James Woods

James Woods


James Woods has 17 years recruitment experience, the last 15 years spent within the financial services sector. He joined BWD in early 2008 to develop the firm’s coverage in the South. James' area of focus is the financial planning market in London and the South East. He specialises in recruiting mid-senior level client-facing wealth management professionals for Private Banks, Investment Houses, Wealth Managers and Professional Practices. 

He operates on both an engaged and contingency basis and is account manager for some of our most prestigious clients.  He is without doubt one of the market leaders in the Financial Services recruitment sector and his ability to get the job done means he is well favoured by our clients and candidates. There are very few recruiters who can offer the same depth of knowledge, experience, network or level of professionalism as James.



  • James proved himself to be extremely well organised, very attentive and with a sharp mind. In terms of preparing potential candidates, he is quite simply the best recruitment consultant I have come across.

    Nick Roe-Ely

    Investment Director, Rathbones
  • After 8 years at my previous employer, I asked James to help me find a new role that fitted well with my needs. James was relentless in his efforts and together we were successful in that search. James was persistent, determined and very helpful in his dealings with me.

    Peter Allen

    Financial Planning Director
  • 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.

    Ross Coombes

    Financial Planning Director