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 Officer
James became Cobalt’s first CEO in April 2017 after nearly 10 years with the business. During this time he has led teams in London and the UAE whilst playing a leading role in the expansion of Cobalt’s non-European operations and the development of the management team on a global basis. James joined Cobalt in July 2007 from the City Division of Michael Page having quickly established himself as one of the company’s most successful consultants and managers. Prior to his career in recruitment he served as an Officer in the British Army for six years, during which he deployed on multiple operational tours and gained a Queen’s Commendation for his efforts to rebuild the key infrastructure of Southern Iraq in 2003. James holds a masters degree in Economics & International Relations.
Richard-Emanuel Goldhahn – Managing Director – Germany
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 – UK
Christopher is the Managing Director responsible for the UK business consisting of its head office in London and office in Manchester. 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.
James Collin – Regional Director MENA
James has over 14 years of banking recruitment experience, initially gained in the City of London and then more recently the UAE. He managed the Banking Team for Jonathan Wren in London before joining HBoS/Bank of Scotland Investment Services as the Head of Talent Acquisition for the UK. He then relocated to Dubai in 2008 to set up the UAE Banking and Financial Services team of an international search firm.
James joined Cobalt in 2014 and is now the Regional Director for Cobalt MENA. His experience is focussed on C-Level and specialist positions and he has extensive experience of managing executive search processes for a wide range of international and regional banks. In addition, he has been based in the DIFC for 9 years and he therefore possesses an extensive senior network within Dubai’s financial hub.
Stephen Shorter, ACA, MA (Hons) Cantab – Finance Director
Stephen trained with Deloitte LLP in London, specialising in consumer businesses and healthcare. After qualification, he moved to Nuffield Health 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.
Sara Burton – Global Operations Director
Sara commenced her career in Recruitment on an Interim desk at Badenoch & Clark, initially recruiting accountants for surveying practices, before diversifying into sourcing the surveying professionals themselves. Seeking an opportunity to build on this sector expertise, she joined Real Estate specialists Cobalt in 2003 to start the Interim Surveying desk in London. Her success at incubating new divisions included kick-starting the public sector, Middle East and Singapore desks. Having had such a broad experience in both location, sector and type of recruitment, Sara is our in-house expert on legal recruitment and compliance matters, taking the lead in everything from key account management, supplier engagement and database management. Sara holds a degree in Philosophy & Politics from the University of Warwick, and much good it does her too.