We have regularly used COG to identify senior candidates in pre-deal and portfolio situations. They are extremely well connected but most importantly have a thorough understanding of the very specific technical and personal skill sets required for board-level candidates to be successful in Private Equity. Their candidate introductions have all been first class. A recent search, resulted in the appointment of a non-exec Chairman for our portfolio company Oteac. We look forward to working with them again and again.

David Gasparro, Partner, Lonsdale Capital Partners

Chief Officers Group is an important partner of ours when looking to appoint the highest calibre management teams. We have used them successfully many times. They know their market extremely well and always deliver great people, well- matched to our specific needs.

Daniel Sasaki, Managing Partner, Mayfair Equity Partners

I have worked with Chief Officers Group on two assignments now. They are excellent at understanding what types of businesses will resonate with me and their insight into the business, the private equity firm involved and advice during the process is impressive.

Roger Flynn, CEO, Springboard Group Ltd

As a candidate and a client, I have seen first-hand how Chief Officers Group can add real value to PE-backed situations. They are experts in this space and help to make order out of what can be a very chaotic landscape.

John Bateson, Chairman, Chaucer and Panther Group

Chief Officers Group have the memory of an elephant, they recently matched me up with a very specific niche opportunity that only comes from knowing both client and candidate very well.

Ian Wheeler, Chairman, Travelfusion Ltd

Chief Officers Group balances professional efficiency very well with the essential human factors so important to matching motivated candidates to senior roles. In addition, they are well networked and their client knowledge goes well beyond the the job role in question – it is refreshing to see them setting new standards in the industry.

Ian Beswetherwick, CEO & Founder, Treehouse Group Ltd

Straight talking. No waffle. No egos. Great results. Fabulous events!

Stevie Spring, Chairman, Children in Need and Inspired Thinking Group

In a relatively short period of time, John has used his extensive knowledge of the PE landscape and wide network, to establish the Chief Officers Group as a well-respected and very credible business within the industry to use for tracking down high quality candidates for portfolio companies

Richard Prosser, Chairman, Audley Travel Group and Tusker

I have successfully retained COG on many occasions at different businesses. They find the very best candidates, really well matched to the brief and they always get to the right result quickly. They are incredibly well connected and have been a pleasure to deal with. I am a big fan.

Richard Pennycook, CEO, The Cooperative Group, chairman The Hut Group, former Group FD Wm. Morrisons plc

My experience with Chief Officers Group was a model of how a search appointment should work. A very smooth, robust and effectively managed process with a great end result.

Des Gunewardena, Chairman & CEO, D&D London

Chief Officers Group are extremely well-connected and helped me secure my current role via their strong PE links. Beyond helping with immediate recruitment needs successfully and quickly they are also an excellent source of advice and insight into the market, particularly with respect to PE.

Paul Keen CFO, etc.venues

I've known the COG team professionally for many years. They are accomplished and professional operators with an extensive network of board level contacts who really understand the recruitment needs of the private equity industry. Their reputation for service and delivery is well earned.

Martin Jenkins, Practice Senior Partner, Deloitte UK

John Pearce is a first-rate, focused recruitment professional. He has a great network and access to the best talent...he placed me, so need I say more?

Dennis Hall, portfolio director, Baird Capital Partners Europe

I have worked with Chief Officers Group many times when trying to identify potential executives and non-executives for investments. With their extensive contact network across a broad range of industries they have consistently identifed candidates of an extremely high calibre. Their significant experience of working with private equity means they can fully appreciate our needs and select only the most relevant candidates.

Rachael Baker, Partner, Graphite Capital

COG has helped me on numerous occasions in a variety of different scenarios. Whether it is introducing sector specialists pre-deal to help advise on target companies and deal origination ideas or helping to fill management gaps within our portfolio, the depth and quality of their network is always apparent. Having recently given them a recruitment brief which was key to unlocking a deal, they quickly understood the requirement and identified a number of quality Chairman one of which was appointed when the deal completed.

Steve Aston, Investment director, LDC

COG are a well connected and highly professional business. They will always ensure they fully understand the needs of both the client and potential candidates and deliver successfully.

Roger Matthews, Chairman, LSL Property Services PLC

John is a first class recruiter of senior executives and board directors on behalf of PE and venture firms and Chief Officers Group is a great concept. They tend to under-promise and over-deliver and I can recommend them highly without any reservation.

Robert Gogel, CEO Integreon, chairman Enrich Reward

It was really good to see you last night and thanks for inviting me to the “very special” dinner. I thoroughly enjoyed the company, food and discussion.

Roger Flynn, CEO, Springboard Group Ltd

Thank you for a great evening at Hélène Darroze on Wednesday; I thoroughly enjoyed it. Both the venue and the food were splendid; your guests were interesting and the discussions were stimulating and varied. What more could one ask?

Neville Davis, Chairman, Clifford Thames, Fourth, SecureData

What a fantastic time I had! You did an event with so much more style than normal it was quite breath-taking! I am sure that your business will go from strength to strength. Many thanks

Jules Hydleman, Plural chairman

John, Congratulations on The Connaught event - I thought it was spectacular. You are continuing your unbroken run of never having introduced me to an uninteresting person! Many thanks again.

Richard Pennycook, CEO, The Cooperative Group, chairman The Hut Group, former Group FD Wm. Morrisons plc

A quick thank you for last night. A fascinating group of people, most of whom we would like to get to know much better! Steve Tappin was a very impressive speaker.


Thank you from the bottom of my heart for Wednesday night, what a lovely evening, a great venue and an eclectic and electric group of people! I enjoyed myself thoroughly. Mille grazie,

Per Jonsson, CEO

Thank you for including me in your event last night. We attend a lot of these kind of things but this was different and something really, really special. I met a lot of interesting people The food, wine and company were simply top class. The event was a fantastic advertisement for your new venture and sent a message that you are looking to build a quality business with quality people.

Garry Wilson, Endless LLP

A very well put together evening, great people, a really interesting speaker in Steve and an opportunity to see and meet a few old faces. I wish you lots of good fortune. You certainly appear to be on the right track.

Leisure company CEO and entrepreneur.

...the event last night was excellent, I am really glad that we got involved. A big thank you from Deloitte.

Paul Lupton, Deloitte

Congratulations on a very successful launch last evening. It felt markedly different from the somewhat pompous dinners of other providers. Steve did a great job and the intimacy and networking of the evening had a real buzz.

International CEO, Support Services.

Well done on kicking off the inaugural event in such style! We were very impressed by the location, ambiance and the high quality guest list, which made for very interesting discussions, with much to follow up!

Paul Teuten, MD, Duff & Phelps

Many thanks indeed for the really great event last night. Wonderful company, setting and food! Steve Tappin's speech was thought-provoking and his remarks about Chinese CEOs very informative. A really splendid evening. Best wishes

David Soskin, NED, Aldermore Bank, founder Cheapflights.com

Congratulations on and thank you for Wednesday – a huge success!

Joanne Milner, CEO, Debrett’s

Thanks for a great evening last night, a fantastic crowd, lovely venue and a fist full of business cards to follow up on this morning.

Branded consumer goods chairman

...thank-you for “inviting me”. Well done! – I thought last night was a great success. Steve was excellent; a very good mix of people; and delicious food and wine. Everyone enjoyed it; they all got the message regarding Asian possibilities; and the level of interaction/networking was high.

Gordon Black, CBE

What a stylish and successful launch event. It was a privilege to be there, thank you. Great food and wine at The Connaught, good speeches, and nice to see some old friends amongst the new faces. Not so much of a launch as a Lift Off! Well done.

David Williams, Dunedin LLP

COG have helped to recruit multiple high calibre non-executives to our boards. They have strong networks and are very responsive - a pleasure to work with.

Avin Rabheru, Senior associate, Smedvig Capital