Douglas Adam


Meet Douglas

Douglas leads the Public and Not for Profit Practice within Livingston James and specialises in senior executive and non-executive appointments within these sectors. Adopting a values and partnership approach and always starting assignments from first principles, Douglas has been described as “very client centric” and someone who demonstrates the “passion, commitment and determination to do a great job”. He will listen and challenge in equal measure, ensuring he delivers a bespoke and impactful solution.

With nearly 25 years’ recruitment experience, Douglas is focused on supporting appointments that have a tangible and positive impact on Scotland’s society and communities. Since joining Livingston James, he has successfully delivered a large number of high-profile assignments for national government organisations, the health and education sectors, regulatory/governing bodies and the voluntary sectors.

With an MA (Hons) in Economics from Heriot Watt university, Douglas spent his early career with a multinational recruitment firm initially working in Cambridge before moving back to Scotland in 2002. Having specialised in senior finance and more latterly executive appointments across the Public and Not for Profit sector, Douglas joined Livingston James in 2014 to establish and lead their dedicated public and not for profit practice.

Beyond the business world, Douglas is a keen golfer; and for his sins, supports both Stoke City and the Scotland National Football team! With two children, now less involved in swimming and other sporting activities, his spare time is spent walking Benji, the family Border terrier.

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Livingston James Group comprises two bespoke sub brands: Livingston James – our executive search and leadership advisory practice, and Rutherford Cross – our specialist finance recruitment practice. This wider group structure complements our robust search and assessment process, allowing clients to access our deep-rooted network and expertise.

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