Recruitment CEO, James Wakefield, joins Dartmouth as Head of International


James Wakefield has joined as Group Head of International to expanding international operations.


Dartmouth Partners are pleased to announce the appointment of James Wakefield as Group Head of International at our parent company Kernel Global.

Kernel is a multi-brand, multi-niche, high quality recruitment ecosystem that harnesses the power of human relationships. When a business joins Kernel, they immediately have access to the experience, knowledge, and insight to create and nurture the ideal environment of expertise, investment, infrastructure, and innovation to allow their business to flourish – and fast.

Kernel and Dartmouth are backed by close-ended investment firm, Literacy Capital, to support the firm’s continued growth and geographic expansion. Literacy Capital is a private investment fund set up in 2017 whose Chairman, Paul Pindar, who co-founded Capita plc in 1987. Paul was integral in increasing Capita’s valuation from £330,000 to £8.5 billion in 2014 at the time of his retirement.

James joins Kernel from Cobalt, a global recruitment company specialising in recruiting for the professional built environment space, where he was central to growing Cobalt’s overseas operations from zero to representing over 75% of the firm’s revenue.  In doing so James spent 8 years overseas, before returning to the UK to become the business’s first CEO in 2017. Cobalt was named APSCo International Recruitment Company of the Year in2017/2018 and James currently heads APSCo’s International Forum.

James’ experience working with fast-growing companies will enable him to effectively establish and execute a growth trajectory that propels Dartmouth’s international operation to exceed the profitability of the UK business within five years.

Discussing the appointment, Group CEO, Logan Naidu said, “I’m tremendously proud of the team we’ve managed to build, and the successes we’ve shared along the way. We’ve assembled an incredibly strong team and international expansion will be a key pillar in the growth of the group and for Dartmouth moving forwards. In James, we have found an individual with a great track record, who shares our excitement in the opportunities ahead, and I look forward to seeing our partner businesses flourish with our collaboration.”

James Wakefield said: “Finding a business with such ambition and quality that is looking to achieve substantial international growth is one thing, but this new challenge also comes with people who share my values and believe in doing things properly and for the right reasons. I am hugely excited and can’t wait to see what we can achieve together.”

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