Bidwells, HR Director and IT Director

Established 175 years ago, today Bidwells is one of the UK's leading property consultancies. They employ almost 500 people in 13 offices across England and Scotland and provide a full range of services across the Commercial, Residential and Rural sectors. Bidwells have over 40 specialist teams focusing on giving strategic consultancy advice to clients on a range of services including acquisition or disposal of assets, management and enhancement of the value of their portfolios.

The brief

Having already successfully worked with Bidwells on the recruitment of their new COO, we were asked to exclusively support them with recruiting an HR Director and an IT Director.

Both positions were urgent with the need to recruit with the utmost confidentiality and within a calendar month. The executive team at Pure partnered with Bidwells on a retainer basis with Beverley Gedge providing HR executive recruitment expertise and Scott Woodrow working on the IT executive recruitment requirement.

The process

Having met with the business on several occasions to ensure we had a detailed brief, Pure put together recruitment plans and timescales to support with both vacancies. We worked with the COO in putting together detailed job specifications to promote the positions with 48 hours. Pure utilised a mixture of confidential advertising, database search and approach work through out networks to source high calibre candidates. All suitable candidates were interviewed by Pure prior to submission and as a result of the process, a strong shortlist of candidates was put forward to Bidwells for interview. We supported the COO through all aspects of the process from meeting to discuss each shortlisted candidate in detail to arranging all interviews and designing a thorough interview process.


The recruitment of both an HR and IT Director had to be handled with total confidentiality. A true partnership approach with the client throughout the duration of the campaign helped ensure a speedy delivery and a successful appointment for both posts.

Catherine Spitzer, COO, Bidwells

All four candidates that were presented were exactly on brief in every respect

Catherine Spitzer, COO, Bidwells

The result

Bidwells successfully appointed both their HR and IT Directors from our shortlist. The HR Director started within two weeks of being offered the role and the IT Director joined a month later.

  • Just wanted to let you know how impressed I am by Bev's recruitment of this role. All four candidates that were presented were exactly on brief in every respect - having recruited this role before, where it took me several months and many wasted hours, I cannot believe it has been so easy (on my side at least!). Excellent communication and delivery too.

    - Catherine Spitzer, COO, Bidwells