Oliver Brookes

HR Search and Selection

Who we are

Oliver Brookes is a niche, independently owned HR search and selection business with great values and a modern outlook. With over 40 years combined specialist HR recruitment experience, we have developed strong long term partnerships across the UK and Internationally, built on trust, mutual understanding, respect and above all, the ability to identify the right person for the right role. Whether you are looking to recruit great talent for your business or your next career move, at the centre of everything we do is the firm belief that how we treat you is essential to our success. That is why we spend time truly getting to know you, we listen to you, we understand what you are looking for and we will find you a solution.


We are committed, enthusiastic and tenacious and we love what we do. At the heart of this is that we thrive on making you happy.


We can’t claim that we will always be able to help you but we will always be honest and if we are not the right people, we’ll let you know.


We want to work with you, listen to you and make sure we understand what you want; only then can we work together in partnership and provide you with the results that will make you want to work together with us again.


We are proud of what we do, how we do it and the company we keep. We maintain standards high across the business ensuring our service levels exceed your expectations.


Our extensive network has been built from over 40 years’ combined experience in finding and assessing HR professionals both across the UK and Internationally.

What we do

We specialise in identifying, attracting and assessing talented Human Resources professionals from middle management to senior leadership levels across the UK and internationally. We work on both retained and contingent assignments and resource roles in all generalist and specialist areas of HR including Strategic Business Partners, Head of HR, Resourcing, Learning and Development, Reward, Employee Relations, HR Shared Services and OD professionals. We do this for both permanent and interim positions.

As specialists in identifying talented HR professionals, we work across a variety of FTSE 100 and 250 industries including retail, FMCG, logistics, manufacturing, engineering, financial services, pharmaceutical, technology, health and education.

We work hard to really understand you and what you need. Our services include:

  • Targeted search and selection assignments
  • Market and competitor mapping
  • Salary guidelines
  • Brand perception
  • Career coaching
  • Skills mapping
  • Networking events

We’re proud of what we do and how we do it and we want to show you how good we are. We are not just about names on a database, we are about understanding what good looks like and where to find it. We are about engaging with that talent to really understand what drives and motivates them. Not all great talent will be a match for you - we aim to save you time and energy making sure you’re meeting the best people for the right roles.

Contact us

  • Manchester Office
    82 King Street, Manchester, M2 4WQ
    Tel: 0161 207 1608

  • London Office
    28 Grosvenor Street, London, W1K 4QR
    Tel: 0207 118 1608

  • Email
    [email protected]

Who are we?

Oliver Brookes, 28 Grosvenor Street, London, W1K 4QR, Tel: 0207 118 1608. We provide HR search and selection services.

What does this Policy cover?

We at Oliver Brookes take your personal data seriously. This policy:

What personal data do we collect about you?

We collect the information necessary to be able to find available opportunities and further information needed to assess your eligibility through the different stages of executive and non-executive search and research services. This information includes contact details, CV’s, identification documents, educational records, work history, remuneration details and references.

We may also collect high-risk personal data about you, in the form of eligibility to work documentation and bank account information for interim contractors.

Where do we collect personal data about you from?

The following are the different sources we may collect personal data about you from:

How and why we use your personal data?

We use your personal data to match your skills, experience and education with a potential employer. We will initially collect basic information on you such as contact details, job role and experience and, when relevant, contact you to discuss the opportunity. If the opportunity is of interest to you, we will then collect more information from you at the point of interview which will be shared with our client, with your prior knowledge and permission, if you are selected for shortlisting. and onwards in that manner.

How long do we keep your personal data for?

We keep your information in accordance as follows:

Candidate data: six years from our last contact with you.

Interim/Contractors data: six years in line with HMRC reporting requirements.

Client contact details: six years from our last contact with you.

Who do we share your personal data with?

With your prior knowledge and permission, your personal data is shared with the client who initiates a search. We may also conduct checks on you to verify the information you have provided and where we do this, with your prior knowledge and permission, we may share your information with, for example, external verification companies. Oliver Brookes may also share your personal data within our associated companies, namely Mullwood Partnership, Zachariah Wolfe and Goodman Harris for the proper purposes of an employment business and access will be restricted to those personnel to whom it is necessary.

What legal basis do we have for using your information?

For prospective candidates, interim contractors, referees and clients, our processing is necessary for our legitimate interests in that we need the information in order to be able to assess suitability for potential roles, to find potential candidates and to contact clients and referees.

If you are shortlisted as a candidate, then this may involve the processing of more detailed personal data including high-risk data such as eligibility to work documentation and or/bank account information for interim contractors. For clients, we may also rely on our processing being necessary to perform a contract for you, for example in contacting you.

What happens if you do not provide us with the information we request or ask that we stop processing your information?

If you do not provide the personal data necessary or withdraw your permission for the processing of your personal data, we may not be able to match you with available job opportunities.

Do we make automated decisions concerning you?

No, we do not carry out automated profiling.

Do we transfer your data outside the EEA?

With your prior knowledge and permission, we may transfer your personal data to clients and partners in countries outside the EEA. These countries privacy laws may be different from those in your home country. Where we transfer data to a country which has not been deemed to provide adequate data protection standards we always have security measures and approved model clauses in place to protect your personal data. To find out more about how we safeguard your information as related to transfers contact us on [email protected]

What rights do you have in relation to the data we hold on you?

By law, you have a number of rights when it comes to your personal data. Further information and advice about your rights can be obtained from the data protection regulator in your country.

Rights What does this mean?
1.     The right to be informed  You have the right to be provided with clear, transparent and easily understandable information about how we use your information and your rights. This is why we’re providing you with the information in this Policy.
2.     The right of access You have the right to obtain access to your information (if we’re processing it), and certain other information (similar to that provided in this Privacy Policy). This is so you’re aware and can check that we’re using your information in accordance with data protection law.
3.     The right to rectification You are entitled to have your information corrected if it’s inaccurate or incomplete.
4.     The right to erasure This is also known as ‘the right to be forgotten’ and, in simple terms, enables you to request the deletion or removal of your information where there’s no compelling reason for us to keep using it. This is not a general right to erasure; there are exceptions.
5.     The right to restrict processing You have rights to ‘block’ or suppress further use of your information. When processing is restricted, we can still store your information, but may not use it further. We keep lists of people who have asked for further use of their information to be ‘blocked’ to make sure the restriction is respected in future.
6.     The right to data portability You have rights to obtain and reuse your personal data for your own purposes across different services. For example, if you decide to switch to a new provider, this enables you to move, copy or transfer your information easily between our IT systems and theirs safely and securely, without affecting its usability.
7.     The right to object to processing You have the right to object to certain types of processing, including processing for direct marketing (i.e. if you no longer want to be contacted with potential opportunities).
8.     The right to lodge a complaint You have the right to lodge a complaint about the way we handle or process your personal data with your national data protection regulator.
9.     The right to withdraw consent If you have given your consent to anything we do with your personal data, you have the right to withdraw your consent at any time (although if you do so, it does not mean that anything we have done with your personal data with your consent up to that point is unlawful). This includes your right to withdraw consent to us using your personal data for marketing purposes.

We usually act on requests and provide information free of charge, but may charge a reasonable fee to cover our administrative costs of providing the information for:

Alternatively, we may be entitled to refuse to act on the request.

Please consider your request responsibly before submitting it. We’ll respond as soon as we can. Generally, this will be within one month from when we receive your request but, if the request is going to take longer to deal with, we’ll come back to you and let you know.

How will we contact you?

We may contact you by phone, email or social media. If you prefer a particular contact means over another please just let us know.

How can you contact us?

If you are unhappy with how we’ve handled your information, or have further questions on the processing of your personal data, contact us at [email protected] or 0207 118 1608.