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"Headstrong Consultants is an important strategic partner for our business. Chris and his Company have played a major role in building and strengthening our senior leadership teams. Chris’ breadth of insight across engineering and depth of knowledge in defence bring an extra dimension which we have not seen in other leading global Headhunting firms. The value of a Headhunter who has run businesses at Board level cannot be overestimated.

Chris is intuitive and skilful; he understands how companies operate, a quality which is often missing in the awareness of transactional results-driven search firms. His ability and passion to shortlist highly vetted, validated and experienced individuals left us with difficult choices during the final selection. This then led us to challenge our thinking about the blend of skills and experience we really need to attract to the business, often modifying and enhancing our original thinking.

Headstrong provided strong guidance throughout the selection process and managed all candidates with skill, diligence and expertise, bringing the added value of improved market exposure to our business and brand within the sector.

This partnership has shown us that a niche specialist within the sector often offers a better outcome than those that purport to be market-leading firms which cannot deliver this depth of knowledge and experience."

Chairman of an Engineering plc.

“Chris has been the most successful head hunter I have worked with to date. He is intimate with the defence industry, having worked as a BD Director and more recently as a head hunter. One of his key strengths is getting under the skin of the requirement, particularly the cultural and interpersonal, which reduces waste within the recruitment process as you only need to bother with the candidates that match your needs. This aspect is absolutely key as some of the other head hunters I have worked with lacked this ability and intuition.”

EMEA Head of Resourcing – Major international Defence Organisation

“Chris Boot is one of the few search consultants I have met who actually delivers precisely what he commits to within the agreed time frame”.

Managing Director Defence Electronics Company (SME)

“Chris executed against a senior brief by being thorough, trustworthy, engaging and transparent, he worked well with our leadership team and managed the process professionally and got a great result for us, would not hesitate to work with him again.”

SVP Business Development – North American Defence Company

 “I have worked with Chris for the last three years on both International and domestic assignments. He is informed, reliable and original in the way he operates with a wide understanding of the defence and aerospace sectors. I would have no hesitation in recommending him for search assignments at all levels, but particularly for confidential or sensitive appointments.”

Board Director - FTSE 250 Defence Company

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