Success Stories

Nick Hayes


Nick has over 25 years’ experience in Sustainability. This has included an International Director role, Partnership and heading his own successful consultancy.

Nick and Greystone had been keeping in touch for several years prior to activity in the market, with a true Greystone focus on relationship-building, until the time was right for Nick to make the next step in his career.

Nick’s knowledge in the industry is vast and he possess’ a real flare for strategy, business development and an extensive senior level network.

When the time was right to opt back into a permanent role, Nick was happy to work exclusively and trusted that he would have our full attention on this journey. We agreed the parameters of the next challenge and it must be different to what he had faced previously, then devised a strategy to target the market and clients accordingly.


Nick’s past businesses were large, multinationals but this time he was keen on taking all his experience and utilising this to impact a smaller organisation, one that had a genuine passion for pushing sustainability forward, for the long-term. Nick wanted to be instrumental in this.

With Greystone’s market knowledge, we approached a particular business whose aspirations aligned with Nicks, somewhat speculatively but explaining an individual with Nick’s ability are rare and he will add real value.

Discussions at board level were quickly had and things progressed naturally, with Nick clearly demonstrating he was the right person to take the organisation to the next level. A lead Partner explaining Nick was the right fit not only with his ability and scope of experience but maybe more importantly, a perfect cultural fit. Within weeks the Exec Board had unanimously decided to create a new role for Nick and onboard him at his earliest convenience to hit the ground running.


This journey with Nick showed the real effect of working with the very best in industry, that some individuals in the market are not to be missed and the value add is huge even if not ‘actively recruiting’ – we worked on Nick’s timescale and were pro-active as soon as he gave the green light.


“Greystone were instrumental in placing me in a new senior position and provided excellent support throughout the whole process from initial engagement through to taking up the role. Dan has been highly professional, personable and supportive through the whole journey and I would definitely recommend working with him to support the recruitment process”.

– Nick Hayes

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