Our Values and History

Grosvenor Clive & Stokes was one of the earliest pioneers of the retained executive search industry in London. Since its establishment in the early 1960s to the present day, Grosvenor Clive & Stokes has consistently and proudly displayed the guiding principles enshrined by its founders – Experience, Integrity; Delivery

Our Values and History

Grosvenor Clive & Stokes was one of the earliest pioneers of the retained executive search industry in London. Since its establishment in the early 1960s to the present day, Grosvenor Clive & Stokes has consistently and proudly displayed the guiding principles enshrined by its founders – Experience, Integrity; Delivery

Guiding Principles

Experience
As well as the firm’s strong heritage in our target sectors many of Grosvenor Clive & Stokes’ consultants’ backgrounds combine successful corporate careers with extensive search experience. That is why we are often asked to scope and deliver insight and advisory projects or given the most complex executive searches.

Integrity
We understand the trusted position we hold with both our clients and candidates. Long term relationships with both can only be established and sustained from a foundation of absolute integrity, discretion and trust.

Delivery
We bring the commitment of a boutique business, where the consultants you meet will be personally accountable for the successful delivery of the project. We are acutely aware that ‘doing what we say we’ll do’ is fundamental to our reputation and to a successful, sustainable business. Grosvenor Clive & Stokes would not have been in business over fifty years unless it consistently delivered on its promises and delighted its clients.

History

The business was founded in 1959 when John Stokes, who had been in personnel management with ICI and Courtaulds, joined a small recruitment business, Robert Clive Associates. These were two colourful characters, John (later Sir John) Stokes was later elected to Parliament in 1970 as MP for Halesowen and Stourbridge and was known as an extremely articulate and trenchant backbencher whilst Robbie Clive, was a descendent of Clive of India, born in the family house in Berkeley Square, London W1. Together, they built a business that led the way in recruiting the leadership of many of Britain’s top companies.

They were joined in 1978 by Hamish Kidd, a Cambridge Chemical Engineering graduate who gained early fame for his involvement as a student in the nocturnal elevation of an Austin Seven van to the roof of Senate House, Cambridge University in 1955. One of the more spectacular undergraduate pranks! He subsequently worked in management consulting with P-E Consulting group before joining Heidrick and Struggles in London. He actively developed the firm’s international work when he took over the leadership of Clive & Stokes. This was continued by the next two Principals of the business – John Collier, a former Price Waterhouse partner and Secretary General of the Institute of Chartered Accounts in England and Wales, and Jane Maxwell, a renowned head hunter in the international energy sector.

In 2011, Clive & Stokes joined with Grosvenor Wright, a leading independent executive search firm, which supplemented the firm’s strengths in energy, industrial and professional services and added additional capability in the technology, telecoms and management consulting sectors.