Executive talent is the lifeblood of any business; setting strategy, motivating teams, delivering growth and driving change. So hiring the best, whether permanent or interim, in a timely fashion can set your business apart.

Aston Fisher understands this and applies its extensive resourcing experience in an agile and collaborative manner to identify the very best candidates with the right skills, experience and chemistry for its clients.

The Team

James Aston

James Aston,
Managing Partner

With over 15 years UK and International executive search and interim management experience, James has delivered over 300 mandates for board level and corporate officer roles across a broad range of industry sectors and offers clients a network and depth of knowledge that reflects this.

Prior to founding Aston Fisher, James built the HR practice of a leading boutique search and interim management firm and following the business' acquisition, became Managing Director of the acquiring company's generalist search practice. James graduated from Bangor University with a BSc. and MSc. in marine biology.

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Deborah Bonney

Deborah Bonney,
Head of Operations

Deborah is responsible for the day to day operations at Aston Fisher. She is a pivotal member of the team working with the Managing Partner, the research team and Client Partners to help ensure that all business output is streamlined, client focused and continuously improving. Deborah comes with a wealth of experience having spent 30 years in South Africa building up an Estate Agency to become one of the leading agencies in the country. Deborah has strong administrative and people skills and is instrumental in helping the Aston Fisher boat go faster!

Outside of work, she loves the outdoors and most weekends spends time exploring the UK countryside and quaint villages. Live concerts and visiting new destinations are two of her passions and she often tries to combine the two by attending concerts in cities and countries she hasn’t yet visited.

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Jamie Macleod

Jamie Macleod,
Client Partner

Jamie is a Client Partner focusing on Interim HR, Finance and Transformation requirements. He has delivered interim mandates across a range of assignments, including outside our core practice areas and has built up strong relationships with Clients who have repeatedly returned to him to deliver. Jamie can be relied upon, time and again, to marry his extensive talent pool of tried and tested interim candidates with high quality engagement in a timely and efficient manner. The value these candidates have added has ensured Jamie is the “go to” consultant Clients call on. Jamie is a trusted member of the Aston Fisher team as he is an excellent team player and relationship builder.

Outside of work, Jamie enjoys travelling, socialising, spending time with his fiancé, and his French Bulldog, Beau. Jamie plays the alto saxophone and is a Grade 7 level drummer and has also completed the Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award.

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Stephanie Jackson

Stephanie Jackson,
Finance and Operations

Stephanie leads Aston Fisher’s finance and HR functions. Combining organisational skills with broader business experience in Journalism, HR and Executive Search, Stephanie drives the perfect balance between commercial astuteness and practical delivery.

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Debbie Jackson

Debbie Jackson Comley,
Head of Research

Debbie is Head of Research leading the research team to deliver searches and interim assignments. Her in-depth commercial awareness and over 10 years’ experience working in executive search has enabled Debbie to find winning ways to attract passive top talent against challenging time frames. Debbie is a recently qualified Prince2 Project Manager and has excellent communication skills.

Debbie has a BA (Hons) Literature from the University of Lancaster and speaks conversational French.

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Rick Marshall

Rick Marshall,
Non-Exec Director

Rick is a proven and experienced business leader who has repeatedly founded, built and realised value in businesses. In the 90s, he was part of the senior management team at a 3i backed software business that grew the organisation internationally and successfully floated it on NASDAQ. In the 00s, he started his own company, providing outsourced sales & marketing services to IT vendors and grew this to 125 employees before exiting.

He now acts in a consulting and non-executive capacity, helping organisations clarify business strategy and drive growth.




Aston Fisher have helped us recently with 2 senior interim appointments at very short notice. Their turnaround time is exceptional both in terms of sourcing candidates and arranging interviews and meetings at very short notice.
The candidate CVs have been very high quality and a good match to our requirements, including cultural match. Aston Fisher clearly know their candidates well and get to... Read More

HR and Transformation Director, Vehicle Sector

Hitachi Europe worked with Aston Fisher to hire our European CFO and I found them to be extremely engaging, responsive and pro-active in their delivery, maintaining clear communications with all parties, to ensure there were no surprises during the vital offer stage. Their rapid understanding of our business was impressive and I would recommend them to others looking to hire strong senior talent... Read More

Hitachi Europe - CFO

I have used Aston Fisher to hire senior interims for our business as they quickly grasp our requirements and have a stable of excellent interim managers who they are able to rapidly deploy to meet our needs. For anyone looking to engage a search partner who works tirelessly to get the job done, Aston Fisher is a great choice. They are driven to deliver and also a real pleasure to deal with.

Optegra - Group Head of HR

Finding strong senior reward talent is tough, but Aston Fisher have twice delivered excellent individuals for my team through focussed search. Their shortlists in both instances showed that they not only grasped the brief, but that their research team were thorough in hunting down talent. I have known members of the business for a number of years and would recommend them as being engaging to deal... Read More

Rio Tinto - Group Head of Performance & Reward

Aston Fisher was recommended to me for my search for a Chief Commercial Officer. As we embark on a period of transition and growth this new role was a key hire to the business, therefore the right calibre and fit were obviously crucial for this pivotal position. Aston Fisher took time to understand the role and tmgroup, they were proactive in their approach and kept me well informed throughout... Read More

tmgroup - Managing Director

As a candidate I found the team at Aston Fisher extremely professional and well informed about the role and company I was being approached for. They were great at communicating throughout the process and took time to build a good rapport with me.

Candidate - Chief Commercial Officer

I have worked with members of the business for a number of years and am delighted with the tenacity they have shown in hiring me some excellent individuals for my leadership team.


Aston Fisher really took the time to partner with me to understand Ed Broking, the role and our needs and as a result we were presented with a strong shortlist of credible individuals who were a clear fit for the business. They worked closely with me to schedule weekly updates and advised me on potential trade-offs which added a lot of value to our conversations and helped me make an informed... Read More

Ed Broking

Aston Fisher delivered a number of leadership positions for me at Greene King. In the world of search, they are a rare beast, as they think laterally and actually get things done.

Rooney Anand
Greene King - CEO

Aston Fisher were recommended to me to find a Digital Transformation Director, a critical hire for London & Country Mortgages as we entered a redefining business transformation. Aston Fisher quickly developed a clear understanding of our business, the role, our transformation journey and our culture. They communicated with us throughout the search, becoming a trusted advisor to myself and the... Read More

Phillip Cartwright
London & Country Mortgages - Managing Director

We worked with Aston Fisher to carry out the search for our Head of Global HR Operations, having built up a relationship with James over time. The Aston Fisher team invested the time necessary to gain a deep understanding of our needs and the culture of our business and established the right balance of contact through the search with informal updates and much deeper reporting and insight... Read More

Richard Drury
Lloyds Register - Group HR Director

Aston Fisher are highly commercial in their approach. I have enjoyed the partnership that we have created in a number of searches and rate very highly the quality of the candidates that they have provided for me. Aston Fisher are flexible and really focused on my needs, and have delivered completely to my expectations. I look forward to a continuous business partnership with them.

Susan Berlevy
ED Broking


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