How We Add Value

Essenta is an ambitious and contemporary business. We deliver world-class talent insight and leadership appointments.

Our people

Essenta Partners have a collective 90 years of diverse experience, across a host of leadership challenges. We strive to be authentic, responsive and good to deal with. If you ‘buy the Partner’ you ‘get the Partner’.

Our networks

Over the years, we have built strong and contemporary networks of brilliant leaders. Access to this executive talent enables you to make outstanding appointments. Our ongoing engagement with these networks ensures situational alignment to your business goals.

Our approach

We flex our solutions to our clients’ ongoing and situational talent requirements. Essenta adopts best-in-class methodologies, rigorously and consistently implemented. We combine the art of our expertise with the science of robust assessment. Multiple and targeted data sets enable better leadership decisions and reduce hiring risk.

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Meet the team

Julie Martin

Head of Delivery
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Charlie Jaggard

Founding Partner
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James Howells

Founding Partner
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Liz Reynolds

Executive Assistant
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Jon White

Partner
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Jenni Murray-Bates

Associate
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Graham Butler

Partner
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Bibette Thompson

Associate
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Ashley Hobkinson

Partner
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Harriet Forbes-Lange

Associate
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Who we work with

Essenta works in partnership with companies that place talent at the top of the corporate agenda as they look to address calibre, growth, change, diversity and/or succession challenges. The leaders that we appoint make a considerable impact to our clients’ business.

Our clients include global blue-chip multinationals, domestic champions, private equity portfolio companies and entrepreneurial ventures.

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What our clients think

  • "Essenta consistently demonstrates a highly refreshing and insightful understanding of our talent requirements at executive level. They operate at pace and with professionalism. This has resulted in us hiring several new leaders into our business in preparation for 2018.”

    Francesca Peters - Chief Talent Officer, Regus
  • “I have worked with James for many years and he acts as an extension of our own business. He consistently ensures that we get access to the best possible talent in a highly competitive marketplace.”

    Phil Wieland - Operating Partner, Bain Capital
  • I have known and worked with some of the Essenta team for many years. They recently handled a senior finance search for me and the outcome was excellent. The quality of all the candidates I met was very high, I realistically could have hired 2 or 3 of them for the role. The help and advice I had from the team to land the top candidate was first class.

    Mark Burrows – CFO, The Football Association
  • "Essenta ran a comprehensive process to deliver a high quality outcome in our search for a CFO. Their creative and thorough approach, highlighting private equity CFO’s & a wider talent landscape meant we accessed a deep new talent pool. They were challenging in terms of the brief and thoroughly assessed candidates against this. I'd definitely work with them again. Their professional, flexible approach was refreshing.”

    Xavier Woodward – Investment Director, Livingbridge
  • "I recently worked with Jon for the first time. I have to say that it's been a while since I have come across someone who understood and captured a brief so quickly and with such accuracy. The shortlist was very strong, the process was completed on schedule and we've made a great appointment. Pretty much a flawless search.”

    Ian McCaig - CEO First Utility

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