La Fosse Associates have successfully recruited two particularly challenging and business critical roles for us. They quickly understood our organisation and provided us with an exceptional service. It was a pleasure to work with consultants who understand their market and are genuinely passionate about what they do.
Sarah McKee I Reward & Resourcing Manager I May Gurney
I have used Sophie at LaFosse to recruit for a variety of positions whilst working at Bezier and also in my previous role. Sophie has quickly provided me with resources whilst fully understanding what it is I need as her approach is detailed and thorough – a real pleasure to work with. It is unusual to find a firm that can apply the same quality at a junior level that they do at a senior level.
Chris Airey, CIO of Bezier
I have engaged Sophie Rogers at La Fosse to recruit for a variety of positions at the last two organisations I have worked at: a CTO level search, an interim senior consultant and some junior technical contract roles. I have always received a high quality, professional and focused approach for all these pieces of work. Sophie has demonstrated strong market knowledge in the technology and digital space and I have no hesitation in recommending her and La Fosse. As a manager from outside of the IT area it has been enormously useful to put all my IT needs with one company and consistently receive a great service.
Dan O’Brien, CFO, Digital theatre
This was a critical executive hire and we choose to work with La Fosse after taking some strong personal recommendations. They took time to learn about our culture and met with all key stakeholders to gain their views and to advise us on the candidate profile. They successfully delivered a high calibre shortlist of candidates. We have appointed a new SVP confident that we have seen the best available talent in the market and would be delighted to work with them again.
Jeremy Thompson-Hill, Chief Operating Officer, OpenBet
La Fosse delivered a strong shortlist of CTO candidates with early benchmark candidates to ensure alignment. During the process we had to work through particularly challenging candidate counter offers and La Fosse supported us through this process with sound advice and counsel. We are delighted with the new CTO who we have decided to make a fast-track appointment to our Board, recognising the calibre of the candidate. We would not hesitate to recommend La Fosse or to work with them again.
Felicity James, Group COO, Asset Trust Group (Hometrack Parent Company)
The football Association
The FA Group Technology team are undergoing a significant transformation and La Fosse Associates are playing a key role in supporting this process. Finding great candidates for an organisation as diverse and as demanding as The Football Association is extremely challenging. We need people who are commercially driven, politically aware and have technical excellence. These dynamics make selecting the right Search partner essential. I am very happy with the people provided by La Fosse and look forward to working with Simon and his team over the next year.
Rob Ray, Group Director of Digital & Information Technology, The football Association
I have used La fosse on many occasions, to build top to bottom capability across the IT function after a merger and restructuring. Once they got to know us they delivered some quick wins with the appointment of some key interim hires, followed by permanent hires at the lower levels. When I needed to appoint a Head of infrastructure and operations I also commissioned La Fosse. They ran a great process , resulting in the appointment of an outstanding individual who is doing a great job for me as my number two.
Adam Burstow, CIO Telereal
“When I joined Birds Eye as CIO we had a number of significant challenges on our hands. Not least was the need to build an entire international technology from scratch. Under the terms of the sale from Unilever we had access to their technology for a limited period after which we needed to be able to smoothly transition to a new IS team and environment that I was responsible for creating. And yes, you guessed it, the timescales were highly aggressive and non negotiable.
Against this backdrop my choice of recruitment partner was clearly going to be a key decision. I considered a number of companies and La Fosse Associates started out at the back of the pack because they were at that point in time, a relatively new organisation. However, they impressed me with their hunger, their values and the general quality and style of their people. Furthermore, they seemed to have a genuine capability and desire to source at a number of different levels. I found this refreshing and preferred the idea of working with just one recruitment partner. So, we embarked on a journey together to rapidly source, attract and acquire an entire leadership team located in the UK, Germany and Belgium. The different geographic locations presented an additional level of complexity as did the fast paced and entrepreneurial environment that was Birds Eye at the time.
La Fosse Associates attacked the campaign in an innovative, imaginative way backed up with a high degree of rigour and process. They managed us well, alerting us to issues at the right point and being highly attentive to candidates and their needs during the whole process. Furthermore, when we needed to be called upon to make key decisions we were encouraged to do so in a firm but respectful manner.
The end result was a great team rapidly sourced and put in place.We were delighted with the success of what was clearly a demanding piece of work and it has been a vital building block in Birds Eye’s corporate journey.
Tania Howarth, CIO, Birds Eye
La Fosse Associates know their marketplace extremely well. They act with integrity, are a pleasure to deal with and stand head and shoulders above their competition. They clearly deserve the success they are enjoying; I wish them well and will watch their progress with interest.”
“Royal Mail has a clear board level strategy to transform our organisation to enable it to prosper and grow in the liberalised postal market and the subsequent increased competition. Technology will be central to achieving this and we recently embarked on an ambitious recruitment drive to find and attract the best IS talent in the UK in large numbers and as rapidly as possible.
As is widely understood we are operating in a highly competitive IS marketplace characterised by acute skills shortages and a paucity of individuals with the outstanding interpersonal skills we needed. On top of this we were operating in an environment of negative press coverage from a variety of angles. These factors combined with the quantity of hires and timescales meant that we were faced with a significant challenge.
It was against this backdrop that we engaged with La Fosse Associates. Although they are a relatively young organisation we felt they had the capability, expertise, hunger and enthusiasm to attack it with the focus that we needed to succeed.
The reality has been much as we would have liked. After a very hectic couple of months we have already recruited over thirty senior people through a wide variety of different means, all driven and orchestrated by La Fosse Associates. The quality of people presented to us has been consistently high and subsequently the ratio of interviews to offers is excellent.
Ultimately, the success of this project has been a story of effective teamwork between La Fosse Associates and Royal Mail.We have worked hard to properly integrate LFA as a partner. They in turn have responded brilliantly, demonstrated their expertise and commitment and together we have produced some outstanding results.
For me there were two major contributors to the relationship:-
- La Fosse Associates’ ability to accurately and consistently convey the Royal Mail transformation challenge and story, and as a first engagement point portray from the very outset the “new” Royal Mail.
- Have the confidence and trust to challenge Royal Mail on where we needed to improve and raise our game.
In short, I am delighted with the outcome and have nothing but praise for the entire team at La Fosse; thank you!”
Robin Dargue, Group CIO, Royal Mail
Associated British Foods
“La Fosse Associates have played a key role in the setup of ABF’s new IT Shared Service Centre providing us with outstanding end to end interim and permanent recruitment solutions, offering excellent short lists of a broad range of candidates. They worked as part of our team to ensure we ran a professional recruitment campaign whist meeting short and demanding timescales in situation where requirements were fluid.
They are a highly professional team, a pleasure to work with and it has been especially helpful to be able to partner with just one organisation that’s able to cover a wide variety of different roles from both a permanent and interim perspective.”
Trevor Hanna, CIO, Associated British Foods
“Simon has worked incredibly hard to deliver on this commitment to our company. He has gone beyond the call of duty in order to bring candidates through the recruiting process and we have been able to land an exceptionally good individual for one of our key roles very early in the process.”
Garry Fingland, Global Service Delivery Director, Diageo Plc
“I have had the opportunity to engage La Fosse Associates on a couple of senior level hires. La Fosse were very professional and proactive during the engagement. They clearly have a good understanding of the market and, more importantly, a good access to quality candidates. They proactively engaged to understand and elaborate the role, they were then able to rapidly gather a list of qualified candidates. The short listed candidates we interviewed were well briefed. The ground work completed by La Fosse meant a more efficient process overall. I wish them continued success and am delighted to hear of the nomination.”
Rashmi Rao, Vice President - Global System, XL Insurance
“I have worked with La Fosse Associates and have found them refreshingly different to their peer group.
It seems that the organisation has been formed by a team of people who share a similar set of values. They are all experienced recruiters in their own right and have a simple but clear philosophy of providing an exceptional customer experience. It’s an admirable aim and if my experience is anything to go by they are already achieving this.”
Phil Ives, Head of IT, Yell Ltd
“Simon has worked relentlessly on a couple of roles which were newly created within the organisation. His determination and tenacity to see the project through to completion deserved a medal! He has responded to feedback well, which has helped develop a good partnership between both Diageo and La Fosse Associates”
Jenny Bell, Diageo
Crest Nicholson PLC
“I have been delighted with the work that La Fosse Associates has undertaken on our behalf.
We first engaged with them early in 2008 and had such a good experience that we recently came back to them for a second round of hiring. Our first assignment was for senior hires and the second tranche was focused on more technical staff. In both cases they have understood the brief well and quickly provided highly relevant candidates in what is a highly competitive environment.
The feedback from candidates who have gone through their process is always highly positive and for me this is an important consideration and says a lot about their modus operandi. I understand that La Fosse Associates have a 100% track record of success to date; this doesn’t surprise me and I hope they manage to maintain this quality of work as they grow and develop into the future.”
Myles Gibbins, Group IT Director, Crest Nicholson PLC
“We engaged with La Fosse to find Minster Law Solicitors a CIO. The brief was demanding as the appointment needed to be multi-dimensional; not only did we need a strong leader with extensive technology expertise, we also required a person with strategic vision, personal energy to drive change and most importantly to be a good cultural fit.
There was a lack of IT knowledge within Minster, therefore we relied heavily on Simon La Fosse to identify the correct person from a technical perspective. We interviewed several good candidates and finally chose one to join the board. The appointment has proved to be extremely successful and our CIO now contributes at the highest level within the firm. The substantial gap we had at executive level has now been filled and our CIO adds substantial value across a wide range of disciplines. I am delighted with the service provided by La Fosse as they found Minster a very good CIO and more.”
Matthew Briggs, CEO, Minster Law
“As part of a wider global initiative we created the role of European CIO for Bacardi and took the decision to appoint a search firm to look for external talent. The role was to be based in Geneva and we needed a firm who not only had credibility in the CIO space but was also able to run an effective pan-European search for us. We had of course a wide list of suppliers to choose from including the prestigious global search firms and after much internal discussion we decided to appoint La Fosse Associates for this key role. Our reasoning was simple; in our view LFA had an impeccable pedigree and track record in the CIO space and real credibility with their target audience. In addition to this, and just as importantly, we liked their values, had worked with Simon before, felt they would represent us well in the marketplace and were clearly hungry for the business.
La Fosse Associates went ahead, ran an extensive process and presented a number of credible people on the shortlist, one of whom we successfully hired and is now making a great contribution to our organisation. The experience with La Fosse Associates was a hugely positive one from every perspective and we would not hesitate to use them again. In essence they are highly professional, focussed on both the candidate and client experience and integrated seamlessly with us and our business.”
Kathryn Jackson-Day, HR Director, Bacardi
“La Fosse Associates is an impressive organisation. I have experience of working with them and have also gladly recommended them to other organisations. It seems to me that they have three defining characteristics that set them apart.
Firstly, they have an interesting business model that allows them to work very efficiently at a variety of different levels within organisations. It makes life easier for me to have one partner to deal with and gives the relationship greater value from both our perspectives.
The second is around their values. They deal with candidates with care and treat their clients with respect. In short they seem focussed on building a long term business rather than operating with the somewhat shorter horizons that seems to typify their peer group.
The third characteristic is around creativity. They have a highly innovative approach to candidate generation that seeks and sources individuals from a much wider range of avenues than I have been used to in the past.
In conclusion, they seem to be setting new standards for their industry and are enjoying significant success and I wish them all the best with their business as it grows.”
Jon Ardron, Main Board Director, BGL Group
“I recently applied to a role that La Fosse Associates was advertising in the Sunday Times. I was dealt with at all stages carefully and with tact. Louisa and her team went out of their way to keep me up to date and gave me good advice throughout. In short, I was made to feel like an individual rather than a cog in the process. I realise that this doesn’t happen by accident and it’s refreshing to discover that there are organisations out there who are determined to differentiate themselves in this way.”
Mark McCormack, Business Systems Controller, Debenhams
“I have had the pleasure of working with La Fosse Associates on two key hires recently. To be honest I’m not sure exactly what it is that makes them so good but I suspect it’s a whole range of things. Clearly they have a great reputation and methodology. In addition they are well networked and really understand their marketplace. Lastly, and probably most importantly their people all seem to be high quality and genuinely focused on doing a great job. I know that Simon La Fosse took the decision early on to spread the equity of the organisation wide amongst the team and maybe it is this that encourages everyone to go the extra mile.”
David Jones, Global CIO, PZ Cussons
“I have used La Fosse Associates on two separate occasions recently to recruit a number of key hires. We engaged with them in the first instance to find a head of Infrastructure and a Head of Decision Support Services. They quickly got their heads round the brief and immediately came back with highly relevant candidates from both an experience and cultural fit perspective. We hired quickly into both roles and a few months after I found myself needing to recruit a critical role in our organisation; Director of Service Delivery. Without hesitation I retained La Fosse Associates and once again they have delivered an outstanding result for me!
I am delighted with the quality of their work. Apart from clearly being very well networked they seem to source candidates in quite a diverse and innovative way.”
Andy Hickey, CIO, News International
“…The end result was a great team rapidly sourced and put in place. We were delighted with the success of what was clearly a demanding piece of work.
La Fosse Associates know their marketplace extremely well. They act with integrity, are a pleasure to deal with and stand head and shoulders above their competition.
They clearly deserve the success they are enjoying; I wish them well and will watch their progress with interest.”
Tania Howarth, CIO, Birds Eye
“The quality of people presented to us has been consistently high and subsequently the ratio of interviews to offers is excellent. Ultimately, the success of this project has been a story of effective teamwork together we have produced some outstanding results.
Robin Dargue, Group CIO, Royal Mail
In short, I am delighted with the outcome and have nothing but praise for the entire team at La Fosse; thank you!”
“…ITV were delighted with the results. La Fosse was a key partner in a complex programme of organisational change – we will continue to work with them going forward and I have no hesitation in recommending them for similar assignments of the kind they delivered for ITV.”
Richard Cross, Group Technology Director, ITV