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Octavian Donnelly

Octavian Donnelly


​About Octavian Donnelly

Octavian Donnelly is a Change & Transformation Consultant at Rutherford, a London-based recruitment firm that specialises in compliance, financial crime, legal and cyber security searches within financial services. Throughout his career, Octavian has launched the London Blockchain Week, co-authored the first wide-scale economic profile of Sierra Leone and lead a multinational expansion for a managed service delivery company based out of West Africa.

With more than 7 years of experience, Octavian is Rutherford's Cyber Lead and specialises in placing Executive-level candidates within the professional and financial services sector in London.

​What changes have you seen in the Cyber Security space in recent years? In your opinion, how are they going to affect to future of the function?

Recently, there has been a growing realisation that Cyber Security is not some IT function that can be left alone and neglected from a business. Too many high-profile high street and non-retail businesses have been laid low by cyber attacks for it to be ignored. Because of this, cyber security has (rightly!) started to attract its fair share of time and investment from both the public and private sectors.

As the world grows even more interconnected and threats from state and private sector increase, cyber security has carved out a new role as both an underlying business support service as well as a standalone business-critical function.

How do you define success?

Success is measured in different ways, but I find that it most often manifests as follows. When you are in a position where you are constantly learning and evolving from a position of confidence and security. Whether that means you are expanding your personal and professional skills and knowledge or are enabled by your development to reward yourself – success leaves you feeling energised and ready to meet and overcome the next challenge.

How do your values guide the way you work?

I have always enjoyed enabling others to achieve their full potential. This drives my approach to any problem-solving situation. Executive Search is a classic area in which we as consultants enable others to develop their own skills and provide business growth solutions to our clients.

Whilst I hesitate to use the word karma – I believe that what goes around comes around. You need to treat clients and candidates with the same duty of care as you would offer yourself, and expect from others.

What can colleagues – and friends – expect when they’re around you?

They will never lack for a story or something to talk about.

What’s the most unexpected thing you ever did?

Move to Sierra Leone.