Our Values and History

Grosvenor Clive & Stokes was one of the earliest pioneers of the retained executive search industry in London. Since its establishment in the early 1960s to the present day, Grosvenor Clive & Stokes has consistently and proudly displayed the guiding principles enshrined by its founders – Experience, Integrity, Delivery

Our Values and History

Grosvenor Clive & Stokes was one of the earliest pioneers of the retained executive search industry in London. Since its establishment in the early 1960s to the present day, Grosvenor Clive & Stokes has consistently and proudly displayed the guiding principles enshrined by its founders – Experience, Integrity, Delivery

Our values

Experience

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Experience is not what happens to you; it's what you do with what happens to you."

Aldous Huxley

As well as the firm’s strong heritage in our target sectors many of Grosvenor Clive & Stokes’ consultants’ backgrounds combine successful corporate careers with extensive search experience.

That is why we are often asked to scope and deliver insight and advisory projects or given the most complex executive searches.

Integrity

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Integrity is doing the right thing when no one is watching."

C.S. Lewis

We regard our integrity as crucial to our personal and professional reputations and we fully understand and appreciate the trusted position we hold with both our clients and candidates.

Long-term relationships with both can only be established and sustained from a foundation of absolute integrity, discretion and trust.

Delivery

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Commitment is what transforms a promise into reality."

Abraham Lincoln

We bring the commitment of a boutique business, where the consultants you meet will be personally accountable for the successful delivery of the project. We are acutely aware that ‘doing what we say we’ll do’ is fundamental to our reputation and to a successful, sustainable business. Grosvenor Clive & Stokes would not have been in business over fifty years unless it consistently delivered on its promises and delighted its clients.

 

 

 

History

The business was founded in 1959 when John Stokes, who had been in personnel management with ICI and Courtaulds, joined a small recruitment business, Robert Clive Associates. Together, they built a business that led the way in recruiting the leadership of many of Britain’s top companies.

They were joined in 1978 by Hamish Kidd, a Cambridge Chemical Engineering graduate who worked in management consulting with P-E Consulting group before joining Heidrick and Struggles in London. He actively developed the firm’s international work when he took over the leadership of Clive & Stokes. This was continued into the 1990’s by the next two Principals of the business – John Collier, a former Price Waterhouse partner and Secretary General of the Institute of Chartered Accounts in England and Wales, and Jane Maxwell, a renowned headhunter in the international energy sector.

In 2011, Clive & Stokes joined with Grosvenor Wright, a leading independent executive search firm, which supplemented the firm’s strengths in energy, industrial and professional services and added additional capability in the technology, telecoms and management consulting sectors. The next decade saw the combined firm, Grosvenor Clive & Stokes, establish a strong reputation for the successful delivery of senior executive appointments in both the UK and Europe and also, increasingly, a variety of ‘difficult’ international locations, particularly in the emerging markets of Africa, the Middle East and Asia for its clients in the global, ‘capital project’ industry sectors in which it focussed.

Fast forward to 2021, Grosvenor Clive & Stokes began their next chapter led by new Managing Partner – Tony Robinson – who continued the proud heritage of supporting the firm’s clients through Executive Search, Leadership Development and Advisory Services. Grosvenor Clive & Stokes have a privileged position of being one of the longest established search firms in London, with over 50 years of experience.   The firm’s wealth of knowledge and track record, means that it is well equipped to help its clients address the complex challenges they face in today’s ever-changing environment.