and documented search process, he brought clear strategic thinking with a bias towards execution and results. He truly understood the mandate, and the importance of cultural fit, and went above and beyond, juggling 8hour timezone challenges to source a world class leader and convince him to move continents to take on the challenge! I have, and will continue to recommend James in a heartbeat.”

Gareth Davies – Co-Founder & CEO, Adbrain

“Vision Direct is a member of the Elite programme jointly run by the London Stock Exchange and Imperial College Business School. In one session, we were to be the case study covering an issue we were currently dealing with and I volunteered the dilemma I faced as a technical CEO – whether to hire a CTO. There was 100% consensus in the room that we should do so and after the class one of the participants suggested he introduce me to Albany who had recently completed a search for his business. So I met James and was immediately impressed with his understanding of the need to recruit the right type of person; someone who could take over the technology piece from a founding CEO who had had tech as “his baby” since the business was founded. We engaged Albany and James’s wide network produced several candidates in a matter of a few weeks. I was pretty confident I had found the right candidate straight after my first interview with him, but we followed a process which took a couple more weeks and I’m delighted we now have our CTO on board.”

Michael Kraftman – CEO, Vision Direct

“James came recommended by our investors, and was a pleasure to work with. He quickly understood our business, and articulated a compelling vision to take to market. He provided consistently sound guidance through the process, keeping us updated at all points. The result was a fantastic new CTO, who we can’t wait to get started with.”

Adam Price – CEO, VouchedFor

“Albany were recommended to us as the best search partner for VC-backed businesses like us looking for top-class technology execs. We weren’t disappointed. Time was of the essence and Albany quickly produced a strong short-list of people with very relevant backgrounds and who crucially would prove to be a good fit for us as a business. We ended up making a really terrific hire who we definitely would not have found without Albany’s help.”

Steve Folwell – CEO, LOVESPACE

“Albany ran an absolutely first class CTO and Head of Product search for Quill. They took the time to really understand the Quill culture, the process was very efficiently run, the quality of candidates we reviewed were excellent – and we have made two great hires. Many search firms say they can hire in any sector. We chose Albany because they only work with CTO’s/heads of product in the PE/VC backed digital/tech sector – and that focus was evident in their detailed knowledge of the talent in this sector and the extent to which they were able to match the best candidates to Quill’s specific needs. I would highly recommend them.”

Ed Bussey – CEO, Quill Content

“What really sets Albany apart is their focus on process and working closely with you to get the brief right from the start. James immediately understood the culture and type of personality we were looking for (which is often the hardest bit to get right) and was patient and fully committed to securing the right candidate for Vive. James has an excellent contact list and is highly regarded in the tech and VC industry and I would recommend him to anyone.”

Jonny Morris – CEO, Vive Unique

“James did a great job for us in running a search for an EVP Engineering. His knowledge of the market and his access to top talent really was impressive. Albany’s focus and specialism in just providing VP’s Engineering and CTO’s was evident in their speed of delivery and I really felt we had seen the whole market. He introduced me to a number of people I would have hired and I was very pleased with the outcome. We have a first class candidate already working with us less than 8 weeks after appointing Albany. James is a pleasure to work with – professional, responsive and insightful.”

“Would I work with Albany again? Absolutely.”

Paul Sulyok – CEO, Green Man Gaming

“I worked with James Goodrich from Albany Partners on the back of an introduction from our investors. We were looking to hire a senior CTO in a critical stage of our business and appointed James to run our search. James not only delivered an extremely strong CTO, in fact in terms of experience, surpassed our expectations, but he also managed to self-drive the project, work and collate stakeholder requirements and work with the candidates to ensure all parties were aligned. He gave us great comfort that he really understands the market in the people he represented and he helped make the process very easy. He kept us fully up to date whilst driving the process forwards and importantly remained flexible to deliver against both our business and financial needs.”

John Beale – CFO, Mi-Pay

“I found James to be energetic and highly engaged throughout the process, and he found us a top quality candidate.”

Ed Lascelles – Albion Ventures

“We hired James from Albany over a number of well known competing recruitment firms because James was clearly fully committed to working to find us the right CTO and was both current and well connected in the sector. After a successful shortlist process, we were able to find our ideal candidate and James helped with the conversion process right through to contract. I would recommend you consider Albany for your high-level recruitment in the technology space.”

Charles Hall – CEO, PepperHQ

“Albany were the perfect partner for Virgin Wines when it came to searching for our new CIO. For such an important and high profile role we only wanted to see candidates who would fit the business technically, culturally and geographically. Albany ensured all these criteria were met and I was delighted with the overall strength and relevancy of the candidates put forward. I would definitely use Albany and James Goodrich in the future.”

Jay Wright – CEO, Virgin Wines