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BWD is a specialist recruitment consultancy with a sole focus on the Financial Services sector. We provide both permanent and interim solutions to our clients nationwide, across several divisions.





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The company was founded in 2006 by directors; Alistair Brownlee, James Walker and Gareth Davies (you might have noticed the business name is formed from the initials of their surnames) with a set of values and principles which are still at the forefront of the business today

We have seen considerable growth having expanded from the core beginnings of Wealth Management and Sales & Distribution, to now offering permanent and interim solutions to clients nationally across 7 dedicated divisions; Regulatory, Risk & Compliance, Wealth Management, Pensions & Benefits, Sales & Distribution, Change Management, Actuarial (Life/Non-Life) and Specialist Finance & Lending with further growth on the horizon.


DO THE RIGHT THING   The right people, for the right opportunity. Partnering with an ethically sound, responsible group 

HUMILITY                         Modest, trustworthy & reliable. We listen and respond, sensitive to our clients and candidates

LOYALTY                          Always there to guide you. Long-term relationships provide profound satisfaction

GROWTH IS GOOD         Expanding your potential. Always helping our clients, our business and employees go further




Knowledge and context are vital.  BWD are sector specialists within Financial Services and have been since inception.  This is the foundation stone of our firm, on which everything else is built, differentiating BWD from other recruitment agencies.  Our consultants are specialists within a particular sector of their market, providing a level of insight and confidence to clients and candidates that is unmatched


  • Access to a network of over 40,000 Financial Services professionals ensuring we can source the right candidates for the right positions

  • All our staff have LinkedIn Recruiter accounts which ensures our network continues to expand in an ever-changing landscape

  • We're a headhunting business which gives our clients access to both the active and passive market

  • Dedicated marketing division, headed up by a Financial Services marketer with over 20 years' industry experience, a unique commodity for a recruitment consultancy


  • Consistency - For every 5 CVs sent, 3 are interviewed. An average across all divisions

  • Loyalty - 80% of our clients have worked with us for over a decade

  • Knowledge – over 150 years' combined recruitment experience

  • Excellent - 98% of our candidates would recommend us



I would highly recommend James to others in Financial Planning or Wealth Management. From the very beginning James was personable, interested and listened to what I was after. He was realistic with expectations and able to offer solutions to problems that were posed. I was not actively looking at the time but James reached out in a personalised manner about a specific opportunity that he, correctly, thought I would be suitable for. He was able to offer me alternative positions to the one he initially suggested so I was able to gain perspective, and flexible to work around my needs.

Financial Partner

James is a highly attentive, supportive and professional recruiter who helped me find my new role. His care and experience offered real industry insight and helped me secure the position. Through getting to know me and what I was really looking for in my next career move he was able to find a role which met everything I was after. I would highly recommend James and appreciate his help.

Private Manager

“James took the time to not only understand my current personal and professional position but also helped me see a new future in a rapidly changing Financial Services Sector. James understands both the company and the candidate he represents resulting in a great personal and cultural fit. The advice, guidance and discussions gave me the confidence to make the next step in my career. James knew the opportunity was the right move for me before I did, and this is testament to his skill and experience in the sector. I would highly recommend James to anyone seeking a new role or a company looking to build their team.”

Financial Planning Director

I would have no hesitation in recommending to other leaders in our profession who are seeking true quality candidates. Graeme gives an honest appraisal and holds a high standard when putting candidates forward. Graeme has a strong network and market intelligence. It doesn’t harm that he is thoroughly nice guy too!

Director, Private Banker

I just wanted to take the time to write and to thank you for all your help in securing my new role as Compliance Manager at Rice. You couldn't have been more supportive or professional, ensuring that I was kept up to date on a regular basis. Jo, you even went to the trouble of calling me within 1 hour of each interview and checking in on me even from your holiday. No-one could have done more and I am very grateful. 1st Class service from a 1st Class lady.


Compliance Manager

In my dealings with Lorraine I have been impressed with her drive and enthusiasm for her clients and her passion for doing the right thing by them. She has been the most proactive individual I have come across and her empathy, support and positive outlook have really helped me at a time when I have been going through a real change in my career. I would (and indeed have) recommended Lorraine as she is a real pleasure to work with and knows her business.

Programme Manager

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