James Hickman
  • @james_hickman
 My approach reflects the industries I serve. Acting in a thoughtful way where individuals come first, I take great pride in the people I work with and take care of the people I know. 

I have created my relationships and networks by talking to people, gathering information and using that market intelligence to feedback to the industry, representing the distinctive features of individuals and businesses in the competition for great people. As an employer I know what it takes to identify and attract the right person, and to find the right cultural fit for them.

I see myself as trusted advisor and believe you can rely on me for inspired ideas. I take a collaborative approach and I am passionate about lasting relationships. That’s why when you work with me you’ll work with someone determined to succeed and who delivers results using an honest, ethical and creative approach. 

During my career I have worked with members of a global network of prestigious financial institutions, leading UK & US law firms and many of the largest companies within the Fortune 500. Professional integrity is the key value on which my client relationships are built and the majority of my business is the result of personal referral.
In my previous role I was the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Apis Alvi group, including Aquis Search. In this position I was responsible for all facets of the business and the ongoing development of the group. My roles with Apis Alvi were as Managing Partner of Aquis Search, and Managing Director of Arbour Services, Interim Alpha, Klickto Search, Malleo Search, Research4Search and Rikruta brands.

 I have more than twenty years of Human Resources experience. In this time I have gained extensive market knowledge by recruiting senior roles across Asia and Europe.

Born in Hong Kong, I hold a Masters degree in Chinese Politics, Economics and Law from the University of Sydney and a Bachelors (Hons) in Chinese History of Art and Archaeology from the School of Oriental and African Studies, the University of London. I have also attended BPP Law School in London, the East China University of Politics and Law in Shanghai and have industry qualifications in Human Resources & Training from the University of Hong Kong. 
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