The world is changing fast

We help our clients change faster

Executive Search by Martin Tripp Associates

Expert Knowledge

50 years’ experience in media, information, communications and entertainment

Obsessive About Delivery

An unparalleled success rate, from an unmatched methodology.

Global Reach

Based in London, we have worked on leadership roles across five continents.

Our Approach

A methodology that ensures success, with a six month guarantee

In a few weeks, we build networks that might take others ten years to complete. On every search,  we will talk to over 100 people to fully map the market and identify the best possible candidates. And then we filter that insight through expert face-to-face interviewing. We are so confident of our process that we offer a six month guarantee on every placement.

Candidate retention rate after four years
Our success rate in the last financial year
Number of assignments our researchers work on at a time
Our Values


We always put our clients’ interests first, and work exclusively on each search. Once we are engaged on a role, we do not give up. We will only take on a client if we can share their passion. Our job is to keep on top of changes in the market so we can help our clients stay ahead of the curve.

Our experience

We work across the media, information, communications and entertainment industries. This means we can bring best practice from across the sectors to your business.

Clients by sector

Entertainment & broadcast
Consumer media (digital, print, events, communications)
B2B communications (digital, print, events, training, agencies)
Data / information (including research and consultancy services)
Tech / e-commerce
Brands / corporates direct

Roles by discipline

C-suite / general management
Creative (editorial, design, event production, content leads)
Commercial / sales leadership
Product / strategy (product directors, strategy leads etc)
Technical (CTOs, CIOs, digital leaders)
Marketing / communications

Our history

Martin Tripp

Martin Tripp

Managing Director

After more than a decade as a manager, writer, and analyst in the UK and Africa, Martin became a headhunter in 1996, and established Martin Tripp Associates in 2008. As well as recruiting across all disciplines in the media sector, Martin has worked with a wide range of non-media clients on senior e-commerce, digital, and communications positions.

+44 20 7692 0530 • +44 7961 100 389

Matt D’Cruz

Matt D’Cruz


A former news editor, Matt has spent much of his career talking to senior executives across all industries. A founder member of Martin Tripp Associates, he has recruited across a huge range of roles, from heads of strategy and product through to editors and audience development leads. Matt became a Partner in the firm in June 2016.

+44 20 7692 0530 • +44 7796 326 764

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