An introduction….

Michael Bowden


My name is Michael Bowden and I am a founder of Bowden Mayes; a specialist recruitment to recruitment company focussed on helping businesses attract senior management and next generation talent.

I started my recruitment career in 2001 as junior consultant for a large Public Sector recruitment company. Within 12 months I was promoted to Team Manager as recognition of producing the highest % for sales against target for that year.   I was then approached by the CEO of a headhunting organisation to help build their fledgling recruitment to recruitment division.

I started with the business in 2003 and over the next 6.5 years was promoted steadily to Sales Director and grew the team to 20 consultants. I was also responsible for promoting a Managed Service offering that generated at peak 50% of company’s revenue within 6 months of its inception. Whilst a Director, the business won a number of awards including Recruitment to Recruitment company of the Year at the 2009 Recruiter Awards for Excellence.  I was also included in the Who’s Who of Britain’s Business Elite and Who’s Who of Britain’s Youngest Directors 2009.

It was at this time that, along with my now business partner Kevin Mayes, I saw that the market was changing and that there was a gap for a quality driven consultancy working on a simple networking and headhunting methodology. This meant that we could concentrate our time on building a strong network, acting as a knowledge base for people wanting advice on the market, and only facilitating an introduction when they knew that it is going to be the right for all parties

Outside of Bowden Mayes, I am happily married to Sarah and spend the majority of my time trying to keep my baby daughter Lottie amused.  Other pursuits include indulging my main passion of good food, weekly Squash and Tennis leagues and the occasional 10K run for Charity.