The leisure/travel sector represents one of our 3 specialist areas where we have a deep level of knowledge and experience. Within this varied and rapidly changing leisure sector, our clients include hotel groups, entertainment companies (including cinema groups and health clubs), restaurant and pub groups, national transport providers, travel businesses and tour operators. It is a fast-paced industry and keeping up to speed with new developments is critical, especially in marketing and digital roles where embracing current trends and technology is essential. We are seeing an increasing number of candidates transferring between our core sectors of leisure/travel, retail and consumer services and applying their experience and skills in new areas which is an interesting trend.

The senior roles we handle span the Marketing, Digital, Commercial and Operations functions covering Senior Managers and ‘Head of’ positions through to board level Director roles. The range of base salaries is from the £70,000 level up to c. £500,000 plus attractive executive benefits packages. Whilst our primary focus is on the permanent market, we also have a dedicated interim desk which was established in January 2017 to handle senior level interim work. The interim candidates that we place will be charging day rates of between £400 – £2000. For more details on the permanent and interim job titles/levels, please refer to the ‘About Us’ page.

Our clients vary in terms of scale from FTSE 100 & 250 corporates through to small-medium sized companies including start-ups and private equity backed businesses. Our geographic focus is the UK and the Middle East, with most of our clients being London/South East based.

Delivering a highly professional, focused and bespoke service to both clients and candidates and creating and building long term relationships is our aim. We enjoy a high level of repeat business from clients and particularly pleasing is when successful candidates become future clients and we have the opportunity of helping them build their team

The search process

We are passionate about what we do and confident in our abilities to deliver. Our approach is flexible, thorough, honest and transparent and we will always provide regular updates and feedback to clients and candidates throughout the process. We are also happy to provide advice as to what level an organisation should recruit at and which sectors should be represented on the target list and can often conduct bench-marking exercises to help with this process. Whether you are a client looking to hire new talent into your organisation or a professional searching for your next challenge, it is our job to work with you as a business partner to achieve a successful outcome. We invest time at the beginning of a search to really understand what a client needs in terms of candidate profile and also to learn about the culture of the organisation. This enables us to both represent the client effectively in the external market and also assess cultural fit issues when discussing the role with potential candidates. It is our belief that a strong shortlist will be comprised of candidates who are both a strong technical fit for the role and a strong cultural fit for the organisation.

With exceptional research expertise, in depth sector knowledge and enthusiasm for what we do, we have developed an extensive market network and database along with the reputation as a highly regarded boutique search firm. Our search methodology is rigorous and candidates go through several stages of screening interviews culminating in a face to face competency based assessment. However, we recognise that changes to the role specification can arise during the course of an assignment and one advantage of being a small business is that we are able to adapt easily and promptly without compromising on timelines.

If you would like to know more, please do get in touch via our contact us page.


“The team at Suzie Walker Executive Search provided first class support throughout a large change programme. They made what could have been a traumatic experience for all, an efficient and professional process, which ultimately drove sustainable cost efficiencies and capability increases.”

HR Director - Leisure Sector

“Suzie Walker Executive Search carried out a talent mapping exercise for us which we found to be extremely useful. In our business we are only as good as the people we employ and this exercise allowed us to find the best people. The process has enabled us to both bring some new staff in to the business immediately but to also plan ahead and develop relationships with the future stars of our industry. Suzie Walker Executive Search were extremely professional in their execution of this task and we have no hesitation in recommending them to others.”

Resourcing Director, Global Hotel Brand, Leisure Sector