The Team


Helen Schwarz


Director - Finance Practice




Helen is a Director in the GRG Executive Finance Practice and leads on our executive finance appointments. Helen has spent 20 years actively recruiting CFO and Senior Finance and Accounting roles. The broader Finance practice has a long and successful track record of successfully recruiting for the Midlands region and nationally.

Helen graduated with a First class honours degree in Business Administration and Management with Psychology. After graduating she started a career with a niche search firm, before joining Page Group, a multinational recruitment company. She quickly progressed up the organisation becoming Operating Director in their Finance business. In 2014 Helen transferred to Page Executive, the Executive recruitment division, where she was a successful Partner in their CFO Practice for the Regions. She has actively recruited senior finance roles across a number of commercial and not-for-profit sectors and her client base also includes both UK and multi-national businesses, ranging from privately held, and owner driven businesses, through to quoted companies and private equity backed organisations.

Helen has developed a strong network of contacts, especially across the Midlands and is recognised as an established Finance recruiter in the region. She has an excellent track record and prides herself on her high-quality service and is passionate about mobilising the best finance talent within the market, supporting career development, and working with organisations to attract, retain and release the full potential of diverse talent.

When not working, Helen has a keen interest in fitness and will often be found in the gym and is a good-weather runner! She also enjoys travelling and spending time with family and friends.


I have known and worked with the GRG Executive Search team for almost ten years and without exception they are the first people I pick up the phone to when I have a recruitment need. The focus they place on relationships and understanding your business goes well beyond the normal ‘get your assignment, fill it, move on’ mentality that so many other firms operate. Their ethos is about the long term, building confidence and trust and delivering the goods time and time again so that you don’t need to use anyone else. I value that approach – I only ever need to make one call and I can be sure that things are being taken care of. They are an excellent team, always on hand and always willing to provide support and advice even when there is no benefit to them, that’s what I respect and that’s why I enjoy working with them. I would not hesitate for one moment in recommending them, they genuinely are ‘best in class’.

Oliver Templar-Coates, UK CFO

Placement Track Record

Head of UK FP&A – FTSE 100 plc

Finance Director – PE backed FMCG business

Regional Finance Director – FTSE 250 plc

Chief Financial Officer – A PE backed, technology start-up

Director of Finance – Leading University

Group Finance Director – Privately owned manufacturing business

Group Financial Controller – Aim listed plc