About Us

About Us

VWA Search was founded in 1989, initially with the aim of helping graduates embark on successful careers. As the company evolved, our ambition became to provide a level of service expected in the world of Executive Search whilst operating at the contingency end of the recruitment market.

We are determined to add substantial value to the recruitment process, which has become more and more influenced by technology. We use our sound judgment, honed over years of experience and anchored in our strong interviewing and assessment skills, to find, identify and attract the best people for our clients’ vacancies. We are excited by building successful teams and making great matches resulting in happy and fulfilled candidates and clients.

Whether you are a candidate – fresh out of University, or experienced up to director level – or you are charged with recruitment in your organisation, we would love to get to know you, and help you with your endeavours.

Please call us anytime to discuss how we can work together.

Meet the Team

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Victoria Wall, CEO

Victoria set up what is now VWA Search in 1989. Recruiting for a broad range of organisations in the financial services sector, pharmaceuticals, management consultancy and the media, Victoria developed strong experience in advising on organisational change, recruitment and development programmes. Today, she oversees VWA Search as CEO.

In 1994, Victoria established VWA Consulting, where she works with FTSE 250 corporations, leading private equity investors and hedge fund managers in the areas of management assessment, leadership coaching and the design and facilitation of training programs. She has conducted a wide range of work including executive coaching, management assessment, talent mapping, team building and facilitation of strategic off-sites.

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Jill Newey, Finance Director

Jill is VWA’s Finance Director and is responsible for both our London based businesses. Originally from Leeds, Jill moved to London to continue her studies and develop specialities in accounting and financial administration for small and medium-sized businesses. VWA is a big part of Jill’s life and what has kept her with us is the people and the challenges of keeping a firm hand on an ever-evolving company.

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Simon Crow, Managing Director

Simon spent nine years working in the City. Since 2002, he has been working on the VWA temp desk covering a broad spectrum of industry sectors and disciplines.
As Managing Director, Simon is responsible for maintaining VWA’s reputation in the markets and for evolving and growing the business. He believes passionately that people are our most important asset and provides our team with a happy and harmonious atmosphere at work.
A graduate in economics, Simon is Saville & Holdsworth trained in competency-based interview and appraisal techniques. Simon is a sport enthusiast and can regularly be seen out on the rugby field.

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Libby Booth, Research Consultant

Since joining VWA in 2006 as a graduate trainee, Libby has been a stalwart of VWA’s temp desk. Originally from Cornwall, she studied communication studies and psychology while working for Cornwall and Devon Media as an advertising consultant. Libby finds that developing relationships with clients and candidates is one of the most rewarding aspects of her role. Libby’s network of candidates is large and growing as she focuses on candidate resourcing since having her three boys.

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Manjinder Kang, Consultant

Manjinder ventured into recruitment soon after graduating, and has never looked back. She can safely say that recruitment is her passion, and building long-term partnerships with her clients, candidates and colleagues is second nature. Manjinder has worked across various sectors including Finance, Property, Luxury Brands, Media and Non-Commercial organisations. She gets great satisfaction from understanding clients’ and candidates’ briefs, and from finding the perfect solution for both sides.

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Amanda Brooks, Consultant

Amanda joined in December 2012 bringing a wealth of experience from her background in executive search, where her focus was on the equity and fixed income markets.

After studying Business and Finance Amanda began her career in advertising. She moved into search in 1993 and since has combined her business experience, fascination with what motivates people and her natural empathy to match individuals with organisations’ requirements.

Amanda holds the British Psychological Society Level A certificate in Aptitude Assessment and the level B certificate in Occupational Personality Training.

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Rosa von Fürstenberg, Consultant

Rosa joined in 2001 initially working on the temp desk. From February 2006 onwards, she has been a permanent consultant developing a loyal and varied client base. She spends her time between London and her native Germany, and is living proof that in this modern world, remote working can be highly effective. Rosa is bilingual in German and English, speaks reasonably good French and a little Portuguese. She is SHL-trained in competency-based and biographical interview techniques.

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Cecelia Warren-Thomas, Consultant

Cecelia joined VWA in 2011, having completed a law conversion course and initially worked as Candidate Resourcer, a role where her superb people-skills as well as her accomplished analytical skills developed quickly. She became a Consultant on the permanent desk in October 2012. Cecelia also works as a professional singer-songwriter, and she sings classically – she has toured China, Japan and the Middle East.

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Joanna Kimber, Consultant

Jo joined VWA in March 2014, working on the permanent desk. Jo has worked in the industry for over 14 years, recruiting for a wide variety of professional services including accountancy and finance, charities, investment banks, insurance firms, law firms, pharmaceuticals, property and construction. Within those, she has recruited across all operational and business support functions to director level.

Like all of us at VWA, Jo is an instinctive recruiter with a consultative approach and high commercial acumen. She is a fellow of the REC, the Institute of Recruitment Professionals and is CIPD CPP qualified.

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Louisa Hayward, Consultant

Louisa is one of our key players on the temp desk. Previous experience at a London-based boutique recruitment consultancy set her up to hit the ground running, and now she works calmly and constantly weathering the storms and the sunny days on the VWA temp desk.

Having cut her teeth in Financial PR at Holloway and Associates PR, Louisa did a season in the Alps working for Snowline VIP. Next, she got her first taste of recruiting at Powder White, a luxury ski chalet operator. She lives in Tooting with her husband and her growing family.

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Francesca Massetti, Consultant

Francesca graduated from University College London in 2007 and quickly found her first permanent role at Inter Exec. After three years with the firm, she moved to the prestigious executive search firm Saxton Bampfylde as Project Coordinator. Working within the health and media teams, Francesca developed her abilities and worked to highest standards. Next, she worked for the Zygos Partnership supporting a partner. She joined the temp desk at VWA in the summer of 2014, bringing with her excellent client facing skills. She also supports Victoria Wall in a PA function.

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Alice Wood, Research Consultant

Alice is our Research Consultant. Although she was born and bred in London, she has some Portuguese heritage and developed a passion for all things Spanish and Portuguese early on in life. She decided to read Hispanic Studies at the University of Liverpool. Alice managed to amass an interesting variety of experiences and internships during her studies, including five months study in Lisbon, six months volunteering within the areas of child trauma and disability in Bolivia, which included painting murals and much more, and spending a summer as an events organiser at Quinta de Sant’Ana in Portugal. She loves theatre and the performing arts. Alice graduated in 2017 and joined us in August.

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Nicholas Watts, Consultant

Nick joined our temp desk in January 2016, already a known entity having been both a candidate and a client of VWA’s. After completing both a degree in history and a graduate diploma in law, Nick became one of our most active temps. We placed him permanently at The Blackstone Group in 2012 where he worked as HR Assistant. He has been heading up the VWA temp desk since early 2017.

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Hannah King, Consultant

A graduate of 2015, Hannah joined us in July 2016 as candidate resourcer, before being promoted to a full consultant’s role in the spring of 2017. A music graduate, Hannah has shown her philanthropic side by performing with The Choir With No Name in 2011, with most other participants being some of London’s homeless men and women. A quick learner, Hannah has added great value to our candidate base as a resourcer and, equally, quickly got to grips with the duties of a Consultant.

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Ellie Dipper, Office and Temp Desk Administrator

Ellie is a great fit for her role; before joining VWA, she was a life-guard at her local pool, nannied when she had the time, joined drama clubs, volunteered for St John’s Ambulance and worked where and when she could, next to her student duties – a true multi-tasker who has hit the ground running at VWA. She knows where everything is, runs payroll on Mondays, and knows how to put on the best birthday teas.

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Melissa Woodthorpe Browne, Research Consultant

Melissa has been working as our research consultant since 2015. Having joined VWA as trainee consultant in 1999, she excelled on the permanent desk in subsequent years, working as a Consultant. She has very high standards of excellence which she applies rigorously when interviewing and selecting candidates to join our candidate base. Always on the look out for new sources of talent and evolving technologies, she is a vital part of our resourcing machine.