Meet the Team
Who is behind DMJ Recruitment?
David Press – Director, Company Secretarial Team
David is one of the founding directors of DMJ and has specialised in the recruitment of company secretaries since 1999. DMJ Company Secretarial is the sole recruitment partner to the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (ICSA).
Widely recognised as a leading name in this field, David has placed company secretaries into many of the UK’s leading businesses including FTSE 500 groups, limited companies, professional practices and financial services. David’s expertise lies in senior hires and executive search across all industry sectors.
By forging close relationships with clients within his specialisms, David is able to understand their requirements and remain at the forefront of trends within the profession such as departmental structures, staff retention and salaries. He equally understands the importance of candidate relationships and meets with applicants to build an accurate picture of their career to date and their aspirations to provide bespoke careers advice.
Who is your role model? Enzo Ferrari who once famously said that 'the client is not always right'!
What is your top recruitment tip? Never attempt to be someone you are not - the client will see right through you
What's the best thing about working in recruitment? Every day brings a new challenge, fresh ideas and the opportunity to offer creative solutions to our clients and candidates.
Marc Tobias - Director, DMJ Private Practice and In-House Teams
Marc is a one of the founding directors of DMJ. He graduated with a law degree from London University in 1995 before moving to the City to pursue a career in the financial markets. He moved into recruitment in 1999 and built a successful career specialising in finance and accountancy before returning to the legal sector
He recruits assistants and partners for many of the City’s and West End’s leading law firms and prides himself on offering a service that is second to none. More recently Marc has focused on developing DMJ’s In-House team and recruits GCs and Heads of Legal for FTSE 100 companies, international organisations and start-ups. Clients often comment on his innovative approach to recruitment to ensure he leaves no stone unturned during the recruitment process. Candidates also like Marc’s straight-forward consultative approach towards finding the perfect role.
Outside the office Marc is a keen sports fan. He is an avid supporter of Arsenal Football Club and has recently completed his first, and probably only, triathlon.
Who is your role model Dennis Bergkamp - cool under pressure, always wanted to succeed, team player who took great pleasure from helping his team mates score, and stuck to his footballing principles.
What is your top recruitment tip? Work with a consultant you trust and listen to their advice. We are experts in recruitment, so trust us when we make a suggestion.
What's the best thing about working in recruitment? It's a cliche but it is the variety that the job offers. One day I can be advising a client on retention policy, the next working on a high profile retained search campaign. The different clients and candidates we advise means that there are always new challenges and situations to deal with
Justin Kopelowitz – Director, Private Practice and Partners & Mergers Teams
Justin is one of the founding directors of DMJ. He qualified as a solicitor in 1992, specialising in commercial property at Howard Kennedy prior to becoming a partner at a small West End firm. He moved into legal recruitment in 1999 and is now a leading name in partner and team moves within the City and internationally.
Justin also heads up DMJ Mergers where his intimate knowledge of the legal market has led to a number of high profile mergers of law firms within London, the US and Regional law firm markets.
When Justin isn't busy placing lawyers or merging firms, he loves to unwind by playing a competitive game of tennis or a round of golf with friends. He has recently developed a new-found interest in cooking and can often be found in the kitchen perfecting his secret recipe for the perfect curry!
Who is your role model Sid James
What is your top recruitment tip? Be yourself.
What's the best thing about working in recruitment? Meeting lots of lawyers!
Ali Braid – Associate Director, DMJ Recruitment Ltd
Ali graduated from Warwick University in 2001 with a BA in English. She taught in a primary school for 2 years and then went to seek her fortune in the big smoke. She started her career in recruitment in 2003, recruiting finance staff to Public sector organisations. Ali moved into Training and Internal recruitment within the same recruitment firm in 2008.
As the Internal Recruitment Manager for DMJ, Ali is focussed on using her search and headhunting skills to recruit the best talent in the market that will enhance our company profile and add to the brands appeal. As an experienced Recruitment trainer Ali is on site to advise and coach our consultants, thereby ensuring our candidates and clients receive a tailored service and personal approach.
When Ali is not providing entertainment for her young son she sometimes visits the gym, goes running and frequents the theatre. She also enjoys a proper afternoon tea and is trying to work her way around the UK’s top tea rooms.
Who is your role model Julie Andrews. Practically perfect in every way.
What is your top recruitment tip? Recruitment is all about people, if you have good relationships with the people you work with, whether that’s your colleagues, clients or candidates you will get positive results.
What's the best thing about working in recruitment? There is never a dull moment.
Louise Raybould - Receptionist, DMJ Recruitment
After finishing college with a Triple Distinction in BTEC IT, Louise worked at a children’s play centre where she became Duty Manager. She decided it wasn’t for her and become a receptionist at an IT Recruitment Company. In September 2014 Louise joined DMJ as a Receptionist.
Outside of work Louise tries to attend the gym 3 times a week. She watches a lot of TV series ranging from Faulty Towers to The Big Bang Theory. She loves going to theatres and would love to go and see a Broadway show in New York!
Who is your role model Angelina Jolie
What is your top recruitment tip? Build a relationship – trust, loyalty and honesty.
What's the best thing about working in recruitment? Working in a proactive environment with people who strive for long-term goals.
Alex Arnot – Non-Executive Director, DMJ Recruitment Ltd
Alex Arnot sits on the board, as the Non-Executive Director, of 15 recruitment companies which have a combined turnover well in excess of £100M+. With almost 20 years’ recruitment experience of both growing companies and successful exits he is one of the most sought-after experts within the sector. His mantra is that the success and growth of a company should be fuelled by standing out from the crowd through innovation and providing excellent customer value.