Ian Knowlson

CEO and Founder



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Ian is a highly accomplished Business Growth and Sales Coach with over 30 years in Recruitment, Sales, Training, Consultancy and latterly as the sales lead on major multi-million pound outsourcing contracts.

Throughout his career, Ian has specialised in ventures involving New Products, New Markets and New Teams operating the length and breadth of the UK as well as spending several working years across mainland Europe.

Whilst working for Hays Specialist Recruitment Ian achieved major sales success in the Information Technology, Telecoms, New Technology, HR, Finance and Procurement businesses. His experience encompassed working with Retail Banking, Internet Businesses, Major Systems Integrators, Telecoms & ISP Providers, Defence, Energy and latterly the Public and Not for Profit Sectors. Ian has on numerous occasions first won and then led teams delivering some of the most challenging and complex business critical recruitment/resourcing projects and delivering superlative results that surpassed expectations.

“Recruiting quality IT people into the Civil Service is always a challenge, but Ian delivered superlative results by clearly understanding our range of requirements, bringing to near his knowledge of the market and leading a recruitment exercise that managed to fill most of our technical specialist roles in a short period that we had been unable to fill in over a year.

I recommend Ian’s work without hesitation because he delivers results that surpass expectations by being creative in his approach, adapting the service to match the demands of the organisation he is recruiting for.” Andrew Livesley, Head of Technical Assurance – DWP


These assignments often included multi discipline, site and even country challenges.  Customers Ian has worked with include:

  • Department for Work & Pensions
  • NHS Connecting for Health
  • Lloyds Banking Group
  • Npower
  • BAe Systems
  • Hewlett Packard
  • MoneySupermarket
  • Computer Sciences Corporation
  • Barclays Bank
  • QinetiQ
  • The National Health Service
  • Foreign & Commonwealth Office
  • Northamptonshire County Council

You will find Ian to be a passionate individual who possesses that rare ability of enthusing and energising the people and teams he works with.

He has the ability to build tremendous rapport with his clients and is regarded by many as inspiring and a very creative thinker who has the ability to find solutions to problems where others cannot.

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Ian is a Fellow of Institute Sales Management, a qualified NLP Master Practitioner and has a BA (Hons.) Business Studies degree from Liverpool John Moores University.


Contact Info

Phone : 0370 8790105
Email : mail@talence.co.uk