Meet your executive search consultants

An enviable track record

Daniel Watts and Neill Fry are the founding partners and lead consultants at ED Executive Search. Having worked in partnership for many years, their combined experience and diverse yet complimentary skills have resulted in an enviable record of tracking down, assessing and securing talented leaders, however challenging the assignment.

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Neill Fry

With over 25 years’ industry experience, Neill is a key influencer within the Executive Search sector both here in the UK and internationally. His particular expertise lies in matching candidate specific experience to the client’s strategy whilst also adding experience and value to a Board, alongside the required corporate governance.

Having grown up in Devon, Neill has a long-standing relationship with the sea and being outdoors, with decades of falling off surfboards, sailing boats and riding mountain bikes.

Neill has specialist expertise in:

  • Leadership recruitment via precise partnership-based Executive Search
  • Board level and leadership recruitment
  • Non-Executive Directors & Chairperson recruitment
  • Referencing
  • Reorganisation/investment at board and senior management levels
  • Succession planning - market mapping and strategic research/recruitment
  • Leadership through change – improving performance through positive transformation

Neill’s sector experience includes:

  • Manufacturing
  • Hi-technology manufacturing
  • Photonics and high precision optics
  • Semi-conductor manufacturing/technology
  • The Built Environment
  • Aerospace manufacturing
  • High hazard/Chemicals manufacturing (COMAH) environments
  • Energy including nuclear, low carbon/renewables and upstream oil/gas

Daniel Watts

Dan has over 25 years’ experience of leading senior level search assignments across the EMEA, US and Asia Pacific regions for a broad range of FTSE 250, Fortune 500 and SME (including private equity owned) organisations.

He works closely with board directors and senior managers of multinationals (public and private), UK companies and non-profit organisations, helping them find exceptional executive and non-executive leaders across all functions ranging from general management, finance, operations, business development, HR sales and marketing to manufacturing, engineering, procurement, supply chain, R&D and HSE.

In his spare time Dan enjoys spending time with family. He sits on the committee of his local cricket club and plays when he can (an increasing painful experience!). Just as painfully, he’s learning to play golf and tennis and aspires to playing both to a mediocre standard.

Dan has specialist expertise in:

  • Main & divisional Board Executive and Non-Executive/Chairperson search
  • Translating business leadership requirements into practical Executive Search specification
  • UK and international search assignments for leadership roles - US, EMEA and Asia Pacific regions
  • Market mapping
  • Leadership succession planning

Dan’s sector experience includes:

  • Electronics Manufacturing Services (EMS)
  • Aerospace manufacturing & engineering
  • Electronic and electrical power systems engineering
  • Internet of Things
  • Surface coat technologies/Chemical engineering
  • Consumer products design & manufacturing
  • Heavy engineering/foundries
  • Energy and renewables

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