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Richard Plaistowe

Richard Plaistowe


Richard Plaistowe has a 25-year recruiting effective leaders, building and leading high-performing teams, and developing profitable enterprises.

 Richard´s career has been devoted to executive and interim executive search, giving him broadly, cross-sector expertise, in-depth insight into human capital issues and solutions, as well as a strong network in the UK and abroad.

Professional Focus

  • 25 years’ experience in executive search and recruitment, including senior management roles, with additional leadership background in HR and operations
  • Broad functional and industry expertise including human resources, financial services, insurance, professional services, telecoms, transportation and security
  • Specialised experience recruiting C-level and other senior executives for finance, HR and board roles

Business Expertise

  • Partner, Financial Services EMEA and US with a boutique executive search firm
  • Associate Director, HR and Board Recruitment and Head of Human Resources Practice at a leading executive-level recruitment consultancy in London
  • Managing Director of a recruitment start-up funded by a major investment group focused on the security industry
  • Head of Finance Recruitment with an interim technology recruitment firm; established and led finance practice
  • Started career as a Recruitment Consultant with a firm specialising in professional services, later advancing to Manager and Associate Director roles; focused primarily on financial services

Practice Membership

Industry Practices

  • Financial Services

Global Cross-Sector Practices

  • Private Equity & Venture Capital

Additional Expertise

  • Insurance
  • Human Resources
  • Board Services
  • Security
  • Telecoms
  • Professional Services

Education & Certifications

  • Bachelor’s degree (Hons) from University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne

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