DMJ SEARCH – The Governance Market’s Window to Retained Group Level Appointments

Posted 21/04/2021 by David Press

The UK governance profession has grown in both importance and recognition over the past decade. Through their accomplishments, Company Secretaries have shown the importance of their positions and are being acknowledged more consistently. This has led to a major shift in hiring patterns with HR placing more importance and care in their processes. Recently, retained searches have increased across the governance profession and are currently 160% busier than just 3 years ago.

Due to Brexit and the on-going pandemic, UK organisations have seen widespread restructuring and their governance teams have been instrumental in these changes. This has furthered their importance with their respective organisations and this importance cemented the need for dedicated recruitment support from external experienced recruitment professionals. Working with Rory and DMJ, on our Group Company Secretary assignment, was a pleasure.   

"With a well-established network and access to a high-quality talent pool coupled with an incredibly professional yet pragmatic service, we were able to make a great hire."

Group HR Director, FTSE 350 Energy Group

As the market leaders in governance recruitment, DMJ has been thoroughly involved in many of these important employment searches. However, we feel that our place in the market requires more than just providing recruitment services to our clients but rather a complete consultancy service. To become more accessible and as an entry point to our content, we have created the DMJ SEARCH website which highlights relevant content, thought leadership points and market updates relevant to the senior end of the market.

The new DMJ SEARCH site also gives you improved access to the consultants who make up the  team who have been responsible for many senior governance role placements over the years. The team is made up of our most experienced governance recruitment experts who have over 50 years’ combined experience in the market, deep connections with the profession and market knowledge above and beyond what you will find at a more generalise search firm.

We pride ourselves on working closely with our clients ensuring we represent your brand, culture and values as if they were our own. This is the foundation of the relationship we build. The process continues with the creation of a bespoke recruitment prospectus, longlist, shortlisting, interviews and rounded out by providing Psychometric testing to ensure you make the right hire the first time, every time.

"DMJ really took on board our brief, understanding the need for quality candidates and a quick turnaround and so allowing us to easily set up interviews and from the focused selection to choose the ideal candidate. I would always recommend DMJ to others based on the quality and personal service which is always delivered."

Head of Office of the Chairman, Group Company Secretary/General Counsel, FTSE 100 Insurance Group

We are very well known in the market. In fact, there are very few company secretaries or governance professionals who don’t know us. Our 20 years of interaction and relationship building ensure our searches are timely, accurate and guaranteed to find what other agencies miss. We know what a quality governance professional is made of and know how to spot it. Our 97% success rate has proven our expertise in the governance employment space.

If you have an important  governance search at the senior level, consider the professionalism and experience of DMJ SEARCH, contact me directly at 020 3058 1440 or email us at

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