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Nik PratapFREC

An established leader in the recruitment industry in the North, with a strong reputation in delivering executive campaigns and recruitment strategies for key clients.

Nik has a long history of working across the private sector, adviser and investor community across the region and beyond and as a result of this, has created a large network within the financial sector.

  • Managing Partner and Founder of Pratap Partnership.
  • Member of the Remuneration and Appointments committee of the Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC).
  • Formerly trained with PwC Sheffield, 1997-1999.
  • Over 20 years’ experience including 13 years at Hays Senior Finance, ultimately as National Director for Senior Finance (UK and ROI).
  • Graduate of The University of Durham and a Fellow of the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (FREC).
  • Highly Commended Business Leader of the Year, REC Awards 2021.
  • Former Chair of Governors of Bawtry Mayflower Primary School
  • A ‘Friend’ of The Company of Cutlers in Sheffield since 2022
Establishing Pratap Partnership has been a privilege. An opportunity to bring together a team of outstanding individuals who share the same purpose, values and standards. It has been a great journey to date and there is a lot more ambition still to deliver on

Facts about Nik

Facts about Nik

Financial recruitment since 1999.

Nik has been working in financial recruitment since 1999, undertaking various roles throughout his career including National Director for Senior Finance for an international Plc and Equity Partner for a privately invested recruitment company, leading the specialist finance team.

He has managed and developed the relationships with key clients and partners across the different roles he has undertaken.

PwC trained and a graduate in Theology from Durham University

It was PwC that instilled an enthusiasm in Nik for the financial sector and gave a solid foundation upon which to build a great network. For him, it was a logical progression to move on to Hays where he received some of the best training in recruitment and the opportunity to work with some outstanding individuals.

He started out recruiting part qualified accountants in the North West before moving to Yorkshire where his career took him to a level where he headed up the Senior Finance division for the UK and Ireland. Recognising that career progression within a corporate would ultimately lead to a move away from hands on recruitment, a part of the job that he loved, Nik decided to move on to a privately invested, local recruitment business in order to grow it and head up the accountancy division.

Nik founded Pratap Partnership in April 2019, referencing this as the proudest achievement of his career.

He has worked with over 200 consultants in his career and has assembled a team of the very best – top performers who share the same values, standards and love of the recruitment industry.

“Nik is a highly professional businessman who has detailed knowledge of senior level recruitment and provides reassurance to his customers. He has assisted in securing three director level positions for us in the last few months in a time efficient and succinct manner. He leads his team with a calm and personable nature and I would sincerely recommend them all to any business who needs professional, specialised recruitment support.”
- Mark Pepper, CEO, Carlton Forest Group
Nik supported me with my first step into a Finance Director role.  What stood out to me was how Nik has a wholistic view to placing a candidate, ensuring the role is right for the individual as well as the individual being right for the business.  This is of course, whilst keeping all parties informed throughout the process in a collaborative way.
- David Webster, Finance Director
Nik’s brief on the opportunity was good and accurate without any surprises, helping me to understand how the role might fit as the next step in my career.  Nik had also invested sufficient time to understand my experience and perspective, helping me to be confident that I was also a good fit for the company and role rather than just a name on a list.  Throughout the process I was kept up to date and Nik was quick to answer any questions that I had.
- Dougie Maudsley, Group Financial Controller
I have known Nik and some of his team for quite a few years and always found him to be highly professional, honest and extremely knowledgeable on the recruitment market in general and in senior finance appointments across the Yorkshire region. I have recently had the pleasure of working with Nik to appoint a Finance Director for one of our investments and found the process to be excellent. He listened to the brief and only supplied relevant candidates, and we are delighted with the final result. I would highly recommend Nik to other clients for any senior finance recruitment.
- Mike Clarke, Investment Director
I worked closely with Pratap Partnership as a candidate for a Group FD opportunity in Autumn 2020 which ultimately led to my placement in the role. I found Nik and the team to be both professional and personable and they took the time to ensure that I was right for the role and that the role was right for me. I have worked with many recruiters over the years as both candidate and client and can say with confidence that Pratap Partnership are amongst the best I have worked with. They communicated well throughout the process, were honest and pragmatic and I look forward to working with them again in the future.
- Ben Bridger, Group Finance Director

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