Our global network
A selection of testimonials
We have a truly enviable and diverse global network of contacts from which to source talent, draw recommendations, make vital connections and gain the latest views and opinions. We reciprocate as confidential and trusted advisors, providing executive search and talent succession support on a range of critical people leadership issues. Our reach continues to expand internationally.
Nick Stace, CEO
Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (formerly CEO for Choice)
There are few people, of which Jo Sellwood-Taylor is one, that you instantly find a connection with, whose challenge and inquisition you readily welcome, whose searing insights gets to the very heart of the issue, whose networks are expansive and experience extensive, who are practical but intellectually robust and who have so much more to offer the more you get to know them. You want Jo Sellwood-Taylor on your side because she really is your competitive advantage.
Karen Meehan, Vice President HR Projects
As VP HR Europe for Kellogg I have worked with Sharon Mullen and Jo Sellwood-Taylor during their time at Strategi over the last 12 years. During this period, as executive search partners they successfully supported me to recruit many senior executive positions. They make an extremely professional, hard working and results orientated team. The knowledge they built of our business and requirements coupled with their incredibly strong network enabled them to find a close fit short list first time, meaning less work for us. I have known both Sharon and Jo a long time and have absolute trust in their judgement. They have strong integrity and sense of responsibility but above all their ability to deliver quality results in a timely manner. They are an absolute pleasure to work with.
Jonathan Chapman, Audit Director
Planning, Resources & Risk AVIVA
The support that Sharon gave to me during my search for a new role was of the highest quality. Sharon spent time to understand the ideas and thoughts I had about where and what I wanted to do next. She challenged my thinking and offered ideas on avenues that I hadn’t considered. The roles that were identified were of a high quality and showed real consideration of my aspirations and personal values in matching me to appropriate organisations. In addition, I valued (and in fact enjoyed) the ongoing dialogue we have had. The research that she has led is developing new thinking that is having an impact on my leadership in my current role.
Karen Caddick, GROUP HUMAN RESOURCES DIRECTOR
MILLENNIUM & COPTHORNE HOTELS PLC
I have worked with Sharon for a number of years as both a hiring manager and as a candidate. Sharon placed me into Punch Taverns six years ago and the whole experience was extremely professional, well managed and as a candidate I felt treated with a lot respect and also received excellent feedback through the process which helped me to make the right decision.
Sharon was extremely capable of working out what the culture needed and identifying in me the particular traits that were just what the business needed. I had an excellent six years with Punch and only left when we de-merged the Spirit business from Punch Taverns to create a standalone plc. Since meeting Sharon I have had many discussions with her about various roles, potential candidates and also about the market generally and best practice in the field of people management and leadership. I find Sharon a great sounding board and a really insightful business partner, I would highly recommend her to anyone requiring top class support, and Sharon is someone that you can really trust.
I meet a lot of people in the profession and Sharon is exceptionally well known; she clearly has networking as a core trait. The quality of the research is also excellent and rather than simply get the same ‘names’, Sharon applies a creative lens providing some left field candidates to stretch the brief, which really does challenge your thinking. These are skills that I believe are increasingly important in a world where diverse perspectives are really important – the ideal people for our businesses may not always be in our sectors.
Mike Hayes, CEO
SEGA of Europe and SEGA of America
As CEO of SEGA, I had the pleasure of working with Jo on a major research project and was impressed with both the intellectual thinking and sheer depth of coverage within the process. In addition Jo has helped my own business and executive/non executive portfolio to get off the ground and can say with little hesitation that she has to be one of the best connected professionals in the business.
Paul C. Whitehead Jr., Chief Executive Officer
TD Wealth International
The recent search I conducted with Jo Sellwood-Taylor and Sharon Mullen was the best search experience I have had to date. Jo and Sharon took the time to understand our business, our culture and the expectations we had for the attributes of the ideal candidate. The process and timeline laid out at the beginning of the process was followed and most importantly, at every point in the process, I was kept fully informed.
What made a real difference were three things: first, how Jo and Sharon managed the brand of our company through the process and secondly, throughout the process a broad range of candidates were brought forward for consideration - with benchmark feedback actively integrated into the search process. Lastly, the candidate experience.... ensuring Jo and Sharon remained actively connected with all prospects.
Andrea Dunstan, Chief People Officer
Premier Farnell Plc
I have worked with Jo Sellwood-Taylor and Sharon Mullen on executive searches for over nine years, particularly in the area of HR. Their unique understanding of the marketplace and business, extensive knowledge of the potential candidate base, and the ability to relate and empathise with candidates enables them to deliver quality consistently. They always deliver, are delightful to work with - true professionals, I cannot recommend them highly enough.
Alan Cairns, Group HR Director
I have worked with Sharon Mullen and Jo Sellwood-Taylor for over 10 years. Having taken the time to really know me personally and understand my career aspirations for both the short and long term, they have been responsible for finding new opportunities to strategically progress my career. They have found challenging opportunities to stretch me within environments that I may not have considered, culminating in my current position as Group HR Director at moneysupermarket.com.
Individually, Sharon and Jo have been able to provide real insight into the market place and current trends, providing me with the utmost service and credible detail. Together they form a formidable team and provide a very different type of search experience. They listen, challenge your thoughts and beliefs, proposing ideas that you may never have thought of. They have acted as a true sounding board, having insight into organisations that go deeper than just perception and know the due diligence required when expanding your career.
Sharon and Jo are prepared to challenge tradition and their previous success has shown their prowess in doing so. They are bright, humble about their achievements and act with massive integrity at all times; a real pleasure to work with. I unreservedly recommend both and would not hesitate to work with them again.
Karen McCormick, Group HR Director
Care UK (Formerly European VPHR for Kellogg and CEO for Cheshire Building Society)
If the definition of a highly professional organisation is one which is customer focused, great to deal with, commercially adept, up to date , intelligent in approach and always delivers on its promises - then it would be hard to better the Mullwood Partnership who have consistently worked in this way in all they do.
Giles Thorley, Operating Partner
TDR Capital (formerly CEO for Punch Taverns PLC)
I used Sharon Mullen as a recognised leader in her field of executive human resources. She executed our search for a Group HR Director very effectively and provided us with some outstanding candidates. I would definitely continue to work with Sharon and Mullwood Partnership for our HR requirements.
Anne Shiels, Group HR Director
Hallmark Cards PLC
I have known Jo and Sharon for over 10 years and have worked with them on a number of executive search assignments in HR. They bring a fresh approach to Executive Search through their infectious energy, enthusiasm and “can do” attitude coupled with a thorough and professional approach to every piece of work they undertake. They have a wide professional network and they take time to really understand the people and the culture of companies they work for, to ensure a good match for client and candidate in every respect. What I particularly enjoy about working with Jo and Sharon is their willingness to share their insights and vast experience and on many occasions Jo has been an invaluable thinking partner. I would have no hesitation in recommending Mullwood Partnership to any potential client.
Allan Fielder, Senior Vice President, Human Resources - Chief Talent Officer and Head of Organization Development
TD Bank Group
I am delighted to recommend Mullwood Partnership. Jo and Sharon have provided me with outstanding executive search support and, more recently, I have participated in their insightful and highly relevant research work.
I have always experienced Jo and Sharon to be extremely professional, very technically competent and a source of wise counsel and advice. Both operate with the highest integrity and are astute and accurate assessors of talent. I also value and respect that they will always do what is right and best for their clients in the longer term.
With their deep industry experience and domain expertise, Jo and Sharon are able to access an exceptionally strong professional network for their clients. In my experience, you can always trust the professionalism, talent and competence of the executives that they connect you to.
Lastly, Jo and Sharon are refreshingly ego-free, have a great sense of humour and are an absolute pleasure to work with.
Martyn Phillips, CEO
B&Q UK and Ireland
As a previous HR Director, the research that Mullwood Partnership is conducting holds great relevance and value for global businesses today. Sharon and Jo have always been very innovative and forward thinking individuals who challenge traditional thinking and this is highlighted in the research subject matter. The results will assist individuals in mapping out their career, and perhaps more importantly, show organisations how to really ensure they are providing their talent pipeline to the board with the right career experiences from the word go.
June Boyle, Director
I have known Jo and Sharon for a number of years. Their entrepreneurial spirit, commercial style, warmth and commitment to building deep and lasting relationships make them a joy to work with. They are committed to matching the right talented people into organisations and bring a rigour and thoughtfulness to their work and the candidate pool that is refreshing. From a client perspective they have sourced some great candidates for roles. The latest research speaks volumes to the thinking Mullwood Partnership is bringing to ensure businesses and senior executives are pushing the boundaries regarding the range of options to meet future executive and non-executive succession needs. Partnering and developing long term relationships makes them unique. I look forward to continuing to work with Mullwood Partnership on this next phase of their journey.
Louise Shepherd, Chief Executive
Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust
Mullwood Partnership invited me to contribute to their research and I was delighted to do so. As CEO of a business that has constant challenges, I am ever aware of the requirement to bring talented individuals into the organisation to enable us to achieve our vision. From their research, Mullwood Partnership will be guiding both individuals and organisations around current executive succession through to developing the talent and executives of the future.
Mel Young, President
Homeless World Cup
We were looking for a non-executive director from the business background to help in the development of our organisation as we scaled up globally. Jo was a tremendous help, coming up with a number of suitable candidates and helping with the interview process. We hired someone who has made an excellent contribution to the Board overall and its strategy in particular. We are incredibly grateful to Jo for her understanding and diligence during the recruitment phase. Without her input, we would not have been able to bring in someone of the calibre we needed.
Alan Parker CBE, Chairman
It was a pleasure to work with (Jo Sellwood-Taylor at) Mullwood Partnership to find a Non-Executive Director for the Mothercare board; the appointment clearly brings valuable experience to the board. They fully understood the brief, and the extensive reach at board level that Mullwood Partnership has, together with their dedication, speed of response and approach was unique. It was a truly enjoyable and highly successful experience. I look forward to working with them again in the future.