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, supporting clients and candidates with a strategic, consultative, and knowledgeable approach.

Julian has worked with the major players in Pharmaceutical Technology and Services businesses. 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 C-level talent, SVP’s, VP’s across Sales, Client Success, Professional Services, Marketing, Product and more. With over 30 years in recruitment, Julian has placed BD professionals in the eClinical space across the US and throughout Europe and Asia.

Julian has also led Spencer Group to become a leading 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, HE and Academic Publishing across the world. He has led assignments to secure Chairman, NEDs, CEOs, COOs, CIO, CTO, CDIOs, CAOs, CCOs, CMOs, Regional CEOs and GMs as well as National and Regional Directors.

“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 and more recently has expanded his experience into the Commercial Education space.

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 Revenue Officer for a European EdTech, 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.

DR MICAH COSTON

Senior Delivery Consultant

Micah Coston brings global executive search experience across the education sector.

He has expertise in placing senior leadership into higher education and specialist institutions ranging from the executive team, including VC’s and Principals, to professional services and research leadership, as well as non-executive roles including Chairs and NED’s. He currently leads as Delivery Consultant at Spencer Group, recruiting across the Commercial Education, EdTech/Digital, and E-Clinical landscape.

Micah holds a BMus in Music, an MA in Performance Studies, an MA in Shakespeare Studies with Distinction from the Shakespeare Institute at the University of Birmingham, and a DPhil in English Literature from the University of Oxford.

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, enabling him to provide significant support to Spencer Group searches.

Peter Agnew

Delivery Consultant

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

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.

Hannah-Mei Bartholomew

Senior Executive 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 C-Suite appointments, SVP’s, VP’s and Commercial/Business Development positions, in collaboration with our CEO Julian, and Hannah specialises in searching for candidates for multi-faceted major eClinical players.

Alice Graham

Senior Executive Research Consultant and EA to the Co-Director

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

In addition to her work in Research, Alice is also EA to Co-Director Alex Sawyer, supporting him in executive activity.

Cameron Flack

Senior 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.

More recently, Cameron has widened his experience with Spencer Group, working on assignments within the Commercial Education space, supporting the placement of C-level and Senior Leadership talent across the sector.

Eve Bailey

Lead Research Consultant

Eve works as a Lead Research Consultant for Spencer Group, having extensive experience in supporting our Delivery team within Commercial Education, and more recently activity with eClinical and Pharmaceutical Technology projects.

Eve provides support to the Delivery team in candidate generation and search, and market mapping and database management. Eve has successfully led the sourcing of candidates for a variety of C-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 and progress of Spencer Group assignments. Arjun provides support for consultants across all areas of Pharmaceutical Technology and Commercial Education, providing extensive insight through data mapping and generation. 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.

Having gained Research experience as a Recruitment Assistant during his time at Queens University Belfast, Travis is equipped with the skills and education to provide significant support to our in-house Research and Delivery teams. Since joining in early 2022, Travis has quickly become involved in assignment activity across both the Commercial Education and Pharmaceutical Technology sectors, supporting the placements of Senior and Business Development talent, across the US and Europe.

INDIA BAH-NELSON

Research Consultant

With a BSc in Biomedical Science and an MSc in Wild Animal Biology from the Royal Veterinary College and Zoological Society of London, India joined Spencer Group as a Research Consultant in May 2022.

With significant knowledge of the Pre-Clinical space, and her experience as a Research Assistant during her internship at the Donana Biological Station in Spain, India brings a wealth of knowledge to our Research Team. Since joining, India has been supporting our Research and Delivery teams with the mapping of sectors and talent, in order to support the hiring of individuals into the Pharmaceutical Technology space.

Ivana Kizak

Operations Manager

Ivana joined Spencer Group in 2014 having completed a degree in Business Management from the London Metropolitan university.

As an integral part to the Spencer Group team, 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, and that our internal teams have the processes and services available to drive the smooth execution of our Executive Search Assignments.

Katie Dennahay

EA to CEO

Katie joined Spencer Group in March 2021 as Executive Assistant to our CEO Julian Minett. Since joining Katie has been a vital part of ensuring the smooth operations of Julian’s day to day activity and supporting the wider company on business activity.

Katie is a highly organised and experienced Executive Assistant, having over 7 years’ experience providing support to C-Suite Executives and Senior Leadership Teams, as well as experience in People Management, Marketing and Business Administration. Prior to Spencer Group Katie gained a CertHE in Nursing Education through her studies in Paediatric Nursing at De Montfort University and a DipHe in Psychology via The Open University. Katie’s genuine interest and passion for Medicine and People Development enables her to exceptional support to Julian, as well as the wider Spencer Group team.

DONNA HEAD

Office Manager

Donna’s focus is to support both the needs of the team, and the company business objectives at Spencer Group.

Day to day Donna looks after the operational side of the business, ensuring all aspects of HR, Finance, IT and Support, run without a hitch. Donna’s passion lies in streamlining processes to maximise time and opportunities within the business. With over 20 years’ operational experience supporting start-ups in the Education sector, Donna also helps drive forward educational marketing and events.

Paul Macildowie

Chairman

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

As a highly experienced Chairman and Investor, Paul provides exceptional support to Spencer Group, helping the leadership team in the successful development and implementation of business objectives, allowing us to further enhance and build upon our client experience and trusted partnership.

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