Recruitment Services

In an industry where barriers to entry are low, OCT Associates brings deep expertise and a blue-chip focus on quality with a business model built on flexibility and client-focus. In recruitment, we are at our most effective working with organisations that need advice and support from the very beginning of the appointment process, including consulting on organisational structures and candidate specifications. We have particular expertise in working with selection panels, trustee boards etc, helping them to make successful appointments through collective decision processes.


David’s clients have included FTSE 100 plcs and smaller commercial enterprises across a wide range of sectors. He has worked at senior levels for nearly every leading Whitehall department and many other large public bodies, as well as independent regulators, education bodies, trade organisations, institutions, and national charities. Since founding OCT Associates clients have included:

  • Royal British Legion Industries
  • National Pharmacy Association
  • The Children’s Investment Fund Foundation
  • Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee
  • Network Rail
  • St John’s College, Oxford
  • Private Infrastructure Development Group
  • Moorfields Eye Hospital
  • Turks & Caicos Islands Government
  • Pembroke College, Oxford
  • Forces in Mind Trust
  • Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority
  • Bembridge Sailing Club
  • The Shark Trust
  • Royal Navy & Royal Marines Charity
  • The English Speaking Union
  • Tusk Trust
  • Enactus UK
  • St Anne’s College, Oxford
  • The Royal Star & Garter Homes
  • Prince’s Trust International
  • Ernest Kleinwort Charitable Trust
  • Lincoln College, Oxford
  • Pinnacle Health Partnership
  • Hertford College, Oxford
  • Balliol College, Oxford
  • Thera Trust
  • University College, Oxford
  • St Edmund Hall, Oxford
  • Big Win Philanthropy
  • Corpus Christi College, Oxford
  • Company Chemists’ Association
  • NHBS Ltd