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  • Christiane Baehr

    Christiane Baehr

    Christiane is the office chocaholic and an enthusiastic addition to any dancefloor. More often though, she expends her energy by running around after her two young daughters.

    Christiane is Society’s Office Manager and Bookkeeper. She studied German at Leicester University before going on to do a European Business Diploma at Anglia Polytechnic (now Anglia Ruskin University). Christiane started her career in high-end hotels, working for Forte in the front office of The Russell and The Strand Palace in London. She subsequently became General Manager of a small chain of gastro pubs. Eventually she decided to buy her own pub in Hampstead, which she ran with her husband for seven years.

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    christiane.baehr@society-search.com
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  • George Berry

    George Berry

    George loves exploring in search of long walks in the wilderness and beautiful views. He has attended music events all around the world, and is currently enjoying developing his photography and painting skills.

    Originally from Abergavenny in Wales, George attended the University of Birmingham to read International Business with Hispanic Studies. His degree included a year in industry, which saw him working in Chile as an Import/Export Analyst and then in Argentina as an Assistant to the manager of a small promotion company. Before joining Society, George worked as a waiter in hotels and restaurants in Wales, Lanzarote and Mallorca, and also did a short stint in a sales and marketing role. He is now an Associate Consultant assisting on senior appointments across the company, with a particular focus on the luxury side of the Hospitality and Leisure practice. Searches George has worked on include senior appointments from on-property to corporate-level with clients such as The Peninsula Hotels, IHG and Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts.

    +44 (0)203 653 0465
    george.berry@society-search.com
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  • Ruth Davidson

    Ruth Davidson

    Ruth’s three addictions are coffee, shopping and The Great British Bake Off. She loves London’s live music scene but occasionally likes to escape the city for some countryside adventures.

    Ruth grew up in County Armagh in Northern Ireland. She has a degree in Sociology and Criminology from Cardiff University. Immediately prior to joining Society, Ruth worked for the Belfast-based charity, Volunteer Now, where she helped to recruit and train 4,000 volunteers for the 2013 World Police and Fire Games. She now leads Society’s work in the area of Development and Fundraising, handling appointments such as the Director of Development for Royal Holloway, University of London, the Executive Director for External Engagement for City Lit, and the Director of Partnerships for the World Heart Federation. Her personal search track record also includes senior appointments across the global Not-For-Profit sector including Director-level appointments for FSD Africa, Shelter and Oxfam.

    +44 (0)203 653 0468
    ruth.davidson@society-search.com
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  • Thomas Devlin

    Thomas Devlin

    Tom is the office artist, and his drawings have already been commissioned by a few admiring colleagues. When in need of some adrenaline he also enjoys rock climbing and longboarding.

    Thomas is originally from Kent in the South East of England. He studied History at Royal Holloway, University of London, subsequently doing a Masters degree in Crusader Studies. Prior to joining Society he worked primarily in the hospitality industry, holding a number of bar and venue management roles. He also visited South Africa and Mozambique on an animal conservation project. Thomas now works as an Associate Consultant, focusing on executive appointments in the Retail and Consumer Goods sector for clients such as Sainsbury’s, Kingfisher, and Liberty London. Thomas was recently seconded to our business in the United States, where he has partnered with the likes of rag & bone and The Peninsula New York.

    +44 (0)203 653 0481
    thomas.devlin@society-search.com
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  • Gareth Duxbury

    Gareth Duxbury

    Gareth’s interests include trains, American football, and hot sauce. His reading tastes run from dystopian novels to biographies of US Presidents. He is a continual source of obscure trivia.

    Originally from North Yorkshire, Gareth read Philosophy, Politics and Economics at the University of Oxford as a mature student. He subsequently worked for the University as a member of the first ever central student recruitment team. He joined the executive search firm Perrett Laver in 2010 as a member of their Global Higher Education practice. As one of the firm’s Consultant team, Gareth led a succession of senior executive level and board appointments for over 50 HEIs globally. In 2012, he helped to establish the firm’s first international office in Sydney. After leaving Perrett Laver, Gareth headed to Imperial College London Business School as part of their Executive Education team, focusing on Client Relationships and Business Development. Joining Society in 2015 to lead our work in higher education globally, Gareth has delivered assignments for clients including the Asian University for Women, Cranfield University, King’s College London, NEOMA Business School, the Royal College of Art, Sheffield Hallam University, University College London, University College Cork, the University of Central Asia, and the Universities of Bedfordshire, Cambridge, East Anglia, Oxford, Surrey, and Sussex.

    +44 (0)203 653 0474
    gareth.duxbury@society-search.com
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  • Jacqueline Eddy

    Jacqueline Eddy

    When she isn’t upstate, hiking, you can catch Jacqueline in downtown New York listening to local bands with friends. Her weekends are often spent bingeing on reality TV and taking her dog for runs on the beach.

    Jacqueline grew up in Long Island, New York. She read Political Science at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, which included a year abroad at the University of the Sacred Heart in Milan, focussing on International Politics. At University she was an active member of the Pre-Law and Amnesty International student societies. After graduation she worked as a canvasser for Grassroots Campaigns Inc in New York City, conducting research and raising funds for the likes of Doctors Without Borders. She also became heavily involved in community volunteer work. Jacqueline now works as a Researcher across all practice areas in our New York team.

    +44 (0) 207 935 4024
    jacqueline.eddy@society-search.com
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  • Megan Fisher

    Megan Fisher

    Megan is an aspiring long-distance runner and completed her first ultra-marathon in Cape Town in 2018. On the weekend she can often be found sampling the best delicacies at one of London’s many food markets.

    Megan grew up in South Wales on the Gower Peninsula. She read Geography at University College London (UCL), graduating with a 2:1. Megan interned at the Home Office and with the Welsh Government’s Department of Geography and Technology, and has volunteered as a researcher for the Somers Town Community Association in the vicinity of London's Kings Cross St Pancras station, helping residents develop their response to local authority proposals concerning the planned redevelopment of the area. She is a regular volunteer with GoodGym, a group of runners in London who combine fitness with doing good for the local community. Megan is now an Associate Consultant within our Not-For-Profit team, with a particular focus on community development-focused organisations. Her personal track record ranges from Chief Executive appointments for Team Rubicon UK and the Engineering Development Trust (EDT) to board level roles for Warwick Students’ Union and Membership Solutions Ltd. She has worked with the likes of Renaisi, Christian Aid and the Nuffield Foundation in the UK, as well as FSD Uganda and the Aga Khan Agency for Habitat internationally. Megan is also one of Society’s colleagues who maintains a strategic overview of our work to ensure candidate diversity

    +44 (0)203 653 0470
    megan.fisher@society-search.com
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  • Louisa Genin

    Louisa Genin

    An avid fan of Formula One, a keen PC gamer, and a huge dog lover. Louisa relocated to New York in 2011 having previously been based in Dubai.

    Louisa was born in Saudi Arabia, but grew up in Devon in the UK. She studied Business and Finance at Heriot Watt University in Dubai before joining a boutique Swiss recruitment firm, which specialized in Finance and IT placements. Immediately prior to joining Society, she worked for Allegis Global Solutions, providing recruitment, candidate identification selection best practice, and labour market intelligence to a variety of clients across the Financial Services, Insurance, Bio-Pharma and Publishing industries. As Society’s Regional Director for North America she is now responsible for leading our team in New York and for developing Society’s North American footprint across all our practice areas.

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    louisa.genin@society-search.com
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  • Mahfuza Koli Haque

    Mahfuza Koli Haque

    Mafhuza is an avid reader, a tennis lover, and a tea enthusiast. She's usually the mother hen of any group, and enjoys a quiet night in with a movie and good company.

    Born and brought up in London, Mahfuza read Religion, Philosophy and Ethics at King’s College, graduating with a 2:1. She is heavily involved in doing community project work, and is currently the General Secretary of the national student-led organisation, FOSIS. In the past she has worked as a Sports Coach and mentored school and college students in preparing for Model United Nations simulations. She also tutored GCSE and A-Level English and Mathematics while at University. Mahfuza now works as part of our global Higher Education team, undertaking research on assignments for clients based all over the world.

    +44 (0)203 653 0471
    mahfuza.haque@society-search.com
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  • Rebecca Hankin

    Rebecca Hankin

    In her spare time Rebecca enjoys baking, reading, and training at Thai Boxing. She loves to travel and to explore museums, galleries and markets; always wanting to learn about new cultures.

    Rebecca was born and raised in Hertfordshire. She graduated with a first-class degree in Philosophy from Warwick University, during which time she also spent a year studying abroad at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. Between graduating and working at Society, she worked as a chef at Pitcher and Piano, diversifying her knowledge of cooking and baking. Rebecca is now a Researcher in our Higher Education team.

    +44 (0)203 653 0486
    rebecca.hankin@society-search.com
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  • Jacqueline Lau

    Jacqueline Lau

    Whether inches away from wild critters, or documenting everyday life on the streets, Jacqueline is happiest behind her camera. She is also a sustainability advocate, a voracious reader, and an instrumental soundtrack and sci fi geek.

    Jacqueline grew up in four cities (Hong Kong, Singapore, Sydney, and London) and attended Imperial College London where she gained a BSc in Ecology and an MSc in Environmental Technology (Business and the Environment). Her earlier career included an internship with Egon Zehnder, and project management, policy and research roles notably for the Singapore Government, and for not-for-profits including World Wide Fund for Nature. Jacqueline’s other focus is on communication and young people – she holds local and international appointments with the UK and Singapore Scouts. At Society, Jacqueline leads the research for the Not-For-Profit practice. She is also active within the Hospitality and Higher Education sectors, supporting appointments for a global portfolio of clients spanning from Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore, through the Aga Khan Foundation Afghanistan, to the University of the Arts London.

    +44 (0)203 653 0485
    jacqueline.lau@society-search.com
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  • Simon Lucas

    Simon Lucas

    Simon lives in North Hertfordshire with his wife, his two children, and a ridiculously large collection of DVDs. He is a bit of a history and politics buff, with a soft spot for what he calls 'classic' rock.

    Simon is Society's Managing Director and Founder. He previously worked at the executive search firm Perrett Laver for nearly seven years. Simon grew up in South Wales, and read Philosophy and Politics at the University of Warwick. He’s a former Head Boy of Olchfa Comprehensive School in Swansea, and a former President of the University of Warwick Students’ Union. His personal search track record includes handling Vice-Chancellor appointments for the University of Southampton and the University of Nottingham, Chief Executive appointments for the English-Speaking Union, Membership Solutions Ltd (MSL), and the National Trust for Scotland, and Non-Executive appointments for HM Treasury, CAFCASS, and the Debt Management Office. Simon was a founding Trustee of The Society Foundation and is currently a Governor of Hitchin Girls' School in Hertfordshire.

    +44 (0)203 653 0462
    simon.lucas@society-search.com
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  • James Lea

    James Lea

    James is married to a Kiwi who shares his love of travelling. Having returned to London from opening our New York Office, James has an encyclopaedic knowledge of the ever-expanding hotel and restaurant scene in both of the cities where we're located.

    James originates from Lancashire in the UK. He attended Stonyhurst College and later studied for a Hospitality HND at Thames Valley University (now the University of West London). Upon graduation he was enrolled onto the bespoke management training course at the Landmark London hotel. After a number of years, James relocated to Australia, where he became Corporate Events Sales Manager for the Shangri-La Hotel Sydney. He moved into recruitment in 2007 at Hudson Global Resources, handling appointments in the Accounting and Finance space, before moving to Hostec and opening their London office. Immediately prior to joining Society, James worked for Portfolio International, part of the PSD Group. James the first Regional Director of our North American business, setting up our presence in New York. Now based back in Society’s London office, he is the first point of contact for Society’s private sector client base, across all sectors. His personal search track record includes the Secretary of the Oriental Club, the Head of Human Resources for The Peninsula New York, Head of HR for the Maybourne Hotel Group, a Regional Director for Sabre Hospitality and Director of Communications for The HongKong Shanghai Hotels, Limited. He has also completed multiple appointments for the likes of Peninsula Hotels, InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), Lastminte.com, Ebookers.com, Booking.com, and Expedia.

    +44 (0)203 653 0466
    james.lea@society-search.com
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  • Richard Murphy

    Richard Murphy

    Richard is a keen football enthusiast who still avidly follows Liverpool FC. He also has a passion for travel and recently took a three month sabbatical travelling around Asia.

    Richard read Ancient History at the University of Birmingham, before spending a year travelling around Latin America. On returning to the UK, he joined Society as the company’s first researcher. He is now the Head of Research and has responsibility for overseeing and coordinating research activity across the company. He also specialises in conducting searches within the higher education sector. Over recent years, Richard has worked on senior appointments with a diverse range of universities, both domestically and internationally. His search track record includes the Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research at Swansea University, the Director of the Institute for Human Development for the Aga Khan University (with campuses in Pakistan, Tanzania and Kenya), the Director of Admissions, Recruitment and Marketing at the University of East Anglia, the Dean of the College of Business at the University of Derby, the Director of CILT at the University of Cape Town, a variety of senior posts within Imperial College Business School, and strategically important academic and professional services appointments for the universities of Coventry, Dundee, Exeter, and Surrey, and for the University of Western Sydney.

    +44 (0)203 653 0464
    richard.murphy@society-search.com
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  • Neena Patel

    Neena Patel

    Unquestionably the office's biggest Harry Potter fan, Neena admits to having the complete collection of novels, films and audiobooks. She is currently training for her first ever half marathon.

    Neena read Politics at the University of Surrey, and majored in Policy Studies. For her undergraduate dissertation she investigated why her hometown elected the country's first ever United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) Member of Parliament. As a Research Leader within our Higher Education team her track record includes, Pro-Director (Operations) at the Institute of Education, School Manager, Bartlett School of Architecture, the Director of Communications and Public Relations and the Head of Civil and Environmental Engineering, both for the University of Surrey and the Head of Research Programmes at the Royal College of Art. Her experience spans a wide range of academic disciplines and levels of seniority, with a particular expertise in Professional Services appointments.

    +44 (0)203 653 0479
    neena.patel@society-search.com
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  • Conor Wilson

    Conor Wilson

    Conor is a keen long-distance walker, runner and cyclist. The buzz of London’s cultural scene feeds his twin loves of ramen and niche music.

    Conor grew up in Boston, Lincolnshire. After graduating with a first class degree in History from Royal Holloway, University of London, he became a qualified English language instructor and bought a one-way ticket to Ho Chi Minh City. Whilst teaching in Vietnam, Conor found time to travel across South East Asia and even completed an epic 2,000 kilometre bicycle ride in aid of various children's charities. He later relocated to Tokyo, where he spent a rewarding semester teaching at a University. Upon his return to the UK, Conor spent two years at Society working across the global education sector, handling appointments in the UK, Kenya, Mozambique, France, and India for the likes of University College London, Royal Grammar School Guildford, North London Collegiate School, Jeju, and the Aga Khan Academies. In 2015 he took a year out from executive search to work in international student recruitment for the University of Reading, visiting schools and attending exhibitions across Sub-Saharan Africa. Conor is now leveraging this experience as he leads Society’s work with schools globally.

    +44 (0)203 653 0475
    conor.wilson@society-search.com
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  • Tanya Stevens

    Tanya Stevens

    Our chatty native New Yorker now calls London home with her husband and two small children. In her spare time she can be found running, writing, travelling and doing yoga.

    Tanya joined Society to lead and develop our work in the Not-For-Profit arena. She previously spent several years in charity executive search at Peridot Partners and TMP Worldwide, and prior to this worked for an internship provider placing American University students into roles across London. Tanya grew up on Long Island and studied International Relations and Journalism at Boston University, before moving to the UK. She also holds an MSc in Public Policy from University College London. Her recent track record spans the UK not-for-profit and global development arenas, and includes Chief Executive appointments for Team Rubicon UK, Step Up To Serve, the Youth United Foundation, and the Aga Khan Foundation in Afghanistan. Tanya has handled myriad Director-level appointments, including the Director of Services for Shelter, the Director of Capital Markets Development for FSD Africa, the Director of Arts and Business for Business in the Community, the Head of Development for Start Network and the Head of Organisational Development and Strategic HR for Creative Metier. She also recruits challenging middle management roles for clients including Oxfam International, Aktis Strategy and the Nuffield Foundation. Tanya is a Trustee of The Society Foundation, and of Magpie Dance, a disability arts charity based in South East London.

    +44 (0)203 653 0467
    tanya.stevens@society-search.com
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  • Kerry Wallace

    Kerry Wallace

    A fitness enthusiast and a huge fan of rock music. Kerry enjoys travel and architecture. She's probably the only person in the firm who can confidently explain the difference between Doric, Corinthian and Ionic columns.

    Kerry grew up on the South-East coast of England by the seaside. She read Classical Civilisations at the University of Warwick before undertaking a Masters degree in Classical Art. Before joining Society, Kerry worked in the Culture and Heritage sector. As a headhunter she has since led on assignments for various international schools across the globe, including Frankfurt International School and the Aga Khan Academies in Kenya and Mozambique. She has also supported universities in the UK and internationally with both academic and non-academic hires. Kerry is currently our lead Researcher for appointments in the Schools and Colleges sector.

    +44 (0)203 653 0482
    kerry.wallace@society-search.com
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  • Shehrazade Zafar-Arif

    Shehrazade Zafar-Arif

    Literature graduate, theatre goer and book lover, Shehrazade is the office authority on Shakespeare. She loves travelling, and is usually the person who drags everyone to inspect old ruins while on holiday.

    Shehrazade grew up in Pakistan and moved to the UK to study English Literature at University College London. She subsequently completed a Masters in Shakespeare Studies at King’s College London. Her jobs prior to joining Society include working as a Content Researcher for Blippar, a visual discovery app, and as an editor for the online newspaper Urban Times. She has also tutored GCSE English on the side. Shehrazade leads the research for our Development and Fundraising practice, with a particular emphasis on appointments that cross traditional sector boundaries or have a significant international dimension.

    +44 (0)203 653 0483
    shehrazade.zafar@society-search.com
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