Welcome to DMJ Search
DMJ is the UK’s only specialist executive search agency focused solely on Group Company Secretary and Head of Governance appointments.
Our insight is based on over 20 years of building dialogue and trust with company secretaries across all sectors in the UK and internationally. With direct access to virtually every group company secretary, we do not rely on researchers during the longlisting process which guarantees a more efficient and comprehensive search.
For any organisation that is looking to hire a Group Company Secretary, we promise to deliver a service that is meticulous, robust and above all customer focused.
We are an award-winning business that is trusted by the Boards of FTSE listed and private limited companies to identify, engage and secure the very best talent in the market.
Meet the Team
Our team comprises a panel of experienced recruitment specialists that understand how important good governance is to your organisation. Collectively we have over 50 years’ experience assisting UK and internationally focused organisations secure the very best company secretarial talent in the market. Our wealth of experience goes well beyond names and job titles – we have tracked the careers of the UK’s leading company secretaries and governance professionals since 1999, giving us a quantifiable advantage over more generalist search firms.
DMJ really took on board our brief, understanding the need for quality candidates and a quick turnaround so allowing us to easily set up interviews and from the focused selected 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 - FTSE 100
Ours is a fast-moving business and recruitment processes often require a sense of urgency to reach a successful conclusion (especially around the limited availability of our chairman). DMJ managed this particularly well which was helpful and well received internally by senior stakeholders in the business. From this I can only assume that DMJ has developed a deep sense of knowledge and trust in the candidates they represent. I would certainly recommend DMJ to anyone in my network with a similar requirement.
Group head of HR, Privately held telecoms company
David and the team at DMJ suggested a clear and sensible recruitment strategy and delivered an impressive shortlist within the timescales promised. Their detailed knowledge of the market and the candidates submitted made for a smooth process and the right result for our business.
FTSE 250 technology company
This was the second time that we engaged with DMJ on a search basis. The service we received was to the high standard that we now expect of DMJ, having worked with both David and Connor I would hold no reservation in using them again nor recommending their services to anyone in the market for a company secretary.
FTSE SmallCap Manufacturing group
It was a pleasure to work with Leena on a couple of assignments for our retail group. I received highly professional and friendly service throughout. Leena was quick to understand the requirements if the role and more importantly, the cultural fit needed. She was always quick to respond, very efficient and I thoroughly enjoyed working with her.
Privately held retail group
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.
FTSE 350 Energy Group
Understanding your requirements and expectations is key to a successful search. We take the time to get to know your organisation, the people, scope and nature of the role and how this relates to your longer term operational and strategic objectives.
We will design and create a detailed recruitment prospectus covering information about your organisation, including leadership, culture and values, scope of the role as well as salary and package details.
Comprehensive market mapping to highlight all potential individuals in the market with headline information on each. We use a traffic light system to provide a visual guide as to suitability from a technical, cultural and financial viewpoint.
Our shortlists offer a detailed analysis of the most committed and qualified individuals we have identified for your role. This includes a full career breakdown, key skills and attributes, points to consider, full package details and our summary.
Where confidentiality may be an issue, you are welcome to use our boardroom for the day, or alternatively we will organise a convenient off-site venue to host your interviews.
We can provide access to qualified professionals to conduct and analyse a variety of psychometric assessments.
**Thomas PPA’s are included as part of our service, others available at additional cost
What we can offer you
Our focus on company secretarial and governance recruitment has been well documented over the years and we are recognised as leaders and pioneers in the market.
During this time we have got to know this profession like no other, trusted to provide support, advice and solutions to hundreds of organisations looking to secure the very best talent the market has to offer. We understand why organisational change and culture feeds directly into the governance role and how this influences the recruitment strategy at the most senior level. Working in close partnership with you ensures we responsibly and appropriately represent your brand, culture and values, creating the right foundation on which to conduct our search.
There are very few company secretaries or governance professionals that don’t know us. Over 20 years of interaction and relationship building makes our searches fast, accurate and guaranteed to identify individuals beyond the obvious. A 97% success rate over the past 4 years speaks for itself.
Group level placements in the last 4 years
Years of combined experience
Our Other Services
Organisational Strategy & Support
Over the years we have advised many companies on the structure of their governance teams relative to their corporate strategy or sector competitors. This ensures you have an adequately resourced, high functioning and proactive company secretarial function.
Retaining talent and reducing attrition is crucial to the long term success of your company secretarial/governance function. We can advise on how best to structure your team and allocate workflow to increase motivation and loyalty amongst the team.
We believe that everyone benefits from coaching throughout their career. We have teamed up with a range of qualified industry experts to ensure that you maximise the full potential of your new hire.
Executive Coaching / Mentoring
DMJ has teamed up with Tonia Lovell, a qualified professional coach who supports individuals in a position of responsibility to become more self-aware, take more personal responsibility and, through this, to become more effective.
Tonia studied law at Cambridge University and Guildford Law School. She then practiced law for nearly 30 years; firstly in the City law firm Linklaters and then, for over 20 years, at Unilever. At Unilever Tonia progressed up the ranks of the legal function with her last two roles being Chief Legal Officer and Group Secretary.Find out more