Meet the team

Tom Ingram

Senior Consultant – Executive Hire

Tom is a global cyber security headhunter focusing solely on go-to-market and executive hires. Tom partners with both early-stage start-ups and post-IPO vendors, scaling teams across direct & channel sales, pre-sales and customer success. At the weekends, Tom enjoys visiting Manchester’s pubs and bars, which often results in a poor performance when he plays football on Sunday mornings.

Contact: [email protected]

Chloe Rayner

Senior Consultant – Disruptive Aviation

Chloe has been in recruitment for six years and she lives in York with her partner and her puppy Penny. She has been at Strativ since July 2021 and has been focusing on Mechanical Engineering roles within the disruptive Aerospace sector.

Contact: [email protected]

Ben Reading

Senior Delivery Consultant – Europe & US eVTOL & Electrification

Ben has over 10 years experience placing Mechanical Engineering professionals into the eVTOL and Electrification sectors across Europe and the US.

Contact: [email protected]

Olivia Bagley

Consultant – Disruptive Aviation

Olivia focuses on commercial and operational roles from mid to exec level in the data centre and SDN markets, predominantly in EMEA and the USA. When not recruiting, Olivia loves playing sport, especially netball and eating nice food.

Contact: [email protected]

Rachael Toon

Senior Contract Consultant – Aerospace Software & Electronics USA

Working across the US and Europe, Rach focuses on software & electronics within aerospace. Focusing predominately on aircraft electrification and sustainable mobility, the market aligns neatly with Rach’s veganism and environmental interests. When not working Rach is passionate about the arts, experimental Middle-Eastern cooking and loves a solitary run.

Contact: [email protected]

Sean Harris

Business Partner – Finance

‘He’s alright you know’

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Joe Farrell

Consultant – Executive & GTM

Joe specialises in Executive and GTM hires within the Identity and Access Management sector, working across the US, APJ and EMEA. He supports companies at every stage of their recruitment journey from seed-funding through to IPO. When not working, he will be found watching Liverpool FC, cooking, or reading history books.

Contact: [email protected]

Connor Hird

Consultant – Disruptive Aviation

Connor is a consultant specialising in Flight Control System Engineering positions for the US eVTOL and electrification industry. When not working Connor can be found watching Liverpool FC, likely involved in a lengthy conversation about how Trent Alexander-Arnold needs to be moved into midfield.

Contact: [email protected]

Jonathan McLinden

Senior Consultant – Packaging

Jonathan has worked in recruitment with a special focus on global executive search since 2019. He is responsible for developing and maintaining relationships for a number of high profile clients and candidates. When he’s not out and about enjoying the Yorkshire countryside, you can find him soaking up the sun and drinking a cheap northern pint.

Contact: [email protected]

Amarjit Singh

Business Partner – Technology

Although Amarjit is a newbie in the industry, he has a plethora of knowledge on all things tech, having graduated with a computer science degree. He is the first line of support for all IT issues and when not in the office he can be found at the gym, the climbing wall, eating or bingeing a random show on Netflix.

Contact: [email protected]

Martin Finney

Head of Customer Success

Martin has worked in recruitment for over 18 years, partnering with customers to deliver large Talent Solutions. As Head of Customer Success, he is here to ensure we deliver a world class service and that our customers get value from our solutions. Outside of work, Martin enjoys playing golf badly, travelling and walking.

Contact: [email protected]

Harrison Coultas

Delivery Manager – TIC

Harrison has >4 years’ of experience in the TIC sector. Working globally, he specialises in executive and commercial roles in the energy & industrial markets (including refining, petrochemical, power, pipeline, metals & minerals, power & utilities and chemicals)… and yes, his middle name really is ‘Storm’.

Contact: [email protected]

Mike Quickenden

Manager – US Contract

With 5 years’ experience, Mike is responsible for growing our Renewable Energy team. With a background in Offshore and Onshore Oil and Gas, Power Generation and Clean Energy projects, he is supporting clients in meeting their goals and initiatives for their green projects. When not supporting the global Net-Zero Carbon goals, Mike is running after Chula (pictured).

Contact: [email protected]

Alexander Woodhead


Over 9 years experience of working with the world’s most innovative technology companies ranging from flying taxis, to F1 cars, to robotic automation & AI. Alex is a father of 3, ex-rugby player and obsessed with all things fast & loud.

Contact: [email protected]

Richard Howarth

Principal Contract Consultant – Cloud, Penetration Testing & IAM

Richard has 25 years’ experience in IT recruitment (both permanent and contract). At Strativ, He focuses on contract within cloud, penetration testing and IAM markets. An avid triathlon enthusiast, he can often be found running, swimming or cycling. He has competed at World Championship level (2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike ride and a 26 mile run).

Contact: [email protected]

Adam Reilly

Senior Account Manager – USA eVTOL & Electrification

Adam has 5 years’ experience supporting technical markets including aerospace and medical. He supports the development of eVTOL & electrification in both Europe and the USA. Outside work, Adam tends to have his hands full, often looking after a multitude of exotic animals.

Contact: [email protected]

Ben Launchbury

Principal Consultant – GTM

Ben has 5+ years of permanent, contract and executive international headhunting experience across Emerging Technology, Future Mobility and Cyber Security sectors. He is currently focused on worldwide go-to-market hiring for Seed – D Cloud Security start-ups. 

Contact: [email protected]

Sophie Whiteley

Business Partner – Talent Acquisition

As our Talent Acquisition Manager for Future Mobility, Sophie is proud to be building a team to support clients working on incredible projects such as flying taxis and delivery drones. When not at work she can usually be found in the gym or messing around with her Frenchie, Douglas.

Contact: [email protected]

Jade Austin

Delivery Manager

Jade is an experienced recruiter with over 10 years experience. She has a proven track record implementing and growing successful recruitment and delivery teams. She has a genuine passion for the coaching and development of her teams, supporting them on their personal growth journeys.

Contact: [email protected]

Ollie Holmes

Content Lead

Eat. Sleep. Content. Repeat. Ollie has 7 years of creative agency experience. Brought in to ensure all commercial content is cohesive and on-brand and ensuring that clients are getting the love and attention they deserve from Strativ online. When not scrolling Instagram or endorsing others on LinkedIn he can be found taking pictures of his beloved Jeep.

Contact: [email protected]

Darcy Greaves

Delivery Consultant – Offensive Security

Darcy focuses on delivering the best mid-exec level Cyber Security talent to industry leaders and disruptive start-ups in the US market. When not recruiting, Darcy can be found with her head in a good self-development book, fixing her ridiculous shopping habits or watching a gripping drama series.

Contact: [email protected]

Haydn Erkulis

Consultant – Disruptive Aviation

A newbie to recruitment, Haydn works the US and EU aerospace market specialising in Mechanical Engineering. When not in the office, you’ll catch him on a flight out to Mallorca to get a of the Mediterranean sunshine!

Contact: [email protected]

Saffron Harry

Consultant – US Contract

Working across the US, Saffron focuses on electrical & electronic engineers, designers and technicians (contract) within EV. When not working Saffron loves training in the gym, dancing, eating out and exploring what Manchester has to offer!

Contact: [email protected]

Edie Wiseberg

Senior Consultant – US Contract

Coming from a Sport Psychology (BSc) background (due to my history in rowing, coxing & coaching 🚣‍♀️), Edie loves to talk all things psychology 🧠. A massive D&I advocate, she’s always here to back equality in the workplace and beyond… 🌍 Also super passionnate about sustainability and bettering the world we live in, hence the Future Mobility sector!✈

Contact: [email protected]

Matt Stevenson

Consultant – Disruptive Aviation

Matthew specialises in Aerospace Software Engineering. Matthew supports the development of the worlds most innovative eVTOL, UAV, Electrification and Supersonic/Hypersonic Aircraft companies across the United States. Matthew has a breadth of knowledge when it comes to Software Engineering and knows how to support world class businesses at a high level.

Contact: [email protected]

Andy Dutton

Senior Delivery Consultant – Security & Privacy

Andy has over 12 years’ experience working in exec recruitment, before joining Strativ where he now heads up delivery for all things cyber security. A keen sports enthusiast, Andy has played football, cricket, rugby, and tennis but can now be found on the golf course (mostly cursing and genuinely getting frustrated with himself!) or spending time with his young family.

Contact: [email protected]

Simon Namvar

Principal Consultant – Aerospace Exec

With 10 years’ experience in aerospace recruitment, Simon has successfully secured commercial & operational management and executive talent for clients around the globe in almost all sectors of the industry. A real petrol-head, Simon also enjoys riding his motocross bike, mountain biking, combat sports and running around after his young daughter.

Contact: [email protected]

Matt Langstaff

Delivery Consultant – Battery

Matt focuses predominately in the Battery division of Aerospace across the UK, Europe & US. He has progressed through the industry in Logistics & Supply Chain and now, seeking to develop his skills in an exciting new market. He has a BSc (Hons) Psychology from the University of Liverpool and enjoys hiking through his hometown in the Lake District.

Contact: [email protected]

Megan Kelly

Business Partner – HR

Megan is our HR Business Partner, Dublin born and bred. When not at work keeping our consultants in line, Megan loves to get out on a nice scenic walk, go to the gym or visit family and friends back home. On Friday afternoons if not working from home to avoid going out, she can easily be persuaded for that “one”…

Contact: [email protected]

David Rose

Head of Technology

David has over 20 years experience in the recruitment market initially as a Consultant before moving into operations and systems. David is responsible for our Technology and works to enhance and improve our systems capability. In his spare time David enjoys watching sport and competing at an international level with the GB Rifle Team.

Contact: [email protected]

Laura Rylah

Consultant – Built Environment

Having worked in construction recruitment since 2013, Laura now specializes in sourcing top talent for the Construction Consulting and Engineering sector in North America. When she isn’t at work you can find her eating good food and frequenting country pubs with her dog daughter Lola.

Contact: [email protected]

Edward Creedon


Edward has over 10 years’ executive search experience. Having previously built a market leading industrial recruitment business with offices in the UK, Dubai, Singapore & Australia, he understands the blend of cultures that make up today’s global business platform. After finding Buddhism and becoming Ray Dalio’s biggest fan he founded Strativ and the rest is history!

Contact: [email protected]

Akash Patel

Senior Consultant – Application Security & DevSecOps

Akash is a Cyber Security headhunter specialising in Application Security & DevSecOps. He is a tech enthusiast and typically partners with tech start-ups scaling their Security Engineering capabilities across the US. Akash is a very average cricketer, Formula 1 fanatic and at best a Sunday league footballer!

Contact: [email protected]

Sarah Taylor

Account Manager

An Account Manager here at Strativ, Sarah oversees all recruitment for one of our eVTOL clients. Growing up as part of an RAF family, she has an avid personal interest in aviation and a genuine passion for the work she does. Outside of work, she enjoys watching Formula 1, collecting house plants and exploring the restaurants & bars of Leeds.

Contact: [email protected]

Tom Lindley

Senior Consultant – Offensive Security

Tom specialises in Cyber Security, predominantly the US market. He is a tech enthusiast and a very positive individual, but when he gets the opportunity to drag himself away from recruitment, he is a keen sports fanatic and avid traveller. Tom would love to play (using this word loosely) golf at some of the best courses in the US.

Contact: [email protected]

Andrew Jack

Senior Consultant – Disruptive Aviation

As one of our key account managers, Andrew specialises in the aerospace market across core engineering and software. Andrew has over 6 years recruitment experience working across multiple international markets. He also pretends to play golf and know about wine.

Contact: [email protected]

Ty Sheehan

Consultant – US Contract

Ty is coming into his 2nd year in contract recruitment. After almost a year working in the tech market in Europe, he made the move into the world of EV in the US, focused on highly specialist Systems Engineers and supporting some of the most innovative, fast-growth Electric and Autonomous vehicle organizations in the world.

Contact: [email protected]

Nadia Ben-Haddou

Head of Contracts & Compliance

Nadia heads up our contract-operations function. She is specialised in international recruitment and is our compliance extraordinaire. When not busy with contracts review or compliance, you will likely find her to be hiking somewhere remote, despite having no orientation skills.

Contact: [email protected]

Katie Soper

Senior Consultant – Identity Access Management

Katie specialises in headhunting the best IAM individuals in the market. Katie delivers mid-exec level technical talent to industry leaders and high growth start-ups in the US. You can’t get Katie without Bentley, they are attached at the hip. They enjoy long walks or can be found in the local pubs and bars of Leeds (dog friendly of course).

Contact: [email protected]

Joe Stewart

Delivery Consultant – TIC


Deo Addison

Senior Delivery Consultant – TIC – Consumer Goods

Deo is a consultant in the TIC industry, specifically Consumer Goods. Working globally in both commercial and technical roles, she specialises in mid to executive level. When not at work you will find her either cooking, eating or drinking.

Contact: [email protected]

Deborah Doyle


With 10 years’ experience, Debs manages our aerospace contract division across Europe/USA recruiting technical resource for industry leading Aerospace projects such as, Military Aircrafts, Missiles, Commercial Airliners, Satellites & Drones (UAV) and general aviation.

Contact: [email protected]

Will Jackson

Delivery Consultant – TIC – Consumer Products

Otherwise known as ‘The Postman’ because he always delivers, Will lives and breathes TIC and has been serving the industry globally for over 4 years. Will specialises in executive and commercial roles, particularly within the consumer related markets (consumer products, electrical & electronics, medical devices, food, pharma etc.).

Contact: [email protected]

Imogen Szerdy

Delivery Consultant – Systems & Controls Engineering

Imogen delivers aerospace talent to clients across the UK, Europe, USA and Asia, focusing on systems and controls engineering. With 1.5 years of recruitment experience, Imogen brings a fresh outlook into Strativ and collaborates with multiple people internally as well as external clients. When not recruiting, she can be found in the gym, shopping or watching a creepy crime doc.

Contact: [email protected]

Darren Palmer

Principal Consultant – TIC – Food & Agriculture

Darren specialises in all things food & agriculture. Initially, he focused on manufacturing before switching over to the TIC industry. Food safety has never been more important as he very much likes to eat and sample local takeaways.

Contact: [email protected]

Reece Archer

Manager – Electric Vehicle USA

With 7 years’ experience, Reece is responsible for growing Strativ’s clean energy team worldwide. With a background in energy storage and embedded systems, he understands the challenges of transitioning to a fossil-free future. When not decarbonising, Reece enjoys long country walks with Frank (his high maintenance bulldog).

Contact: [email protected]

Richard Bilyard

Principal Consultant – GRC

Richard specialises in GRC appointments within Information and Cyber security and has 6 years’ experience placing senior and executive level Tech talent into high-growth innovators across the world. When not navigating the GRC space, Richard enjoys cooking and eating large quantities of food, hitting golf balls out of bounds, touring/sampling Manchester’s many bars and pubs and watching football and NFL.

Contact: [email protected]

Nathan Shields

Manager – Disruptive Aviation

With 7 years’ experience, Nathan specialises in eVTOL and electrification across Europe. Father of 3 (2 humans and a pug), when not at home or work he can be found on the golf course, trying to look like he knows what he’s doing.

Contact: [email protected]

Oliver Davey

Senior Account Manager – Europe eVTOL

With 7 years’ experience in aerospace & technology, Oliver supports Strativ’s RPO function. Specialising in the eVTOL space across Europe, Oliver has covered most technical and business functions and knows how to support high growth clients at every level. When not at work, Oliver enjoys travel and anything ‘edgy, alternative and cool’.

Contact: [email protected]

Chingis Bazaraliyev

Manager – Packaging

With 5 years’ experience in executive search, Chingis heads up our CDMO team. Originally from Kazakhstan, Chingis has bounced around the world – having lived in Dubai, Tunisia, Egypt and Trinidad. Tired of the sun Chingis decided to finally settle in England. When not recruiting Chingis can be found chasing after his office dog Lulu (aka little tyrant).

Contact: [email protected]

Laura Hewes

Senior Consultant – Batteries – UK & Europe

With over 10 years’ experience in recruitment across Legal, HR, Finance and internal talent, Laura’s focus at Strativ is in the battery sector, particularly within aerospace/future mobility across the UK and Europe. Outside of work, her time is mostly taken up with keeping her 2 children entertained and planning her next holiday.

Contact: [email protected]

Blaze Gardner

Principal Consultant – Electric Vehicle USA

Blaze has 4 years’ experience securing the best talent for advanced technology organisations across the globe. Focussing on the US market for autonomous mobility (driving and robots), he has built a dedicated network of experts automating the way we move, transport and assist society. Could go either way for a pint or margarita.

Contact: [email protected]

Frankie Wilkinson

Senior Consultant – Flexible Packaging

Frankie specialises in the Flexible packaging industry within the USA, working with a range of experienced individuals at the mid-senior level and companies both small & large. He thrives on the idea of “marginal gains”, always looking for the 1% improvements each day, whether for himself through the gym (other than arms) and podcasts or for his clients.

Contact: [email protected]

Emma Pond

Delivery Consultant – Electric Vehicle USA

Emma helps to deliver the best battery technology teams across the EV sector. Emma is the proud owner of 2 horses, loves to bake, has lived in the middle east for 5 years and has travelled to 63 countries.. and counting!

Contact: [email protected]

Austin Triggs

Delivery Consultant – e-Mobility

A newbie to recruitment, Austin has joined projects working in delivery focusing on test roles in e-mobility. When outside of the office Austin enjoys a quiet night in watching movies, listening to 80’s music and playing chess, when not on a quiet night in he can usually be found at the pub talking to randoms about his new-fangled TikTok fame.

Contact: [email protected]

Jack Hulse

Senior Consultant – Electric Vehicle USA

Jack is our battery specialist, supporting electrification and the movement towards a greener future. With an MSc in Biomedical research he previously worked on optimising conditions to grow T-ALL Leukemia in-vitro for personalised medicine applications. An avid sports fan and traveller, he is always looking forward to his next holiday.

Contact: [email protected]

Darren Jack


The man. The myth. The legend.

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Breesha Osbaldeston

Business Partner – Client Services

Combining her experience across both in-house and executive search recruitment, Breesha is part of the Client Services Team and owns the process administration and data integrity functions to support Strativ’s eVTOL clients.

Contact: [email protected]

Harry Woolfall

Principal Consultant – TIC – Pharmaceuticals

With 4 years’ experience, Harry supports TIC businesses specialising the the pharmaceutical sector. He’s also an extremely positive being. When he isn’t recruiting, Harry can typically be found cycling or playing golf. He actually almost made it as a professional golfer. He really is sickeningly good and puts everyone else to shame.

Contact: [email protected]

Jack Evans

Delivery Manager – TIC

Jack has spent his career within recruitment working with both larger corporates and start-up businesses to help them with their talent and people associated challenges. At Strativ, Jack leads a delivery team within the TIC business unit and works closely with our clients to help them build high-performing teams internationally.

Contact: [email protected]

Mathew Turek

Manager – Cyber Tech

Mat has over 7 years’ experience managing teams and recruiting cyber security professionals, predominately across Germany and the US. When not recruiting, Mat can be found in the wilderness chasing after his 2 dogs (Cocker and Springer Spaniels who haven’t quite mastered recall yet!) When not frantically chasing his dogs, Mat loves spending quality time with his 2 children.

Contact: [email protected]

Debra Harris

Director – Talent Acquisition

Aimee Jagger

Consultant – Identity Access Management

Aimee is a specialist head-hunter within IAM, partnering with an array of vendors, consultancies, and end users across the US. She is also the proud owner of Bertie the Cavapoo (the teddy bear of the office).

Contact: [email protected]

Waqar Mir

Managing Director

With 7 years’ experience partnering with enterprise and high-growth technology businesses, Waqar and his team have been responsible for the placement of hundreds of security professionals across the globe. His focus is the success and growth of Strativ’s cyber & information security practice. When not helping to keep the world secure, he enjoys travelling, sport and anything with an engine.

Contact: [email protected]

Leah Brown

Head of Learning & Development

Leah is a personal and professional growth enthusiast. When not performance / life coaching or delivering sales training to the offices nationally – Leah is a D&I advocate, devoted mother to her whirlwind of a Daughter, and a tequila connoisseur.

Contact: [email protected]

Omar Akram

Chief Mission Controller

With 25 years experience in recruitment, Omar brings a plethora of knowledge and expertise.  As Chief Mission Controller he is tasked with managing the implementation of operational projects working closely with key stakeholders, to ensure that it drives headcount, revenue and profitability. When not spending his time commuting up North, he enjoys watching his teenagers play sports, hitting the gym…

Contact: [email protected]

James Woodhead

Director of Marketing

After a decade working client side (for both established players and disruptive start-ups in aerospace & technology) James made the move to join the dark side (recruitment). With experience spanning sales to marketing, brand and technology, James is responsible for maximising Strativ’s impact at every touchpoint. Brother of Alex, interests range from fine art to fitness and offensively heavy music.

Contact: [email protected]

Shanker Bhalla

Senior Delivery Consultant – Cyber Tech

Shanker has 10 years’ experience in supporting both start-ups and global power houses. At Strativ, he is reasonable for delivering end to end insight, search, and pipelining projects for FTSE 100, 250 and Fortune 500 companies. When not in work, Shanker enjoys football and wistful family days.

Contact: [email protected]

Jason Watson

Sales Operations – Industrial

With over 16 years’ experience in industrial recruitment, Jason has extensive experience of building and leading sales teams globally. At Strativ, Jason oversees the development of our TIC & Medical divisions focusing heavily on customer success. When not working he enjoys all things travel, football, golf, car or pub related.

Contact: [email protected]

Rob Grigg

Consultant – Electric Vehicle USA

Rob is tall.

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Will Maxfield

Delivery Consultant – TIC – Transportation & Industrial

Working across the US & Europe, William primarily delivers on commercial & technical roles within the Transportation & Industrial TIC sector. When not finding candidates from under rocks and reciting ISO & IEC standards in his sleep, William can always be found doing some form of physical activity, with his favourites being the gym, football, & golf.

Contact: [email protected]

James Bennett

Sales Operations – Future Mobility

James has over 8 years’ recruitment experience in the IT and Technology sector, where he has spent 2 years as Head of Talent Acquisition for a $4 billion IT & Data Centre infrastructure manufacturer. Responsible for building Strativ’s IT infrastructure team.

Contact: [email protected]

Ian Noble

Head of Coin

Ian is the man who looks after coin. Over the last decade Ian has found himself in both finance and recruitment positions, so naturally now he gets to live and breathe both simultaneously he’s a happy man. An extremely good footballer, when he’s not getting injured he can be found in the pub.

Contact: [email protected]

Elliott Fielding

Principal Consultant – Cyber Exec & Sales

Elliott has 5 years’ experience working on business critical sales hires internationally in the Cyber Security market, spanning from seed funded start-ups to Fortune 500 leaders. He has a strong reputation for building out sales teams from the ground up. Elliott is best known for his personable approach, great fashion taste and upcoming DJ career.

Contact: [email protected]

Adnan Zeb

Business Partner – Finance


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