WHAT WE DO

FG is an independent bespoke headhunting company founded by Claire Fuller and Jane Girling in 2002.  We represent the media and communication sector working to find the most talented board level and executive leaders for media companies.  Clients retain our executive search and selection services when they are looking to achieve positive change, growth and competitive advantage.

We identify exceptional talent through executive search and have a strong heritage built up in the following sectors: Broadcasting, Publishing, Media owner, Media agency, Experiential, Social Media, OOH, Industry Bodies, Digital, Data, Mobile, B2B.

FG focus on a limited number of executive searches at any one time, ensuring a focussed, fast, dedicated and reliable approach. One of us is always available to answer any question or to provide any advice.
We are expert at attracting the right candidates and attracting them to your business.

WHY USE US?

EXPERIENCE

At FG the founding partners have over 20 years experience in headhunting and a fantastic track record in placing senior executives and leaders.

DISCRETION

We guarantee total confidentiality. FG has never had a short list discussed/published by the media press!

ACCOUNTABILITY

We only take on assignments which we believe we can complete. Each client receives individual and customised attention.

TOTAL CONFIDENCE

We offer innovative solutions and you will be presented with the best short list in the market.

COLLABORATIVE

We work hard to understand the culture of client companies and consequently who would be the perfect fit.

CHALLENGING

We challenge clients and ask the difficult questions to ensure the brief is viable given market conditions at the time.

TRACK RECORD OF DELIVERY

We have an enviable track record of delivery with an almost unrivalled conversion rate.

CREATIVE

Original and unexpected ideas- we produce the right short list for each search.

PERSONAL DEDICATED SERVICE

Jane and Claire are the only point of contact throughout, from initial briefing to contract negotiation

WHAT PEOPLE SAY

“I have worked with Fuller Girling regularly over the past decade and found them to be extremely professional, thorough and discrete. Their model enables them to deliver a very high standard of rigour, challenge and focus, which are obviously very important things when you are making a decision on a critical role that will drive the future of your business- and often for the most senior roles when they may be your lone counsel. I highly recommend them.”

Grant Millar- CEO - ZenithOptimedia

WHAT PEOPLE SAY

“Claire and Jane at Fuller Girling are a pleasure to work with and every time we have engaged them, the results have been outstanding.

Not only do we always get presented with high calibre candidates who fit in to the culture of the agency, but their process ensures the candidates are highly motivated for the move and their suitability fully screened.  Every time they have created me a rather nice problem to have – to have to choose between a group of great people – and they are always brilliant advisors in helping make that decision.”

Dan Clays - Managing Director - OMD UK

WHAT PEOPLE SAY

“In October 2014, we identified the need to bring a new Trading Director into the News UK Commercial Department. We knew it would be a difficult search to find the right person that would enable us to move our business forward whilst also able to demonstrate all the necessary skills and characteristics to thrive in this business.

Whilst there are a whole host of head-hunting firms that profess to deliver a brief like this, I was confident that after our initial meeting, Fuller Girling was the company to appoint. Jane and Claire both inspired me with confidence. Their background work and understanding of what we were looking for along with their standing and level of senior contacts in the industry, I believed that we would find the right candidate for the role.

The depth of research, thoroughness of the process and the level of feedback on each of the candidates was more than I expected. Most importantly, I was presented with quality people to interview over a staged process and offered the role to my first choice person. Jane and Claire were intrinsic to the whole process, literally from start to finish.

Thank you for the effort, thank you for challenging us and thank you for finding the person that will take this business on the next level.

I would have no hesitation in using Fuller Girling again or in recommending them to anyone that asks.”

Dominic Carter - Commercial Director -News UK

WHAT PEOPLE SAY

“When recruiting at a senior level, there is an incredible value in working with an open, transparent and action-oriented recruitment specialist. Claire and Jane are exceptional in brokering roles that suit both parties, and are perceptive in the way that they provide feedback in a candid but constructive way. They spent a lot of time listening to our requirements at the outset of the briefing process, and I was very confident that they represented Mindshare in the way we wanted to be represented.”

Nick Ashley - Chief Client Officer - Mindshare

WHAT PEOPLE SAY

“Fuller Girling have just found me an excellent new CEO for the National Readership Survey. You start off wondering if perhaps you could find someone by yourself, but it’s only when you’re safely in the hands of capable, diligent, friendly professionals that you realise how false an economy that would have been. The process was smooth and painless, discreet and thorough. And with Fuller and Girling, that’s what you get: Fuller AND Girling, no-one else, no juniors, no alternates. Claire and Jane are on your case, undistracted by an in-tray of competing briefs. They know their patch inside out and are as competent and effective a recruitment business as you’ll find anywhere.”

Simon Marquis - Chairman - NRS

WHAT PEOPLE SAY

“We recently worked with FullerGirling in our search for a VP of International Advertising Sales.

We selected them because they demonstrated a clear understanding of our brief and a process of working that we were confident would deliver us the right candidate, which they did.

I would certainly recommend FullerGirling. They are very thorough in their work, totally professional and above all are people you can trust.”

Mark Swift - SVP UK Commercial & International Ad Sales - MTV Networks

WHAT PEOPLE SAY

“Centaur Media retained Fuller Girling for our Group Commercial Director role and from the first meeting I was impressed with their market knowledge and insight.  The search was focussed, ran at a pace and was thorough both from a candidate experience and company perspective.  Jane and Claire work as a great team and the open and timely communication approach meant we were kept fully informed and able to turn around this search in record time.

I would have no hesitation in working with them and recommending them in the future.”

Kathleen Jones - Group HR Director - Centaur Media

WHAT PEOPLE SAY

“From time to time at Walker Media we have considered boosting our senior management team. It doesn’t come easy to do this for a company that prides itself on its distinctive positioning and home grown talent. Past attempts have fallen down as the searches undertaken for us have not yielded a quality of candidates that has made it attractive to invest.Fuller Girling on the other hand made it impossible for me to halt the search as the candidates proffered were outstanding and importantly by the time we saw them each of them had made a significant emotional and physical commitment to the process. Of course time will tell if we got it right but what is certain is that we couldn’t have done it without Fuller Girling.”

Phil Georgiadis - Chairman - Blue 449

WHAT PEOPLE SAY

“Working with Fuller Girling was a refreshing experience that has restored my faith in Executive Search! Jane and Claire promised us a quick and painless process and so it was…within a month of receiving our brief for an MD they had produced a short list of four excellent, motivated candidates and we were able to move quickly for our preferred person. I would certainly recommend Fuller Girling to anyone seeking high calibre candidates with the minimum of resource required to manage the process.”

Simon Davis - CEO - Blue 449

WHAT PEOPLE SAY

“Fuller Girling helped us find our first UK CEO.  Their process was incredibly thorough and professional, from start to finish.  They gave us terrific insights into the marketplace, and from a very strong short-list of candidates, they helped us secure our first choice.  We couldn’t be happier with the result.”

Kelly Clark - CEO - North America Group M

WHAT PEOPLE SAY

“I have had the pleasure of both being hired from a search led by Fuller Girling and hiring them to conduct an executive search for me.

When on the receiving end of the process, I found them to be tough (but fair) interviewers who really pushed me to consider all aspects of the role, my true level of ambition, and work out my capabilities and stand-out qualities, so I felt super primed and super motivated by the role. It was great preparation.When then hiring them to conduct a search for me, they worked incredibly professionally, quickly and provided direction and insight which led to a brilliant hire. They did all the hard work and I felt I knew the candidates from FG’s thorough assessment, before even meeting them. In addition of course, they know the industry very well and have a great little black book, both of candidates they know well, and contacts who can help with lateral new candidates.”

Lindsay Pattison - CEO - Maxus Worldwide

WHAT PEOPLE SAY

“We recently used Fuller Girling for the first time and I’ll be amazed if we don’t continue to do so. They took great care in understanding exactly what would be required from a successful candidate and then produced a shortlist of outstanding quality in just 4-5 weeks. In addition, an internal candidate was handled both sensitively and rigorously and the hardest part of the whole process was making our final choice. All of the shortlisted candidates had clearly been put through their paces before reaching us – meaning that not a single minute of our time was wasted. In short, Fuller Girling lived up to every single one of the promises they made at our first meeting. First class.”

Robert Tansey - Brand Director - SKY

WHAT PEOPLE SAY

Despite the claims of many head-hunters that they limit the number of briefs at any one time and focus primarily on your needs as a client, the reality is that few actually do this – Fuller Girling, it is very clear, are an exception to this rule. From the moment that they took the brief, the extent and frequency of their communications was impressive and consistent. They followed up on every detail, kept us fully informed of developments, proactively planned ahead, and were not afraid to challenge us, the client, when we risked damaging the relationship with potential hires through unnecessary delays or mixed messaging. What also impressed was the delicacy with which they balanced the needs of client and candidate, steering a middle path so as to ensure that all candidates, whether successful or otherwise, were left with positive feelings about our company as a potential employer. We landed an outstanding candidate for a challenging role. This was my first experience of FG but I will definitely go back for more of the same.

Alastair Procter - Chief HR Officer - Mediabrands Worldwide

WHAT PEOPLE SAY

“I have used FullerGirling for a couple of senior appointments and as ever have reminded myself why -for media executives -I would ever bother to use anyone else! They are extraordinarily efficient and fill you with complete confidence that once you have handed over the brief the next point of contact is usually the short list. Their research is extremely thorough and each candidate is well briefed and even more importantly of a very high caliber. Over the years that I have used FullerGirling I have never had the impression that my time has been wasted (which is astonishing in this business!) and they have always managed to deliver the right candidate…so far!!! They are highly professional and a joy to work with.”

Fru Hazlitt - Non Exec Director - Merlin Entertainments

WHAT PEOPLE SAY

“As part of ITV’s transformation plan, we were looking for several key members of staff who could help us transform the way ITV is sold and our approach to clients and agencies. Because of our very specific demands for someone outside TV, with agency and client experience, highly motivated who could help create a plan to transform a disparate operation over 16 offices in the UK. Many of who had seen no change for 10 years. We needed to engage with a head-hunter who could understand our vision and then translate that into the right person.

Working with Fuller Girling on this brief was a pleasure, they quickly understood what we needed and set about this difficult task with enthusiasm. Throughout the search they kept me fully up to date with the progress and seeking my input as the right times without being overbearing.

In the end they landed our ideal candidate, quickly and with minimal fuss. I found their approach both professional and personal, they really cared!

As a result I would happily work with them again and would recommend them to anyone looking for an agency that can translate a difficult brief into the right person.”

Simon Daglish - Group Commercial Director - ITV PLC

WHAT PEOPLE SAY

Fuller Girling worked on the appointment of a new CEO for the Interactive Advertising Bureau. We were a nightmare client since the decision was made by a committee of leaders from a number of online companies as well as myself. Yet Claire and Jane brought an order to the process; they were firm when we were unruly, had clear and well informed views when asked, yet flexible enough to work well with us. Their market research was extensive and thorough and we saw a wide group of interesting candidates despite a seriously concentrated time schedule.

I have no hesitation in recommending them.

Richard Eyre - Chairman - NED

WHAT PEOPLE SAY

“Working with Fuller Girling genuinely took the hassle out of hiring for us on a recent senior recruit and thanks to them we found the ideal candidate who satisfied all criteria and was also a great cultural fit. Their unique approach lends seniority, robustness and unparalleled research and communication to an often deeply painful process. I have never before felt inclined to write a testimonial for a recruitment business yet on this occasion I couldn’t praise Jane and Claire more. I would strongly recommend them and at the same time both are also a delight to work with.”

Paul Frampton - CEO - Havas Media

WHO WE ARE

Both Jane and Claire have over 20 years experience headhunting in the media & communications industry.

20 years in the business!

Hard to believe that Jane has been working in the media industry for almost 30 years!
10 years at Granada TV which became part of ITV and the last twenty as a head-hunter.
Amazing to think back to the many industry luminaries we have placed over the years.
Jane loves tennis and Pilates and is encouraged to support Arsenal as part of a male dominated Arsenal mad family!

Jane Girling
Co Founder

Head Hunter

After graduating from London University with a degree in Chemistry, Claire worked in commercial roles in TV and OOH before becoming a head hunter. Claire loves her family, chocolate, party games  and travelling. She does not love anchovies, high heels or arrogant football managers!

Claire Fuller
Co Founder

CONTACT US

JANE GIRLING
Tel: 07900 248901 Email: jane@fullergirling.com
CLAIRE FULLER
Tel: 07775 784341 Email: claire@fullergirling.com