Liz Barclay

Liz is a Radio and TV Broadcaster and Producer; writer and author. She is a passionate people person and works with Boards and CEOs on improving governance, trust and culture, diversity, customer understanding and engagement, and employee engagement – raising the bar across the charity, public and private sectors. She coaches in communication and presentation skills and chairs national and international conferences. Liz is Chair of the Money Advice Liaison Group and the Fair by Design Campaign to tackle the poverty premium; non-executive Director of the Lending Standards Board; member of the Fundraising Regulator Standards Board, The Equity Release Council Standards Board and the Ofgem Consumer Progress Panel; a Financial Inclusion Commissioner, Ambassador for the Money Advice Trust and IPSE the organisation for freelancers and the self-employed.

Hannah Chapman

Hannah has recently joined Starfish Search as a consultant in the Social Sector team and brings a breadth of experience from her not for profit career. With over 15 years fundraising experience, Hannah has worked at a senior level in the health and arts and heritage sectors, including The Hepworth Wakefield, Northern Ballet, Sue Ryder, and LEEDS 2023. She has extensive experience of working with leaders and Boards across multiple sectors, with a particular focus on building deep relationships and engaging senior people with organisations with social purpose and delivering impact.

Lorraine Payne

Lorraine has worked within the recruitment industry for 14 years. Her previous focus has been ensuring the effective delivery of project management and leading a large team to ensure  high quality delivery and customer care. Her passion lies in building relationships across different sectors with both clients and candidates. Lorraine has joined Starfish to lead on the placement of interim managers across the Local Government sector with a UK wide focus.

Andrew Baxter

Andrew has worked in recruitment for 15 years and has significant experience leading teams in public sector organisations and operating in complex political environments.  Prior to Starfish, Andrew was responsible for leading all recruitment for the Greater London Authority (GLA) and Mayor of London boards. Recruited to modernise the service, he was pivotal in supporting the GLA’s rapid workforce growth, significantly improving the diversity of senior appointments, and successfully delivering on a wide range of complex board appointments.  Starting his recruitment career at the London Metropolitan Police Service to help improve the diversity of new police officers, Andrew went on to lead recruitment teams for the NHS and helped deliver a national staffing restructure for a large homelessness charity.  He also has experience working in the youth services sector and mentoring ex-offenders.

Rebecca O’Connor

Rebecca has worked within executive search across the social sector for over a decade where her focus has been primarily at C-suite and board level. She began her career in search as a healthcare researcher for a leading executive search firm, moving on to lead the Not for Profit and Charity interim division. Her early career was spent in television production and art publishing. She studied English Literature at the University of Liverpool, and has a Foundation in Art and Design from Camberwell College of Art.

Sunita Patel

Sunita has worked across local government for a decade, leading strategic communications functions for three London local authorities, as well as leading on London-wide crisis communications projects for London Councils. She has been a trusted advisor to politicians and chief officers and brings a deep knowledge of the local government landscape. She is known for her honest, direct, and encouraging approach, and thrives on seeing people reach their full potential. Sunita is passionate about diversity and inclusion and helping to create senior teams that are representative of the communities they serve.

Parna Taylor

Parna has specialised in strategic counsel and communications across the political and non-profit worlds, working with a wide variety of organisations including international non-profits, government-funded agencies and family foundations. She has completed diagnostics of teams and structures and advised extensively on complex relationships and networks. She previously helped to establish the Tony Blair Faith Foundation, spending seven years as its Director of External Affairs. During this time, she established strategic partnerships with the UN Security Council’s Counter Terrorism Directorate and US State Department, and worked with the governments of Kosovo, Italy, Indonesia and the Philippines. Parna spent three years as a Special Adviser at Downing Street, and another two as Vice President (Public Affairs) at international advisory firm FTI Consulting, where she worked with clients including Starbucks, KPMG, and Sport England.

Hilary Clifford

Hilary has worked extensively as a leader of change within education, employment, and the not-for-profit sector. Committed to growing organisations with a strong social purpose, she is delighted to join the team at Starfish. Hilary has served as a charity trustee and is currently the LGB Chair and Trustee of a growing Academy chain in Hertfordshire.

Luke Judd

Luke has an extensive track record of public sector executive search, recruiting chief executives, corporate directors and board members for a wide array of clients for nearly 20 years.  He works across the North and Midlands and specialises in local government appointments, which includes met, county, unitary and district councils as well as LEPs, Combined Authorities, PCCs, and other related bodies.  His reputation is based upon a strong understanding of the issues facing the sector, an in-depth knowledge of the candidate pool for senior roles, and a determination to achieve the best possible outcomes for his clients.   Prior to his recruitment career, Luke worked for an HE College in Leeds.

Juliet Brown

Juliet specialises in executive and non-executive leadership appointments across the social sector, including our work within health and social care, social justice and faith based organisations. With a strong track record of senior leadership appointments, she is particularly interested in how leaders build organisational resilience through strengthening their senior teams; and how this translates to the heart of the organisation’s work in delivering impact. Over the last two decades, Juliet has developed an extensive trusted network built on integrity and a genuine commitment to the long term success of her clients and candidates.