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The Management Team

Adam Walker & Timothy Rowe – Founders

Timothy Rowe and Adam Walker co-founded Cobalt in 2001 after having enjoyed successful careers in the property and recruitment industries.

James Wakefield – Chief Executive Officer
James Wakefield Cobalt

James became Cobalt’s first CEO in April 2017 after nearly 10 years with the business.  During this time he has led teams internationally whilst playing a leading role in the expansion of Cobalt’s non-European operations and the development of the management team on a global basis.  James joined Cobalt in July 2007 from the City Division of Michael Page having quickly established himself as one of the company’s most successful consultants and managers.  Prior to his career in recruitment, he served as an Officer in the British Army for 6 years, during which he deployed on multiple operational tours and gained a Queen’s Commendation for his efforts to rebuild the key infrastructure of Southern Iraq in 2003.  James holds a masters degree in Economics & International Relations.


Miles Hunt - CobaltMiles Hunt – Chairman

Miles is one of the recruitment industry's best-regarded senior experts and entrepreneurs.  He has extensive international experience across Europe, Asia-Pacific and the United States and has built, operated and grown hugely successful temporary and permanent businesses.  He has also overseen the addition of cutting-edge services to the offerings of successful recruitment firms, beyond straightforward recruitment services.  The wealth of strategic expertise that he brings to Cobalt is proving invaluable as the business evolves into its next phase of growth.   


 Richard-Emanuel Goldhahn Cobalt

Richard-Emanuel Goldhahn – Managing Director – Germany

Richard is the Managing Director of Cobalt Deutschland GmbH and began his career at Cobalt in 2008. Before establishing the company’s German business, he worked for an international recruitment agency managing the German real estate business. He started his professional career managing human resources for major national corporations. Richard-Emanuel Goldhahn has a degree in Business Administration.


Marcus Davies Bateman – Managing Director – SingaporeMarcus Davies Bateman

Marcus is Managing Director of Cobalt Singapore and has over 12 years of recruitment experience with Cobalt Recruitment having started in London in 2006. Marcus began his career covering temporary and contract positions across the UK before leading a number of permanent teams. In 2012 he relocated to Singapore to set-up the new office covering Asia Pacific but with a focus in Singapore, SE Asia, Hong Kong and China. He has specialised in all aspects of real estate, private equity and construction and engineering recruitment. Marcus began his career working as a Police Officer in the UK responding to emergency calls and serious offences.


Stephen Shorter Cobalt

Stephen Shorter, ACA, MA (Hons) Cantab – Group Chief Financial Officer

Stephen trained with Deloitte LLP in London, specialising in consumer businesses and healthcare. After qualification, he moved to Nuffield Health and held various commercial finance roles within the Consumer Fitness division. At Nuffield, Stephen helped to lead the integration of the former Cannons gyms into Nuffield’s existing wellbeing platforms to create the UK’s first end-to-end healthcare business. He left Nuffield in 2011 to join Unspun, an events and engagement agency, as General Manager with overall responsibility for Finance and Operations. Highlights at Unspun included delivering the acclaimed Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic games and BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2012. He has a degree from Cambridge University in Social & Political Sciences.


Sara Burton – Global Operations DirectorSara Burton Cobalt

Sara commenced her career in Recruitment on an Interim desk at Badenoch & Clark, initially recruiting accountants for surveying practices, before diversifying into sourcing the surveying professionals themselves. Seeking an opportunity to build on this sector expertise, she joined Real Estate specialists Cobalt in 2003 to start the Interim Surveying desk in London. Her success at incubating new divisions included kick-starting the public sector and Singapore desks. Having had such a broad experience in both location, sector and type of recruitment, Sara is our in-house expert on legal recruitment and compliance matters, taking the lead in everything from key account management, supplier engagement and database management. Sara holds a degree in Philosophy & Politics from the University of Warwick, and much good it does her too.

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  • Gazeley
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