Lead Consultants

Successful since 2004


Chris Wyche

Director and Co-Founder

Chris is a co-founder of Jackson Samuel Ltd, a leading board level executive search and consulting firm. Jackson Samuel was established in 2004 to meet clients’ need for a high value executive search service differentiated from the competition by its combination of responsiveness, agility, intellectual rigour and quality of insights into both the market and prospective candidates.


He has particular expertise in successfully handling business critical and challenging assignments for Chief Executives, where confidentiality is paramount and there is a very limited pool of potential candidates – often working to an aggressive time scale.


Following a PhD, he began his business career working offshore in the North Sea oil diving industry – prior to executive roles with Mars, British Airways, PepsiCo and Whitbread.


Chris was a Partner/Managing Director with Russell Reynolds Associates 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.


Ulrike Kloffel

Senior Researcher

Ulrike has thirteen years’ experience as an international Senior Researcher and has worked successfully for Jackson Samuel across a variety of sectors.


Previously she has worked as a researcher for two of the world’s leading executive search firms, Russell Reynolds Associates and Heidrick & Struggles, as well as boutique headhunting firms.


Prior to her career in executive search, Ulrike worked in worked in the legal field in Germany and The Netherlands and IT support for Hewlett Packard


She has BA in Law and a Masters in English Literature, and speaks English, German and Dutch fluently.


Ian Gibbons

Senior Advisor

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.


He has a BA in Economics & Accounting and Postgraduate Diplomas in Professional Social Work and Personnel Management.