Meet the team

Tim Skipper


Tim is one of the three founding directors of Totum, together with Debbie Gray and Gary Jones.

They work in partnership to support firms at a senior strategic level to develop highly effective and integrated business services teams. They particularly focus on the recruitment of senior management professionals, including a broad range of functional directors, CEOs, COOs, NEDs and other business services leadership positions.

As a recruiter into professional services firms since the mid-1990s, Tim has been on a journey of discovery with business services professionals, supporting their shift from being rather isolated figures to becoming true law firm leaders, heading up sophisticated and fast-growing management teams. He has worked tirelessly with firms to help create business services functions that not only deliver huge value but are also now critical (and recognised) for their contribution to commercial success.

His long experience has given him unparalleled market knowledge, and a straightforward, no-nonsense approach to clients, which he has used to help countless firms explore new avenues and build on business success. He prides himself on his ability to understand and meet the unique needs of every firm and candidate he works with.

Tim began his recruitment career with QD, where he specialised in marketing and business development, placing directors and managers with many of the leading law firms in London and the regions. He then ran TMP Worldwide’s legal, sales and marketing businesses. He left to establish the law firm management division of First Counsel in 2003, where he worked with Gary and Debbie. From there, the three of them went on to found Totum in 2012.

Find out more about Tim in our 5 minutes with… series.

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