About Us

Redefining your view

Dryden Search was established in 2019 to redefine the traditional view surrounding the recruitment to recruitment market. Since then, we have quickly established ourselves as a leading provider of tailored recruitment services to those working within executive search. We understand what good talent looks like and where to find it.

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30 years of experience

Our advisory service offers bespoke and in-depth market intelligence. This includes tailored compensation reports, market mapping services and introductions to leading NED and M&A specialists.

We partner with executive search firms to source the very best talent. We do not advertise but pro-actively engage and assess those who could be suitable for your organisation. Our experience allows us to understand the unique differences and skills required for research, delivery and fee-generating hires.

Our personal networks allow us effectively source recruitment professionals with inhouse, search or agency backgrounds. We can collaborate with you on strategy if it is your first TA hire or identify the best talent if you are expanding.

About Us

Our Consultants

Daniel has worked in recruitment for over 18 years. Prior to co-founding Dryden, Daniel's experience includes 6 years in New York establishing a specialist governance recruitment firm from scratch and managing a London based European recruitment team as a response to Brexit. At Dryden, focusses on Associate - Principal hires. He also provides advisory services to UK Partners on market opportunities internationally and oversees the annual compensation report. Daniel is married with two sons (James and Max) and is a keen follower of Liverpool FC.

Daniel Close

Managing Partner

Dan has worked in recruitment for over 19 years and prior to co-founding Dryden, ran a senior appointments division covering roles to C-suite across finance, governance and general management. He has a track record of developing high performing Consultants, Managers and Directors and uses his knowledge of the DNA of a successful recruiter to help advise on career paths and identify the best talent in the market. At Dryden, Dan leads retained assignments for Director and Partner level hiring and has an in-depth network across Legal, HR, Finance and Private Equity. Outside of work, he is a dad to two boys (Theo and Zac) and husband of a chocoholic!

Dan Flynn

Managing Partner

Oliver joined Dryden Search in 2021 and is a graduate from Brunel University. Oliver plays a key role in supporting both Managing Partners in identifying and mapping the very best talent in the UK executive search market. Outside of work, Oliver is currently studying his MA in Creative Writing and follows Tottenham Hotspur home and away.

Oliver Brown

Research Associate

Emily joined Dryden in 2022 as a Research Associate and is presently studying Biological Sciences at Edinburgh University. Having undertaken an internship at a global executive search firm, Emily supports Managing Partners on searches. In particular, Emily plays a crucial role in mapping the Life Sciences & Healthcare markets. Outside of the work, Emily has competed at an international standard in acrobatics and continues to enjoy life as a student!

Emily Davies

Research Associate