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NEXEC Team_Peter Gillinwater

One of the most experienced and accomplished global technology sector head hunters; Peter is the founder of NEXEC Leaders following on from his 25 years’ experience in international Executive Search; he previously founded European Leaders and was a board member of UK quoted Corporate Executive Search Group where he focused on building senior executive teams for international companies.

Peter was a technologist in his early career in Citigroup’s IT operations and at HP, which gave him the skillset and knowledge to understand the subtleties of today’s diverse range of technologies and giving him a rare ability to visualise candidate prospects for success in roles.

Peter has a passion for finding outstanding entrepreneurs and Senior Executives, ensuring his candidates meet the client needs and become critical members of management teams in the long term, and is a mental encyclopaedia in his ‘network’.

A New Zealand national by birth, Peter is on the board of KEA UK and was recently appointed a “World Class New Zealander”.

 

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NEXEC Team_ClaireMarriottClaire is a highly experienced head-hunter having been building successful companies across Europe, Asia Pacific and Russia for over 25 years.  As the Managing Director of Nexec Leaders APAC Division, she runs the Asia Pacific region helping organisations with market entry, transformational restructuring, and strengthening market position.

Claire has extensive experience in defining, creating and implementing successful resourcing solutions around critical business hires at C-Level and below.  A vehicle for change, she delivers a tailored service by forging strong links with stakeholders and candidates, demonstrating excellent analytical thinking with exceptional communication skills, all supported by an incredibly infectious enthusiasm for her work.

Claire’s infamous enthusiasm and networking skills means she is incredibly well connected and often has access to opportunities which would pass others by.  Anyone meeting her is left in no doubt of her passion for driving initiatives, for creating a Diversity mind-set, and for revealing and promoting talented individuals who will engender success for businesses.

 

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NEXEC Team_Sarah Luxford

Sarah has extensive experience recruiting key strategic talent for both large enterprise and growth stage companies. Working across EMEA, the US and LATAM she has covered technical, commercial and C-Level roles.  As a fluent speaker of French, Spanish and Russian, Sarah has a truly international outlook and appreciation for companies looking to grow globally.

Sarah also serves as Co-Founder of Croydon Tech City, a community-led initiative connecting entrepreneurs and building a tech ecosystem for South London.  She is also a co-founder of Women in Tech working group for Tech London Advocates, where she is committed to supporting and developing the Tech community, forming alliances with some of the most powerful women in the market, and driving forward the need for change and diversity.

 

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NEXEC Team_Nikki WatkinsNikki has been coaching and impacting Senior Leaders from many cultures, backgrounds and experiences for over 12 years. She is at the cutting edge of development thinking in organisational and personal effectiveness and has worked with small, medium and large enterprises, with Leaders driving Global functions, CEO’s and their leadership teams, and regional MD’s.

Nikki adapts her coaching programmes to the needs of each client and ensures they are always rooted in the pragmatic. She has built a reputation for producing systemic changes that directly strengthen performance. Using a direct yet supportive style, she challenges the status quo and raises awareness through powerful questioning. Her coaching enables people to live the life they want to live, aligned to their personal motivations, their work aspirations, and the legacy they want to leave.

As a passionate advocate for Gender Intelligence, Nikki is a co-founder of the Women in Tech working group for Tech London Advocates. She is also an adventurer, with a philosophy for living a life without limits.

 

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Aina Elnan - NEXEC Associate PartnerAina has developed a successful track record of hiring for companies operating within the technology sector across many geographies, working with some of the fastest growing tech companies in Scandinavia as well as major international corporates.

An entrepreneur at heart, Aina left Norway in 2004 after successfully starting and growing her own business which she sold to relocate to London. She has a strong background in IT, Telecoms, Finance, Media, Fashion and Retail project management and her main responsibility includes running search campaigns from start to completion and client management.
 
She is extremely passionate about people and making sure there is a fit on both sides, and takes pride in building senior leadership teams internationally. She believes strongly that by recruiting exciting people, you know you are making a difference to the entire organisation you are working with.
 
Fluent in Norwegian, English and good working knowledge of Swedish and Danish, Aina has many outside interests that include fashion, baking and in particular making sure that her Pug Coco is keeping up with the latest doggy fashions.

 

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Harry McPhailHarry comes from a formative role in a global recruitment plc, where he progressed rapidly and developed the foundations of the end to end recruitment cycle. He believes trust and mutual respect are the fundamental aspects of any successful business relationship and is keen to develop long term, effective relationships with clients and candidates.

Born and bred in New Zealand and having lived and studied in Shanghai, Paris and Barcelona; Harry has a deep understanding of cultural differences and how it affects organisations. After graduating his Business Administration and Languages degrees, he decided to expand on his real-world experience and relocate to London.

Beyond work, Harry enjoys all things sport and discovering the elaborate London scene.

 

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Liz WoodLiz commenced her recruitment working life in the London temporary accounting market in the mid1980’s with one of the large multinationals.   Transferring with the business back to her home country of Australia she has recruited across most sectors including technology and operations, sales and marketing, financial services and human resources. 

She has recruited at different levels from C-level searches to talentpooling projects in the defence and outsourced services sectors.  Her search work has seen her approach candidates across EMEA, APAC and North and South America. She loves understanding what motivates people on an emotional and intellectual level ensuring successful career choice and development.

In her spare time Liz loves travelling and is training to see if she can squeeze one more marathon out of her reluctant body!

 

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