Foundation Clients

Our candidates often become our future clients

We prioritise and support our established clients helping them appoint high quality candidates from Site to Main Board level nationally.  With the advantage of drawing on our industry associates, many of whom we have built a mutually valuable business relationship on a national basis.  Moreover, it is our knowledge of those we approach and understanding of our clients’ requirements that we feel differentiates our consultancy-led recruitment firm.

We are an extension of in-house resourcing teams of many of our clients, offering unbiased technology to support their people strategies and a more proactive approach than many of our London based global names and the inbox recruiter.


One Step Ahead

Why partner with Thomas Gray?

  • Take time to understand and advise on culture

  • Map the ‘ideal candidate’, based on skill set, character, and current team

  • Use our industry contacts for referrals

  • Access to psychometric testing where beneficial

  • Hold pre interviews with all represented candidates

  • Provide digital advertising on several platforms

  • Approach individuals that are not on the market

  • Diversity incorporating non-human bias technology

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About us

Operating for over 50 years in our aligned sectors we are able to support our clients through every hiring process.

John Tonkiss

“We are always delighted with the team’s professionalism, proactive approach, depth of market knowledge and understanding of our business needs. They have a solid track record of identifying outstanding candidates which has led to many successful appointments at senior level across our organisation.”

John Tonkiss
Chief Operating Officer, McCarthy & Stone

Geoff Potton

“I have known and enjoyed working with both Ian and his team for over twenty years. Having positioned me as Group MD of Miller Homes, Ian helped me rebuild the business by sourcing both Regional and Divisional Board talent across all disciplines throughout the country. At Antler Homes, a smaller niche player, Ian was once again my go to consultant to source the necessary talent required to rebuild the business. In summary I can say with certainty that Thomas Gray deserve the reputation for being the most connected and trusted name in housing sector recruitment.”

Geoff Potton
Chief Executive, Sigma Homes

Stewart Baseley

“When working as CEO at Charles Church and Fairclough Homes, I found that Thomas Gray consistently delivered a professional service that demonstrated their in-depth industry knowledge and extensive well-developed contacts.”

Stewart Baseley
Executive Chairman, HBF

Tim Banks

“Over the past year we have engaged with Thomas Gray to fill 7 roles across various disciplines including Commercial, Land, Technical and Construction. They quickly understood Octagon’s particular needs and the specific skills we were looking for. Only high quality and relevant potential employees were presented to us which enabled this important process to be completed in a timely and efficient way, thank you.”

Tim Banks
Chief Executive, Octagon Developments

Chris Endsor

“Ian and the team at Thomas Gray always take the time to fully understand the brief and take a keen interest in our business plans, then work diligently and professionally to deliver in agreed time scales. Recent assignments have been at both Executive Board level and other key functional Directors.”

Chris Endsor
Chief Executive, Miller Homes

Adam O’Brien

“I recommend Thomas Gray without hesitation. Throughout the growth of Metis, Ian and his colleagues have sourced for us exactly the right people for our various roles. What sets Thomas Gray apart, aside from their comprehensive connections across the industry, is a diligence of research and, crucially, an understanding of not just the skillsets required, but the personalities that will suit the business’s culture. This in depth understanding is key and has served us extremely well over the years.”

Adam O’Brien 
Managing Director, Metis Homes

Rob Rafferty

“Thomas Gray Search and Selection have concluded a number of successful senior executive searches and middle management appointments for our various business units and regional operations. They have an extensive reach across the construction and residential sector but more importantly they quickly assessed and secured a complete understanding of our business needs and existing structure to ensure a match to our culture and specific requirements. Their client and candidate management is professional and efficient, communication throughout is excellent and they always deliver within agreed timescales. I could not recommend Thomas Gray enough, a market leader.”

Rob Rafferty
Chairman, Elan Homes

Stuart Gibbons

“I have known Ian Gray and Thomas Gray Search & Selection for almost twenty years and they have helped fill a number of senior positions over that time.
Their detailed knowledge of the housebuilding sector is excellent, as is their desire to understand the business and role to be filled; enabling a focussed, intelligent and very time efficient recruitment process”

Stuart Gibbons
Managing Director, London & Southern

Dan King

“I have enjoyed working with Andrew and his team over the last few years to fill a number of key positions. Andrew always brings enthusiasm to the search and works hard to find those individuals with not only the right skillset but also the personal and professional values to complement our existing team. I therefore have a high degree of confidence whenever Andrew recommends a candidate to meet our recruitment needs.”

Daniel King
Managing Director, Countryside Properties