David Shirley

David Shirley



What I can do for you

We help Financial Advisers find their "happy space" - IFA jobs and Financial Adviser jobs are our speciality.

May I ask you a question?...on a scale of 1-10, how do you rate your level of happiness with your current role (the higher the number the happier you are)? Having thought about it for a while, call me on 07770 627230 if you are less than thrilled by your answer.

I am a Headhunter and Independent Financial Adviser (IFA) recruitment specialist operating solely in the Financial Services marketplace, offering a really personal service - IFA jobs and Financial Adviser jobs are my speciality.

As a candidate, you receive personal attention - as a client company, you only spend time considering suitable, well qualified applicants.

  • we will not waste anyone's time.
  • we work hard at closely matching the candidate's aspirations and qualifications with the client company recruitment criteria.
  • we do this by carrying out in-depth interviews - only after this step will candidate details be put forward for consideration and those details will only go to those companies in which the candidate has specifically declared an interest.
  • our aim is to bring together like minded candidates and client companies, to the mutual satisfaction of both, in the most cost effective and timely manner.
  • People find that using this service is a different experience
  • You may find that this service becomes valuable to you or someone you know
  • Quite often we become friends


  • TESTIMONIAL - received from well respected financial planner Martin Bamford - David is that very rare type of financial services recruiter; one who really adds value at every stage of the recruitment process. We have been working with him over the past few months to identify suitable candidates as we grow our business. He has proven to be diligent, attentive and 'different' from other recruiters (in a very good way!). I would recommend that anyone in financial services who is considering their next career move should speak to David. His connections and knowledge of the retail financial services profession job market will see you quickly in the right home. IFAs who want to recruit quality advisers also need to pick up the phone and speak to David. He has become our preferred recruiter and I am sure he will become yours also. ...........


  • TESTIMONIAL - received from John Dashfield, Owner, Dashfield Coaching and Development Ltd "Dave has a deep knowledge of the financial services business because he's been a sucessful adviser, manager and director. He is, therefore, able to bring a level of expertise to his clients that is highly reassuring. I highly recommend Dave as providing exceptional work and value for money." ..........


  • 'David. I wanted to thank you for your exceptional help in finding me the right employment opportunity. I am extremely grateful for the time you spent with me understanding exactly the type of role I was looking for. Consequently, I only attended interviews that were most suitable. I also appreciated your extensive knowledge of the industry and sound advice throughout the process. I would recommend you to any of my colleagues in financial services. Thanks again.' JK .................


  • From first contact David provided an excellent service, showing a genuine interest in my career plans and helping me to plan my next career move with care and dilligence. Having dealt with recruitment agencies in the past, it was a refreshing change to be treated as an individual rather than a potential commission! I was not rushed or pushed at any time and David showed a real desire to find a vacancy which would best suit both me and a potential employer. I would not hesitate to recommend David to any friend or colleague considering the next step in their career or even just a change of company. SF .................


  • Having worked in financial services since we went knocking on doors, many things have changed and, of course, some for the better. However, as much as I change roles and companies, David has been a constant in relation to recruitment. I have worked with David for finding me advisers and in finding me vacancies, both with great success. Why? I believe this is because, although he works at speed, he is able to be methodical at the same time, providing an experienced view of the environment. David has always been personal yet professional together, which we all recognise as a welcome trait. Would I recommend David? I have and I know that those others share my views as well. AT ................


  • Following a company restructure I was recommended to David as a first class financial services recruiter. Over the years I have had contact with a variety of "recruitment professionals" however I would say that right from the initial contact David has been more than professional. He understands the financial services sector, my needs and objectives as a client and he supported me in gaining another position very quickly in this competitive market. I would not hesitate to recommend David to any friend or colleague considering the next step in their career. Many thanks for your support and guidance. MT ................


Personal      I have been in and around Financial Services since leaving school - many years with a major insurance company, took the Sales Management route, built successful teams, recruited advisers, recruited managers, have also operated as an IFA - involved in Financial Services recruitment for plenty of years. I am married, with an increasing number of family members - all of whom I am very proud. I love sport, have participated in two London Marathons and many half marathons including three Great North Runs (a tenuous claim to fame here, in that on two occasions I ran in events where a World Best time was set - I was several thousand places behind the winner but...........). I still run regularly, enjoy horseracing and follow Manchester United (but don't hold that against me). Cruising is our main holiday format. ** If you think I can help you with something, please let me know.
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George Emsden

"Met David earlier this week as my own situation as an IFA had changed. His insight was most helpful and I look forward to working with him in the future. I am happy to recommend him to other financial services professionals in these interesting times."

Victor Marques

"Thank you so much dear David for being in my circle of great friends that love to give from the heart. Networking is about farming not hunting. Big hug from Douro Valley. Victor Marques"

nick tadd

"I would advise you to get to know David , he is one of life's true, trust worthy people ... top chap. NicK Tadd"

Jennifer Bloom

"I'm pleased to count David as one of my contacts here on Ecademy. Changing Lives, Jennifer "

Vicki (The Property Mermaid) Wusche

"I spent over three hours with David yesterday as part of a Blackstar meeting. I would have no hesitation in recommending his company to any of my friends or contacts that are looking for a new role in this turbulent financial market :) I am also going to let my own broker know that when things get better David Shirley and his financial recruitment business are there to help find the right staff to cope with the new business that is sure to come :) great to meet you and spend time getting to know you David :) Vicki :)"

Lucy Long

"Meet David Shirley today and must say I was impressed. I am already introducing him to several of the IFA's I know and would recommend you put him in touch with anyone you feel is under-valued. His service is quite bespoke and he certainly has integrity. Lucy Long"


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