Chris has been a headhunter for twenty years. He co-founded Jackson Samuel in 2004 as an independent search and consulting firm. It quickly established credentials as a provider of business transforming search results for UK and international clients.
His business career began working offshore in the North Sea oil industry and he gained human resources leadership experience in blue chip organisations (Mars, British Airways, PepsiCo and Whitbread).
He joined Russell Reynolds to lead and build their consumer sector practice, spanning the FMCG, food, retail, media and leisure and hospitality sectors. Subsequently, he conducted senior executive, non-executive and general management assignments across sectors and functions, both in the UK and internationally. Chris was a Managing Director of the firm for seven years before co-founding Jackson Samuel.
He draws on his combination of business and executive search experience to judge culture fit and assess and attract talented senior executives for client companies that are publicly quoted or privately owned, as well as those under private equity/VC ownership.
Chris has a BSc and PhD.
Ian has been a researcher for twenty years, working across all sectors and functions, and has worked as a Senior Researcher for Jackson Samuel for nine years. He has developed a facility for quickly determining the essence of a search assignment and for creative thinking, resulting in many instances of successful candidates transferring between sectors.
Before becoming a researcher, Ian spent four years as a search consultant with two search firms, Gardiner Morgan and Wickland Westcott.
Prior to his career in executive search, Ian spent nine years with a major Unilever subsidiary, primarily in human resources and export buying. He began his working life as a professional social worker with five years as a Probation & Aftercare Officer in the Greater Manchester probation service, working closely with families and offenders of all ages.
As the first point of contact with prospective candidates on a search, Ian has developed in-depth skills in candidate identification and engagement, involving effective representation of a role and rapid initial assessment of potential.
He has a BA in Economics & Accounting and Postgraduate Diplomas in Professional Social Work and Personnel Management.