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 Chief Operating Officer. She studied German at Leicester University before going on to do a European Business Diploma at Anglia Polytechnic (now Anglia Ruskin University). She started her career in high-end hotels, working for Forte in the front office of The Russell and The Strand Palace in London, and 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. Christiane joined Society in 2014 as our Office Manager and Bookkeeper. Her remit now encompasses all areas of the company's global operations. She speaks fluent German and conversational French.
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. George speaks fluent Spanish.
Clare is a keen traveller, reader and enthusiastic (yet amateur) baker. She is at her happiest exploring remote paths with her family in Cornwall and Wales. When not at work, Clare is kept busy with her young family and their various sporting and social pursuits.
After completing a BA in Sociology and French at Cardiff University, Clare joined a local authority in a role supporting vulnerable young people. Fulfilling her overseas calling, she subsequently interned for a year with UNICEF in Kenya and worked for a women’s rights charity, FEMNET, during the pioneering days of the women’s movement in Africa. Returning home, Clare completed an MA in the Social Anthropology of Development at SOAS, which cultivated a lifelong interest in diversity, advocacy and employability. Clare started her executive search career as a Researcher, specialising in clean and renewable technology, prior to going in-house for a few years as Resourcing Advisor for a multinational financial advisory group. She then spent eight years at Odgers Berndtson, specialising in executive and non-executive appointments in Higher Education. Most recently, Clare was a Consultant at the boutique board advisory firm Ridgeway Partners, supporting the appointment of non-executive directors for FTSE, AIM and Private Equity clients in the UK, Asia and the US. Clare joined Society in 2019 as our Head of Research. She works to ensure that Society’s research team, client offering, knowledge management and sector insights are world-class.
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 and first in his family to attend university. 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 worked on assignments for clients in Asia, Australasia, Europe, and North America supporting over 300 assignments in the last four years at all levels and across every discipline and function.
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.
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
Ksenia is a coffee lover, yoga enthusiast, and tennis player. She enjoys exploring new areas of London and testing out the latest cafés. Her ideal Saturday involves brunch and a movie night at home.
Ksenia moved to London from Russia at the age of 17. She graduated from the University of Surrey with a first class degree in International Business Management. During her studies, she completed an exchange with Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada, and spent a year in industry, working with a conference production company in London. She gained some experience in the hospitality and service sector with Starbucks, while completing her final year of University. Ksenia’s global outlook has led her to join Society as an Associate Researcher in the Higher Education sector, bringing a real positive energy and can-do attitude to the team. Ksenia speaks fluent Russian.
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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Mahfuza 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. She speaks fluent Bengali.
Lee-Ann came to London in the late 1990s to explore Europe, but eventually planned to return to the warm weather and beaches of her native South Africa. Over 20 years later, she’s now happiest walking her dogs in the Surrey Hills, or watching her two boys play football in muddy English fields.
\Lee-Ann grew up in Pietermaritzburg. She studied Travel and Tourism before coming to the UK and worked for a while in the logistics industry. Her headhunting career began in 2003, at a boutique executive search firm that specialised in the Consumer Lifestyle industry. After having children, Lee-Ann founded and ran her own childcare business for five years. She returned to headhunting in 2015, as an Associate Consultant at Frisch Search, specialising in the Lifestyle, Sports and Consumer industries. She subsequently joined Society in 2019. Lee-Ann’s passion is supporting consumer brands to find senior leaders who can drive scale and transformation. She has worked with clients all over the world across the consumer, retail, fashion and sporting goods spaces, supporting them on over 100 assignments during the last five years at all levels and across practically every discipline and function.
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. Jacqueline speaks fluent English, Cantonese, and Mandarin.
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 was 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.
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. In 2018 he was part of the second cohort of the On Purpose CEO Programme.
Neena’s interests range from dancing to cooking, and from traveling to occasionally running half marathons. Her varied interests and talents reflect widely on her current multifaceted role at Society.
Neena read Politics at the University of Surrey and majored in Policy Studies. Her experience spans both a wide range of academic disciplines and levels of seniority, with particular expertise in Professional Services appointments. Her expansive track record includes several appointments at the Royal College of Art, including the Head of Research Programmes; Professor in Environmental Engineering and Professor in Strategy & Entrepreneurship for University College London; and Director of Communications and Public Relations and the Head of Civil and Environmental Engineering, both for the University of Surrey. She has also led on the appointment of Pro-Director (Operations) at the Institute of Education; Professor & Research Leader for the Creative Computing Institute; and the Deans of Academic Strategy for both the London College of Fashion and Central Saint Martins.
Additionally, Neena has delivered an array of leadership appointments for clients such as the University of Greenwich, Exeter, and Liverpool.
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. Tanya leads Society’s board-level not-for-profit and global development work, including Chief Executive appointments for Leap Confronting Conflict, Wac Arts, Young Women’s Trust and FSD Uganda as well as non-executive appointments for the British Exploring Society and Warwick Student’s Union. Tanya has also handled a myriad of Director-level appointments, including the Director of Campaign Management for DoSomething.org, the Justice Director for Nuffield Foundation, the Global Advisor - Civil Society and Gender for Aga Khan Foundation, the Director of Services for Shelter and the Director of Gender Equality for Business in the Community. She also has recruited challenging middle management roles for clients including Leonard Cheshire, charity: water, Chemonics and WaterAid. Tanya is a Trustee of The Society Foundation, and of Magpie Dance, a disability arts charity based in South East London.
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.
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.
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. She speaks English, French, Urdu, and Hindi.