Anderson Quigley

The team

Our people

Kiersten Avery
Kiersten Avery
Partner

A graduate of the University of Oxford, Kiersten’s career has encompassed senior roles in the private, public and third sectors. Joining Anderson Quigley in 2022, Kiersten brings significant recent experience in supporting the international Higher Education sector, delivering key appointments in both academic and professional services areas.

Samantha Bryan-Ross
Samantha Bryan-Ross
Consultant

Samantha has several years’ experience in Public Sector executive search, specialising in Higher Education and Life Sciences. After graduating from Coventry University with a bachelor’s degree in Business and Law, she joined a specialist firm owned by the University of Warwick, followed by a move to a boutique firm where she developed a Higher Education desk running end-to-end processes for permanent appointments in the sector, as well as supporting on CEO appointments across wider sectors. Samantha joined Anderson Quigley in 2022 to support and grow the Higher Education team.

Claire Carter
Claire Carter
Partner

Claire has supported the Public Sector for over 20 years, providing interim and consultancy solutions to universities, housing associations, local authorities and the NHS. Her speciality is connecting her clients with flexible talent that helps deliver sustainable change, shaping organisations for the future and improving financial and operational outcomes. Claire has built an impressive track record with public sector leaders and helped many organisations identify the right solution in time-critical situations.

Claire has a passion to provide careers advice and guidance to individuals, especially to those who have not previously considered an interim career before but whom have unique insights and skills to offer the interim market.

Claire joined Anderson Quigley in December 2021 to focus on supporting higher education, healthcare and social housing with senior interim managers and consultancy solutions.

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Tanisha Chambers
Tanisha Chambers
PA Project Coordinator

After graduating from Brunel University with a BSc in Sociology in 2014, Tanisha worked in Project Coordination and administrative roles across the private and public sectors, including local government. In 2022 she joined Anderson Quigley’s support team and works within the Health sector.

Carolyn Coates
Carolyn Coates
Research Consultant

With over 13 years’ experience of working in executive search, Carolyn brings extensive knowledge and expertise of leading challenging education search projects. She has played a key role in identifying high-calibre candidates for prominent appointments across a wide range of education sector organisations. She has worked on senior executive and non-executive appointments for Government, regulators, universities, colleges and numerous academy trusts.

Before entering executive search, Carolyn worked as a personal assistant for two senior politicians at the European Commission in Brussels.

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Deian Hopkin
Deian Hopkin
Associate Partner

During the course of a lengthy career in higher education, Deian has worked in six universities retiring as a Vice-Chancellor in 2010. He has served on the governing bodies of several universities and Further Education College and has been involved in executive search and consultancy for the past decade.

A historian by profession, he has been extensively involved in national educational reform, serving on the Learning and Skills Council and the Healthcare Sector Skills Council and was an Apprenticeships Ambassador. He conducted the 2009 inquiry into the Student Loans Company on behalf of the Secretary of State for Education, after which he was appointed interim Chair.

Deian has wide experience in public service and governance, including most recently serving as president of the National Library of Wales and Expert Adviser to the First Minister of Wales. He serves on the Higher Education Commission and is a trustee of the Council for Academics-at-Risk (CARA) and of the Worshipful Company of Educators. He is also a judge of the annual Times Higher awards and an assessor for the Queen’s Anniversary Prizes.

He was knighted in 2009 for services to higher education and skills in the UK and has been awarded honorary degrees and fellowships from six universities.

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John Laycock
John Laycock
Managing Partner

Before joining Anderson Quigley, John led and developed the UK’s foremost public and third sector interim management firms. Over 16 years he built an award-winning team which was twice voted the UK’s leading provider of senior interim managers by the Institute of Interim Management.

His delivery has included major contributions to Government flagship education programmes. He has supported the Department for Education’s academy and new schools programme since 2001 and has continued to provide them with a diverse range of consultants to promote and grow these priority education initiatives.

As the UK’s most established interim management consultant in higher education, John has worked with over 80 universities drawing on his unrivalled pool of interim leaders to support universities on a range of academic leadership and  professional services interim appointments.

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Laura Linden
Laura Linden
Finance Director

Laura is an experienced Finance Director with a passion for working with entrepreneurial SME’s in the Professional Services sector.  She has worked with several start up and high growth Recruitment and Executive Search Firms and has been working with Anderson Quigley to create financial stability whilst building towards ambitious growth plans.

Virginia Livingston
Virginia Livingston
Executive Assistant

Virginia joined Anderson Quigley in 2018 having previously worked for a global executive search firm as Business Development Manager and Executive Assistant.  

On graduating from Victoria University in Wellington with a degree in Psychology and Criminology, she joined the New Zealand Police Force where she spent three years at the Police Head Quarters in the communications department. In 2013, she joined Exley Hervey Executive Search as a Senior Account Manager after moving to the UK, where she was responsible for all aspects of executive client management.

Probity of process is an important feature in our client sectors and we are resolute in our approach to providing professional, high quality project management and administration. Virginia joins Anderson Quigley to build on our provision and provide pro-active assistance to support our growth.

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Sophie McIntosh
Sophie McIntosh
PA Project Coordinator

Sophie joined Anderson Quigley in April 2021 to support administrative functions within the Executive Search team. After graduating from the University of Auckland with a Bachelor of Arts in political science and history, she moved to London in 2019 to pursue her career supporting the public sector. Sophie is currently completing a Master of Public Policy.

Nicole Nadler
Nicole Nadler
Social Media Manager

Originally from America, Nicole graduated from The University of Delaware with a bachelor’s degree in English and spent a decade working in sales and content writing, which bloomed into a social media career.  She moved to the UK in 2017 and continued to work in sales, writing, and social media through digital marketing agencies, freelancing, and charitable works.

In 2022, Nicole joined Anderson Quigley as their Social Media Manager to amplify and promote AQ’s voice, mission, and commitment to equality, diversity, and inclusion. Nicole has a passion for bridging the gap of social inequalities and takes pride in the opportunity to do so in her role.

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Ed Pritchard
Ed Pritchard
Managing Partner

With over 20 years’ experience delivering leadership and public appointments for the education and wider public sector, Ed brings a deep knowledge of the education system and an international network of cross-sector executive, non-executive and political connections.

Having previously developed and led one of the country’s foremost education executive search practices, he has a national reputation for exceptional client delivery. His career has been built on one simple mantra: clients and candidates first.

His track record ranges from entire top-team restructures and single leadership roles to high profile public and Crown appointments. His career spans the education, government, health and charity sectors – across the UK and beyond.

Ed is a former Chair of an outstanding multi-academy trust and remains involved as a Member, he also provides his sector expertise as an ex-officio advisor to the remuneration committee of a major university.

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Nicki Pritchard
Nicki Pritchard
Managing Partner

Nicki leads all corporate, governance, EDI, operations and marketing activity for Anderson Quigley. In addition she leads our support team, ensuring our firm provides a first class and timely service allowing our consultants to be fully client and candidate focussed.

Before founding Anderson Quigley with Ed, Elliott and John, she spent most of her career in the publishing industry working across account and brand management, marketing, sales, licensing and operations.  She worked for Penguin Books both in New Zealand and the UK before joining The Walt Disney Company and then DreamWorks Animation where she managed the growth and development of the children’s licensed publishing business for multiple global territories.

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Elliott Rae
Elliott Rae
Managing Partner

With almost 20 years’ experience in executive search, Elliott has built a reputation for managing complex, multi-stakeholder assignments, working with universities, colleges, schools and government departments and agencies to appoint Vice-Chancellors and CEOs, Chairs and board members, senior academics and professional services leaders. Elliott has had the privilege of supporting some of the most high profile appointments in the UK education sector including system leaders in higher education, further education and schools.

After an early career in professional education, Elliott joined a leading executive search firm. Focusing on senior education and government appointments, he rose quickly to become a Director and Practice lead, while also completing an MBA at Henley Management College.

Before founding Anderson Quigley with Ed, Nicki and John, he spent five years building the education practice at a leading public sector search firm. Passionate about delivering an outstanding candidate as well as client experience, Elliott is an advocate of open and honest communication and takes pride in supporting a diverse range of candidates to secure exciting and often transformative new roles.

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Sophie Rees
Sophie Rees
Research Consultant

With over 13 years’ experience working in Executive Search, Sophie brings significant expertise in identifying high calibre candidates for executive and non-executive appointments across a wide range of education and not for profit organisations.

Sophie joined Anderson Quigley in 2019, prior to which she worked for a leading public sector executive search firm.

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Sophie Roberts
Sophie Roberts
Research Consultant

After graduating from Leeds Beckett with a journalism degree in 2016, as well as a certificate in public speaking and prose from LAMDA, Sophie moved into specialist recruitment whilst at the same time contributing to several international publications as a freelance writer.

Sophie joined Anderson Quigley in 2022 as a Research Consultant and brings her strong experience in end-to-end recruitment which has covered many executive positions and supported the growth of several markets. Sophie will assist in sourcing candidates for time critical, senior interim positions within the Higher Education and Not for Profit sectors.

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Elyse Turner-Pearce
Elyse Turner-Pearce
Consultant

Elyse has several years’ executive search experience and has played a key role in identifying candidates for key senior positions across the Not for Profit and Central Government sectors.  She joined Anderson Quigley in 2019, prior to which she worked for one of the largest UK-based headhunting firms in their Not for Profit practice.

Recent successful executive and non-executive appointments that Elyse has worked on include: Chief Executive, Royal National Institute for the Blind; Chief Executive, Treloar Trust; Chair and Trustees, Whiteley Homes Trust; Director of Research, Prostate Cancer UK; Chief Executive, NACRO. Prior to a career in executive search Elyse worked for various charitable organisations (primarily in fundraising positions). She holds a BA in History from the University of Southampton as well as a Masters in Decorative Arts from the University of Buckingham.

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Orla Rolland
Orla Rolland
Finance Manager

Orla is a chartered accountant with over 15 years’ experience working in a big 4 accountancy firm.  She has experience working across a wide range of sectors on audit, forensics and transactions projects.  She joined Anderson Quigley as Finance Manager in 2021.

Helene Usherwood
Helene Usherwood
Partner

With over 20 years’ headhunting experience Helene has appointed to senior roles within the arts, health and education fields as well as central and local government. Joining Anderson Quigley in 2018, Helene has established and continues her work specialising in the appointment of executive and non-executive directors in the NHS covering acute, ambulance service, primary care, mental health and regulatory bodies as well as national organisations and Royal Colleges.

In addition to her work with NHS Trusts, Helene has developed Anderson Quigley’s Board Practice, working across all sectors to appoint Chairs and Non-Executive Directors. She has developed excellent networks across the public and private sectors to encourage greater levels of diversity around the Boardroom table. As well as providing bespoke services, advice and guidance to her clients and candidates Helene is highly motivated to provide careers advice and guidance to individuals, especially to those who have not previously considered a non-executive opportunity before but whom have unique insights and skills to offer the role.

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Kate Vickery
Kate Vickery
PA Project Coordinator

Kate joined Anderson Quigley at the end of 2020 to support administration functions within the Interim Management team. She is originally from Canada and graduated with a degree in Psychology in 2013. After graduating, Kate travelled extensively which led her to New Zealand where she spent almost five years before relocating to the UK. In New Zealand, Kate worked as a Recruitment Consultant fulfilling end to end recruitment programmes for high volume customer service and sales roles in the public and private sectors.

Imogen Wilde
Imogen Wilde
Consultant

Prior to Imogen’s 16-year career in executive search, she was a senior civil servant with the Department for Education holding departmental responsibilities for higher education funding and before that for further education funding.  Having built two successful education practices in two global search firms, she has a reputation for delivering a high-quality service for both clients and candidates.

She has worked on roles at Vice-Chancellor, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Director, Head of School and Professorial level as well as senior professional services appointments.   In recent years she has also delivered high profile national roles in the training, skills and not for profit sectors.

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Claudia Wright
Claudia Wright
PA Project Coordinator

After graduating from Victoria University of Wellington with a BSc in Cell and Molecular Bioscience in 2018, Claudia worked as an Administration Assistant for New Zealand School Trustees Association. In 2019, Claudia relocated to London and after time spent travelling in Europe she moved into administrative roles in recruitment. In 2022 she joined Anderson Quigley’s support team and works within the School & Philanthropy sector.

Akhil Yerneni
Akhil Yerneni
Senior Consultant

Akhil joined Anderson Quigley in 2019 to support the research team in sourcing candidates for time critical, senior interim positions within the Higher Education and Not for Profit sectors. Prior to joining, Akhil worked as a consultant within the aforementioned sectors, developing a new desk and running the end to end process for permanent and interim appointments.

Recent successful interim appointments Akhil has worked on include: Director of Business and Commercial Services at the University of Salford, Director of Care Quality at Revitalise, Head of Strategic Insights and Planning at the University of Derby and Head of Finance Business Partnering at the Shaw Trust.

Prior to a career in research, Akhil worked as a fee-earning paralegal within Mental Health and Court of Protection, following graduation from Swansea University, with an LLB Honours in Law and Economics.

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Anderson Quigley is young yet mature, fun yet serious, commercial yet caring.

Show us your passion for the sectors we serve, show us your commitment to our values and mission, show us you want to be part of our exciting journey and we’ll welcome you into our industry-leading firm.

Everything about our firm is designed to support you, not only as a client deliverer, but also as a member of our team. With our focus on diversity and inclusion, teamwork and continual learning, Anderson Quigley is built around you.

We are growing responsibly and sustainably, broadening the sectors we support both in the UK and overseas.

There is no hierarchy at Anderson Quigley – everyone on the team works together towards our aim of building better organisations and life-changing careers through expert delivery to our clients and candidates. We are ambitious and looking to expand our team by hiring partners, consultants, researchers and business support staff.

Why work for AQ?