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About our Management Team

Adam Walker & Timothy Rowe – Founders

In 2001, Adam Walker & Timothy Rowe co-founded Cobalt Recruitment, following successful careers in the property recruitment sector. 

James Wakefield – Chief Executive Officer James Wakefield Cobalt

Since April 2017, James Wakefield has led Cobalt’s London office. He originally joined Cobalt in 2007 from Michael Page. At this recruitment company, James was one of the most successful managers, attaining a reputation for effectively recruiting professionals into senior roles. He was one of Michael Page’s top performing consultants. In 2009, he established Cobalt’s first non-European division and worked in the UAE, and led teams in Wellington, Christchurch, Dubai, Singapore and Auckland. Before working in recruitment, James served as a British Army Officer for 6 years, and actively engaged in many operational duties across the globe. He helped rebuild many of the infrastructure in Southern Iraq in 2003 and gained a Queen’s Commendation as a result. James has a degree in Economics & International Relations.


 Richard-Emanuel Goldhahn Cobalt

Richard-Emanuel Goldhahn – Managing Director – Germany

Richard began his professional career managing human resources for major national operations. He then joined Cobalt in 2008, quickly establishing the company’s German operation. He has enjoyed a successful period as the managing director of Cobalt Deutschland GmBH.


Christopher Mackenzie – Managing Director – UK

Christopher Mackenzie CobaltChristopher joined Cobalt in 2003 as the Managing Director, overseeing UK business and leading the head office in London and office in Manchester. He has been involved in the growth of Cobalt and is responsible for real estate sector recruitment and business development. He has a vast amount of experience and has an excellent track record of recruiting professionals for various property companies and consultancies. Before Cobalt, he worked in the banking sector and has a degree in Financial Services.


Stephen Shorter Cobalt

Stephen Shorter, ACA, MA (Hons) Cantab – Finance Director 

With a degree in Social & Political Sciences, Stephen worked at Nuffield Health until 2011. Here he held a variety of commercial finance roles within the Consumer Fitness division. He had prior training with Deloitte LLP in London, where he specialised in consumer businesses and health care. When he left Nuffield, he joined events agency, Unspun as General Manager, overseeing all financial operations. Some of his best moments at Unspun included delivering the opening and closing ceremonies of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, and BBC Sports Personality of the Year.

Our global clients

  • ACO
  • Akelius
  • Berkeley
  • BNP
  • British Land
  • Capital Real Estate
  • CBRE
  • Cuesko
  • The Crown Estate
  • Deutsche Annington
  • DTZ Research
  • Gazeley
  • Generali
  • Great Portland Estates
  • Grainger
  • Hammerson
  • Knight Frank
  • Lands Improvement
  • Legal & General
  • Optic
  • Savills
  • William Hill