"In looking for my next challenge I applied for a role managed through Simon Cook and Boxchange. I found them professional in approach and approachable in manner, their ability to translate the needs of the role / business into something that ticked my personal requirements was well thought through and executed – cheers guys"
People Change Manager
"I would highly recommend Boxchange following my experience with them. I was impressed with the extremely efficient, professional and friendly service offered. I was also provided with useful advice which helped me secure the ideal role I was seeking through their services. I would have no hesitations in approaching Boxchange again for any potential roles in the future."
“Simon is a very professional recruiter, who is very knowledgeable about the clients he works for. He is approachable, personable, and an excellent communicator. Highly recommended.”
Business Analysis & Process Improvement Manager
“Simon has recently helped me secure a new role in Project Management within United Utilities. Simon offered me support and guidance through the recruitment process and worked with Untied Utilities to ensure that the role matched my skill set and experience. The transition thus far has been very smooth and I look forward to starting my career with United Utilities.
Simon has a great knowledge of the industry and is passionate about selecting the right candidates for the right roles.
I would recommend Boxchange for those looking for a new career opportunity within project management.”
“I was fortunate to deal with Simon whilst looking for my next career change after 25 years working for the UK Government. His knowledge of Project and Change management attributes ensured that he was able to match my skill set to a new and exciting role with United Utilities as well as provide guidance through their selection process. His support and advice throughout the process ensured a very smooth transition and I am relishing my new position.”
“Simon offered a personable and professional service identifying my career aspirations, knowledge base and skill set and found me the perfect opportunity working for United Utilities within the Business Change function.”
Senior Project Manager
“Having engaged with a large number of recruitment agencies recently, I was disappointed to find a distinct lack of expertise and understanding of the project/programme management field. Not so with Boxchange. I was particularly impressed with Boxchange (Simon’s) awareness of the industry, vigour and rigour in selecting appropriate candidates for client submission and general professionalism throughout the selection process. I would (and have) strongly recommend Boxchange for any individuals seeking their next opportunity within project/programme or change management.”
“Simon approached me about an opportunity in a large-scale business change programme for a FTSE 100 company.
Simon was knowledgeable about the organisation, the role and the opportunity available.
He was able to listen to and understand my aspirations and was passionate about my career progression.
Throughout, Simon was honest, approachable and supportive, making the interview and selection process as stress free as possible.
I would certainly recommend Simon as a first-class recruiter and would definitely work with him again.”
Head of Fleet
“Simon is a very personable recruiter focused on presenting the most appropriate opportunities and supporting through the selection process”
Area Delivery Manager
“As a specialist business change and programme office recruiter, Boxchange had the expertise and experience to provide me with the support I needed to help secure my new role at United Utilities.
Simon stayed involved throughout my recruitment process from start to finish, keeping me well informed with a positive and personal communication approach.
Overall, I was very satisfied with the service I received from Boxchange and would highly recommend them.”
“I have worked with Simon on my recruitment as a Senior Business Change Project Manager for United Utilities. Simon worked hard on my behalf getting the role I was looking for and which suited my skills and aspirations. He is also professional and business like in his approach.”
“Over the past 12 months I have dealt with a number of recruitment firms and I have no hesitation in saying that Simon has been by far the most professional and knowledgeable person I have dealt with in this field. Simon helped me gain a new project management role at United Utilities and during this process Simon provided all of the necessary information and was always on hand to provide updates and advice. Thanks again Simon.”
“Simon placed me into a Senior Role change delivery role at United Utilities in 2013. He is a straightforward, open and knowledgeable recruitment partner.
His in depth knowledge of the client, their demands and expectations was invaluable in helping me to understand the role and to align my expectations with theirs.
I would not hesitate to work with Simon again.”
“Simon is an experienced recruiter in the change and transformation arena. He has a good understanding of change, transformation and project delivery and his interview and screening approach focuses on ensuring candidates not only understand the theory but are able to demonstrate their capabilities to support the customer's strategic objectives and to deliver outcomes and benefits. I would recommend Simon to anyone seeking specialists in the field of change and transformation"
“I came into contact with Simon as a recruiter for a job, which I successfully got. He was thorough at sending through the details, including information on what the recruiting manager was looking for, and good at keeping in touch with me throughout the process.”
“Simon recruited me to one of the most significant transformation programmes in northwest England. Throughout the recruitment process, Simon was supportive and kept me very closed informed at each stage. He also had excellent relations with the client firm.”
“Professional, energetic, resourceful and honest.
Simon took the time to meet up in order to really understand my professional and personal desires. As a result he was rapidly able to find me a placement that was right for both the Client and myself. The take on process was seamless with Simon supporting personally throughout. Always at the end of the phone - thoroughly recommended”
“I applied for a permanent position, through a campaign led by Simon. Having worked with a number of recruiters over the years, this was probably the best experience I have had as a candidate or client. From the initial application through to securing the position, Simon progressed the process at a fast pace and kept me informed throughout. I found Simon approachable, proactive and well informed on the position / organisation. He also had a clear understanding of change and programme management, which often isn't the case with other organisations.”
“Simon took the time to understand me both professionally and personally in order to source and put me forward for the right opportunities. I had not been on his books for long before he put forward a relevant and exciting opportunity which I was successful in securing. Throughout the process I was well informed, briefed and prepared enabling a smooth transition. I would highly recommend Simon for anyone in the Business Change profession seeking new opportunities as he is well connected and often has exclusive ownership of roles.”
“Simon has provided high calibre candidates for a range of roles over an extended period of time. He understands the requirements of those recruiting by working with them when they need him.”
Global IT/Transformation Leader
“Simon placed me into Co-operative Financial Services (CFS). He demonstrated an ability to think outside the box, is energetic and driven, his ability to chase, negotiate and close were critical factors during the process. I have no hesitation in recommending Simon.”
Head of IT Supplier Management
“Simon’s professionalism and commitment to ensuring that I was fully briefed and well prepared throughout each stage of the recruitment process was far superior to any level of recruitment service that I have experienced previously. He kept me updated with progress throughout, and his in-depth knowledge of his client ensured that I was as well informed as possible ahead of each interview. For this, I am extremely grateful.
It has been an absolute pleasure dealing with Simon. I would have no hesitation in recommending his services, as an excellent recruitment service provider who clearly cares for their clients and candidates.”
"From the moment that I received a call from Simon at 10.35pm one midweek evening several months ago to inform me that he had just seen my CV land in relation to a position with CFS (which I had literally submitted only minutes earlier) I knew this was a guy who was dedicated to his profession and would go the extra mile to get the desired result and my dealings with him since that point have only sought to reinforce my initial positive first impressions of him. Simon went above and beyond in terms of the assistance and effort that he provided me with whilst I went through the recruitment process with CFS. I am extremely grateful to Simon for his commitment and dedication in supporting me along this journey and would like to put on record my thanks to him and I would have no hesitation in either calling upon his services again in the future or recommending him to other fellow IT professionals who are recruiting or looking to make their own next career move."
Head of Global Infrastructure
“Simon's professional attitude and determination were much appreciated through my period of job hunting. It is through Simon that I have found my current role.”
“Simon is one of the most professional Recruitment Consultants I have worked with, and I've worked with a few! Throughout my recruitment into CFS, Simon facilitated the matching of my own and the client's needs, including the critical importance of cultural fit. He and his team were extremely thorough when briefing me at each stage, and I therefore felt well-prepared and confident. Have subsequently learnt he is also tremendous company outside the workplace. I would strongly recommend him to both clients and those seeking new opportunities.”
“Simon played a proactive and key role in facilitating my transition from Barclays to CFS as the leading recruitment consultant, through which I have landed an enjoyable role. Would recommend him to others looking to move between financial institutions”
Head of Change Delivery
“I have some experience working with recruitment agencies, and I found Simon's attitude, communication style and results to be first class. I was well-briefed for interviews and felt I was in capable hands at all times. I would recommend Simon's services without hesitation.”
“Simon has helped me secure a permanent change management role.
He is certainly one of the most professional recruitment consultants I have dealt with - and I have dealt with a significant number both as client and latterly as a candidate. He definitely understands his client requirements; in fact I would make the observation that he understands his client requirements much more than his clients. He goes way beyond the technical match - recognising that cultural fit is key to success. If you are in change management and are seeking a new challenge or you are a client who requires talented people - I would recommend that you speak with Simon.”
Senior Change Leader
“Simon was instrumental in supporting my application to join Northern Rock. He was very supportive and proactive throughout the engagement. I would recommend Simon to anyone who is seeking to find a role in business transformation.”