John Swinney, chief executive of Pinnacle, a provider of neighbourhood management services to local authorities and housing associations, said:
Mr Davidson started with Jamieson Scott in 1987 as a recruitment consultant. He moved to Price Waterhouse and became a partner in 1998 and head of UK executive resourcing in 2000. He led the sale of the business to Capita in May 2002 for£15m and developed the Veredus brand. He has been involved in the appointments of more than a third of London borough chief executives and a wide range of top appointments including a permanent secretary and various national chairs, such as the Commission for Racial Equality, Housing Corporation and, most recently, the chair of the Legal Services Commission.
Mr Davidson is a judge in the human resources category of the 2005 LGC Awards.
Rockpools managing partner Neville Wilkinson said: 'The recruitment consultancy market place has really fragmented and we believe that there's room for more fresh thinking, innovation and a different kind of approach to supporting public sector management and leadership challenges.
Mr Davidson said: 'It's no secret that I have been considering my options since taking a six month sabbatical last year. Rockpools is just the kind of opportunity I have been looking for. The team is ambitious, dedicated and driven by a set of values that I feel I can personally commit to. Ours is a people business with integrity, honesty and professional values - taking the long term view is what really matters to our customers, and particularly our candidates.
'I expect Rockpools to be in with a fighting chance for every top appointment, delivering exciting recruitment solutions, completely grounded in the needs of clients and candidates. I am really looking forward to this new challenge and to doing things the way we know they ought to be done'.