We Know Financial Services

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 established 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, we are now offering permanent and interim solutions to clients nationally across seven dedicated divisions; Regulatory, Risk & Compliance, Wealth Management, Pensions & Benefits, Sales & Distribution, Change Management, Actuarial and Specialist Finance & Lending, with further growth on the horizon.

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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



It was an absolute delight to work with the skilled experts at BWD to find my current position.  Having a deep understanding of the Specialist Finance sector, they took time to properly understand my experience and goals, thereby ensuring potential vacancies were closely matched. By working closely with the candidate and keeping regular communication, everyone benefits. The long and short of it was, I was offered my new role in a matter of weeks. I can highly recommend you give them a call.

AB, Head of Marketing (Hampshire Trust Bank)

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 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

Jordan understands his clients’ businesses well and goes above and beyond in providing relevant and useful preparatory information ahead of interviews. This extended to providing an overview of interviewers’ style, career path and immediate desires for the incoming candidate, which well surpassed information available on LinkedIn. This allowed me to not only prepare for the technical side of my interviews, but also to tailor my interview approach to the interviewers style. I really feel that this gave me an invaluable edge and this has demonstrated that Jordan’s level of commitment to candidate preparation is, in my mind, unrivalled in the recruitment market.

Director of Compliance - Markets

The level of service you’ve provided has been the best I’ve experienced. (1) I’ve never felt better prepared for an interview, [allowing] me to go in and perform confidently. (2) You called when you said you would, kept me updated, and been flexible in your channels of communication to allow me to get on with my day job. (3) You’ve been pleasant to deal with all the way through the process.

Vice President - Recovery & Resolution Planning

I would highly recommend Harry to anyone looking to change to a different actuarial employer.  He listened carefully to what I was looking for and clearly has good contacts within the industry as he found a number of potential roles that would be of interest which results in a successful move.  Throughout the process he was very proactive and always kept me in the loop of what was going on, including following  up on questions I had with my new employer and dealing with salary negotiations.  What impressed me most was that he didn't give me "the hard sell" or try to persuade me into a role when I wasn't sure - he would give you the space to weigh up the options and make sure you make the right decision.

Actuarial Consultant

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