Working in partnership with early stage and evolving organisations we

Clarify the business requirements for new roles

Put in place the leadership team

Find senior technical and business specialists

Build teams to deliver the business strategy

Coach executives to deliver the business strategy and advance their careers

Jan Kirkpatrick

Jan Kirkparick

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With an earlier career in technology management at Diageo and BP, followed by management consultancy at EY, I have worked in executive search in the City of London since Big Bang, when I hired technologists to build and manage the trading platforms for the banks and exchanges.

I have built an in-depth knowledge of the UK financial services and professional services sectors, with enduring relationships with clients and contacts across these sectors. My track record of executive search assignments for key appointments in business and technical leadership covers all major business management functions, some front office roles and consultancy.

Through Kirkpatrick Consulting Limited, working with associate researchers, I undertake recruitment consultancy assignments and deliver executive search for clients operating in legal services, consultancy, banking and financial services and coach career executives in career and performance management.

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Introducing our clients to referenced candidates who can assist in delivering their business goals.

This utilises the depth of the Kirkpatrick Consulting contact base and our ability to identify suitable people on an “ as required “ basis, who can provide skills and capability needed in a key technical or business role in your organisation on either a permanent or interim basis.

In response to a client’s need for a confidential candidate search and/or to fill a key leadership role, we undertake executive search assignments, assisted by a dedicated research professional, to deliver balanced shortlists of credible, engaged and referenced candidates.

We are passionate about providing best market coverage and thorough candidate assessment against a client’s culture, business requirements and job specification.

Sometimes the biggest challenge in a search is not so much in identifying the potential candidates but in building engagement with the employer brand and in managing the assessment, recruitment and on-boarding processes. We will assist with all these.

I coach executives at all levels of their professional careers from entry level to senior business leadership; facilitating career advancement, role transition and business strategy implementation.

Coaching is tailored to individual needs and goals covering:

Career management
Performance improvement
Stress management and wellbeing
Leadership development
Profile and impact

Assisting with your recruitment challenges through providing bespoke consultancy to address a range of recruitment challenges you may be facing in your organisation including:

Develop organisation plans

Design role descriptions

Candidate benchmarking

Talent pipeline development and management

Review and manage recruitment supplier relationships

Design and manage implementation of recruitment strategy


Underpinning all our services we will

Gain an in-depth understanding of your business, culture and organisation

Design a solution to meet your requirement, budget and timescale

Represent your business and brand

Bring you market and competitor insights

Deliver balanced shortlists

Provide thorough reference checks

Share risk/reward of the appointment

We always act as a trusted adviser to clients and candidates

Utilise best practice recruitment methodologies


All the assignments we undertake are bespoke projects, tailored to meet specific requirements and timescales. Each assignment requires fresh thinking and up to the minute market research. We are able to work in most areas of retail financial services and professional services, using long standing business relationships and market knowledge.

Some of the areas where we have extensive knowledge and track record include:


alternative financial services – P2P lending, commercial lending


business management in professional services firms – law firms and consulting


retail financial services – customer experience, technology and commercial management


senior leadership teams for start-up and early stage businesses


business transformation leadership and consultancy