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COVID-19 UPDATE from our Leadership Team

We would like to reassure you that the well-being of our colleagues, associates, and clients remains at the forefront of everything we do. We continue to adhere to the evolving Government advice, whilst remaining fully committed to continuing to support you with your recruitment process.

We are still fully operational as a business and our team is working flexibly based on individual needs and preferences. Our consultants are available to contact as usual and they can arrange both telephone and video interviews where necessary. We are equipped with suitable technology to support you in any given scenario.

We would like to take the opportunity to thank our colleagues, our clients, and our financial candidate network for your ongoing support. Our priority is to support you during this challenging and uncertain time, so please keep in touch.

Welcome to the Chilworth Partnership, the specialist recruitment company for senior financial appointments. Trusted by blue chip organisations and SME’s across the south of England and beyond, we identify, attract and place the finest talent for interim and permanent opportunities.

We believe recruitment is more than a transaction. Whether we are working with you as a client or a candidate, our business is about our commitment to you.

Our rigorous recruitment process adds value, but we think it’s our mission to deliver open, honest and intelligent recruiting that makes us one of the leading finance recruitment companies in the south.

Our boutique approach is targeted through search, selection and interim recruitment for qualified accountants and business leaders.


What People Say About Us

“Chilworth Partnership was retained by Hillier to recruit a Finance Director and I was identified by their research team as a potential candidate. I found the consultants and researchers that I met to be very professional with a good understanding of the client’s needs and developing a really good understanding of mine. I would have no hesitation is using Chilworth Partnership again as a candidate and have already done so as a client.”

Wendy BurnsFinance Director, Hillier Nurseries & Garden Centres

“I was living in Harrogate and working for Hallmark Cards when Chilworth Partnership identified me as a candidate for a Commercial Finance role that they were handling on a retained basis for B&Q Plc. After meeting with Richard Carter in London and then with B&Q on several occasions I succeeded in securing the role and started with B&Q in September 2014. My career at B&Q is fast-paced, carries responsibility for a high-calibre commercial finance team of 15, brings opportunities to work across the whole Kingfisher Group and builds well on my previous experience with both Hallmark and Asda. I have had no hesitation in using the Chilworth Partnership – both as a candidate and subsequently as a client.”

Simon JohnsonCommercial Finance Manager, B&Q

“Chilworth Partnership found me last year whilst I was working out in Australia. The timing worked well and the role was a great fit, and they made it very easy to make everything happen from the other side of the world in a different time zone! From sorting several skype interviews and keeping me in the loop via e-mail, it was less stressful than if I were in the UK! Richard and Chloe have both been incredibly supportive throughout the whole process and beyond.”

Alex Hearn Property Finance Business Lead, B&Q

“Since becoming CFO, I’ve used Chilworth Partnership as a client of both their interim and permanent businesses. The calibre of service and people they’ve recruited for me has been very good and I would certainly use them again.”

Will CrumbieCFO, Fat Face

“Chilworth Partnership introduced me to LV= and I have subsequently used them as a client to recruit two finance managers for my team. The service I have received in both capacities has been excellent – they really take time to understand your background and requirements and ensure that there’s an excellent fit. I would have no hesitation in using them again on either side of the fence”.

Stefan AcklamHead of MI & Business Decision Support, LV=

“Chilworth Partnership identified for me an experienced interim financial systems consultant to help us implement a new ERP system. I find their approach consultative and have developed a very good relationship with the business since its inception in 2010.”

Peter FredericksCFO, Formaplex Ltd

“I used the Chilworth Partnership both as a candidate and subsequently as a client at Oil Spill Response Limited. As a client I retained Chilworth Partnership to conduct a retained search for a Group Head of Taxation – a global and technical tax role. I found Chilworth Partnership to be very consultative, gaining a very good understanding of our requirements and particularly the technical aspects of the brief. I would have no hesitation in using them again for senior level recruitment”.

Tony PrestCFO, Oilo Spill Response Ltd

“Chilworth Partnership really understood our requirements for an important Regional role, and provided a tailored and focused search that concluded in the successful recruitment of an individual that matched the brief remarkably well!”

Nigel PenfoldCFO - Europe & ACE, CooperVision Inc

“We have been dealing with the Chilworth Partnership for some years now and have received excellent service.

Their approach is extremely professional taking the time to understand the requirements of the business.

Consequently they have consistently supplied high quality, suitable candidates both on a temporary or permanent basis tailored to the specific needs of the business.

The Chilworth Partnership is my first port of call when looking for senior Finance staff. “

Nigel HineFinance Director, Meggitt Avionics

Great Results, On Time, High Integrity

“Richard and the Chilworth Partnership have provided a first class service, understanding and matching suitable applicants to our business and the role. Richard has previously assisted me with recruitment assignments – he has consistently provided a reliable service and good results.”

Paul TateFinancial Director, Lawton Media

“I have worked with Richard for 18 years, for recruitment and as an interim manager. When recruiting Richard finds candidates with the right capabilities and fit for the role and the company. He manages the process with care for all parties. As an interim the roles he finds have been great for my capabilities and are well set up with the client company.”

Hugh WoolnerInterim Manager

“Richard’s approach to recruitment is refreshing, taking a real interest in the candidates aspirations and the clients requirements.”

Duncan Currin Director of Finance & Operations, Rainbow Designs Ltd

Great Results, Personable, High Integrity

“The Chilworth Partnership and Richard have provided an excellent service. Richard takes the effort and time to get to know you and your skill set before matching you to suitable vacancies. He consistently delivers a high quality service which is honest and produces real results. I would not hesitate in recommending Richard.”

Martin CarterInterim Manager

Successful recruitment so often relies on the ability of the professional recruiter and in Rod I believe I have really found the best in the class.

Martin WrightInterim Finance Professional

“From my point of first contact with the Chilworth Partnership and onwards, working with them has been easy and rewarding”

Mark CrossSenior Business Analyst, Sunlight Services Group

“When recruiting Richard finds candidates with the right capabilities and fit for the role and the company. He manages the process with care for all parties.”

Hugh WoolnerInterim Finance Professional

“They pay high attention to getting to know the candidate and excel at keeping the candidate updated”

Mark HurtonFinancial Controller, Heatric

“Rod has always provided me with a short-list of strong candidates that not only had appropriate skills for the role but would also fit in well with my team”

Paul HayesGroup Finance Director, Vitec Plc

“Working with Richard was always a pleasure, he would always look at the bigger picture and was commercially astute”

Stephen PerrinFinance Director, Nurse Plus UK Ltd

“The experience with Chilworth Partnership, sourcing both Interim and Permanent candidates, was extremely professional, taking the time to thoroughly understand our requirements. Chilworth Partnership would certainly be my first contact point for future Finance roles.”

Les WhiteHead of Finance, Amsafe

“I would have no hesitation in recommending Rod as someone who will offer a first class service”

Steve Russell CFO/VP of European Operations, Techdata Mobile

“The service provided was first class. I would recommend them to any company seeking new employees.”

Steve DinesFinancial Director, Heatric

“Chris has helped me find the right people to fill a number of roles. These roles have been both ‘mainstream’ requiring him to recognise the best candidates from a potentially large pool and niche roles needing him to fully understand the brief and know where and how to access suitable candidates. Chris is easy to work with as he only puts forward appropriate CV’s of people he will have recently met and is never pushy. I would thoroughly recommend his services.”

Colin BallInterim Head of Shared Services, Babcock International Group

“After being recently appointed as CFO it was obvious that the combination of a recent acquisition and the creation of a new group company structure together with changes in staffing required a clean-sheet approach to building a new finance function. I worked closely with Chilworth Partnership and Venture Recruitment Partners to hire a new Group Director of Finance and a Financial Controller.


The consultants from Chilworth Partnership and Venture Recruitment Partners were responsive to my needs and proactive in identifying suitable talent. I worked closely with them and found that they really know their market and listen to what is needed.”     

Kevin Franklin CFO, 3T Energy Group