Charles José McGarry

Having worked in executive search for more than 25 years, Charles has amassed a wealth of experience throughout the UK and internationally, conducting cross-sector, multi-disciplinary searches at executive and non-executive board, as well as functional leadership and technical specialist levels.

Charles is a dual Spanish and UK national and an accomplished linguist who has lived in North and South America. He has undertaken a diverse and extensive range of search assignments throughout the UK, Europe, the Middle East, North and Latin America, amongst other locations.

In addition to UK-wide mandates, Charles enjoys delivering international executive search assignments where he is able to use his multi-cultural knowledge and understanding, language skills and specialist expertise to add value to UK and overseas companies expanding internationally. He has worked with FTSE 100 and 250 companies, financial institutions, professional partnerships and private companies, as well as private equity backed businesses, to appoint Chief Executives, Chairmen and Non-Executive Directors, as well as Chief Operating Officers, Finance Directors and other functional leaders.

Charles began his career in finance with Ernst & Young prior to working in recruitment. He has been a member of the specialist Financial Services, Industrial and Board practices with his previous firms, as well as spearheading their international capability. Charles also has a particular interest in boardroom diversity, being an active supporter of the 2% Club, a national organisation dedicated to bringing about greater diversity in the boardroom. As a result, he was invited to become an inaugural member of the Steering Group in Scotland in 2012.



Smith & McLaurin

I have worked with Charles over many years, most recently on a Chief Executive appointment for an leading specialist manufacturer where I am Chairman. This was a complex assignment crucial to our UK & international development strategy & Charles was able to attract a number of high calibre candidates from throughout the UK. He is extremely well networked, rigorous & professional in his approach, so I have no hesitation in recommending The McGarry Partnership to others. Allan McLaughlin (Chairman - Smith & McLaurin Ltd)

Artemis Investment Management

Recruiting senior individuals for us in both Edinburgh and London, Charles has carried out a number of executive searches for Artemis over many years, recruiting senior executives for us in Finance, Risk, IT and Operations.

Most recently, and following an extensive national search, The McGarry Partnership recruited my own successor as COO in London.

Mark Murray (Senior Partner – Artemis Investment Management)

Winder Power Group

I have known Charles for almost twenty years both as a candidate and an employer. Charles is easily the best recruitment professional I have worked with. He is highly professional, works really hard at understanding his brief and makes sure the candidates he puts forward match his clients’ requirements. He is great fun to work with and incredibly perceptive around people. When I have a senior role to fill I never go to any other recruiter. Charles and The McGarry Partnership are to be very highly recommended. Laurence MacKenzie (Chief Executive - Winder Power Group)


I have worked with Charles for more 20 years, on senior financial, corporate development, technical and commercial searches in the UK and internationally. This has included filling senior sales, technical and European business development director roles in the UK and Germany, involving extensive international research, during my time as Chief Executive at CGI International and Pyroguard. Charles is thorough, responsive and attentive, so I would have absolutely no hesitation in recommending the McGarry Partnership to any other company seeking to fill a key senior role. David Jolliffe (former Chief Executive - Pyroguard)