David Godfrey

Associate Partner & Head of Permanent Recruitment

Senior Management Appointments

London London

Hunter Healthcare,
Floor 2, Berkshire House
168-173 High Holborn

David Godfrey. Associate Partner. Head of Permanent Search Senior Management Appointments Hunter Healthcare

David joined Hunter in January 2019 after Hunter Healthcare’s extensive search to find the right individual to lead and build our Sub-Board Permanent Recruitment arm. David has almost fifteen years of public sector recruitment experience, having successfully recruited across multiple professional specialisms for the full range of public sector and not-for-profit organisations. After starting his career with a large multinational, David went on to spend almost eight years at Allen Lane, helping to build their Permanent Finance business, before he launched their Interim IT Business. Becoming a leading market figure, he held an enviable track record of 99% fill rate on retained business over six years and is responsible for over 350 permanent appointments in his career.

At Hunter, David uses his experience and broad market knowledge within the national specialist sub-board permanent recruitment practice, spanning Operations and Corporate Services whilst working closely with our established Executive Search and Interim Management teams. The opportunity to add market value is enormous: not only are good quality sub-board leaders in short supply and high demand, but Hunter is able to interact with future Executives at a much earlier stage in their career. This work has enabled us to significantly improve our talent management capability, candidate representation, candidate due-diligence and continued competitive market advantage.

“As I came to determine my next career step, I was lucky to have some truly fantastic offers of employment, ranging from start-ups to leading divisions of Tier 1 firms. However, with Hunter, a couple of things really stood out for me. The first was the incredibly thorough and diligent process they put me through despite my relevant track record. Their own hiring process had more depth and involvement than any I’d previously been involved in (either as a hiring manager myself or candidate). The Directors and Senior Management Team really challenged me on my own value-set, whilst also taking multiple references on the quality of my work and style with NHS Executives who I had worked with in the past. This robust layer of due diligence, coupled with a genuine (rather than lip-service) values-based hiring model, truly separates us from our competitors. Hunter was only able to do this due to the strength and depth of their relationships at the highest levels right across the market and their undoubted commitment to hiring based on shared values. I’m therefore delighted to be part of a company with a value-set similar to my own and one which has shown the ambition to constantly evolve, innovate and diversify over the last eight years, whilst striving for nothing less than being the most trusted resourcing partner to the NHS and broader healthcare sector”.