Libero Consulting aims to fill both agency and in-house comms posts with a 'cost-effective' and 'personal' service.
The consultancy - based in Chiswick, west London - will provide recruitment services at middle and senior management level, plus services such as staff assessment and salary benchmarking.
Cowdry has spent the past year as a senior consultant at Watson Helsby and before that two years as a board director at headhunter Taylor Bennett.
Prior to that Cowdry was a director at PR firm Paragon Communications, now part of Golin/Harris International.
Before Paragon, Cowdry spent 14 years in journalism, notably as The Times home affairs correspondent and in various Daily Telegraph roles.