As Founder and Managing Director of Eden Search & Select, David has spent his career working with a diverse range of businesses in the food and farming sectors – supporting their strategy and helping them recruit and retain Directors and Senior Managers. During this time, he has developed a deep understanding of the industry and the skills and attributes required by businesses to deliver high performing board and executive teams. This experience and track record has made him a credible sounding board on succession planning for both his clients and industry peers. Results-driven, David’s personal values of industry insight and integrity have delivered numerous successful projects and established Eden Search & Select as the executive search partner of choice for leading companies in the fresh food, food and drink, food manufacturing and farming sectors. David’s industry experience is deep rooted, having grown up on the family farm in Essex, which he remains actively involved in.
Having begun his career in FMCG (fast moving consumer goods) sales, David worked in the agricultural industry for Dalgety plc. After that he was employed by the UK’s largest farm cooperative Openfield, as Managing Director and Sales Director. During his career David has focused on driving business performance. He has introduced new remuneration systems and sales and trading structures, and has a successful track record of building and managing professional sales teams. David has also led several total business transformation projects, focusing on people, culture, behavior and most importantly customer experience management – work that resulted in a national award for customer service. At Eden Search & Select, David works internationally with a diverse range of businesses on a partnership basis to assist the rapid development of their talent pool. Combining his career experience with Eden Search & Select’s unique approach, David has developed a deep understanding of the skills and attributes required by businesses to deliver high performing executive teams.
Darren is Director & Head of Research at Eden Search & Select and has played a leading role in the development of the consultancy’s research-led approach to executive search. Darren previously worked for a boutique executive search firm based in central London, which specialised in the placement of senior investment banking and private equity professionals. Darren’s broad experience and professional knowledge has ensured Eden Search & Select has been successful in delivering talented directors and senior managers into a wide range of key roles for clients across many sectors in the UK and abroad.
An experienced food and drink research specialist, Helen works with some of the best talent in the industry. Her in-depth research skills and thorough understanding of her clients allows her to perfectly match candidates and roles. Helen began her career in law but moved into a research role in 2010. She worked for a leading FMCG specialist, where she supported the development of the company’s research function and led a number of high-profile searches. Helen has worked on assignments for a number of blue chip international food and drink manufacturers, successfully sourcing senior operations and technical professionals.
With a strong HR and learning and development background, Liz manages all aspects of Eden Search & Select operations, helping to ensure that consultancy processes and procedures are optimized for success. As an active member of the CIPD and British Psychological Society (Level A and B qualified), she organises candidate psychometric assessments, providing detailed feedback to clients and candidates. Prior to Eden Search & Select, Liz worked for a national not-for-profit healthcare organisation and at a major national recruitment agency. She also handled competency-based interviewing and testing for First Direct Bank.
Cat acts as key support for the Eden Search & Select team, working closely with Liz to manage all aspects of the consultancys’ operations. Like Liz, she makes sure that processes and procedures are in place to make executive search a positive experience for candidates and clients alike. Before joining Eden Search & Select, Cat worked for North Yorkshire Police Force in their force control room. Prior to that she worked as a business consultant for a London-based company – helping clients deliver organisational transformation, change management and implement large enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems.
Roger has spent 30 years as a corporate strategy specialist, helping small to medium-sized enterprises transform business processes to deliver success. With an impressive career in multi-national companies trading worldwide, Roger now brings his extensive experience to Eden Search & Select. Having launched his own international trading business at the age of 38, he continues to found and manage a wealth of organisations. When it comes to senior and board-level experience, Roger has spent 15 years chairing the board of Campion Willcocks – placing interim senior change managers into the financial services sector.
Since graduating from the University of Reading with a degree in Agricultural Business Management Bertie has worked across the farm to fork supply chain. His knowledge and passion for agribusiness started at a young age on his grandparents North Yorkshire farm and has been honed through agricultural roles both domestically and in New Zealand. Working with a number of large businesses within the sector he has developed strong relationships with customers and clients.
Charlie focuses his attention on recruiting for senior leadership appointments across the global food and drink supply chain. Charlie is a sector expert and can demonstrate an excellent track record of successfully leading executive search campaigns across several disciplines for some of the UK’s most prestigious companies.
Prior to joining Eden Search & Select Charlie led a team of 7 recruitment consultants as a Senior Manager at Michael Page Group. His commercial agricultural experience was gained as UK & Ireland Sales Manager for Claydon Seed Drills where he recruited, trained and retained a team consisting of Territory Managers and also played a pivotal role in developing a dealership network to further expand market presence.
Charlie grew up on a dairy farm in Dorset, but he quickly developed a strong passion for arable farming so whilst at university he travelled around England to work on arable operations across Wiltshire, Hampshire, Hertfordshire and West Sussex. Since graduating from Reading University in Agricultural Business Management Charlie has generated a unique blend of commercial agricultural experience combined with extensive recruitment and executive search knowledge which enables him to partner with his clients to support and develop high performing leadership teams.
Having recently hung up his boots on an amateur rugby career which he persisted with for 27 years, Charlie now spends most of his spare time dressed up in lycra cycling the roads of North Somerset.
We are always looking for talented individuals who share our values and want to be part of a business they can truly be proud of.
We offer fantastic opportunities for career development and are dedicated to constantly evolving and challenging our team.
If you would like a confidential discussion about opportunities within our consultancy, research and operations teams,
Please contact David Macaulay on 0113 834 6634