The Grichan Partnership

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About the Team

High quality consulting and executive search services to grow your business and attract the right leaders

The Grichan Partnership is staffed by experienced, senior business executives who have joined the company from careers in the industries and companies we now serve. Our consultants not only understand your challenges but have often experienced and solved them.

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Richard Hewitt

Richard brings multi-sector global business experience to the Partnership. Having worked previously both B2B and B2G for outsourced service providers of people and technology solutions and with a background in share dealing and process-improvement management consulting, Richard is drawn to solve business problems by the efforts of good people.  Keenly aware of the dynamics of large and small corporates, and able to quickly assess individuals’ cultural fit within an organisation, Richard remains closely involved in the most senior searches at the Partnership. In his spare time, Richard is one of the UK’s most senior advanced motorcycling instructors and enjoys travelling abroad on one of his own bikes as often as he can.


Ralph English

Ralph, along with Richard, founded The Grichan Partnership. After a highly commended career in the special forces, Ralph worked in the public sector as a programme manager and business unit leader in technological research to support the UK’s counter-terrorism efforts. He then joined Olive Group as Vice President to lead a new technical service line and took it from a standing start to success within two years. This is now a £30M business. Confounded by the poor service he experienced as the client of executive search companies, Ralph shared Richard Hewitt’s vision of a highly responsive headhunting consultancy that worked to a deeply embedded quality management system.  He is Grichan’s Sales Operations Director and de-facto chief operating officer. In his limited spare time, Ralph races a 1000cc track-only Honda motorcycle around circuits in the UK and abroad.


Philip Shepley

Phil joined the team as Director of Consulting in 2019.  He has worked in the business services industry for 25 years across infrastructure and facilities management; leading, growing and fixing large operational business units, complex contract structures and joint ventures.  Phil has worked with customers from sectors including defence, healthcare, transport and energy; much of it at the interface between the public and private sector.  His operational expertise and flair for innovation supports clients to achieve growth in the right way with high quality outcomes.  Phil is also a non-executive director for a housing association and is focussed on increasing the number of good quality homes in the South East.  Outside work, Phil attempts to find the balance between a busy family life and his enthusiasm for cycling in the Chilterns.


Gary Littledyke

Gary joined the Grichan team in January 2020 as Business Development Director. Gary is a secure communications specialist, having served an eight-year stint with the Royal Corps of Signals followed by a further eight with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. He has travelled extensively in his career and brings a wealth of knowledge, not only from his military and governmental work but also more recent commercial experience (having held a number of board-level appointments with SMEs and corporates across the telecoms, defence and ‘blue light’ sectors). His convivial interpersonal style makes him a natural relationship builder and he has an extensive network of contacts across the UK and beyond. He’s particularly adept at connecting people for mutual benefit. Gary confesses to being “obsessed” with LinkedIn and has over 18,000 connections! He regularly posts on technology and innovation topics including 5G, climate change, artificial intelligence and virtual reality.
Gary and his son are the proud owners of a 26 foot Colvic sail boat and have plans to circumnavigate the UK over the next few years.


Alice Bird

Alice has the dual roles of EA to the partners and finance administrator.  An expert in property management and possessed of considerable marketing skills, Alice also came to Grichan with a sound understanding of niche recruitment, having worked in companies serving the engineering and gaming sectors.  In her limited spare time Alice assists with the management of a 200-acre farm and ranks cross-fitness, ‘tough mudders’ and skiing as her favourite leisure pursuits.


Adam Simpson

Adam joined the Grichan team in 2015 following eight years in telecommunications and retail management.  Adam works closely with Ralph English as the ‘lynchpin’ between sales consultancy and delivery; allocating executive search resources to assignments and overseeing the recruitment team’s efforts.  Since joining the Partnership Adam has helped it grow by recruiting four other team members, allowing for delivery of a larger number of concurrent projects. Currently living in Evesham with his wife, two children and dalmatian, Adam enjoys country life, long walks and playing tennis in his spare time.


James Parn

James brings to Grichan all the qualities that come from a career spent putting the customer first. A graduate in Philosophy from the University of Sheffield, fine wine enthusiast and long-term Newcastle United apologist, James spent his early career in retail and hospitality, managing hotels and restaurants for the popular Cotswolds-based Lucky Onion Group before a move into sales and then recruitment.  James is a meticulous researcher and has completed numerous assignments in multiple sectors. He transferred to the Partnership’s sales team in 2019 where he works with both Richard and Ralph and is always looking to help – whether it’s with recruitment or Riesling!


Garfield Austin

Garfield brings an eclectic skill set to the Partnership; he spent ten years in MoD in logistics, procurement and secretariat followed by a spell in performing arts and education. This was followed by business development and research for a niche public-policy-analysis and event company; building relationships with c-level executives, academics and high-ranking officials.  He joined Grichan Partnership in 2016 and, after a progression of senior placements in FTSE 500 companies, now handles the most challenging recruitment assignments.  He is an Associate of the Royal College of Music, a published photographer and, oddly, one of three advanced drivers on the Grichan team.


Sarah Bouchier

Sarah entered the recruitment industry in 2004, following a period in equestrian management, and joined the Grichan Partnership in 2018.  Her extensive experience includes six years as Head of Executive Search for a human resources consultancy and she has placed senior executives into industries as diverse as high technology, retail, HR and nuclear.  Sarah is a member of the delivery team, working alongside Garfield and Adam.  Outside work, Sarah is the lead singer of a successful original electro band playing venues across the UK.


Martin Gammon

Martin has chaired Grichan Partnership since 2015, bringing a level of senior management experience that is seldom found in the recruitment sector, having successfully led OCS, a company with 27,000 employees and £500m turnover.  His strategic thinking, senior network and market knowledge – especially of managed services – have enabled Grichan Partnership to “further distance itself from the recruitment herd” (as one candidate put it).  Away from the desk, Martin is a sports enthusiast and enjoys golf and walking which, he insists, are “not the same thing”.