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About our Management Team

Adam Walker & Timothy Rowe – Founders

In 2001, Adam Walker & Timothy Rowe co-founded Cobalt Recruitment, following successful careers in the property recruitment sector. 

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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 internationally 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 6 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.


Miles Hunt - CobaltMiles Hunt – Chairman

Miles is one of the recruitment industry's best-regarded senior experts and entrepreneurs.  He has extensive international experience across Europe, Asia-Pacific and the United States and has built, operated and grown hugely successful temporary and permanent businesses.  He has also overseen the addition of cutting-edge services to the offerings of successful recruitment firms, beyond straightforward recruitment services.  The wealth of strategic expertise that he brings to Cobalt is proving invaluable as the business evolves into its next phase of growth.   


 Richard-Emanuel Goldhahn Cobalt

Richard-Emanuel Goldhahn – Managing Director – Germany

Richard began his professional career managing human resources for major national operations. He then joined Cobalt in 2008, quickly establishing the company’s German operation. He has enjoyed a successful period as the managing director of Cobalt Deutschland GmBH.



Guy Davidson – Managing Director – New ZealandGuy Davidson

Guy heads Cobalt's New Zealand business having joined the company in London in 2007. As a consultant he was a true natural, operating across a broad range of property roles and succeeding in both fair and not so fair market conditions. When his time came to return to New Zealand it therefore made perfect sense for him to establish Cobalt there. A task that he executed with aplomb, building a market-leading business that now operates across all of Cobalt's key disciplines. In addition to being passionate about the built environment space in New Zealand Guy takes huge pride in both his people and the high-quality consultative service that they provide. He is a graduate of the University of Canterbury and a keen fisherman.


Stephen Shorter Cobalt

Stephen Shorter, ACA, MA (Hons) Cantab – Group Chief Financial Officer 

With a degree in Social & Political Sciences, Stephen worked at Nuffield Health until 2011. Here he held a variety of commercial finance roles within the Consumer Fitness division. He had prior training with Deloitte LLP in London, where he specialised in consumer businesses and health care. When he left Nuffield, he joined events agency, Unspun as General Manager, overseeing all financial operations. Some of his best moments at Unspun included delivering the opening and closing ceremonies of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, and BBC Sports Personality of the Year.


Sara Burton – Global Operations DirectorSara Burton Cobalt

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 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.

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Our global clients

  • ACO
  • Akelius
  • Berkeley
  • BNP
  • British Land
  • Capital Real Estate
  • CBRE
  • Cuesko
  • The Crown Estate
  • Deutsche Annington
  • DTZ Research
  • Gazeley
  • Generali
  • Great Portland Estates
  • Grainger
  • Hammerson
  • Knight Frank
  • Lands Improvement
  • Legal & General
  • Optic
  • Savills
  • William Hill

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