Meet the Team

David Waddell
Managing Director | +44 1273 827471 | +44 7725 543493
David is founder and Managing Director at Harvey John. A highly experienced recruiter with an enviable network of contacts and an undiminished level of energy to assist with your job search or introducing key appointments to your team or business.

Alongside his commercial responsibilities, David manages the Public Practice division working with boutique practices as well as leading regional and national accountancy firms. He also recruits for commercial senior finance roles with clients ranging from multinational organisations to private equity backed businesses experiencing high growth.

“I read a quote recently that said ‘if you are not doing what you love, you are wasting your time’.

Well I do, and I’m not!”

Why work with David?

  • Over 26 years recruitment experience in the accountancy and finance sector
  • Offer a bespoke recruitment service to meet your search criteria
  • 100% success rate sourcing retained commercial assignments
  • A recruiter at heart. When instructed, I’m not distracted with anything other than finding you a solution!
  • What can I say, I enjoy what I do!

Recent Engagements

  • Head of Finance | Leading independent school
  • Finance Director | Real estate advisory business
  • Finance Director | Food & Beverage
  • Team move (Payroll) | Leading Sussex accounting firm
  • Commercial Finance Manager | National retail business
  • Audit Manager | Brighton based chartered accountancy firm
  • Head of Finance | PE backed private bespoke construction firm
  • Senior Portfolio PMO Manager | FTSE 100, Financial Services
  • Finance Director | Sussex based multi-academy trust
  • Finance Director | Charity
  • Chief Executive Officer | Specialist construction company

Why Harvey John?

  • We combine finely tuned traditional recruitment techniques coupled with the use of new technology and cutting-edge sourcing methods.
  • We don’t just match candidates with vacancies. We motivate people to fulfil their true potential and enable companies to grow and achieve their career objectives.
  • We aim at working exclusively with our candidates and clients, providing our undivided attention to achieve the highest quality outcome.
  • 95% of our placed candidates say that they’d absolutely recommend working with us to their network. (Q1 & Q2 2018).

Dive into real examples of how our tailored recruitment strategies have helped businesses find top talent at all levels.

What our clients say about David

See some of our reviews from our wonderful clients!

Firstly, what a guy! David was extremely helpful, open and honest throughout the recruitment process.  I was always kept well informed and was even contacted after being in post to see how I was getting on.  A brilliant recruiter, highly recommended.

Finance Director

“I worked with David at two previous companies and would not hesitate to recommend him if you are looking to recruit finance people. He is one of the most thorough, principled and diligent people you could hope to meet. He won’t stop until he has found you the right person for the job!”


Satisfied Client

“David seemed to genuinely care, always kept me up to date and didn’t push me into any roles that weren’t suitable. He’s also a decent bloke which is a rarity amongst a lot of recruitment consultants I’ve dealt with.”

Satisfied Candidate

“Harvey John were always my first port of call for any vacancies that occurred. David took the time in the earlier stages of the relationship to understand the culture and personality of the organisation and was always efficient when supplying good candidates. There is no hard sell approach from Harvey John and this sets them apart from other similar agencies.”

Satisfied Client