Yomi Johnston

Yomi works within the Interim Talent team and specialises in the development of our candidate pools across our diverse range of sectors. She has over 15 years’ experience within the public sector and she partners with candidates and clients to make outstanding interim management placements in the industry. Yomi excels at building and maintaining longstanding relationships within the interim community and has a passion for making a difference. She is committed to identifying the market’s emerging stars and supporting them as they develop their careers. Yomi has a personal interest in ensuring our networks are diverse and inclusive.

Mark Crowley

Mark specialises in partnering with charitable organisations and social businesses in the search and delivery of executive level appointments, in particular across International Development sectors. Bringing ten years’ senior finance recruitment experience, he also provides wider support to finance searches across the business. Mark has built a reputation across the sector for supporting development of emerging leaders and has presented to industry leaders on the subject, as well as writing articles in various media channels. With every search, he is motivated by creative thinking and is deeply passionate about providing the most diverse shortlist for his clients to ensure they are able to hire the best, not the predictable.

Parna Taylor

Parna has specialised in strategic counsel and communications across the political and non-profit worlds, working with a wide variety of organisations including international non-profits, government-funded agencies and family foundations. She has completed diagnostics of teams and structures and advised extensively on complex relationships and networks. She previously helped to establish the Tony Blair Faith Foundation, spending seven years as its Director of External Affairs. During this time, she established strategic partnerships with the UN Security Council’s Counter Terrorism Directorate and US State Department, and worked with the governments of Kosovo, Italy, Indonesia and the Philippines. Parna spent three years as a Special Adviser at Downing Street, and another two as Vice President (Public Affairs) at international advisory firm FTI Consulting, where she worked with clients including Starbucks, KPMG, and Sport England.

Luke Judd

Luke has an extensive track record of public sector executive search, recruiting chief executives, corporate directors and board members for a wide array of clients for nearly 20 years.  He works across the North and Midlands and specialises in local government appointments, which includes met, county, unitary and district councils as well as LEPs, Combined Authorities, PCCs, and other related bodies.  His reputation is based upon a strong understanding of the issues facing the sector, an in-depth knowledge of the candidate pool for senior roles, and a determination to achieve the best possible outcomes for his clients.   Prior to his recruitment career, Luke worked for an HE College in Leeds.

Juliet Brown

Juliet specialises in executive and non-executive leadership appointments across the social sector, including our work within health and social care, social justice and faith based organisations. With a strong track record of senior leadership appointments, she is particularly interested in how leaders build organisational resilience through strengthening their senior teams; and how this translates to the heart of the organisation’s work in delivering impact. Over the last two decades, Juliet has developed an extensive trusted network built on integrity and a genuine commitment to the long term success of her clients and candidates.

Rob Stirk

Rob has been a qualified Chartered Accountant for 18 years working in a variety of businesses across different sectors, including pharmaceuticals and logistics. With a Law and Business Studies degree from the University of Birmingham, for the past 10 years he has been a Financial Controller in the recruitment sector. In addition to dealing with all things financial, Rob’s expertise extends to IT, Legal and HR.

Penny Ransley

Penny has worked closely with local government members and chief officers to recruit to their leadership teams for 15 years. Her genuine interest and desire to understand local authorities and the communities they serve has secured her reputation as a trusted partner across the sector. Penny’s knowledge of the market across London and the South East in particular is second to none and clients value her candid advice about when and how to recruit. Penny’s encouraging and authentic style means her feedback and interview advice is highly sought-after and she thrives on helping people recognise their personal qualities and strengths and how to articulate them. Prior to joining Starfish Search, Penny focused on top-team local government recruitment for three established search firms.

Catherine Kift

Catherine is Head of Interim Talent at Starfish and leads the recruitment activity within this space. She has over 15 years’ experience of securing Senior Interim Managers across a broad range of sectors and for the past five years has focused predominantly on recruiting for the Not for Profit sector. Working in partnership with her clients and candidates she brings a pragmatic and authentic approach to Interim Search and is a knowledgeable and trusted advisor. Catherine specialises in partnering with organisations going though change providing impactful and dedicated Interim Managers to assist organisational development.

Katy Giddens

Katy specialises in executive and non-executive leadership appointments across the social sector, including our work within arts, culture and heritage and socially responsible business.  She has a strong track record and ongoing interest in supporting the transition of leadership talent between sectors and leads our work with chief executives and the development of their executive teams. Katy has worked with many leaders to help them develop outstanding, diverse boards and throughout her career has built enduring partnerships with organisations and individuals. She continues to be motivated by the variety of organisations she works with and by the positive impact their leaders can have on society.

Graham Goodwin

Graham’s early career was in the British Army where he served for nine years with tours in locations such as Germany, The Falkland Islands and Northern Ireland. He subsequently joined PricewaterhouseCoopers’ Executive Search Practice, five years later becoming Director of its regional search business. In 2002, he formed GatenbySanderson which went on to become one of the UK’s leading search firms before he sold it in late 2014. Graham has a particular interest in Board appointments and their effectiveness and also the interface between Executive Directors and their political counterparts. He is committed to supporting leaders from underrepresented groups and delivering for clients and candidates. He maintains a strong interest in people focused companies and gives support, guidance, and strategic direction to the Starfish Board.