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Our Team

We are a small, high-calibre team with decades of board search experience. There are no barriers to success at Lygon and our culture supports those who aim to develop a career and to progress. Our work informs our belief that talent often runs beneath the surface of immediately relevant background and experience, and we pride ourselves on the varied career paths of our team members.

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Eleanor Aberman

Eleanor supports Lygon’s clients on both executive and non-executive appointments. She joined Lygon from MWM where she worked on board and executive level appointments across a range of sectors. Previously, she worked in real estate private equity with the sovereign wealth fund, GIC in London and Singapore. 

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Maddie Channell

Maddie supports clients on executive and non-executive appointments across all sectors and geographies. Her experience in search started at a boutique search firm, where she handled senior appointments in both the public and private sectors. Prior to joining Lygon, she spent two years at Russell Reynolds working on corporate officer positions across multiple sectors with a particular focus on technology leadership.

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Connie Clarke

Connie is Executive Assistant and provides support on the search process for both executive and non-executive appointments. She previously spent six years at boutique search firm Warren Partners, where she was EA to the industrial practice, and prior to this, held various roles within the recruitment industry working at Harvey Nash plc and PSD Group. 

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Maxim Davies

Maxim supports Lygon’s clients on both executive and non-executive appointments. Prior to joining Lygon, Maxim held various positions in retail and hospitality. He graduated with Distinction from his English Literature MA programme at The University of Warwick, having previously completed his BA in the same subject at Queen Mary, University of London.

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Helen Dingwall

Helen advises on executive and non-executive board level appointments across sectors, as well as a broad range of functional appointments. Helen joins Lygon from Heidrick & Struggles where she was a partner in the CEO and board practice. Previously she was a partner at JCA Group prior to its acquisition by Heidrick & Struggles.

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Portia Dore

Portia is Executive Assistant and provides supports on the search process for both executive and non-executive appointments. She was previously at Russell Reynolds, where she was EA to partners working in the healthcare and social impact sectors.

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Luke Heaviside

Luke focuses on senior executive and non-executive appointments in financial services, covering all forms of insurance, banking, and asset and wealth management. He has over a decade of experience in search across a range of ownership structures and international markets. He previously spent six years at MWM, advising on chair, non-executive director, CEO and CFO appointments in the financial sector.

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Georgia Hodgson

Georgia supports clients on executive and non-executive appointments. She joined Lygon from Odgers’ technology practice. Prior to this, she spent two and half years in the financial services practice working on executive and non-executive appointments across retail banking, asset management, private equity and investment banking.

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Fiona Kelly

Fiona is Lygon’s adviser. She qualified as an ACA with BDO Binder Hamlyn and spent nine years working within the auditing profession. Fiona has over 30 years of experience in financial roles within executive search, having held finance director roles with Norman Broadbent, Leonard Hull and Quick Leonard Kieffer.

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Sarah Kelly

Sarah is Executive Assistant and Office Manager and provides support on the search process for both executive and non-executive appointments. She was previously Executive Assistant to the CEO of Thames Reach, a London based homelessness charity. Prior to this, she held various EA and marketing roles at Citigate Dewe Rogerson, a financial public relations agency.

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Rikisha Kennedy

Rikisha provides research support to the Lygon team on both executive and non-executive appointments.  Rikisha is currently in her final year at Kings College London, studying for a BSc in Business Management.

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Eloise Lawler

Eloise supports Lygon’s clients on both executive and non-executive appointments. She recently graduated from the University of Bristol with a First-Class Honours Degree in Geography. Alongside her education, Eloise worked in a number of positions in the hospitality sector and volunteered for humanitarian charities in her spare time. 

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Camilla Edwards

Camilla is Team Assistant and provides support to the Lygon team. She previously spent two years as an Executive Assistant at an investment portfolio company. Prior to this, Camilla held various EA and project co-ordinator roles across serval industries, including executive search and consultancy. 

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Marianne Harcombe

Marianne is Executive Assistant and provides support on the search process for both executive and non-executive appointments. She previously spent ten years at Spencer Stuart, where she supported two partners working in the financial services and industrial sectors. 

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Harry Hastilow

Harry supports Lygon’s clients on both executive and non-executive appointments. He recently graduated with a First-Class Honours Degree in English Language and Literature from the University of Oxford. 

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Lily Luxmoore-Styles

Lily supports clients across all sectors on executive and non-executive appointments. Lily started her career in search with a global executive search firm. Following this, she joined boutique search firm JCA Group in 2015 (now part of Heidrick & Struggles) where she focused predominantly on FTSE 100 and FTSE 250 CEO, Chair and non-executive appointments. 

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Angela de Marco

Angela supports clients on executive and non-executive searches across all sectors. Her experience in search began at Korn Ferry, where she was part of its global consumer practice, with a particular focus on the retail sector. Following this, she joined JCA Group, working on board and senior level searches across a range of sectors, before spending nine years at The Inzito Partnership.

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Anna McAleer

Anna is Executive Assistant and provides support on the search process for both executive and non-executive appointments. Anna began her career as an Executive Assistant in a global, executive search firm and, prior to Lygon, spent six years as the EA to the Chief Marketing Officer and Chief Commercial Officer of Nelsons, a natural healthcare company.

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Kate Rankine

Kate is a senior adviser to FTSE 100 and Fortune 500 boards and CEOs, specialising in chair, CEO, non-executive director and executive committee searches and succession planning.

She joined Lygon when she returned to London from New York after four years as a key member of Heidrick & Struggles’ Global CEO & Board, and Global Consumer Practices.

Previously she was a Partner at JCA Group for 10 years before its sale to H&S in 2016. Prior to executive search, Kate was an award-winning business journalist with 17 years at the Daily Telegraph in London and New York, including seven years as the Deputy City Editor.

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Vicky Ratcliffe

Vicky has over 17 years accounting experience and is a qualified accountant with the ACCA. She has supported a portfolio of clients across a range of different industries, working closely with them to fully understand their business, ensure accounting and tax compliance needs are met and produce accurate and high-quality management information. Vicky is using her extensive experience to provide FD support at Lygon.

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Michelle Rossouw

Michelle focuses on executive and non-executive board and executive committee appointments across sectors. She previously worked in the board practices of a London-based boutique and at Korn/Ferry Whitehead Mann. Earlier in her career, Michelle was COO of Alone in London, a not-for-profit organisation and is currently a Trustee of African mental health charity, Amaudo UK. Michelle is a qualified barrister, with a BL from the Inns of Court School of Law.

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Isobelle Rush

Isobelle supports Lygon’s clients on both executive and non-executive appointments. Prior to joining Lygon, Isobelle worked as a recruitment consultant at Knightsbridge Recruitment, working with clients across all sectors.

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Molly Stephenson

Molly supports clients on executive and non-executive searches across all sectors. Prior to joining Lygon, Molly spent over five years with a global search firm working on appointments for both public and private companies across the technology, retail, and consumer services sectors.

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Patricia Tehan

Patricia founded Lygon in 2008, having previously headed the boardroom practice in another boutique. Her early career was as a financial journalist with The Times. She supports clients in non-executive and executive director appointments; helps boards navigate complex succession planning and people change initiatives; and advises on IPO and demerger boards. She is also a Trustee of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.

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