Reflections on the first decade of Thewlis Graham Associates.

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times...
the spring of hope, the winter of despair.”

So began Charles Dickens in A Tale of Two Cities. Looking back over the ten years, it has to be said that there can’t be too many companies that have a faced two once in a lifetime events in their first decade. We started the company emerging from the global financial crisis and we find ourselves celebrating in the middle of the global pandemic.

We have pulled together a series of timelines, focussing on some significant world events, a few sustainability milestones, the diversity and inclusion journey, the digital changes that have changed the marketplace, and some of our own internal changes. It’s interesting to see how there has been progress in some areas and more work to do in others. But ever since setting up the business, we have always endeavoured to support both clients and candidates through the world of work and to be a guide and reflection-point for discussion and change.

A lot has been packed into those ten years and we have much to be thankful for.

My first big thank-you is to our clients. We have really enjoyed working with you in a wide range of assignments. We are grateful for the trust and confidence that you show in using us rather than one of the sector’s larger players. We pride ourselves on offering a bespoke service, and delights us that you appreciate the difference we offer and show that by recommending us to other professional colleagues. Thank you so much.

My next thank-you is to the candidates. When we started out, I was clear that I wanted candidates to have a positive experience. Head-hunters are particularly well placed to offer support and advice to candidates as part of their career journey. I have always particularly enjoyed that aspect of the role. Thank you for the very positive feedback you give us.

Setting up a business always calls for external professional support. We are really fortunate to have established great relationships that abundantly give us this. You have provided us with challenge, support and lots of humour along the way. Thank you.

Colleagues have been a great part of the company and we have always been able to keep in touch. It’s been a real delight to see them develop themselves professionally. Thank you for the all the effort and commitment you have given.

These ten years have gone very quickly, and for me personally it has been a great time. I have learnt a lot and done a great deal. The original list defined ten-year anniversaries either as tin or aluminium. But the newer list makes it diamond, and we shall go with that. Because Charles Dickens apart, it’s been a truly sparkling time.

Our 10 year timeline - click on the arrows to take you through the years