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Launched in 2021, Drake Darcy is a growing boutique firm providing Executive Search & Interim Management recruitment services.

We specialise in Senior and Executive appointments up to Board level, with salaries typically ranging from £100,000 to £350,000, within the following functions:

  • CFO & Finance
  • Board (CEO, COO, NED, Chair and Managing Director),
  • Investment and Asset Management
  • M&A, Corporate Finance & Strategy
  • Investor Relations
  • Transformation
  • Procurement and Supply Chain
  • Human Resources

Our CFO & Finance Practice operates across Commerce & Industry.

For all other appointments we specialise in sector-specific appointments from the following 2 Practices: Energy & Infrastructure and Property & Construction.

We have an exemplary track record and adopt a highly successful model which enables us to deliver in-depth searches in a highly responsive manner.

As a boutique firm:

  •  We are completely committed to ensuring the successful delivery of all  search mandates undertaken.
  • We fundamentally believe in the benefits of a diverse workforce and the need to structure our searches accordingly.
  • We adopt clear, honest, and transparent communication with everyone  we are in contact with.
  • We believe that the service and experience received by potential candidates is as important as the service received by our clients.
  •  We are genuine, approachable, and hopefully fun to work with!


Property & Construction

We have a long-standing passion and interest in the Built Environment. So much so that we decided to move into new offices in Battersea Power Station, a project that we have long admired, at the earliest opportunity! We have successfully supported a wide variety of sectors within this space since 1998 including Real Estate, Construction, Transportation, Housebuilding, Property Development, Facilities Management & Business Services.

Energy & Infrastructure

For over 25 years we have been successfully supporting: Infrastructure (including Project Finance and PFI/PPP/LIFT); Transport (including Rail, Road, Light Rail); and Energy (including Renewable Energy, Utilities, Power, Oil & Gas, Natural Resources). We have developed extensive networks and a deep understanding of these markets. We provide Executive Search & Interim Management recruitment services across a variety of disciplines up to Board level.

CFO & Finance

We have been successfully recruiting within the Accountancy & Finance arena since 1998. During this time, we have supported/advocated for the developing role and influence that finance performs as well as the ever-increasing scope of today’s finance leaders. We have developed an in-depth knowledge of finance structures, trends, operational models, technology and skill sets. We have also developed extensive networks within the Accountancy & Finance community.

Interim Management

We provide consultative Interim Management recruitment services for Board and Senior level appointments across a broad spectrum including Publicly listed corporations (large to small cap); Private Equity; Investment Funds; Private & Family-owned businesses; Government & Not for Profit organisations. Our team has a proven track record of successfully providing interim solutions dating back to 1998 with an exceptionally high completion/satisfaction rate.

Executive Search

We provide consultative Executive Search recruitment services for Board and Senior level appointments across a broad spectrum including Publicly listed corporations (large to small cap); Private Equity; Investment Funds; Private & Family-owned businesses; Government & Not for Profit organisations. We help our clients find great leaders and build high-performing teams by gaining a detailed understanding of their culture, their business objectives and their challenges.

About Us

Drake Darcy was founded by Chris Drake who has worked within the Senior & Executive recruitment market since 1998. From a London base he has successfully delivered UK, EMEA and Global search mandates on an interim and permanent basis. Over the course of his career Chris has successfully supported a wide range of industries with especially strong, long-standing networks and relationships within the wider CFO & Finance community and the Energy, Infrastructure, Construction, Property and Facilities Management sectors.

The team at Drake Darcy are passionate about the planet; the communities and places we live in; mental health & well-being; equal opportunities for all; our workplaces; mobility (social and physical); infrastructure; the environment; global sustainability; net zero; the energy transition; and supporting the organisations and people who can make positive improvements in these areas.

Our mission is to connect great organisations doing great things with fantastic people who will drive those businesses and sectors forward.  We want to achieve “A better future” for all with Diversity & Inclusion at the forefront of everything we do.

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A word from our Founder

“I am passionate about recruitment, the organisations I support and the individuals I work with.  I am also passionate about improving the communities that we live in and the world that we inhabit.

When I established Drake Darcy, I wanted to create a purposeful and ethical Executive Search firm which would be true to my values with customer service at the forefront of everything we do.

We enable our clients to identify and attract the people who will help drive their businesses, and their industries, forward.

Honesty, transparency, commitment, and equality are values which are very close to my heart and form the bedrock of our operating model.”

Chris Drake

Founder & Managing Partner


“Our recent collaboration with Drake Darcy for multiple searches left us thoroughly impressed. Their unique personal approach and clear values are the fundamental principles of their service, making the recruitment process incredibly smooth and efficient. The candidates provided were exceptional, a testament to Drake Darcy’s thorough understanding of our needs. Chris led the process with the utmost professionalism and his commitment to matching the right candidates with the right roles shone through. We highly recommend Drake Darcy to any company looking for a recruitment partner who consistently goes the extra mile.”
HR Director
“Exceptional candidate management - Chris Drake is highly personable and a pleasure to work with. Through his extensive network of business leaders in the energy sector he rapidly placed me in an Interim Procurement Director assignment. Chris has remained in touch, and I have no doubt he will be able to place me into another role when this one comes to an end.”
Chief Procurement Officer
“Chris was a great help during my process. He reached out with a genuinely interesting prospect, was not pushy, and asked for and listened to my feedback on it before moving forward. He also shared as much information as he could at each stage and chased up the firm on my behalf on several occasions, which made the process so much easier for me. He was open, honest and patient throughout, which made it a pain free experience. The company were exactly as he described and the eventual offer was on the terms Chris noted at the outset. I’ve worked with several recruiters in my career and without a shadow of a doubt Chris has been the most straightforward and easy to work with.”
Vice President
Infrastructure Investment
“I had been looking for an important Divisional FD for some time but hadn’t found anyone I wanted to pass to second interview. Whilst not mandated on the role I mentioned our requirement to Chris during a general catch up and he sent me one CV. The CV was great and the candidate was perfect for the role. Having shot through the interview process, Chris’ candidate has now been in role for three months and we are delighted with how things turned out. Moral of the story seems to be… if at first you don’t succeed, a quick lunch with Chris can’t hurt!”
“Chris provided a great service to us for the recruitment of several senior level finance roles, both in the UK and in Continental Europe. He took time to get to know our business and culture as well as the requirements for each of the roles. He provided high quality candidates that met the brief saving us a great deal of time in the recruitment process. I really appreciated his transparency, integrity and professionalism and would not hesitate to recommend him.”
Facilities Management
“I first met Chris in mid-2018 and he assisted me in bringing some very good candidates into the function and team I was trying to build. Chris took time to understand my requirements going behind the job description to understand the existing team and company culture. He is personally dedicated and devotes significant time to the client. I would not hesitate in reaching out to Chris in the future as first port of call.”
Deputy CFO
Oil & Gas
‘After a long and difficult search to find specialists in the Nordics, Chris delivered an excellent candidate at short notice. Chris is excellent to spar with and has a personal touch, offering impartial advice’
Oil & Gas
“Chris took the time to understand the role and how it would fit within the organisation. He was a great partner in testing the requirements and experience for a successful candidate. Throughout the process Chris was incredibly good at keeping us informed on progress and providing live feedback from candidates. It is a testament to Chris’ skills and professionalism that all short-listed candidates put forward were appointable to the position. It was a privileged position to be in to have a wide choice of great candidates in a very tough and competitive market.”
Group FP&A Director
“Drake Darcy supported our recruitment for a new Group Financial Controller. We had relocated most of the finance team and therefore, while we supported hybrid working, location was important to us, and we are not in the easiest area to recruit for! The long list I received was diverse and full of potential candidates that either hit the brief or challenged me on what we really wanted. Each candidate had been well researched with pros and cons summarised in a briefing document. Interviewing the short list both myself and the People team were pleasantly surprised at the quality of the candidates and even after narrowing down to two final options, both would have been strong in the role. I am delighted with our new GFC, really demonstrating the strengths that were highlighted in the process. I would certainly endorse Chris and Drake Darcy in their hands-on approach, regular feedback and the communication they ensure all clients receive through the process.”
Chief Financial Officer
Chris at Drake Darcy has successfully supported us on several engagements now and has been an excellent partner to us, he has deep knowledge of the Infrastructure Market and worked hard to understand our culture and match talent to it.”
Global Head of Resourcing
Infrastructure Investment

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