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Recruitment can be problematical, with a wide range of objectives including fulfilment of the role; cultural fit; adding to an organisation’s fund of Human Capital; development potential and of course retention.  I have worked with John Mason – Managing Director of Arden Laker Executive and Interim Resourcing on a diverse range of key appointments.  I am pleased to confirm that John’s wealth of experience in recruitment and in-depth knowledge of the aerospace and defence sectors, have been instrumental in helping achieve our objectives in resourcing highly talented individuals, who have also progressed to other roles within our organisation. John has been a very insightful and perceptive recruiter with an exceptional track record and I am happy to recommend his services.

Andrew Wilcox


I have known John Mason – Managing Director of Arden Laker Executive and Interim Resourcing for several years and have utilised his services for the resourcing of key personnel, across different companies, principally within the Aerospace and Defence sectors.  He has recruited personnel for me in various disciplines and demonstrates a detailed understanding of the principal functions within an organisation, including Manufacturing, Supply Chain, Customer Services, Engineering and Finance.  I know John is approved by the British Psychological Society to use Psychometric Assessment Tools as a key element of the selection process, including Personality Profiling and Cognitive Reasoning Tests and I have found the added insight they offer in differentiating between Candidates extremely useful.  John is very reliable in delivering his services and works closely with both Candidates and Clients to deliver the optimum result.  Arden Laker’s Terms and Conditions also include extensive post-placement guarantees which I have not come across from other Recruiters, although they have never been activated by myself.
I would not hesitate to recommend John as a highly effective and insightful Recruiter.  

Carl Bullock

Managing Director, MK Test Systems

I have worked with John Mason, MD of Arden Laker over several years during my career in the Aerospace Industry, including spells with Goodrich, Crompton Technology, UTC and latterly Senior Aerospace.  John and his team have handled a number of senior vacancies for my teams, some highly confidential, including Engineering, Continuous Improvement, Supply Chain and Quality – all at Director level.  All the projects were successfully delivered, as well as some more junior appointments, including Interim Projects and the quality of all recruits was extremely high.  Moreover, a number progressed to even more senior levels.

I can testify to John’s in-depth understanding of the aerospace sector, particularly the engineering and technical aspects of the business, as well as the key commercial drivers critical to success and profitability, including; CI & Lean, Talent Development, OTIF, Quality & Reliability and an effective Supply Chain!  I feel that this level of insight is crucial in understanding a Recruitment Project and how it fits into an organisation’s strategy and ability to deliver to customers’ expectations. I would have no hesitation in recommending John as a top level Resourcer and collaborator for both Permanent and Interim appointments.

Dale Ballinger

Chief Executive, Impcross

Following the recent recruitment of a highly professional Supply Chain Manager through Arden Laker and having used John’s services on many other occasions, he was our first choice when it came to recruit a Business Development Manager for Aerospace.

This market sector was a new venture for Hydratron, having traditionally served the Oil and Gas industry. John greatly assisted the business formulate its market strategy through detailed investigation of potential customers, products and services. John also made use of his vast network of contacts within the industry when it came to issues such as types of  standards and certification needed for fast market penetration..

As always, right from the initial enquiry through to finding us a highly capable and motivated business development specialist, John worked with pace and complete determination to find us the best possible candidate..

It is without hesitation that I recommend John to any business looking to recruit high calibre, professional and highly motivated individuals.

Andrew Quayle

Managing Director, Hydratron

I have worked with John Mason – Managing Director of Arden Laker Executive and Interim Resourcing, in both my previous company as a Director of Nasmyth Engineering and Fabrication, as well as in my current role as Managing Director of HSM Engineering Ltd.  Both organisations are heavily involved in the aerospace and defence sectors and John has been instrumental in resourcing key personnel for me to meet some quite challenging specifications and time frames.  John’s wide experience of aerospace and recruitment has helped us to fill some problematical roles and combined with his usage of sophisticated and insightful psychometric instruments has helped us to appoint some highly talented individuals with significant potential for further career development.  I am more than happy to endorse John’s capability as a highly effective recruiter adept at identifying and recruiting both capability and potential.  I know his company offers extremely generous guarantees, but I have never needed to call on them! John is a Gentleman, friend and colleague that I can always rely on delivering what has been right for my situation.

Jason Thorpe

Managing Director, HSM Engineering