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Mike Aitchison

Mike Aitchison

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Mike is a highly experienced financial services professional with over 20 years’ experience. Starting his career at Bank of Scotland in Bancassurance, progressing to Private Banking & Corporate Lending roles. After nearly nine years, Mike moved into Financial Services recruitment, quickly establishing himself as a specialist in senior and boardroom level positions.

Expanding his expertise into Specialist Finance & Private Equity, Mike forged an excellent reputation within these niche markets, culminating in Mike working for himself. After five successful years, Mike joined BWD in July 2018 as Client Director, in the newly created Specialist Finance and Lending Division.

Mike is a Manchester United fan, enjoys going to the gym, despite injuring his knees playing American Football, and spending time with his family.

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testimonials

  • 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.

    John Cresswell

    Vice President Recovery & Resolution, BNY Mellon
  • I was delighted with BWD's approach. They understood the brief and put forward a well-researched group of candidates. Most impressive was the quality of information sent with tailored CVs and brief email summaries of qualities relevant to the role.

    Adrian Chapman

    Head of Sales, Capita EB
  • The service we receive is exceptional and nothing is too much trouble. By recruiting the highest calibre of individuals we have been able to grow significantly, and in both 2014 and 2015 appeared in the Citywire Top 100.

    Quentin McCormick

    , Pavis Chartered Financial Planners
  • Harry was extremely friendly, proactive and helpful from the outset and really listened to my needs and what I was looking for. Therefore finding a new job became somewhat seamless and it felt like a very personalised experience from start to finish. Within a few weeks I received an offer from a company which feels like the perfect fit. As someone who usually avoids recruiters, I would definitely recommend BWD

    Candidate

  • 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 Whatmough Crozier.

    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.

    Julie Kenna

    Compliance Manager, Rice Whatmough Crozier
  • 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!

    Nicholas Banks

    Director, Coutts
  • James is an excellent recruiter with incredible interpersonal skills. His work was very professional and he was always available to speak and answer questions. I found James to be very proactive during the recruitment process and that he represented me well. Ultimately, James's hard work paid off and he helped me obtain an excellent new role. I would highly recommend James Woods if you are considering leaving your employer.

    Mike Romatowski

    Chartered Financial Planner, Barclays Wealth Management
  • 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, Investec Wealth & Investment