Who we are

Starfish is an owner led business, reliant on the quality of our work,
reputation and relationships.

THE STARFISH TEAM

JULIET TAYLOR

Chief Executive
Juliet has worked in the field of leadership and board search since 2003. She...

GRAHAM GOODWIN

Chair
Graham’s early career was in the British Army where he served for nine years ...

KATY GIDDENS

Director
Katy has specialised in board and executive leadership recruitment for over 1...

CATHERINE KIFT

Director
Catherine brings 14 years’ experience in leadership recruitment with particul...

ROB STIRK

Finance Director
Rob has been a qualified Chartered Accountant for 18 years working in a varie...

JULIET BROWN

Partner, Social Sector, Social Business and Sustainability
Juliet has worked within leadership and career development for almost twenty ...

MARK CROWLEY

Principal
Since 2011, Mark has specialised in partnering with Social Sector organisatio...

YOMI JOHNSTON

Principal Consultant, Interim Talent
Yomi started her recruitment career in 2006 within the business psychology te...

ZOE THOMPSON

Executive Research Associate
Zoe has worked in the field of executive recruitment since 2005 securing both...

CHARLOTTE BASRAN

Assessment Associate
Charlotte is an Assessment and Development Specialist with experience of deli...

KATIE NAPPER

Office Manager
Katie has over 16 years’ experience in customer service and office management...

ZARA MALONE

Project Administrator
Zara has 7 years of experience in supporting projects and managing client por...

EVA PERTAUB

Executive Assistant to CEO
Eva has over 10 years-experience within the recruitment sector, the last 6 ye...

OUR ADVISORY GROUP

We are building an advisory group to provide ideas, support and challenge to our team.

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.

Katherine Rake

From her days as an academic, through her spell in government, to being a charity Chief Executive, to setting up a national statutory body and being a Trustee, governor and advisor, Katherine has always been focused on social purpose. As Founder and Director of Lucent she works with public bodies, charities and foundations who want their good intent to translate into real change in the world around them. She supports boards and senior teams to see clearly, make connections and drive change. This work helps provide new insight and connections that build confidence and equip people with the tools and skills they need to tackle old issues in new ways.

Esther Foreman

Esther has spent 20 years working in the not for profit, social enterprise and business sectors, running award winning campaigns, supporting enterprise and building teams. She founded the Social Change Agency in 2013 with a desire to combine organising, technology, communications and social enterprise to create a leading non sector-specific agency to improve movement building across the world. In 1995, she was the youngest person in the UK to be diagnosed with MS and continues to champion for better services and research for the MS community. Esther is a 2011 Clore Social Fellow; 2012 Winston Churchill Fellow, and 2013 School for Social Entrepreneurs Fellow and was recently placed in the Top Women in Social Enterprise. She is a former trustee of Genesis Housing Association and The National MS Society, and currently serves on the Board of The House of St Barnabas.

Justine Powell

Justine brings extensive commercial experience and a passion to promote women to senior level and board positions. She is currently working with a talented team to build the digital newswire Huxley Hub, investigating and reporting on climate change news and crimes. Prior to founding Huxley Hub, Justine worked at the crossroads of media and technology for 25 years at a number of big media and telecoms organisations, including the BBC, CNBC, Hutchison Whampoa and Handelsblatt Media Group. She was a Trustee and Non-Executive Director of MedicAlert, a social enterprise, for six years and holds an MA from University College London (UCL), BA from the University of Bristol and was a scholarship student on the Advanced Management Programme at Oxford University’s Said Business School.

Wondering how we chose our name?

The starfish is a symbol of guidance, vigilance, inspiration, brilliance and intuition. For millennia it has represented safe travel over troubled waters, friendship to the impoverished and those in need, and been guardian to troubled seafarers. Through its powers of regeneration, the starfish is also an emblem of strength and longevity. In a social and leadership context, the starfish helps us think about the power of renewal through organisational change and shifting thought and attitudes.

Join our team

Starfish is a modern, forward-looking employer that invests in its team and is dedicated to becoming an employer of choice. Our clients rightly expect the highest standards of service from us and we are a professional, achievement-driven and engaged team. We offer an exceptional range of benefits as well as the chance to work with lovely people who are amongst the best in the industry.

To find out more please contact katy.giddens@starfishsearch.com