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Actively looking for opportunities outside of Insurance!
I am more than happy to recommend David to anyone looking for a new role within insurance. He is supportive, enthusiastic and tenacious with a wealth of knowledge within this sector.
Account Director leading the Commercial Team in Guildford for Gallagher
I have known David since 2005 and he has successfully assisted me with finding new positions on two occasions. The last time being my current role. From my experience David is well connected and works hard on your behalf. He keeps in touch, provides updates and will return your phone calls. Interviews are arranged only for those positions that are suitable. I found that even when making contact with him after a number of years he remembered me and the role he last placed me in, emphasising that person touch. If you are serious about changing your role then do speak with David.
Director of Business Development | Delivering innovative, digital travel medical insurance solutions
David does what he says he will do! The attentiveness and dedication to place an individual with the right employer is exemplary. It took me a while to find a recruiter who actually takes an interest in you as a person and takes their role seriously. Most recruiters play at it, all the while forgetting that there is an individual relying upon them waiting for a call. David blows them away! He's what a recruiter should be. Great guy, top recruiter. Wouldn't hesitate to recommend him.
Client Relationship Manager
David recently helped me in securing a new position and I would thoroughly recommend him to any other candidate. We worked very well together and I was put in front of the right people at the right time which ultimately led to securing what I feel will be my home for the foreseeable future. I should point out that had it of not been for David’s advice and connections that the dream opportunity may have not been presented at all. David should be recognised for his professionalism, expertise and listening skills. He totally understood the brief and within no time at all had set up an interview. Be sure that I will recommend David to others as he was to me. Great job David
Managing Director at BUSINESS INSURANCE LIMITED
David has been a clear cut above the rest throughout my search for a role in a new and foreign market to me. Davids ability to recognise strengths and outside of the box thinking has provided an outstanding result. A tenacious work ethic coupled with a desire to make a deal work for all parties combined with Davids extensive local and international network of insurance profesionals has achieved results that others can not. I highly recommend David to any future clients on both sides of the fence. Regards Reilly Price
Church Insurance Consultant Team Manager at Ecclesiastical Insurance Group
I would like to thank David for his help in securing a new position with a national insurance broker. David's support and advice through the whole process has been excellent. I would not hesitate to recommend David and his team to anyone who is considering looking for a new job or any organisation who is looking to recruit.
Michelle Renders Cert CII
Headley Insurance Services Ltd
David is the most incredible consultant I have ever had the pleasure of working with. He has links to pretty much all the MD's and Senior staff in the sector, and is both very persistent and professional in his approach. He kept me in the loop throughout the entire process, and has become a great friend and support. He used his vast experience to not only put me in front of the biggest names in the market, but also to find me the job of my dreams. He continues to be my biggest advocate, support and never have I worked with anybody who goes so far above & beyond their call of duty to help others. David is truly one in a million, and an absolute superstar! Words couldn't express how much I appreciate everything he has done, and continues to do to even now I'm employed. If you need a job, David is 100% your man! I guarantee he'll never let you down!
Rupa Jethwa- Assoc CIPD
Group HR Director at Kelliher Insurance Group
I’ve have worked with David for some time now and found him to be nothing short of professional, genuine and straight to the point, which is exactly what everybody needs. David is a perfectionist in his field and every opportunity he works on he exceeds my expectations. When it comes to people or job chemistry, David is a fount of knowledge and knows exactly what he is doing. Building relationships often takes many years but with David, this seems to come naturally making it a pleasurable experience to work with Leslie James Associates. He is held in high regard and provides us with quality candidates time after time; never compromising the standards of service we receive. I have no hesitation in recommending Leslie James Associates… trust me you won’t be disappointed!
Director, London and Head of Charities & Care at Innovation Broking
David worked quickly to find a selection of suitable employers based on my requirements. He kept on regular contact and walked me through his strategy at all times. The speed of process from first discussion to 4 interviews was excellent (I had interview offers within 48 hours). If you are looking for a new opportunity in the broking world I would recommend David.
David was a constant encouragement as I sought a new challenge assisting me in getting choices to develop my career. I recommend him as someone with a very good knowledge of the insurance market in London.
Phil Smith Cert CII
Account Executive at One Broker Insurance
A good friend / old work colleague had worked with David in the past and recommended. I found my contact with David extremely pleasant and insightful. From our first phone conversation I felt he took the time to get to know me, my career and asked the right questions about my current role and the new opportunity I was looking for. I would highly recommend David. Thank you for all your help!
Amy Pearson FCII
Account Executive at Lockton Companies LLP
I would fully recommend David - he kept me updated on the whole process and was very approachable. He sought out ample opportunities and I am grateful to him for his work.
Director - Specialty Risks at Parker Norfolk and Partners Limited
David represented me when I was considering making a career change a few years ago. He worked hard and provided may opportunities, one of which led me to the role I currently have. He was instrumental in making sure I achieved a real positive outcome.
Helping businesses of all sizes to mitigate their risks
David has incredible links into all the major companies and is very persistent in his approach, meaning I got the opportunity to interview for many of these, including ones I had personally earmarked as companies of interest. He kept me in the loop throughout the process and used his vast experience to guide me through a very important career choice. If you're looking for a new job in the insurance industry, David is definitely a strong choice.
Client Advisor at Marsh
When the time came for me to seek a new career challenge, David assisted in getting opportunities put forward. He was professional in his dealings with me and had the experience/knowledge in handling various issues. I would recommend David as a professional individual in his chosen field of work.
Commercial Account Executive at Gallagher
David was tenacious and pro active in sourcing me interviews and introductions to a variety of potential employers within a very short space of time. All introductions were appropriate to my desired role and experience, and I would use David again if the need were to arise.
Experienced Account Executive seeking new opportunity.
David has always been professional in his approach and that I would recommend him to anyone.
Managing Director - Specialty at Pen Underwriting UK
In numerous dealings with David, I have found him to be trustworthy, professional and efficient.
Project Manager at NHS England
I had the pleasure of working with David when hunting for a new role within the insurance industry. David and I talked through my requirements and very soon afterwards he was able to source an interview via his very many connections. The whole process was dealt with professionally and efficiently and thankfully I managed to secure the position I needed. I would strongly recommend Leslie James Associates to anyone searching for a new role that wants to be placed in front of the right people.
Owner, energie Fitness, Tunbridge Wells
When I worked with David, he showed a very shrewd reading of the organisations I would fit in with and the optimum route for my career progression. Combined with his impressive market connections, this generated a series of meetings with the right people in a range of companies, so that I was able to rapidly develop a number of options to consider
Head of Private Client at Ashley Page Insurance Brokers
Highly recommended if you are looking for a new challenge or indeed you are looking to hire someone new. He effectively does what it says on the tin. Recruitment companies take your cv and say they will work hard to get you a position. You then don’t hear anything unless you constantly chase them. David found me my ideal position, as promised and very quickly, keeping me updated along the way. A refreshing change . Almost as if he was working exclusively for me. Very professional and reliable. I would STRONGLY recommend.
I have known David for a number of years and found him to be highly professional, polished and empathetic with his clients and candidates and would recommend David to companies looking to recruit or for potential candidates seeking new career opportunities.
David always understands the brief , only sends me candidates that fit my requirements and generally produces a high quality choice of options
Sports and Entertainment at Kerry London Ltd
David was a true professional, keeping me informed and updated throughout the entire recruitment process. Always friendly and helpful it was a pleasure to work with him. I would highly recommend. Thank you
Senior Client Manager at Aon
David was very professional, supportive and gave great advice. He kept me well informed through the whole process with regular touch points to make sure it was as smooth as possible. I would highly recommend.
Senior Account Executive at Square Mile Insurance Services Ltd
David is knowledgeable and professional, with a high integrity in his dealings with his clients which have enabled him to place me on more than one occasion. David fully understands the roles that are being offered and ensures that the role fits the candidate's profile. I would have no hesitation in using David again should the need arise.
Experienced insurance broker specializing in the Construction Industry with a bias towards companies and professionals that are involved with Cladding &/or associated activities.
I can't recommend David highly enough. His support and attention to detail throughout the process was second to none. If your looking for the next career move, use David, you won't be disappointed.
Lloyds' and London market placing broker.
If all recruitment agencies were as good as David finding a job would be so much easier. I was unemployed for ten months, one conversation with David and a month later I have a job,,,,,,,,, Definitely the best recruitment consultant I have met and I would not hesitate to recommend.
Alasdair Hogarth Cert CII
Private Client Specialist at Footman James
Having dealt with David over many years, I have found him punctual, forthright and extremely capable as a recruiter. His assistance when negotiating packages and placements is superb. I have found him really easy to talk with on all matters, whether recruitment related or not. I would recommend David and his services to anyone who is seeking a recruiter to help them in locating a new role
Group Head of Financial Lines & Cyber
David is a straight forward, honourable professional and takes a huge amount of pride in what he does. If your looking for someone to understand your needs and provide solutions then David is your man. I would recommend David and his firm to any firm looking to use a true recruitment professional.
Account Executive at Clear Insurance Management Ltd
David provided an excellent service and secured appointments for me within hours of our initial phone interview. David understood my requirements and arranged for me to meet the companies that met my criteria and maintained dialogue throughout the process. I would recommend David wholeheartedly.
Paul Szirbik MCMI
Director at Absolute Products (Insurance) Ltd
David clearly understands the market place and his clients requirements. Giving best advice and working effortlessly to achieve a positive outcome.
Essentially David did what he said he would do and got me in front of some very well respected marketing leading businesses. During the entire process he was attentive and followed up when he said he would. The end result was a role with a great employer doing something I enjoy. I would call that a success. Thank you David.
Underwriting and Placement Strategy at Inperio Limited
A friendly, personable and proactive recruiter. Professional, diligent and a pleasure to work with throughout the selection, interview and on-boarding process. I would not hesitate to recommend David. Well done.
Sector Lead for Property Owners at NFU Mutual
David certainly goes the extra mile by fully utilising his connections within the industry to get candidates in front of potential employers, His knowledge and understanding of the industry ensures suitable opportunities are made available that might not otherwise have been explored. David works hard to make things happen!
Vice President at Lockton
I contacted David early in my search for a new career and I found him to be extremely energetic in sourcing a number of interviews across the insurance broking industry in the London area. His communication and follow up was efficient at all stage of the 9 interviews he organised with me in a 6 week period and by us both being open about my other interview activity, I was able to work effectively with him, his clients and my own networking. My connection to David came through Linked In and I would recommend him based on my success in working with him.
Senior Broker at Shepherd Compello Ltd
David was so helpful and professional and did an amazing job and provided support at all times of the day and even weekends and went way and above to look after matters. I can’t recommend David enough and since starting my new position he has kept in touch to make sure that everything ran smoothly. David you are a star and I can’t thank you enough
Looking to recruit & expand our team.
David did a great job for me during my time at Lorega. I have no hesitation is recommending him.
Managing Director at DRS Bond Management Limited
I have no hesitation in recommending David. He understands his market place and has appropriate relationships to ensure his candidates have the best possible opportunities. Critically, David is totally trustworthy and does what he says he will do when he says he will do it.
Actively seeking any opportunity in this present difficult climate.
I have known David for many years and we have had many conversations about personnel that I was either recruiting or looking to recruit. In all the discussions I have had with David, David has always come over as being focused, attentive and professional and he has never wasted my time. David knows the environment within which he operates and I would have no hesitation in recommending David if you are looking to recruit or being recruited within the Insurance or Risk Management industries.
Retired at Retired (probably)Retired
David exercises confidentiality and diplomacy in all his dealings and has an instinct for finding the right person for the job which he backs up with research and tenacity. A true professional.
Technical Underwriting Officer UK at AIG
David has acted as my Insurance Recruitment Agent a number of times during my career. When I have wanted to move company, David has been the first person I would call. In all the time that I have known David he has ensured that the positions he suggests match my skills and experience.There is no doubt in my mind that this has meant that every interview I have had where David has acted as my agent, was pivotal in securing the position. I would absolutley recommend David as an Insurance Recruiter of great expertise, who acts with the highest integrity.
David was very helpful and professional in getting me the new role that I started last September,
Relationship Manager at Partners&
It’s rare to find a recruiter with such drive and determination. As a candidate of David’s I found him to listen carefully to my needs and never gave up after a number of unsuccessful interviews. He seems to have a wide level of contacts with both large and small brokers alike after being sent for interviews with brokers of all shapes and sizes. Unlike other recruiters out there, even the large ones, he will do the chasing on your behalf. Feedback is so important to any candidate and he will give this to you quickly (however brutal) and not leave you hanging on. I am happy to recommend David to anybody else looking for the next stage in their insurance career.
Independent Consultant at London
I am very happy to recommend David. He has been very supportive to our growth plans by promoting a number of suitable candidates - long may it continue.
Charlotte Benstead Cert CII
Commercial Account Executive at Aston Lark
A thoroughly enjoyable recruitment experience with David. After delving thoroughly into the sort of role I was looking for and my experience David had secured a number of interviews in the first couple of weeks of our communication. Very pleased with the process and looking forward to starting in my new role.
Regional Director at Thomas Carroll Group plc
I am delighted to recommend David. He is supportive, enthusiastic and just does not give up. Always a pleasure.
Director at Artemis Insurance Brokers Ltd
Some key points about David are that he's a Professional in his field, knowledgeable, and delivers, a man full of experience.
Managing Director Construction at Kerry London Ltd
im not in the habit of recommending recruiters but in this instance I would make an exception
I would recommend David to anyone who is looking for a new role. He is supportive, enthusiastic and never gives up in finding you a role.
Business Development Executive at Clear Insurance Management Ltd
David has been SUPERB! From the very outset David understood my wants and needs that I required from a new job. Not only did he respect my needs (which were unusual for someone of my age) but also was extremely useful to speak to on the grounds of counsel. Within a week I received a multitude of interviews, and unlike with other agents these were all relevant interviews with great companies and opportunities. Often you are asked in interviews to summarise yourself in three words; well I would summarise David as the following: Wise Resourceful Patient I would have no trouble in recommending David in less than a hearbeat...so why are you waiting.
Leslie James Associates is a trading name of LJA Recruitment Limited, a Company registered in England number 07274232 whose Registered Office address is International House, 24 Holborn Viaduct, London EC1A 2BN