We are Dryden Search

A service based on experience,
trust and discretion.

Established in 2019, Dryden Search has quickly established a reputation as a leading recruiter and advisor for the executive search industry.


We do not advertise but use our knowledge and network to proactively search for talent as opposed to passively matching available candidates. Our approach is highly personalised; helping founders, CEO’s and Partners build the right teams with the right people.


Our client portfolio covers some of the very best executive search firms in the UK. Whether you are seeking to move to a large firm or small, are a researcher or fee earner, we can introduce you to some of the most innovative firms and roles the UK market has to offer.


Our Consultants

Daniel has worked in recruitment for over 19 years. Prior to co-founding Dryden, Daniel's experience included 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, Daniel focusses on business origination and executive search hiring at all levels. He also oversees our annual executive search 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 20 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

Senior 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 and plays a key role in ensuring our data is updated in real-time. Outside of the work, Emily has competed at an international standard in acrobatics and continues to enjoy life as a student!

Emily Davies

Media & Marketing Associate

CONTACT: Daniel Flynn, Managing Partner, 07900 803795   |   Daniel Close, Managing Partner, 07377420429   |   EMAIL: dc@drydensearch.com