ma·ven (mā′vən)

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

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




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.
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.
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.
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.
m +61 412 942 521



Amanda Huson : Executive Consultant - Jersey

Amanda Huson

Executive Consultant - 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.
t +44 1534 864 771
m +44 7700 717 406

Jorik Julsing : Head of Research & Market Insights - Australia

Jorik Julsing

Head of Research & Market Insights - 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 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.


In late 2014, Jorik joined Maven Partners’ Asia Pacific practice and in 2018 he was promoted to Head of Research and Market Insights. In this role, Jorik provides his internal and external clients with up-to-date market, remuneration and talent intelligence, providing an accurate and trustworthy information source for our research-driven delivery methodology. This is a key factor in Maven Partners’ emphatic market leadership within the executive search space in professional services.  Jorik is always willing to go the extra mile to ensure the client gets what she or he needs.


Outside of work, Jorik likes to swim to keep fit and enjoys cooking for family and friends, and loves to travel the world to see different cultures.
t +61 3 9620 3707
m +61 412 971 483

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.
t: +61 3 9614 3817
m: +61 477 952 829

Luke Wright : Executive Consultant - Jersey

Luke Wright

Executive Consultant - Jersey

Luke joined Maven Partners in 2016, following a career in the Private Equity and Real Estate fund industry. He is able to utilise his understanding of fiduciary services alongside his academic experience of research to provide clients with a full spectrum service as an Executive Consultant.

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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!
t: +44 1534 864 771
m: +44 7700 717 402

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