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      Our aim is to create value through vital, diverse and inclusive connections to power your progress. 

      The team Our services

      Reputation, and word of mouth is the foundation that BQ is built upon.  
      Professionals trust us because of our superior track record of executing placements with transparency and consistency.  Start-ups to global businesses trust Brooks Quayle with their talent needs, and our relationships are built on the quality of our results. 
      As a minority-owned business, we actively encourage diversity and inclusion in our strategies and actions.   
      We believe that a diverse workforce is essential for a thriving business.  By actively seeking the best talent inside BQ, we can assure our clients that we can deliver talent that introduces balance, creativity and innovation to your workforce.   
      As stewards of our clients’ investment in talent recruitment, our goal is to create value by sourcing candidates who reflect your company’s values, leading to industry leading talent retention and sustainable growth. 
      Michael Brooks
      CEO

      What sets us apart?

      Why choose us?

      Businesses choose Brooks Quayle because of our high success rate, extensive network, consistent professional service and partnership approach. 

      Calibre hires are the result of calibre search partners with the connections, knowledge, resources and reputation that add value from the first engagement. Be assured of search partners who speak your language and deliver trusted advice and consistent quality results.

      Our business is built on word of mouth. Our high success rate is the foundation of our established and repeat relationships. We deliver what we promise in a professional and relatable way that builds engagement and trust, providing the insights and results.

      Exceptional service, clear & honest communication, high touch points and market clarity is regular feedback we receive. What we do takes experience, understanding and commitment. Our processes are robust and transparent, so you always know where you stand, respectfully.

      We choose to be a boutique firm because relationships and delivery means more to us. We’re as invested as you in achieving your goals. Expect greater interaction with leadership, valuable engagement and consistent results. We believe in the value we add and create a positive impact, solving your talent challenges discreetly, with speed and accuracy.

      How it began

      2012

      Launched as Executive Search focused on senior appointments in the UK, US and Asia

      2013

      Landed in the US

      2014

      Launched Canadian operations

      2015

      Due to client demands, extended our offering to support contingent recruitment

      2017

      Establishment of BQ distinct practices – Finance and Technology

      2018

      Further specialised Finance into distinct areas – Advisory, Assurance, Tax and Restructuring

      2019

      Further specialised Technology into distinct areas Cloud, Data & Analytics, Cybersecurity and IoT

      2020

      Launched Restructuring Team

      2022

      New London office

      Guiding principles

      We share information, ideas and problems respectfully, because we believe it builds trust and strengthens outcomes, for everyone. 

      Nurturing relationships with each other and our partners is vital to our shared success. This requires open, clear and consistent communication in every interaction.

      We challenge constructively and offer guidance and feedback where we know we add value, fuelling the strength of our established connections.

      We aim to meet and exceed agreed expectations, both individually and collectively, and are transparent throughout all engagements. We’re united as one BQ,  supporting and developing each other to thrive, together.

      All interactions are underpinned by respect, for the backgrounds and beliefs of each other, our clients and candidates.

      We believe it is this combination that creates value as a true and trusted advisor.

      We’re curious and ask a lot questions to fully understand requirements, objectives and perspectives. This equips us with the insights we need to offer original and considered suggestions and take a systematic approach that works, first time.

      We tackle problems creatively and logically, challenging existing thinking to create consistent marginal gains. We consider all opportunities to deliver the highest professional quality, ethically.

      The team

      The team

      Michael Brooks

      Founder

      Andrew Norton
      Andrew Norton

      Chairman

      Jack O'Dowd
      Jack O’Dowd

      Manager; Principal Consultant –  Technology

      Paul Wilson
      Paul Wilson

      Principal Consultant – Technology

      Roma Patel
      Roma Patel

      Consultant

      Rishan Patel
      Rishan Patel

      Research Specialist

      James Simler
      James Simler

      Manager; Principal Consultant – Finance

      Chris Purwin
      Chris Purwin

      Principal Consultant – Finance

      Sharon Arbuckle
      Sharon Arbuckle

      Office & Operations Coordinator

      Amy Seventko
      Amy Seventko

      Consultant – Finance

      Tahmid Chowdury
      Tahmid Chowdhury

      Research Specialist

      Teresa Anders
      Teresa Anders

      Office Administrator

      Summer Lewis
      Summer-Jane Lewis

      Associate Consultant

      Yvette Smith-Bell
      Yvette Smith-Bell

      Office & HR Manager

      Let’s talk hiring and careers

      If you’re transforming your talent or career, get in touch with the team today to discuss your career and hiring ambitions. Your first step starts with Brooks Quayle.

        Michael
        Brooks

        Founder

        Bio

        Mike is one of BQ’s founding partners, based in the US. A former lawyer, Mike has over 17 years’ search experience working with some of the world’s leading brands and businesses helping them to identify executive talent across the US and beyond. 

        Prior to founding BQ he ran international teams at some of the world’s largest search firms. Mike leads the US arm of BQ and the BQ search business globally. Covering all functions, he has a particular focus on Partner and C-suite appointments.

        Snapshot

        • Mike has a passion for cooking and entertaining
        • He has been known to cook Holiday Dinners for the whole business at Holiday parties.
        • He is also a big advocate of charitable causes close to his heart. 

        Andrew
        Norton

        Chairman

        Andrew Norton

        Bio

        Drew joined BQ as an advisor in 2019 and is now the Executive Chairman. Previously he worked at J P Morgan, prior to joining Page Group in 1993, as a consultant.

        Over 21 years with Page Group, he progressed from consultant to Regional Managing Director, based in Singapore. Here he was responsible for South East Asia. He has a wealth of experience across multiple disciplines, brands and geographies.

        Drew is passionate about recruitment, honesty, integrity and developing others to fulfil their potential in an open, transparent meritocratic environment.

        Snapshot

        • Keen padel player
        • Likes a round of golf when the opportunity presents itself

        Jack
        O’Dowd

        Manager; Principal Consultant – Technology

        Jack O'Dowd

        Bio

        Jack is a Manager and Principal Technology Consultant at BQ’s London office, and joined BQ after a career change from Private Equity.  Jack is a results orientated recruiter with a reputation of delivering high-quality service, and historically a top performer at BQ.    

        Jack specializes in Technology hiring specifically, Cybersecurity, Data & Analytics, Cloud Infrastructure, ERP and Software Engineering. 

        A keen sportsman (Soccer, Skiing, Cricket, Golf) and avid sports fan (Chelsea FC), Jack also represented the two time winning FA cup Football team.  

        “Jack is by far the best recruiter I’ve ever worked with. He checked in regularly, gave me immediate updates, and his follow up was exceptional. My most recent hiring process was a bit extended and arduous, but he was the one person I felt I could depend on throughout it all. I will gladly refer anyone to Brooks Quayle, and specifically Jack O’Dowd in a heartbeat”.

        Senior Solutions Engineer

        Snapshot

        • Joined BQ in 2017
        • Racehorse Owner
        • Left-handed

        Paul
        Wilson

        Principal Consultant – Technology

        Paul Wilson

        Bio

        Paul is a dedicated technology recruiter partnering with businesses to help them find and retain emerging technology leaders. 

        With over 7 years of experience, Paul has assisted Fortune 100 businesses, leading professional services firms and start-ups (of all stages) to attract the best technology talent the industry has to offer. So, if you’re building an advisory capability from the ground up or replacing the irreplaceable technology leader who’s inevitably poached by FAANG, Paul can help. 

        Not interested in that? He can talk for hours about food & restaurants, wine, golf, property development or, his cocker spaniel, Rum. 

        Snapshot

        • 7+ years of technology recruitment experience
        • Great sense of humor (externally verified, check my LinkedIn recommendations)
        • Average golfer

        Roma
        Patel

        Consultant

        Roma Patel

        Bio

        Roma is a Consultant at BQ.  She joined the Tech team as a University Graduate and was promoted within the first year. She specialises in Software Development, Cloud Engineering, GIS and Cyber Risk across North America. Roma is based at Brooks Quayle’s London office

        Roma is a big advocate for placing more women in Tech and closing the gender gap. She is passionate about all thing’s beauty, fitness and is a keen Manchester United fan.

        Snapshot

        • Consultant at BQ
        • Cyber specialist
        • Beauty enthusiast & Man U fan

        Rishan
        Patel

        Research Specialist

        Rishan Patel

        Bio

        Rish joined BQ as a University graduate with a BA in Accounting with Finance as an Associate Consultant based in BQ’s London office.  He is now one of our talented research specialists for Technology recruitment, specifically in Data Analytics, Cloud, DevOps, and IAM/PAM across North America.  

        Rish is passionate about soccer, Formula 1, and contributing to his family Charity which supports education for underprivileged children in India. 

        Snapshot

        • Technology recruitment specialist in Data Analytics, Cloud, DevOps, and IAM/PAM
        • An advocate of every child deserves an education
        • Liverpool supporter
        James Simler

        James
        Simler

        Manager; Principal Consultant – Finance

        James Simler

        Bio

        James is a Manager at BQ based in London.  James now leads a team of 4 consultants specializing in Professional Services hiring for Finance. 

        James cultivates and leads key client relationships for BQ across Transaction Services, Restructuring & Turnaround and Accounting Advisory. 

        In his spare time, James enjoys hiking the National Parks in the US and in the great British countryside. He has a strong interest in most competitive sports, playing Soccer and any racket sports. 

        James graduated Nottingham Trent University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Management. 

        Snapshot

        • 4+ years in recruitment, focusing on the North America markets
        • Enjoys travel & competitive sports
        • Loves immersing himself in different cultures

        Chris
        Purwin

        Principal Consultant – Finance

        Chris Purwin

        Bio

        Chris is a Principal consultant in London focusing on our US companies. Prior to joining BQ, Chris worked for a global executive search firm conducting searches across Tax, Finance and Risk.  

        He built a strong track record of delivery and execution to a diverse client base that includes a range of professional and financial services.  Chris’s deep relationships and broad network of professionals is unrivalled across the Americas, Europe, and Asia.  

        Chris has extensive experience in both contingent and retained search methods with a 100% success rate on all retained searches conducted.  

        Snapshot

        • Close to a decade of experience within executive search
        • Passionate about food and cooking
        • Avid traveller that enjoys exploring new countries and cultures
        Sharon Arbuckle

        Sharon Arbuckle

        Office & Operations Coordinator

        Sharon Arbuckle

        Bio

        Sharon works closely with the management team and has worked for BQ for over 10 years. She has 20+ years administrative experience in several industries, most notably in FMCG and Recruitment, and is based in Johannesburg, South Africa.     

        Sharon is responsible for a wide variety of tasks including management of our various internal systems, assisting with searches and ensuring that our data integrity is maintained at the highest level. Sharon is currently becoming Salesforce certified.  

        Snapshot

        • Loves a good book
        • Traveled and lived in the US and UK for several years
        • Enjoys spending lunch breaks on the local hiking trail

        Amy
        Seventko

        Consultant – Finance

        Amy Seventko

        Bio

        Amy joined the Finance Team at Brooks Quayle four years ago, bringing nearly 25 years of recruiting experience, beginning as a Recruiter for the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta.

        After taking a hiatus to raise her four children, Amy returned to recruiting in the Federal space prior to joining BQ.

        As a Breast Cancer survivor, Amy is active in many charities including Susan G. Komen, The 3 B’s and Runway for the Cure.

        Amy lives in Loudoun County, Virginia.

        Snapshot

        • Very active in many charities including Susan G. Komen, The 3 B’s and Runway for the Cure.
        • 25 years’ recruitment experience.
        • Recruiter for the 1996 Olympic Games
        Tahmid Chowdury

        Tahmid Chowdhury

        Research Specialist

        Bio

        Tahmid is a research specialist at BQ based in our London offices, with an uncanny talent for finding talent for the Accounting, Finance, and the Restructuring & Turnaround industries.  Tahmid was a teacher before working with a virtual reality start-up.  His passion for education and recruitment go hand in hand to help candidates reach their potential and achieve their development goals. 

        A lover of travel and sport, Tahmid has combined his hobbies and visited clubs and stadiums across the continent.  He is a season ticket holder at Fulham Football Club as well as a supporter of the Jacksonville Jaguars!  Tahmid lives in London and is a graduate of the London School of Economics.  

        Snapshot

        • Graduate from the LSE – BSc Economic History
        • Teaching and start-up experience before finding his passion in recruitment
        • Travelled to over 50 stadiums across the UK & Europe (favorite being the San Siro in Milan, Italy)
        Teresa Anders

        Teresa Anders

        Office Administrator

        Teresa Anders

        Bio

        Teresa joined BQ a little under a year ago and is based out of Johannesburg, South Africa.  

        Teresa uses her over 20 years’ experience in Education to assist BQ in an administrative role.  

        An animal lover and advocate, she will go above and beyond to assisting where needed, from looking for a lost animal or to networking in getting new loving homes for rescues.  

        Teresa lives in South Africa with her husband and daughter, and graduated from Germiston Technical College with a NQ6 – Secretarial/Administrative. 

        Snapshot

        • Over 20 years’ experience in Education
        • Passionate about animal welfare
        • Mother of 1

        Summer-Jane
        Lewis

        Associate Consultant

        Summer Lewis

        Bio

        Summer is an Associate Consultant and rising star in our London office.   She recently graduated from the University of Southampton with a bachelor’s degree in law. She joined the team early April 2022 with a love of recruiting running deep in her veins.  Her father worked in recruiting and she was inspired to join the industry, which she has thoroughly enjoyed.  

        She is a huge advocate for diversity and inclusion and created a podcast focused on the empowerment of women.    

        Summer joined BQ with previous sales experience working in a technology start-up where she was responsible for both business development and strategy.  She now specializes in finance, building relationships with leading consulting firms and investment banks in the States. 

        Snapshot

        • Podcast enthusiast
        • Passion for sales and recruitment with experience in AI and Finance
        • Avid traveler
        Yvette Smith-Bell

        Yvette Smith-Bell

        Office & HR Manager

        Yvette Smith-Bell

        Bio

        Yvette is an experienced Office Manager and Generalist HR practitioner.  She has 25+ years’ experience gained in various sectors including Charity, FMCG, Corporate Finance, Cosmetics and Executive Search. 

        Based at our London office, and supporting the BQ team world-wide, Yvette prides herself on being a proficient multi-tasker and organizer; she gets the job done! 

        Originally from Manchester, Yvette has lived and worked in London for over 20 years.  Away from the office, Yvette sings in an award-winning choir (think jazz hands, not church!), and enjoys getting out of the city on a walk or hike to wind down. 

        Snapshot

        • Experienced professional 
        • Team support
        • Singer extraordinaire!