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.
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.
Tim has operated for over 30 years in global leadership positions in the Pharma industry. Originally from the UK, Tim’s first degree was Biology at Birmingham University. Tim also completed a MBA at Ashridge Business School. For Merck KGaA, Tim moved from the UK to the Middle East as MD, then becoming Executive Regional President in different global regional roles – Intercontinental, Asia Pacific and Europe. Tim then became the CCO for Theramex – headquartered in London.
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.
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!
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.
Sue Read gained her degree in PPE at Oxford University and started her career in Marketing with Diageo and then on to Tussauds (now Merlin). She has lived and worked overseas in Venezuela, Spain, France, Israel, Thailand and the USA. Since her return to the UK, she has been Director of Marketing and Admissions at leading independent schools and is now enjoying applying her people skills to the world of executive search.
Associate Client Partner
Leonora is a Candidate Manager focusing on Interim HR, Finance and Transformation requirements. She is passionate about delivering interim mandates across a range of assignments, including outside our core practice areas and is committed to building strong relationships with clients. Leonora can be relied upon, time and again, to marry our extensive talent pool of tried and tested interim candidates with high-quality engagement in a timely and efficient manner.