Attracting and hiring the best candidates in the market can be a frustrating and time consuming process.

Let us help take that pain away!

Please see below a short selection of top achieving candidates that have confidentially asked us to help them in their next career move.Top-Achievers

Candidates we are confidentially representing include:

  • Claims Director – Leading General Insurer
  • Head of Private Clients – Insurer
  • Commercial Director – Leading MGA
  • Customer Services/Operations Director – Leading Insurance Intermediary
  • Commercial Pricing Director – Leading Insurance Company
  • Commercial Underwriting Manager – (P&C) – Leading Insurance Company
  • Regional Director/MD – Commercial Broker (immediately available) Account Manager – Broker

For more details on these candidates please contact me.

Alternatively please tell me what you’re looking for and I’ll guarantee a shortlist of the best candidates in the market within 20 working days.

Gary Pike, Managing Director
Right International Headhunters
Tel: 01932 837798

A Good Life Contains These 6 Essentials

a good lifeThe values that make up the foundation of a life well lived—and, no surprise, money isn’t one of them.

Here’s what we must ask constantly, “What, for me, would be a good life?” And you have to keep going over and over the list—a list including areas such as spirituality, economics, health, relationships and recreation.

So, what would constitute a good life? Jim Rohn has a short list:

1. Productivity.
You won’t be happy if you don’t produce. The game of life is not rest. Yes, we must rest, but only long enough to gather strength to get back to productivity.

What’s the reason for the seasons and the seeds, the soil and the sunshine, the rain and the miracle of life? It’s to see what you can do with it—to try your hand to see what you can do.

2. Good friends.
Friendship is probably the greatest support system in the world, so don’t deny yourself the time to develop it. Nothing can match it. It’s extraordinary in its benefit.

Friends are those wonderful people who know all about you and still like you. I lost one of my dearest friends when he was 53—heart attack. As one of my very special friends, I used to say that if I was stuck in a foreign jail somewhere accused unduly, and, if they would allow me one phone call, I would call David. Why? He would come and get me. That’s a real friend—somebody who would come and get you.

And we’ve all got casual friends, friends who, if you called them, they would say, “Hey, if you get back, call me and we’ll have a party.”

You’ve got to have both real friends and casual friends.

3. Your culture.
Language, music, ceremonies, traditions, dress. All of that is so vitally important that you must keep it alive. The uniqueness of all of us, when blended together, brings vitality, energy, power, influence, and rightness to the world.

4. Spirituality.
It helps to form the foundation of the family that builds the nation. And make sure you study, practice and teach—don’t be careless about the spiritual part of your nature because it’s what makes us who we are, different from dogs, cats, birds and mice.

5. Don’t miss anything.
My parents taught me not to miss anything, not the game, the performance, the movie, the dance. Just before my father died at 93, if you were to call him at 10:30 or 11 at night, he wouldn’t be home. He was at the rodeo, he was watching the kids play softball, he was listening to the concert, he was at church—he was somewhere every night.

Go to everything you possibly can. Buy a ticket to everything you possibly can. Go see everything and experience all you possibly can.

Live a vital life. If you live well, you will earn well. If you live well, it will show in your face; it will show in the texture of your voice. There will be something unique and magical about you if you live well. It will infuse not only your personal life but also your business life. And it will give you a vitality nothing else can give.

6. Your family and the inner circle.
Invest in them, and they’ll invest in you. Inspire them, and they’ll inspire you. Take care of the details with your inner circle.

When my father was still alive, I used to call him when I traveled. He’d have breakfast most every morning with the farmers at a little place called The Decoy Inn out in the country where we lived in Southwest Idaho.

When I was in Israel, I’d have to get up in the middle of the night, but I’d call Papa. I’d say, “Papa, I’m in Israel.” He’d say, “Israel! Son, how are things in Israel?” He’d talk real loud so everybody could hear. I’d say, “Papa, last night they gave me a reception on the rooftop underneath the stars overlooking the Mediterranean.” He’d say, “Son, a reception on the rooftop underneath the stars overlooking the Mediterranean?” Now everybody knew the story. And giving my father that special day only took five or 10 minutes.

If a father walks out of the house and he can still feel his daughter’s kiss on his face all day, he’s a powerful man. If a husband walks out of the house and he can still feel the imprint of his wife’s arms around his body, he’s invincible all day. It’s the special stuff with your inner circle that makes you strong and powerful and influential. So don’t miss that opportunity.

The prophet said, “There are many virtues and values, but here’s the greatest: one person caring for another.” There is no greater value than love.

So make sure in your busy day to remember the true purpose and the reasons you do what you do. May you truly live the kind of life that will bring the fruit and rewards that you desire.

Reproduced with kind permission from Jin Rohn

How To Get Out Of Your Comfort Zone

out of comfort zoneThere are times in life when we have to take a risk- it could be that in order to get a better job you need to move home, you may want to establish your own business rather than staying in a job or you are going to go out when you have been single for a while and feel nervous. Whatever the reason there are ways to help you confront your anxiety and help you escape your comfort zone.

What else is out there?
This might sound strange but it is worth taking a moment to consider what you want to achieve and what could be holding you back. Often there are aspects that if you are honest with yourself you know what you have to do- for example if you want to become a Hollywood movie star you probably wouldn’t stick around Great Yarmouth market (and if that sounds ludicrous consider that this really did happen with former professional diver and Hollywood superstar Jason Statham!)

Try something new
Sometimes the approach can be as simple as ordering tuna when you’d normally have bacon in your lunchtime sandwich or trying a Thai restaurant rather than the usual kebab on the way home. Small changes can be the first step toward making big ones!

While it has become a bit of a cliché it is true that decluttering your home can be a great way of helping you mentally relax and refocus. If you haven’t worn something or used it in a year, then get rid of it.

Learn a new skill
Don’t feel comfortable around computers? Go to the library and become more confident with your skills. There are a lot of classes and online tutorials available that can help you develop.

Seek out inspirational stories
If you admire a writer and want to follow in their footsteps and find out how they got published. Often if you learn more about the stories behind their success you will often learn the hard work that got them to that point and the fact they are not as different from you as you may think.

Try improv
Improvisation is not just great fun but it is also a useful way to deal with the part of the brain that focuses on doubt and logic. Improvisation teaches us how to react to someone else and work with them and this in turn can be a great way to help you deal with the unusual events the world can throw at you.

Talk to people outside your immediate circle
The problem with friends who are part of your work environment or one particular interest is that they can be quite focused on one particular aspect. Going to concerts, networking events, trade fairs etc can be a good way to find other people with a different perspective to talk to.

We can help
If you are someone who considers what you want to do and are trying to think of ways to achieve it, talk to us. With the right approach and a big step out of the comfort zone you can achieve what you want! 

Face Your Fear and do it Anyway

There are a lot of situations where you can face a dilemma. face-your-fearWhether it is gearing up to do a big presentation, pushing for a raise, seeking a new job or going on a skydive there are ways to help you confront your fears head on and do what you need to do.

What FEAR stands for
One good way to confront your fear is to remember how life coach Pat Barone spells out FEAR- FEAR is False Evidence Appearing Real. In other words, a lot of the time what you are afraid of is not real or rational and if you think it through often you can get over a lot of the objections in your mind.

What are your goals?
People can often get so caught up in stress or anxiety they forget what they are aiming for. Focusing on what you can achieve and your goals can make it easier to keep clear on what you are looking to achieve rather than the obstacles stopping it.

Make it real then get rid of it
Another effective method is to write down the things you are afraid of. Some people store them in jars (similar to swear jars) while others write them down and tear them off. There are other methods you can do but the point is to acknowledge these things and then do what you can to move on.

Don’t feel bad about the fact you are afraid. This is a normal human emotion. The point of these exercises is to acknowledge how you feel and find ways that you can address it.

Find a way to beat it
People can often feel that they may be being held back. In this instance, there are ways to find this out- if you want to be a film director you don’t necessarily need a film school, you can become a runner and get experience on sets while making your own videos. If a job requires a qualification, there are ways to get it.

Whether it is learning how to make a business plan, improving your CV or any number of skills a lot of help is out there.

Avoid negativity
People can often put themselves down or feel negative without realising it. For example, instead of saying “I’m sorry I don’t know that” you should say “Please excuse me while I find out for you.”

This is both in terms of how you work with people and how you address yourself and your own feelings. It is often said when coaching golf that coaches shouldn’t say to their client “Don’t hit the water” as the client will subconsciously think on the part of the sentence that says “Hit the water” which then leads to further frustration as they struggle to deal with this psychological obstacle.

We can help

For more information on how we can help you get more from your business please contact us today and we will be happy to find ways to help you achieve your goals

Account Managers




Right International are Looking for

***ACCOUNT MANAGERS*** for a Market leading Insurance Intermediary with a proven track record of managing small to large Insurance companies, a ‘get things done’ attitude and broad understanding of the insurance market.

If you are interested in a confidential discussion, please call Right International on 01932 837798 or email 

Latest Insurance Vacancies


As an Executive Search company working solely in the Insurance marketplace, we headhunt and recruit only the finest candidates for our clients (the top 5%).

Here are some of our LATEST VACANCIES:

  • European Sales Director (Motor Claims) – Leading Insurance Technology Provider – Excellent basic
  • Insurer Relationship Account Manager – Leading Insurance Intermediary – up to £65k
  • Head of Technical Claims (Experience of Commercial or Personal Lines Motor) – Leading Insurance Company – £110k
  • Product Distribution Director – Leading Personal Lines Insurance Intermediary – £90k
  • Commercial Director (Underwriting background) – MGA – £90k
  • Project Manager – Leading Insurance Intermediary – Interim/Fixed term contract £600


If you would be interested in one of these positions, please contact me in the strictest of confidence.

For other vacancies click here

If the positions are not right for you at the moment but you would still like to take advantage of our confidential proactive approach to help you in your next career move click here to find out more.

Alternatively if your company has a vacancy I’ll guarantee to deliver a shortlist (of the top talent in the market) in 20 working days, please contact me to discuss.

Developing Communication Skills

Communication is something we do every day- however it is fair to say some people are more natural at it than others. Then again even the most confident of people may not always be aware of the messages they send out so it is worth knowing or refreshing your memory when it comes to learning communication skills to ensure you get your message across in the right way.
Body language
The gestures we make while we are speaking can be just as important as what you are saying- if you ask someone how they are and they say “fine” but they look away from you then this would indicate opposite but meeting eye contact and smiling would suggest you really are. Likewise gestures like pointing a figure at someone or having your arms folded can seem aggressive.

While this may sound obvious it is something people can forget- if you want to come across in the right way think about how you are presenting what you say in order to get the right message across.

Relax before you speak
One thing that can trip people up is going “Err”, “Umm” or “Aah”. This is often because you are trying to find what you want to say or are trying to make a point. A better approach is to take a breath and think about it before you say it because then you will be less likely to stumble as you say what you want to say.

The FORD method
Some people are more accomplished at small talk than others- it helps because at a networking event, meeting or even a typical office day people will want to talk and it helps to have an idea what you want to discuss.

FORD stands for Family, Occupation, Recreation and Dreams- Asking someone about where they are from, what they do, their interests and ambitions will make it easier when you want to move on to other topics as they will feel more relaxed.

Be flexible
Remember that different circumstances will require different messages- you wouldn’t talk to your boss in the same way that you would talk to a class of schoolchildren.

Clear and concise
People often talk of “elevator pitches” the idea that if you were to meet an influential exec, movie producer etc you could pitch to them in 30 seconds. While you don’t want to do this for all ideas it helps to keep anything you want to present as clear and simple as possible so that anyone can follow what you want to say.

Listen and be empathetic
Empathy is where you are able to imagine what someone else is going through. This tied in with listening to what they have to say and reflecting it can be crucial.

For example if someone has a complaint it is often beneficial to be able to listen to what they have to say as this will make it easier to address the issues they have and help keep them on side.

How we can help
If you would like to know more about the services we offer contact Right International today and we will be happy to discuss how we can help you in more detail! 

4 Questions That Will Change Your Life

What are you doing to invest in yourself?

Nothing stands still. Things either get better or they get worse. You are either gettingbetter-or-worse better or worse.

It’s a universal principle starting with the universe itself: That which doesn’t expand, contracts. You are either going forward or backward.

Stephen Covey referred to this kind of thinking as sharpening the saw. Just coasting along creates backward momentum and we end up using more effort to accomplish less.

How can you develop a life that will give you a great return on investment? What are you doing to invest in yourself?

Here are four questions to position you for great returns. Good questions lead to information. Great questions lead to transformation.

1. Who are you and what do you want?

We all experience imagination gridlock. That’s the place of stuckness that keeps us from going after our most meaningful aspirations. It’s easy to simply drift in safety mode, living out the scripts we’ve picked up along the way. This question helps you start with the end in mind. What do you want? What are your strengths? What are your passions? How are these two integrated into what you are doing? Are they reflected in your schedule?

2. Where are you and why are you there? 

“We can forgive a child for being afraid of the dark. The real tragedy is when grown adults are afraid of the light.” —Plato 

If you try to download driving directions for a trip, the guiding system won’t begin until you enter a starting point. As you create a life map, you’ll better understand how you arrived at your current place. You can build on the good choices and clearly see why some weren’t as productive—identifying faulty thought systems and behaviors. First discover the facts, then face them. We can’t manage what we don’t know.

3. What will you do and how will you do it?

“We are repeatedly what we do. Excellence, then, is not an act,
but a habit.” —Aristotle

Purpose and passion are essential for creating your best possible life. Yet purpose and passion without a plan are fantasy. When our dreams collide with reality, reality wins. A dream becomes more than an illusion when goals are set and supporting habits are formed. There is a chasm between knowing where you are and where you want to be. Your plan is the bridge that links the two.

What would you like to do that you aren’t doing right now? What’s hindering your progress? What steps today will help you get to where you want to be tomorrow? Are your daily actions adding up?

4. Who are your allies and how can they help?

“Two are better than one because they have a good return for their work: if one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the one who falls down and has no one to help him up.” —King Solomon (Ecclesiastes 4:9-10)

Our journey sometimes appears to be a solitary one, but that’s not the case. We can leverage the strengths, insights and wisdom of those around us. Our tendency is to beat ourselves up for struggling or not having all the answers. Our natural reaction during tough times is to pull back and isolate ourselves.

But that’s when we need our mutual supporters the most. If you were struggling in the ocean and in danger of drowning, would you call out to a lifeguard for help or start berating yourself for all the swimming classes you didn’t take? It’s not only nice but also essential to have mutual supporters who are insightful, useful and helpful.

Greatness begins with a profound understanding of yourself. It’s referred to as positive self-regard. Self-understanding allows you to manage your strengths and not get sidetracked by your weaknesses.

These four questions never grow old. They just grow deeper. They keep you on track for the best of your life. They help turn information into transformation.

How are you investing in yourself? What are you doing today that will bring great returns tomorrow?

Mick Ukleja

Eliminate Distractions

Take these steps to slash cognitive and emotional distractions, increase focus and thrive:

1. Stop digital pressures.
Carve out blocks of time—whether for work, exercise or people you care about—and turn off your phone and computer. Download the free app SelfControl, which shuts off especially distracting websites such as social media or news pages for a set period of time.

2. Give yourself frequent breaks.
Just because you can work 24/7 doesn’t mean your mind or body are designed to do so.

3. Mind your physical health.
Exercise, plenty of sleep, healthy eating and all of those things you know you’re supposed to do promote mental health and focus.

4. Turn off smartphone notifications. smartphone-notifications
Limit the number of times per day you check and respond to email, texts and social media. Remove the temptation to constantly keep an eye on these pests.

5. Knock out the most dreaded duties first thing in the morning.
Have a difficult email you must send? Bills to manage? Need to initiate a difficult conversation? Get it off your to-do list and out of your mind, freeing you to be productive.

6. Eliminate or minimize negative people in your life.
These are people who play the victim, are stuck in unhealthy habits, or generally make you feel drained or bad about yourself. Surround yourself with those who are positive, focused, productive and ambitious. Remember the late iconic speaker Jim Rohn’s rule: “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.”

This Could be Your Best Decision

The number one problem that most UK businesses face is finding and recruiting the very top candidates that they need to rapidly grow their organisations.

Here are a short selection of such candidates that have confidentially asked us to help them in their next career move.

Candidates we are confidentially representing include:

Head of Motor Claims Operations – Leading Insurer
Managing Director – Leading Niche Personal Lines Insurer
Head of Motor Underwriting – Leading Personal Lines Insurer
Senior A&H Underwriter – Insurance Intermediary
Operations Director – Leading Insurer & Broker
Commercial Director – Leading MGA
COO/Head of Operations – Lloyd’s/London Market
Programme Manager – Leading Insurance Company
Financial Controller (Interim) – Lloyd’s/MGA

For more details on these candidates please contact me.

Alternatively please tell me what you’re looking for and I’ll guarantee a shortlist of the best candidates in the market within 20 working days.