Nicholas Orr

 Nicholas Orr

Nicholas Orr is married and has two children. Scottish by birth and upbringing he now lives in Yorkshire, his Wife's home county. Before settling in the North East he had worked and lived in a wide variety of places; from Edinburgh to Dorset in the UK, from the USA to Hungary on the international front.

  • Graduated from Sandhurst in 1978, joined The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards leaving at the rank of Captain.
  • Relocated to the States, ran NE Communications, an SME communications and infrastructure provider on the East Coast and Mid West.
  • Returned to Britain in 1991; invited by Kuwait Petroleum International to form a trading company developing business and acquisitions in the former Soviet Bloc.
  • Headhunted to join a non-medical division of the NHS. Conducted business development, change management and the execution of strategies arising from the ministerial re-organisation of the Health and Social Services.

Before becoming a head hunter Nicholas had extensive experience as a client using search and selection and more general recruitment services. Consequently he is well versed with the failings and pitfalls inherent within the industry. His own head-hunting career began in 1999 when he decided that it could be conducted in a more professional, dedicated style. Since then he has executed a series of very successful assignments.

He has a strong interest in equitation and music. A keen runner, he has taken part in a number of marathons as well as representing the army in the "Top of the Rock" race in Gibraltar.

  Tom Simpson
 Tom Simpson

Tom originates from Bristol but moved to Yorkshire in 1984. His wife is a partner in one of the leading regional legal practices. They have two children and live on a small working farm in the North Yorkshire Moors National Park, which Tom manages as a hobby.


  • Graduated in Law (LLB Hons) from Leicester University in 1981.
  • Commissioned into the Royal Artillery, resigning his commission in 1984.
  • Joined ICI on their fast track management scheme in 1984 and held positions in customer service, sales, marketing and business management.
  • Appointed a Justice of the Peace (JP) in 1994.
  • Started his own Agri-business in 1995.

With the advent of foot and mouth Tom was forced to close his business and ventured into headhunting, which had always held an interest for him since his ICI days. Serving his apprenticeship with a larger search and selection practice, Tom felt that his own future and business aspirations lay in a smaller, more client focussed environment. In the time that Tom has been a headhunter he has successfully won and concluded a large number of assignments in diverse market sectors.

A keen horseman and follower of rugby he also has wide and diverse interests including contemporary music and skiing.

  Jonathon Perry Warnes
 Jonathan Perry-Warnes

Jonathan is married and has three children. Born in Norfolk, he joined the army as a teenager in the late seventies and travelled extensively during that time with postings to Central America, Hong Kong, Canada, Germany and with the United Nations’ Peace Keeping Force in Cyprus.


  • Graduated from Sandhurst in 1978 and joined the Household Cavalry (Life Guards) in 1979. Left in 1988 with the rank of Captain.
  • Joined Merrill Lynch in 1988 as a private client broker, pioneering the company’s presence in Sweden and developing its Scandinavian client base.
  • Raised the finance for, built and managed the Docklands Golf Range in 1992 providing the first full-length practice facility of its type in Central London.
  • Set up Midland Capital LLC in 1994 to manage funds for a financial group based in Switzerland.
  • Founded and managed Sturgeon Investment Management in 1998, a privately owned hedge fund specialising in newly quoted companies in the US and Europe.

His 16 years experience in fund management and hedge fund management has given Jonathan a comprehensive and broad understanding of companies from FTSE 100, through SMEs to emergent start-ups. His knowledge ranges from corporate, financial and managerial structures to the corporate / City / shareholder relationship. Jonathan joined Orr Simpson in order to capitalise on his contacts and knowledge base within a head hunting environment.

Living in North Norfolk, he enjoys sailing, water-skiing and is also a keen fisherman. When it is raining, he likes to stay inside and cook.


  John Wilson
 John Wilson

John is married with four children and lives in Cambridge, previously John lived in London and Brazil. He is not employed by Orr Simpson but delivers a complementary service through his company, Plus Partnership, which provides some of the most innovative and successful Performance coaching for Executives and teams.


  • Graduated with an Honours degree in Sociology and Social Psychology
  • Became Media Director of one of the UK's leading advertising agencies and then set up one of the country's first media independent companies, which was sold to CIA Group.
  • Was twice the winner of Media Week magazine's 'Media Agency of the Year' award.
  • Was headhunted by WPP to manage their media operations in Brazil and managed the largest account in the country (Unilever) and was part of the team that successfully pitched for and won the Ford Motors account, the largest account move in the country's history.
  • Was CEO of a pan-European publishing company that was sold to an MBI.

John has brought together his wealth of commercial, managerial and leadership skills in his role as a senior level executive coach. He offers to Orr Simpson clients and candidates a methodology that further empowers even the most gifted executives and enables them to reach greater levels of success. Details of his services can be seen on our complementary services page.

He is fluent in Portuguese and his coaching career began at Rosslyn Park Rugby Club where, for seven years, he coached the club's most successful team.


  Sarah Chapman
 Georgina Board

Research Co-ordination Assistant
Georgina was born and raised in Derbyshire. In her early career she trained and worked as a stockbroker with Merrill Lynch advising high net worth private clients on their investment strategies. After a number of years with Merrill Georgina then moved to the marketing department of Brewin Dolphin (now Brewin Dolphin Bell Lawrie) where she was instrumental in the roll out of the Stock Exchange’s new trading system to clients. She left the city in 1995 in order to dedicate her time to raising her family of two children.

When her children started school Georgina wanted to get back into the corporate world and make use of her commercial knowledge and contacts. Consequently she joined Orr Simpson in 2005 as a member of the research team. Her knowledge of company structures and commercial experience provide an important resource to the team.

When she is not working she enjoys walking with her dogs and painting. She is also closely involved with her local Community Church.



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