Nicholas Alexander Executive Search specialises in senior appointments for the Retail Sector. We offer a premium search service in the UK and internationally. Our business is built on the solid foundations of our Retail Industry experience combined with 20 years of extensive Search expertise. We are passionate about retail and delivering an impeccable quality of service. Hard work and outstanding results have earned us a highly respected reputation.

Having dealt with Maarten Jonckers for nearly 10 years, it was no surprise that Nicholas Alexander Executive Search executed and delivered a high profile and challenging search with great success. Not only did they introduce very competent candidates, they took great care in making sure there was a good cultural fit for both parties. A difficult job well done!  

Robin Terrell

Executive Director, International and Multi Channel, House of Fraser


We are passionate about retail and delivering an impeccable quality of service. Hard work and outstanding results have earned us a highly respected reputation.

Our customers tell us that what sets us apart is our professionalism and commitment to both clients and candidates. Our rigorous and proven recruitment process means we become integral to our clients’ strategy and our candidates’ career progression.

Quality of service is paramount. We are a niche business with a hands-on approach to every client throughout the entire recruitment process. Before we commence any search, we spend time in our client’s company to really understand the culture and dynamics of the team. This personal relationship means we consistently provide the high standard we are known for.

Maarten Jonckers has been a key business partner of us for more than 15 years. Maarten and his team have delivered an outstanding service year after year, being efficient, pro-active and bringing a real added value to our organisation in each of the many senior appointments we have made through him.

Alain Harfouche

Managing Director, l’Occitane

Over the years, experience has taught us fundamental principles which govern our business practice:

A successful hire depends upon the right fit of culture and personality, rather than simply the correct skill set. That is why understanding the company culture and team dynamics is so important.

We treat everyone we work with as a client, including our candidates. Many of the candidates we work with, give advice to or place, go on to become clients because they have been impressed with the quality of service they have received.

I was very pleased with the service we received – quality candidates, sourced quickly, and above all very good communications between all parties throughout the process.

Guy Eccles

HR Director, Screwfix Direct

We are most effective when working in partnership with our clients. We work closely together, keeping our clients and candidates informed every step of the way and ensuring neither party faces unexpected surprises.

The client’s opportunity must be the right career move for the individual to ensure longevity of the appointment. If the client can add value to the individual, they in turn will add value to the client company.

The post-placement process is as important as finding the right individual. To induct, imbed and retain the individual is what it is all about. We remain in contact with placed individuals and their line managers to ensure the placement remains successful – for all parties concerned.

I found Nicholas Alexander to be a breath of fresh air in the often shallow world of executive search – far sighted, utterly professional and highly intuitive. I have absolutely no hesitation in recommending their services.    

Chris McManus

Candidate and Director of HR & Training, l’Occitane Ltd

Nicholas Alexander have been an absolute pleasure to work with. They delivered a number of high quality candidates for four senior positions who met the brief and were definitely a good fit with the business. Their attention to detail, professionalism and ability to work at high pace is exceptional.

Harriet Poppleton

International Director – Monsoon Accessorize



Maarten and the team have again delivered some great talent into the business with roles placed both overseas and here in the UK. With great communication to us and the candidates throughout. The process was quick, efficient and most of all delivered with their usual passion for placing the right people into the organisation.

Kevin Rusling

Managing Director - International, Mothercare