Holker Watkin

Who We Are

Holker Watkin have specialised in providing access to the best strategic talent since 1999

We work across all sectors within consumer, industrials, technology, financial services and healthcare for both public and privately held companies. Having worked in strategy consulting and industry the founders Dave, Anna and Justin bring first-hand experience to the assignments Holker Watkin undertake


Justin Holker
Managing Director/Co-Founder

With a BSc in Chemistry, Justin spent 7 years with Esso Petroleum UK in various line management roles spanning IT, Operational Management, Supply Logistics, Marketing and Retailing.

He completed an MBA at INSEAD in Fontainebleau in 1994, and then joined Pepsico, undertaking a number of marketing and business development roles, culminating in a board position with Pepsico Restaurants International (now YUM! Brands) as Development Director in the UK for Pizza Hut and KFC, and was also on the board of Pret a Manger as Executive Director responsible for new store growth. Justin joined Holker Watkin full time as Managing Director in early 2000.

jh@holkerwatkin.com

Anna Persin
Managing Director/Co-Founder

With a BSc in Chemistry, Anna spent 7 years with Esso Petroleum UK in various line management roles spanning IT, Marketing and Strategy.

She completed an MBA at INSEAD in Fontainebleau in 1993, before moving into strategy consulting, initially with OC&C and then as Manager in Marakon. She advised clients in FMCG and Financial Services across Europe. Anna joined Holker Watkin full time as Managing Director in early 2000.

ap@holkerwatkin.com

Dave Watkin
Managing Director/Co-Founder

With a BSc in Civil Engineering and a year in the construction industry, Dave spent 5 years with Esso Petroleum UK in various line management roles. He then joined The 2000 Group plc, an IT search and selection business, where he specialised in recruiting computer networking professionals.

After completing an MBA at INSEAD in 1993, he entered management consulting, initially as a Manager with CSC Index, and subsequently running his own business, working with clients like AstraZeneca, Shell and Citibank in Europe and the US.

Dave founded Holker Watkin in early 1999.

dw@holkerwatkin.com


David Alty
Principal

David graduated from Durham University in 2005 with a BA in Philosophy before staying on for a further year to complete his Masters. He then spent a year on a management training programme in the car-rental industry.

David joined Holker Watkin in early 2008 and has since worked on assignments in retail, FMCG, media, financial services, healthcare, advertising and hospitality. David is a Principal within our senior team at Holker Watkin

Nick Coppin
Associate Director

With a BSc (Hons) in Real Estate (Valuation and Management), Nick qualified as a Chartered Surveyor two years after graduating from University. He spent six years in the profession, culminating as a Property Investment Fund Manager for a City Institution.

He moved into Executive Search in 1998, working closely with telecoms clients on senior executive positions. In 2002 he shifted focus on to strategy and corporate development posts – first for management consultancies, then for leading industry brands across sectors. Nick joined Holker Watkin in 2006 and is an Associate Director within our senior team.

Katie Coleman
Consultant

Katie graduated from the University of Oxford in 2015 with a BA in French and Italian.  She then worked in the charitable sector before joining Holker Watkin as a Consultant in February 2016.

Jennie Farrell
Office Manager

Jennie worked for the INSEAD UK Alumni Association for seven years, then as a PA to a private landlord before joining Holker Watkin in September 2012 as our Office Manager.

Freddie Hodgson
Senior Consultant

Freddie joined Holker Watkin in September 2013 having graduated from Durham University with a BA in Modern European Languages and History. Before starting at Holker Watkin he spent a year living in Barcelona and working as an English Language teacher. Freddie is currently on sabbatical spending some time in education and part time at Holker Watkin, before re-joining us full time in 2018

Kate Hosker
Senior Consultant

Kate graduated from the University of Oxford in 2014 with a BA in French and Spanish. She spent a year studying at the University of Salamanca and worked in translation in France prior to joining Holker Watkin as a Consultant in November 2014. Kate is now working as a Senior Consultant in our team

Siwan Jones
Principal

Siwan graduated from Cambridge with a MA in Russian and German before starting her career in search with a small executive search firm focused on recruiting for global strategy houses, niche consulting firms and corporate clients in the UK, Europe and the US.

She joined Holker Watkin in 2003 and has worked with clients across sectors including financial services, retail, media, internet, manufacturing, pharmaceuticals and publishing, on assignments at all levels, hiring into strategy, corporate development and strategic marketing roles, often on a pan-European basis.

In July 2005 Siwan went to the US with her husband’s work commitments, then gained experience of in-house recruitment at Google, where she helped build up the senior management teams in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, before rejoining Holker Watkin in July 2006. Siwan is a Principal within our senior team here at Holker Watkin

Ross Mackie
Consultant

Ross joined Holker Watkin as a Consultant in September 2016 having graduated from Robinson College, Cambridge with a Masters in Natural Science.

Alice Paterson
Consultant

Alice graduated from Imperial College London with a BSc in Biochemistry, joining Holker Watkin as a Consultant in September 2017

Christian Reedman
Consultant

Christian joined Holker Watkin as a Consultant in 2016 having graduated from Christ Church College, Oxford University, with a first class honours degree in Classics

Olivia Roberts
Senior Consultant

Having graduated with a BA Hons from Newcastle University in 2014, Olivia originally joined Holker Watkin as an Associate Researcher in January 2015, and was promoted to become a Consultant in 2016. Livi is now a Senior Consultant within our team

Tom Shores
Consultant

Having graduated with an MA Distinction in Classics from Durham University, Tom joined Holker Watkin as an Associate Researcher in November 2015 and in 2017 he moved into his current role as a Consultant in our team.

Anna-Maeve Thomas
Research Associate

Anna-Maeve graduated from Royal Holloway University of London, and then completed an MA in Renaissance Literature at York University in 2014.  After working in education for a year Anna-Maeve joined Holker Watkin as a Research Associate in 2016.

Danielle Ward
Managing Consultant

Originally from Canada, Danielle moved to the UK in 2008 in order to attend the University of St Andrews. After graduating with an MA (Hons) in International Relations, she joined Holker Watkin in September 2013 as a consultant. Dani is now a senior member of our team, in the role of Managing Consultant.

Philip Zealley
Research Associate

Philip graduated with a BA in Classics from Oxford and then joined Holker Watkin as a Research Associate in August 2017