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river island

“Barry Minde and Associates have a long history with River Island – through periods of expansion, they have supported us with a number of key appointments (not least our Chief Executive and Human Resources Director!). Barry works closely with clients to understand their business needs and offers a high level of personal service, coupled with integrity and confidentiality. His particular strengths are in managing difficult one-off assignments and delivering a professionally managed and very well researched shortlist of candidates.”

Richard Bradbury, Retired Chief Executive, River Island.


“Barry Minde excelled in filling the brief for a senior retail position with Nike. He understood the requirements of the candidate, not only from a job experience and skill set perspective, but equally important, found a candidate well suited to the Nike culture and ethos.

The search was well managed, targeted and highly successful. He provided a focussed, quality shortlist, supported with very accurate candidate reports, enabling me to progress rapidly through the search process, from initial brief to offer. I had total confidence that I would find the ideal candidate in a short period of time with Barry's approach.

The result is that Nike has a new employee who is highly regarded, well suited to the job demands and company fit and has been identified as an emerging leader within the Nike organisation, all within a matter of months. I will definitely be seeking to fulfill further positions with Barry in the near future.”

Kate Hayes, Retail Director, Nike


“Barry has been a valuable partner to Starbucks in the UK and Ireland market - particularly where there are more specialised roles to fill. Barry takes the time to really understand not only the role but the culture in which the role will operate, and as a result, provides appropriate candidates who are worthy of real consideration.

My impression has always been that Barry really cares about the relationship he has with the client company and with the candidates - and that care shows in his ongoing contact throughout assignments.”

Gordon Lyle, Vice President - Human Resources, Starbucks EMEA

welcome break

“Welcome Break have been working with Barry Minde on a number of core projects for different appointments, not least our Site Directors and our Commercial Director. Barry spends a lot of time and effort in planning and detailing his searches to ensure there is always a shortlist of very credible candidates, who all hit the mark. The candidates are therefore not just capable, but very much a cultural fit within the business.”

Rod McKIe, Chief Executive, Welcome Break

natural history museum

“Barry Minde helped us recruit a key appointment. Barry helped us to define our brief and target areas and provided the right amount of information at the right time throughout the process. Barry was helpful, clear, professional and understanding throughout our assignment.”

Louise Emerson, Head of Business and Commercial Strategy, Natural History Museum

total media group

“We used the services of Barry Minde and Associates for the position of Managing Director of a new start-up company within the Total Media Group. Our brief to Barry was quite demanding and included a requirement for substantial and specific previous experience at a senior level, as well as key personality characteristics to ensure full and proper culture fit within our organisation.

Barry spent some time getting to know our company and its culture, as well making sure that he had a full understanding of our requirements for the position before he embarked upon researching the market.

Within the agreed timescale, he produced three outstanding candidates for us to consider. In my view, any of the three would have been able to fill the position. In fact, we had some substantial internal debate before we were able to make our selection from the three. It should be said that the candidate we did choose has turned out to be an outstanding performer and, a year after start-up, has already taken the company into a profit position.

On a personal note, in this process I found Barry to be very constructive, proactive and supportive. In the early stages, he would telephone regularly to keep me informed of developments. Once the appointment had been made, he continued to keep in touch from time to time, making sure that we had all made the right decision. I enjoyed working with Barry very much and would recommend his consultancy highly for any project for which it is being considered.”

Mike Sell, Chief Executive Officer, Total Media Group


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