Meet the team who drive progress

Spencer Group’s commitment to matching high-performing professionals with organisations means we ensure the smoothest recruitment journey possible. Our specialists are committed to sharing their knowledge, drawing from the deep insights across the eClinical and educational landscape, and helping clients to establish the most successful teams to support their growth strategies.

Julian Minett

CEO

Julian brings more than 25 years’ experience within executive search, partnering with Pharmaceutical Technology and Commercial Education organisations around the globe and supporting clients and candidates with a strategic, consultative, and knowledgeable approach.

Julian has led Spencer Group to become a leading and award-winning player in the Commercial Education market based on a passionate commitment to deliver outstanding results on a global basis. Personally, he has placed leadership in K12, International Development, Assessment, Pathway, EdTech, private HE, public HE and Academic Publishing across the world. He has led assignments to secure Chairman, NEDs, CEOs, COOs, CIO, CTO, CDIO CAOs, CCOs, CMOs, Regional CEOs and GMs as well as National and Regional Directors.

Julian has worked with the major players in Pharmaceutical Technology and services business. He has built significant commercial teams across the world for start-ups, as well as securing executive leadership for $1B plus market leading players. Julian has supported pharmaceutical organisations to secure CCOs, VP Global Sales, VP European Sales, CMOs/Marketing Directors, Product Directors, CTOs, and COOs. With over 30 years in sales recruitment, Julian has placed BD professionals in the eClinical space across the US and throughout Europe and Asia.

“We are non-hierarchical, non-political, and purely focused on delivering outstanding outcomes for our client’s candidates and team.”

Alex Sawyer

Co-Director

Alex has 13 years’ experience within Pharmaceutical Technology and Commercial Education putting him in a strong position to genuinely add value when consulting with clients. His passion in sharing knowledge and insight with his talented team is a critical factor in ensuring our delivery team continues to maintain the highest standards of success for our clients.

Alex has worked across General Management, Sales, Marketing and Product within Commercial Education. He has successfully completed assignments including CEOs, Managing Directors, Commercial Directors and Directors of Global Development. Alex has significant experience across OPMs, EdTechs, Pathway, International Schools and English Language, working with anything from pre-revenue start-ups through to multibillion dollar global corporates.

Across the Pharmaceutical Technology space, Alex has worked across the whole of eClinical; AI, Cardiac Safety, CTMS, eCOA, EDC, RBQM, Respiratory, RTSM, and many other product areas. He has led assignments from individual contributors to Global SVPs of Sales Strategy and Development, supporting players from pre revenue start-ups to billion plus t/o global enterprises. Alex has also played a lead role in major project delivery placing between 14 – 24 individual contributors within global enterprises in the eClinical space over a 12-month period.

“I’m passionate about the team, the quality of people that we have and the fact that we are always committed to delivering extremely high standards.”

Simon Easter

Senior Delivery Consultant

Simon has over 13 years of experience in Executive Search. He has worked as a Senior Delivery Consultant across the globe focused purely on senior positions within Pharmaceutical Technology across North America and Europe.

He has a long history of securing first class talent and creating long term partnerships. He has extensive expertise delivering C suite mandates such as CEO, MD, CCO, COO, CFO/FD, Sales Director, Marketing Director, Technical Director, Regional Director and Country Managers. Previously Simon has worked “In-house” as the Head of Recruitment for Microsoft and Prudential along with being responsible for hiring at all levels into the corporate functions for Vodafone.

James Lombardo

Senior Delivery Consultant

James has 14 years of recruitment experience consisting of a combination of agency, in-house, and retained executive search.

Since relocating to the UK, James has run full sourcing and screening campaigns for Commercial Education clients including in China, Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, UAE, and the EU. James’ experience within the Commercial Education sector includes placements such as the following: Chief Procurement Officer overseeing 6 separate colleges within US Higher Education, Director of Human Resources within an early year’s education provider consisting of over 500 schools within 37 US states and Director of Human Resources for a non-profit Children’s centre in Philadelphia.

James has supported key mandates across Pharmaceutical Technology, within small, mid-sized, and large global commercial businesses across all industries, including those in the Pharmaceutical and eClinical industry. Most notably, James has led successful senior level engagements for commercial leaders and business development teams during times of client transformation and high growth.

Colin Woolford

Delivery Consultant

Colin has 20 years recruitment experience, with over ten of those years with Spencer Group in the Pharmaceutical Technology market.

Colin specialises in commercial/BD and customer facing operational roles across Europe and the United States from East to West Coast including Regional BDD and Strategic Accounts BDDs for business profiles from start-up/emerging tech companies, through to publicly listed global research giants. His honesty and extensive management experience have helped him to carve out a respected niche in the marketplace.

Peter Agnew

Delivery Consultant

Peter has seven years of Executive Search experience at Spencer Group. With a focus on Pharmaceutical Technology, Peter has placed high profile individuals across Europe and the USA.

He has delivered assignments that include: C-suite, VPs, Sales Directors and Business Development Directors/Managers. In addition to this, Peter has partnered with clients to build their Customer Success teams, securing their VP Customer Success, then working with them to build a team of Customer Success Directors across Europe and America.

Emily Fryer

Senior Delivery Consultant

Emily has over 11 years’ experience in Executive Search.

As a Senior Delivery Consultant focused purely on Education, Emily is adept at engaging market leading talent and creating long term partnerships. Emily has expertise delivering mandates that most recently include: CIO major MAT, Sales & Marketing Director OPM, European Business Director OPM, General Manager International Education, Managing Director Education Provider, Sales Director EdTech, Chief Marketing Officer Higher Education, Dean of Business with an Alternative Provider, Principal for K12 schools in China as well as 3 x Regional Directors for a major MAT and a National Head of Sixth Form. Emily is committed to supporting organisations where educational excellence is embedded in their purpose. Emily prides herself on securing first class talent and creating long term partnerships within commercial education.

Alice Graham

Research Consultant and EA to the Director

In her role as a Senior Research Consultant, Alice is supporting the delivery team across both Pharmaceutical Technology and Commercial Education, in mapping markets and identifying and attracting talent.

Recent placements that Alice has supported include VP Client Success, Client Success Directors in US and EU and Business Development Directors for a global risk-based software solutions business. Alice has unrivalled tenacity and determination to unearth the very best and most qualified individuals, through a wide range of search tools and advanced search techniques to unearth all relevant professionals and fully map the markets for our clients.

Hannah-Mei Bartholomew

Senior Research Consultant

Hannah-Mei began her career within executive search in 2018 after graduating from The University of Reading.

Hannah prides herself on the strategic and targeted sourcing of candidates. She is passionate about solving any problems clients may have and supporting candidates in their career progression, whilst also making an impact on the improvement of the human condition working in the sectors of Pharmaceutical Technology and Commercial Education. Recent placements Hannah has supported include several VP and CEO positions, in collaboration with our CEO Julian, and Hannah specialises in searching for candidates for mulit-faceted major eClinical players.

Cameron Flack

Research Consultant

Cameron joined Spencer Group in 2020, after completing a master’s degree in International Business and Management.

Cameron has quickly gained a passion and understanding for the Pharmaceutical Technology sector, where he has since supported in placements including most recently European and US BDDs for a Global medical imaging, eClinical and regulatory services organisation. Cameron’s enthusiasm, drive and meticulous research skills are put into practice in global assignments including C-suite, VPs, Sales Directors and Business Development Directors/Managers.

Eve Bailey

Research Consultant

Eve works as a Research Consultant focus on our Commercial Education projects.

Eve provides support to the delivery team in candidate generation and search, market mapping and database management. Eve has a focus on Commercial Education, successfully leading the sourcing candidates for a variety of C-exec level placements within OPMs, Pathway, Edtechs, Universities and K12. Recently, Eve has worked on the successful appointment of a Senior Director of Academics Chinese for a K12 schools group in China, a Chief Digital and Information Officer for a schools group, and a VP of New Partnerships for a leading OPM.

Arjun Bhandari

Research Consultant

Arjun joined Spencer Group in 2021, after graduating from The University of Surrey with a 1st in Business Management.

He is passionate about delivering research on time and to the highest standard to add genuine value to the client’s organisation. Arjun provides support for consultants across all areas of Pharmaceutical Technology and Commercial Education. Arjun has supported on research for major players in the eClinical space sourcing Business Development, Strategic Account and Channel professionals at Director level.

Travis DeHaven

Travis DeHaven

Research Consultant

Travis joined Spencer Group in 2022, with a Masters and degree from Queen’s University Belfast.

Travis has quickly become involved in research across various assignments within the Pharmaceutical Technology sector, spanning the US and Europe.

Ivana Kizak

Operations Manager

Ivana joined Spencer Group in 2014 having completed a degree in Business Management.

Ivana heads up Spencer Group’s central Operations function, which supports the business in matters relating to finance, property, IT, HR and more. Day to day Ivana focuses on ensuring that the everyday running of the business is parallel with our longer-term strategic objectives.

Katie Dennahay

EA to CEO

Katie is a highly organised Executive Assistant to our CEO, Julian Minett.

She has over 4 years’ experience in providing assistance to C-Suite Executives, People Management and Business Administration. Katie supports the CEO in all business activity, as well as assisting the wider business across event management, marketing and business support.

Paul Macildowie

Chairman

Paul joined as Chairman in 2007, with over 30 years’ experience within executive search and recruitment.

As Spencer Group continues to grow, Paul supports the leadership team in the successful development and implementation of business objectives, enabling us to further enhance and build upon our client experience and trusted partnership

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