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Veteran retail recruiter Craig Vidler dies

Retail industry recruiter Craig Vidler (pictured, centre) passed away this morning, leaving behind his wife, three children and two grandchildren. 

Vidler’s career spanned 50 years. He was managing director at recruitment firm Star Executives from 1970 to 2000, and spent seven years at HR Go Recruitment as non-executive director and then group managing director between 2009 and 2013. Most recently he was a director at Bluetree Recruits from March 2017. 

Vidler was an avid supporter of the industry charity Retail Trust, rasing more than £500,000 through various fundraising activities including his popular Fly Fishing days. For his contribution towards charity, he was granted a British Empire Medal in the Queen’s New Year honours list in 2016. 

Richard Boland, chief executive of Retail Trust, said: “Craig served for 10 years as a trustee, and was a great influence on the modernising of the Trust. Craig was made our Fly Fishing Alumni Life President a couple of years ago, and as such will live long in our memories. His influence over four decades as one of the longest-serving headhunters in retail upon the progressive careers of many aspiring directors and CEOs is legend. A truly philanthropic man and a giant character in retail circles going back over the last 50 years.” 

Vidler is survived by his wife, Marjie, daughters, Claire and Stephanie, son Neil and two grandchildren Hope and Noah. 

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  • Very sad to hear this. Craig helped me greatly in my early career and was always happy for me to call for advice whenever I needed someone sensible and knowledgeable to speak to.

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  • Eric Musgrave

    RIP Craig. He was a hugely influential figure in the industry when I joined Drapers Record in 1980 and Star Executives, his recruitment firm, was one of the mag's top advertisers. In 1970 he famously took a full-page ad in the Classified section advertising a sales director position at the colossal salary of £12,000 a year, which equates to about £185,000 today. With his money-raising efforts in his later years, he certainly put something back to the industry. The fishing days he and Marjie hosted every summer pulled in some very big names and were very entertaining. My condolences go to Marjie and Claire. Craig's was a life well-lived.

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