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The Management Team

Adam Walker & Timothy Rowe – Founders

Timothy Rowe and Adam Walker co-founded Cobalt in 2001 after having enjoyed successful careers in the property and recruitment industries.

James Wakefield – Chief Executive OfficerJames Wakefield Cobalt
James leads Cobalt globally from the London Head Office having returned from the UAE in April 2017.  There he led the non-European business comprised of teams in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Singapore, Auckland, Christchurch and Wellington, having initially established Cobalt’s first non-European operation in the UAE in 2009.  James joined Cobalt in 2007 from the City Division of Michael Page to build and lead the Financial Services Division in London.  At Michael Page James was one of the company’s most successful managers on a global basis with a particularly strong track record and reputation for recruiting into senior roles as one the firm’s highest performing consultants whilst also managing highly successful teams in multiple areas.  Prior to this he served as an Officer in the British Army for 6 years, during which he deployed on multiple operational tours and gained a Queen’s Commendation for his efforts to rebuild much of the key infrastructure of Southern Iraq in 2003. James holds a masters degree in Economics & International Relations.



Richard-Emanuel Goldhahn – Managing Director – GermanyRichard-Emanuel Goldhahn Cobalt Recruitment

Richard is the Managing Director of Cobalt Deutschland GmbH and began his career at Cobalt in 2008. Before establishing the company’s German business, he worked for an international recruitment agency managing the German real estate business. He started his professional career managing human resources for major national corporations. Richard-Emanuel Goldhahn has a degree in Business Administration.



Christopher Mackenzie – Managing Director – UKChristopher Mackenzie Cobalt Recruitment
Christopher is the Managing Director responsible for the UK business consisting of its head office in London and offices in Manchester and Brighton.  He joined Cobalt in 2003 and has since seen the business transform from 1 to 14 global offices in that time.  As well as leading the UK business, he has responsibility for business development and recruitment across the Real Estate sectors and has a strong track record of successfully placing people within fund managers, property companies and property consultancies.  Prior to this role, he worked in the banking sector and has a degree in Financial Services.




Stephen Shorter, ACA, MA (Hons) Cantab – Finance DirectorStephen Shorter Cobalt Recruitment
Stephen trained with Deloitte LLP in London, specialising in consumer businesses and healthcare. After qualification, he moved to Nuffield Heath and held various commercial finance roles within the Consumer Fitness division. At Nuffield, Stephen helped to lead the integration of the former Cannons gyms into Nuffield’s existing wellbeing platforms to create the UK’s first end-to-end healthcare business. He left Nuffield in 2011 to join Unspun, an events and engagement agency, as General Manager with overall responsibility for Finance and Operations. Highlights at Unspun included delivering the acclaimed Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic games and BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2012. He has a degree from Cambridge University in Social & Political Sciences.

Our global clients

  • ACO
  • Akelius
  • Berkeley
  • BNP
  • Capital Real Estate
  • CBRE
  • Cording
  • Cuesko
  • Cushman & Wakefield
  • The Crown Estate
  • DBK
  • Deutsche Annington
  • Footasylum
  • Gazeley
  • Generali
  • Grainger
  • Great Portland Estates
  • Grosvenor
  • Hammerson
  • Knight Frank
  • Lands Improvement
  • Newship
  • Optic
  • Peel Outlets
  • Savills
  • William Hill