Mavens

ma·ven (mā′vən)

n. A person who has special knowledge or experience; an expert.

– American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition.

 

Partners

 

Mary Driscoll : Founding Partner – UK

Mary Driscoll

Founding Partner – UK

Mary is one of the founding partners at Maven, having held senior positions with two leading recruitment consultancies in London and has been instrumental in developing our Interim Management offering over the years.

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She now undertakes an advisory and operations role in the business.

Mary is determined, calmly efficient, commercially-minded and has a reputation for delivering over and above expectations.

Mary is a music graduate, singer and violinist. A lover of horses, the English countryside and any kind of safari, ideally in exotic places around the world, she is also great fun and a joy to have around.

marydriscoll@mavenpartners.co.uk
t: +44 203 178 8846
m: +44 7799 870 948

Matthew Leedham : Founding Partner, Financial Advisory & Financial Officers - UK

Matthew Leedham

Founding Partner, Financial Advisory & Financial Officers - UK

Matt Leedham currently heads up the Financial Advisory and Financial Officers recruitment divisions at Maven Partners. Matt also has extensive networks and knowledge of senior financial recruitment services, based on over 20 years’ experience in the industry.

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Having trained as an ACA with PricewaterhouseCoopers, Matt joined a leading global recruitment firm where he built his reputation in financial recruitment across a wide variety of industry sectors. More recently he was the founder-director of the Search Consultancy Practice, which he led for six very successful years.

Matt is a keen sportsman. In hockey he held national and regional honours and he still plays to a high standard; as well as coaching at various junior levels. He also regularly plays golf and tennis. When relaxing, Matt enjoys time with his family and friends and listening to an ever eclectic and expanding music collection.

Matt has earned a reputation as someone who is thoroughly knowledgeable in his field, diligent and pragmatic. He believes in leaving no stone unturned in searching for the best for his clients and as a result, developed a lasting, loyal client following.

matthewleedham@mavenpartners.co.uk
t: +44 207 796 9955
m: +44 7787 574 244

Rob Stephenson : Founding Partner, Taxation - UK

Rob Stephenson

Founding Partner, Taxation - UK

Rob Stephenson has extensive knowledge and experience of taxation recruitment. He earned his stripes at the UK’s leading recruitment group specialising in providing superior taxation recruitment solutions.

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Most recently Rob was director and practice leader for the professional services sector for a leading UK recruitment consultancy. Rob is a tax articled ACA having qualified with PwC. He is also a keen photographer and DJ, and enjoys taking clients to rock concerts.

Rob played semi-professional basketball for Birmingham Bullets and Derby Bucks and represented England at an international level. He believes that teamwork is an essential element of success not only in business, but also in life in general.

Rob is loyal, committed, creative, fun to work with and cares about delivering results. He is also a thorough professional with excellent knowledge of his market and an impressive range of contacts.

robstephenson@mavenpartners.co.uk
t: +44 207 796 9955
m: +44 7595 372 815

Stephen Barker : Partner - United Arab Emirates

Stephen Barker

Partner - United Arab Emirates

Stephen Barker is the Founding Partner of Maven Partners Middle East. He began his career in London in 2002 where he spent seven years in the accountancy and finance market in the City.

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In 2009 he relocated to the Middle East and was the lead Director of the executive search and legal businesses at a FTSE listed recruitment company in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Qatar.

Stephen has worked with some of the highest profile companies and government entities in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on board and senior executive level appointments, acquiring a strong reputation in the region with his clients for his straightforward, personable and pragmatic approach.

Outside of work, Stephen is a very keen (possibly fanatical) golfer. He is a member and team representative of Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club with a playing handicap of 4.

stephenbarker@mavenpartners.net
t: +971 5645 40720

Sarah Garrood : Partner - Jersey

Sarah Garrood

Partner - Jersey

Sarah Garrood is a highly respected and talented finance recruiter with over 20 years’ experience across a wide variety of sectors at the executive level.

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She started her career with the accountancy firm Arthur Andersen and in 1997 joined a leading global recruitment consultancy where she went on to become director of the consumer practice in the search division.

In 2009 she moved with her family to Bermuda where she worked for the island's leading management consulting and recruitment company. She specialised in all areas of offshore recruitment including working with the Bermuda regulator on a high profile international recruitment campaign. In 2012 she moved to Jersey where she heads up Maven Partners’ Offshore practice.

Sarah is an expert in her field and will always go the extra mile to deliver a quality service to both her clients and candidates. She prides herself on her excellent client relationships and the thoroughness and integrity of her work.

She is a classics graduate and a trained librarian. She loves island living, Caribbean beaches, is an avid dog walker and a keen baker.

sarahgarrood@mavenpartners.net
t: +44 153 486 4771
m: +44 7700 709 583

Christian Outhred : Partner - Australia

Christian Outhred

Partner - Australia

Christian commenced his recruitment career in London in 2002, where he spent six years in the UK tax market - most notably account managing sophisticated professional services and banking clients on behalf of the UK’s largest tax search firm.

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In 2008, he returned to Australia to set up and lead the Asia Pacific practice for a global taxation recruitment brand. In this capacity he established himself as the preeminent recruiter in the Australian taxation market.

Christian has been responsible for some of the highest profile appointments in the Australian professional services and commerce taxation markets. His clients and candidates appreciate his absolute discretion, integrity, loyalty and honesty: mutually beneficial relationships are central to his approach.

Christian now manages Maven Partners’ Asia Pacific practice, and is a key advisor and supplier to many of the region’s largest employers of accounting and legal professionals.

Christian has lived in Australia, the United States, the United Kingdom and Italy, and has travelled to more than 40 countries. He enjoys Melbourne’s outstanding restaurants and South Australian shiraz. He has an uncanny memory for pointless sporting facts and statistics, was in younger times an accomplished footballer and cricketer, and is a member and lifetime follower of Carlton Football Club.

christianouthred@mavenpartners.net
t: +61 3 9509 6999
m: +61 400 047 703

Andrew Jackson : Partner - Australia

Andrew Jackson

Partner - Australia

With a 20 year international career in the Big 4 and as a technical specialist recruiter, Andrew is considered one of the leading specialist search consultants in the market. Andrew has successfully sourced senior professionals in a range of professional services disciplines.

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He has a global network of tax, legal and accounting professionals covering locations across Australia, Asia, UK, Europe, Middle East and the USA.

Andrew began his professional career with Coopers & Lybrand / PwC in Sydney, where he spent seven years with the firm in Sydney and Melbourne. He relocated to London in the early 2000’s and began his executive search career as a Senior Tax Search Consultant, predominantly focused on the financial services sector.

He used his networks to help establish a firm in Asia, before relocating back to Australia in 2009. Since returning to Australia he has been responsible for some of the higher profile Partner moves across the country.

Andrew has relished establishing himself back in to the Sydney lifestyle with his young family and recently enjoyed seeing his beloved Sharks achieve their first premiership.

andrewjackson@mavenpartners.net
m +61 412 942 521

Team

 

Gina Broadhead : Executive Consultant - Jersey

Gina Broadhead

Executive Consultant - Jersey

Gina Broadhead has been working in recruitment since 2010 focusing on offshore financial services including accounting, trust, legal, compliance and the banking sector.

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Prior to this Gina worked as an executive assistant for a local telecommunications company.

She is currently studying towards her Diploma in Recruitment Practise and will be qualified later this year.

Gina loves to travel and has been to many exotic destinations, enjoying different countries. In her spare time, she enjoys running and is hoping to complete her first half marathon in the autumn.

ginabroadhead@mavenpartners.net
t: +44 1534 864 771
m: +44 7700 717 403

James Dowdeswell : Managing Consultant - Australia

James Dowdeswell

Managing Consultant - Australia

James entered the recruitment industry in 2012 after spending seven years with the Royal Marines. It was a career change that even shocked him at the time…

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Beginning his recruitment career with a London-based specialist tax boutique, James serviced a range of clients predominantly within the professional services and accountancy market across the UK. This ranged from small to medium-sized practices through to Top 20 and Big 4 firms.

James relocated from London to Melbourne in 2014 and has continued to work in a specialist capacity in Australia since that international move. Recruiting taxation and advisory professionals across Australia, James has been responsible for a number of senior high profile appointments, including director appointments within Big 4 consulting firms and Head of Tax appointments in large ASX listed businesses.

James enjoys building and fostering deep, long-lasting client and candidate relationships. His approach to professional recruitment is based on mutual trust and absolute integrity.

Whilst a proud Briton, James enjoys living in the sporting capital of Australia and makes the most of the regular international events that Melbourne has to offer.

jamesdowdeswell@mavenpartners.net
t: +61 3 9621 2541
m: +61 424 464 255

Amanda Huson : Research Associate - Jersey

Amanda Huson

Research Associate - Jersey

Amanda joined Maven Partners after spending several years in a headhunting role where she focused solely on hedge funds. In her new role at Maven Partners she is able to use the knowledge gained from her degree, where she studied financial services, mainly looking at offshore financial services.

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In her spare time Amanda likes travelling, socialising and riding her horse, which she competes in show jumping both in Jersey and in the UK.

amandahuson@mavenpartners.net
t +44 1534 864 771
m +44 7700 717 406

Jorik Julsing : Executive Consultant - Australia

Jorik Julsing

Executive Consultant - Australia

Jorik Julsing has more than 15 years’ experience working as a tax advisor for the Dutch government and two of the largest accountancy and advisory firms in the world. He has thus gained substantial knowledge of the tax consulting market and has personal knowledge of the life of a tax advisor.

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Jorik commenced his career as a government advisor in 1999, before moving to the private sector, joining BDO in The Hague as a tax advisor. Following ten years with BDO Netherlands, Jorik joined PwC’s Curacao office in the Dutch Caribbean, where he specialised in offshore tax advisory and FATCA.

When travelling through Australia some years earlier (in 2004), Jorik fell in love with the ‘down under’ lifestyle and specifically, with Melbourne. He and his partner made the decision to emigrate to Australia, and arrived as permanent residents in 2014. He joined Maven Partners’ Asia Pacific practice as an executive consultant specialising in taxation.

Jorik is regarded by his clients as a trusted advisor, who puts client relationships at the centre of his approach. He is always willing to go the extra mile to ensure the client gets what she or he needs. Jorik likes to swim to keep fit and has participated in multiple swimming marathons for charity in Curacao. He enjoys cooking for family and friends and likes to travel the world to see different cultures.

jorikjulsing@mavenpartners.net
t +61 3 9620 3707
m +61 412 971 483

Ruth Maskell : Managing Consultant - Jersey

Ruth Maskell

Managing Consultant - Jersey

Ruth Maskell has been working within recruitment in the offshore finance industry since 2004. Before joining Maven Partners Ruth spent 9 years working in executive recruitment on the island of Jersey. Ruth brings with her a wealth of recruitment experience in the offshore finance industry including accountancy, compliance, trust, banking and legal.

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Ruth enjoys travelling, socialising and horse riding. She competes her horse most weekends. Her main discipline is show jumping but she also competes her all-rounder Dolly in dressage, cross-country and showing.

ruthmaskell@mavenpartners.net
t +44 1534 864 771
m +44 7700 716 487

Natasha Gildea : Assistant Consultant - Australia

Natasha Gildea

Assistant Consultant - Australia

Natasha relocated to Melbourne in 2014 following several years living in the United Arab Emirates, working with Emirates Airlines.  Prior to joining Maven Partners, Natasha gained outstanding experience as an Executive Secretary and Outsourced EA with a large ASX-listed group.

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In this role Natasha also gained extensive experience as a Legal Assistant, as well as experience in relationship management, B2B customer service, and travel and event management.

At Maven Partners, Natasha recruits part-qualified and newly qualified accountants for many of the firm’s clients. She is also responsible for managing candidate updating and CV management, all travel and event management, and manages the partner’s schedules.

Originally from New Zealand and a passionate supporter of the All Blacks, Natasha enjoys pilates and can often be found frequenting Melbourne’s outstanding café scene…always in search of the perfect café latte. Natasha loves travel, with her favourite destination being France.

natashagildea@mavenpartners.net
t: +61 3 9614 3817
m: +61 477 952 829

Luke Wright : Research Associate - Jersey

Luke Wright

Research Associate - Jersey

Luke joined Maven Partners in 2016, following a career in the Private Equity and Real Estate fund  industry. In his current role, Luke utilises his understanding of fiduciary services alongside his academic experience of research in order to provide a full spectrum of support to our executive consultants.

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He holds a 1st Class BA(Hons) degree and MA(Res) from the University of Gloucestershire and in his spare time enjoys kayaking, painting, and planning trips to far-flung places!

lukewright@mavenpartners.net
t: +44 1534 864 771
m: +44 7700 717 402

Laura Nugent : Senior Research Associate - Dubai

Laura Nugent

Senior Research Associate - Dubai

Laura started her career in the UK with the Big Four professional services firm Deloitte, where she became a fully qualified Tax Technician and Chartered Tax Advisor.

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In 2015, Laura relocated to the Middle East with over 8 years of tax experience, entering the recruitment industry a year later by joining the Maven team.

Laura is deeply passionate about building trusted, long-lasting client relationships and she is committed to delivering high quality, valued service to her clients.  In her spare time, Laura enjoys playing sports and keeping fit, having represented her county and country as captain playing Lacrosse.  She is a keen gym enthusiast, with an added passion for travel, fine dining and volunteer work.

lauranugent@mavenpartners.net
t: +971 56 937 1661

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