Nick Maher

Nick is on a mission to use his business knowledge and skills to help improve business leaders’ professional and personal lives and ensure they are not alone when facing their biggest challenges.

He is an expert in talent acquisition and retention with a career in the staffing and recruitment sector as an entrepreneur and Managing Director spanning over 30 years. But, he has never been just a recruiter.

Nick founded Leeds based accountancy recruitment specialist HMI Group from his kitchen table. He led the business to grow from 2 people to a £10 million turnover enterprise employing 100 people with dedicated sales, finance, marketing, HR and IT teams, and offices in Leeds, Manchester and New York. HMI Group had all the business challenges you would expect a fast-growing SME to encounter which gives Nick, as a Vistage Chair, a unique practical “hands-on” perspective of leading a business.

Also, Nick was a Vistage member for ten years and has seen first hand the benefits that a group of peers and coach can bring to your business and personal life. He credits his time as a Vistage member with being instrumental in shaping the strategy and operating procedures of HMI Group and helping the company grow 5x during his tenure as a member culminating in a successful exit via a trade sale to an AIM-listed PLC.

Since selling HMI Group, Nick has been active in the recruitment sector as Owner/Managing Partner of a boutique executive search practice, Investor, Non-Executive Director and Business Advisor.

He firmly believes that you should never stop learning. He is an avid reader of books, podcast listener, and consumer of videos, on anything to do with business, entrepreneurship, and self-improvement.

Nick was born and brought up in Wetherby, West Yorkshire, and lives in York with his wife, Sharon. Ben, their son, is a UCL graduate, entrepreneur and owner of an e-commerce venture in sustainable and vintage fashion.

Nick has a keen interest in horse racing, cooking, walking and strength training. He is a life-long supporter of Leeds United.