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Listen, advise and deliver

55 Exec Search is a technology executive search company that signifies new beginnings, opportunity and positive change (Angel Number 55). Our mantra is very much based on You Only Live Once (YOLO) – make the most of this life!

Bringing positive change to clients and candidates

55 Exec Search is a technology executive search company which has been founded to bring positive change to the industry. We have over 25 years experience providing an up front and honest service to both candidates and clients. We deliver the top talent to the best organisations globally. In today’s climate we understand that the most exceptional candidates are unlikely to be actively job seeking, this is why we target the passive candidate community to ensure we provide the best talent in the market. Our aim is to listen, give advice and ultimately deliver to your needs.


Helping organisations target the best through headhunting the passive candidate market

With our expertise we can help you revolutionise your recruitment and talent function allowing you to achieve unrivalled growth and success. We will always ensure that the quality of our shortlisted candidates goes beyond your expectations.


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Areas of expertise

With specialist consultants covering our core divisions, 55 Exec Search combines the industry and market expertise of a niche supplier with the capacity and resources of a national agency to deliver the right talent for the right role.

Cyber Security

For clients

We fully believe in a partnership model. We have an innovative new methodology that combines advisory consulting to help you manage and fulfil your recruitment needs.

Dependable, professional partnership

For candidates

Let 55 Exec Search help progress your career by making the process seamless, we will help you stand out from the crowd and give you access to exclusive opportunities. We will assist you with your CV, give you exclusive coaching on interviewing, negotiating rewarding packages and manage the whole process through to accepting your new role. We are with you every step of the way!

Work with some of the world’s most inspiring brands

Meet the team

Technology executive search

Nik Patel


Nik is the founder and CEO of 55 Exec Search. Nik has over 25 years’ experience in leadership roles in the Staffing & Talent sector. His background includes running global executive retained search and working in partnership with organisations to scale on demand in niche technology markets. He has been instrumental in helping organisations achieve their growth targets and has helped many organisations achieve private equity investment or transactional exit. Nik has been asked to operate as a NED on an advisory basis to help organisations streamline their recruitment functions and help build their talent acquisition strategies.

Technology executive search

Rachael Jones

Delivery Manager

Rachael Jones is a Delivery Manager at 55 Exec Search focusing on technology and executive search projects. Rachael is responsible for recruiting and delivering talent from mid-level to C-level globally into start-up and global tech organisations. Rachael has held executive headhunting roles both on-site and within both Exec Search / Recruitment agency organisations. Rachael has predominately focused on leadership roles and within but not limited to niche technology markets including Cyber Security, Digital Transformation and Big Data. Rachael is responsible for all our project delivery across our clients.

Technology executive search

Delivery on Demand

55 exec search has the ability to upscale their resourcing capability through both onshore and offshore resourcing partners. We have worked with these partners for many years, and this allows us to have a competitive edge in being able to help you scale your business as required. Please contact us for more information.

What Our Customers Say

We can tell you about the amazing things we can do for your business, but we think our customers can tell you better. After all, what they think is what really matters.

Knows the industry inside out

Nik is one of the few guys in recruitment who did recommend anyone (& everyone) talk to. A genuine passion for getting the best outcome for you (not always what you thought you wanted) he knows the industry inside out & has a keen sense for where it’s going. Quickly becomes more than a recruiter & most consider him a friend. There’s recruiters then there’s Nik!

Naveen Kaushik - Director, Cyber Sales

Really understands the industry

When looking for a new role I work with a handful of expert consultants, Nick is one of them and a rare breed. He really understands the industry but more importantly takes the time to get to know the candidates and positions them at companies where they will thrive and be successful. He is personable yet professional and has helped me find great roles and companies to work for more than once. I have no hesitation in recommending Nick to hiring managers and candidates.

Nick Watkins - Executive Principal at NCC Group

First class recruiter

Nik is a first class recruiter who placed me in my current role. He offers good honest advice, makes time for his clients and is very well connected. It's hard to ask for more, and I am happy to recommend Nik.

Steve Magny - Director of Sales East Coast at Devo

Would definitely recommend

Nik was amazing during the recruiting process. Working with me to make sure that the role presented matched my career goals and objectives and was a strong culture fit as well. He is very dedicated and persistent in a way that garners attention and respect. And I appreciated his tenacity as the role was a great fit for me. I would definitely recommend Nik!!

Gerad Lopshire - Strategic Account Manager at NCC Group

Detailed, focused professional

In working with Nik I have found him to be a detailed, focused professional that has demonstrated candor and honesty throughout the recruiting process. He demonstrated that he was not only interested in filling the vacant position, but also in finding the right fit for the company and the candidate.

Ben Fountain - Managing Consultant

Focussed recruiter

Nik's a focussed recruiter who takes time to understand the goals of those he places. I valued the time he took and the support provided that resulted in me moving to a position I'm both enjoying and is far more suited to my career interests.

Carrie Gerrard - Strategic Account Development at Acutest

Stands out from the crowd

Nik assisted me with a search for a new role. He took time to understand my situation, listen to my requirements and find a great opportunity for me. Nik stands out from the crowd and I have no problem recommending him to both clients and candidates.

Mark Belgrove - Experienced CISO and Consultant

Unlike any other recruitment agent

Nik is unlike any other recruitment agent I have ever worked with from both sides of the fence. He headhunted me when a client was in need of my skills and was able to provide all of the appropriate information to make things move fast and efficiently. Having known Nik for a while now I know him to be a ruthless negotiator and honest person. I would not hesitate to recommend Nik to any organization needing staff at any level as well as anyone looking to improve their career.

Marcel Rizzolo - Head Of Operations at We Are Bloom

One of the best consultants

Nik hired me to work in his team as headhunt specialist for both internal and client driven campaigns. Nik is easily one of the best consultants I have worked with, he is competitive by nature and his competitive drive gets him his desired result 99% of the time. If ever I was dealing with a challenging situation in negotiation I would always refer to Nik to mentor and guide me over the line. It may sound cliche but Nik really loves what he does, and having experience in recruiting from both sides of the fence is what has made him a well rounded consultant. If I was a client running a search campaign or a candidate making moves I would want Nik on my side.

Kamil Erkadoo - Head Security Advisor at DBS - Home Office

Highly experienced

Nik is a highly experienced recruitment consultant with a very broad range of skills. He is highly motivated with a strong sense of duty and loyalty. He is a friendly, outgoing and personable individual who is also dicreet when dealing with clients and colleagues alike.

James Vale - Head of Payment Security Programmes, Products, and Data Breaches at Barclays Payments

Understands the needs of the candidate

Nik is one of a rare breed of recruiters who really understands the needs of the candidate and will take the time to make sure he presents you with the right opportunities. Throughout my work with Nik he has been a consummate professional and always put my needs ahead of chasing a quick placement fee. If you are looking for new challenges in the information security space you need to be speaking to him.

Damian M - Lead Software Engineer, Lockheed Martin

Fair, honest and helpful

I had the pleasure to have Nik as my agent for a large part of my ten year stint as a contractor. In that time, I have found Nik to be consistently fair, honest and helpful in all my dealings with him.
Although I was in the happy situation that my relationship with my customers did not need a great deal of maintenance, Nik would still take the time to regularly catch up to make sure that I was happy, even when that sometimes required phone calls outside of typical office hours, and would deal with administration such as contract extensions in an efficient and timely manner.
I found Nik to be a very friendly and genuine person, and would be happy to renew my relationship as one of his clients were I to return to contracting in the future.

James Pearce - Business Development Leader

Great market knowledge

If I find myself in a position to recruit or be looking for a new job then Nik is my #1 go to guy. Great market knowledge, excellent listener and provider of sage advice. He got me my first two jobs in cyber and enabled me to build a career. Plus he is a top guy and great company when having a beer.

Let’s chat

If you have any questions, or aren’t sure, get in touch. Whether you are an employer looking for your next hire or a candidate looking for your next job we can help you get on track.

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