October 26, 2022 – Norman Broadbent Group, a London-based executive recruitment and advisory firm, has expanded into Scotland. The firm has established a six-person team to launch its new Scottish arm. By the end of 2025, Norman Broadbent Group expects to have 20 staff north of the border, according to The Scotsman. The new Scottish operations are being led by search leader Michael Diamond, and is focusing on targeting the board, C-suite, and leadership market of Scotland’s largest brands and businesses.
“With Norman Broadbent Group, we see a fantastic opportunity to disrupt the Scottish market in an impactful way and establish ourselves as the leading player within executive search and a valued strategic partner to investors, high-growth companies, and major brands who have a base or are headquartered in Scotland,” said Mr. Diamond. “The year ahead will bring many challenges for Scotland’s businesses but also a number of opportunities for those who can lead their teams through economic volatility and uncertainty. Combining our experience in executive search and leadership consulting with our domain knowledge and networks, we’re very well placed to help these businesses find the right leaders in a highly competitive talent market.”
Mr. Diamond leads the firm’s global practice focused on private capital and investors. He will focus on growing the Norman Broadbent team in Scotland across its industry and functional practices. He has over 14 years’ experience in executive search, talent advisory, and leadership consulting, and has supported a range of organizations from early-stage, high-growth ventures to major listed companies. Mr. Diamond is particularly well known for his work with private equity and venture capital investors, across the energy, climate, and industrial technology markets.
Scotland is where Kevin Davidson, CEO of Norman Broadbent Group, began his 25-year search and advisory career before relocating to Houston, TX, and then back to London 15 years ago. “I am thrilled to have Norman Broadbent firmly established north of the border,” he said. “Having started my career at Scottish Enterprise, I am passionate about the economic contribution and prospects of Scotland on the international stage and incredibly excited to be playing our part in shaping leadership teams of the future across industries.”
Scotland has a Western-style open mixed economy closely linked with the rest of the U.K. Traditionally, the Scottish economy has been dominated by heavy industry underpinned by shipbuilding in Glasgow, coal mining, and the steel industry. Edinburgh is the financial services center of Scotland, with many large financial services firms centralized there, including Lloyds Banking Group (owners of HBOS), Royal Bank of Scotland, and Standard Life.
Norman Broadbent provides talent acquisition and advisory services to clients that range from established corporations to high-growth innovators. Its services include board and executive search, interim management, research and insight, leadership consulting and assessment, and executive-level recruitment solutions. Publicly listed on the London Stock Exchange, Norman Broadbent Group is backed by well-known city investors such as Jon Moulton, Judith MacKenzie of Downing Capital LLP, Ennismore, and Gervais Williams of Premier Miton. Norman Broadbent has supported more than 3,000 clients, from start-ups through to FTSE 100 companies, and placed directors, executives, and leaders in 75 countries.
Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; and Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media