Finding real leadership is tough.

We put in the hard work.

Executive Search by Martin Tripp Associates

Expert Knowledge

50+ years’ experience in media, information, technology 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.

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Our success rate in the last financial year
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ETHICAL, RELENTLESS, PASSIONATE, INFORMED

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.

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

Clients by sector

11%
Entertainment & broadcast
21%
Consumer media (digital, print, events, communications)
13%
B2B communications (digital, print, events, training, agencies)
20%
Data / information (including research and consultancy services)
24%
Tech / e-commerce
11%
Brands / corporates direct

Roles by discipline

15%
C-suite / general management
22%
Creative (editorial, design, event production, content leads)
23%
Commercial / sales leadership
18%
Product / strategy (product directors, strategy leads etc)
11%
Technical (CTOs, CIOs, digital leaders)
11%
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.

martin@trippassociates.co.uk

+44 20 7692 0530 • +44 7961 100 389

Matt D’Cruz

Matt D’Cruz

Partner

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.

matt@trippassociates.co.uk

+44 20 7692 0530 • +44 7796 326 764

Latest from the Blog

How gender-blind is your recruitment process?

A client asked last week how we ensure gender fairness in our approach to a search. It’s a fair question: simply saying “we look for the best person” is not good enough.

We told the client of our pride that, as a company, we had a 50:50 gender ratio – despite the grim pictures of me and Matt dominating the website. (The office is also 30% BAME, and around one quarter LGBTQ+. Look at us, polishing our halos.) We also mentioned that we all had unconscious bias training, and always try to ensure a gender mix on every search. We felt pretty good.

But the client then asked for a breakdown of all the searches we had carried out over the last year to let them know what percentage of our searches had ended up with a woman being placed.

It turns out that around 65% of the placements this business made over the last year were men. This is a fairly discouraging figure on the face of it; but it also hides some interesting anomalies.

In the most senior roles – CEOs, MDs, etc – the ratio was almost exactly reversed: nearly 70% of general management placements over the last 12 months were women. At least boards seem to be getting the message that it is time for a change, and hopefully this change will trickle down the organisations in question.

But below that, gender stereotypes do seem to have a stronger grip. Unsurprisingly, perhaps, men still dominate in CTO / CIO roles: if we remove those from our figures, our male:female ratio switches to a more respectable 58:42%.  Sales leadership roles, particularly in SaaS clients,  are still also predominantly male, by a ratio of three to one. Editorial and creative roles, on the other hand, are 50/50, and the marketing directors we have placed in the last 12 months have been almost exclusively female.

The split between sectors can also affect gender outcomes. To illustrate: we work a great deal with information clients in the energy space. For all sorts of reasons, this sector has been historically dominated by men: a quick analysis of our searches across all disciplines in the sector shows that, where clients have insisted on a background in this sector, less than 25% of potential candidates are women. Where clients are open to candidates from different backgrounds, the ratio is 42:58.

One final piece of statistical analysis. It would appear that the awareness of the issue is having an impact, even if practices remain imperfect. We can measure this by looking at the gender of the hiring manager, and then at his or her hires. Looking back five years to 2014,  only 20% of our clients’ hires were “cross gender”: typically, though not exclusively, this meant men hiring men. Last year, the same measure yielded a more impressive 45% of hires being made by men of women, or women of men.

So, how can our clients ensure a better approach to gender-balanced recruitment? There are no easy answers, but the booklet we have prepared below (Seven Steps to Gender-Blind Recruitment) provides some simple steps that can help eliminate gender bias in recruitment processes.

Click here to get your free Gender-blind recruitment pdf.

 

Martin Tripp

martin@trippassociates.co.uk

Martin Tripp Associates is a London-based executive search consultancy. While we are best-known for our work across the mediainformationtechnologycommunications and entertainment sectors, we have also worked with some of the world’s biggest brands on challenging senior positions. Feel free to contact us to discuss any of the issues raised in this blog. 

 

 

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