Edward (Ed) James

Founding Director

I founded RCQ Associates after spending over 10 years in the Financial Services headhunting industry and wanted to set up an organisation that delivered great customer service, operated with honesty and integrity at all times and nurtured people to develop a strong technical understanding of the fields we specialise in.

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We’re really passionate about making a difference and I wanted to create a business that aligned with our values.

We’re really passionate about making a difference and I wanted to create a business that aligned with our values. I have a fantastic team who really care about what they do and we’ve developed an organisation that our customers are proud to work with and my team is proud to work for.

We're a delivery focused contingent headhunter, sponsoring conferences and attending key industry events. We have such a strong network globally that within our area of expertise, I’d say we’re unrivalled.

My team and I are strong advocates for improving diversity and inclusion within the workplace and we really want to promote that within the organisations that we partner with.

The growth opportunities within our specialist areas are fantastic, and we’re always open to expanding our breadth of coverage within Financial Markets, with a view to always striving to become "best in class" at what we do.

We created a short video of RCQ at work to really give you a sense of what we’re all about – please do take a look.

BSc in Economics with honours from Southampton

Ed is a proud father of two children and big fan of any sport. He has cycled from London to Paris and Brussels, completed various triathlons, is a dedicated skier, active paddle-boarder and kayaker on the Thames, tries to play football (poorly) and has run half marathons with some of the RCQ team.

What our clients say about Ed


My experience with Edward is a really good one. Professional, yet also friendly and interested in finding what is a good match for both parties. He gave good practical advice during the process which made my move so much easier and I knew what to expect from the change of country. He was at all times well informed and made sure I was knew where we were in the process.

Corporate Credit Associate Director


Ed gets to know you well and offers a very personal service. He understands what you are looking for, gives very good advice and with a strong network of clients he is able to match people with the right role.

Credit & Market Risk Manager


Ed is the most professional recruiter I have dealt with. He will go the extra mile to ensure his clients only receive applicants who are suitably matched to their requirements and are fully briefed with the clients expectations both for the selection process and for the position. He isn't at all pushy and makes sure he fully understand the roles being presented to this clients and offer good advice throughout the selection process. I would wholeheartedly recommend Ed!

Risk Manager