Deborah Cooper
Deborah Cooper
Deborah is a Partner and Head of the Board Services and Financial Services Practices.

She brings depth and breadth to her sector experience and diverse corporate knowledge having worked with the FTSE100, challenger brands and start-ups/fintechs. Deborah has strong relationships with clients, candidates, regulators and other key stakeholders which is critical in highly dynamic environments and markets undergoing major change. She advises Boards in the recruitment of Non-Executives (including Chairman and Chairs of Risk and Audit) and is experienced in appointing CEOs, MDs and C-Suite executives across a variety of functional leadership roles.

Previously, Deborah worked with international search firms Heidrick and Struggles and Norman Broadbent and boutiques The Miles Partnership and Warren Partners.

Deborah has an MSc Marketing from the University of Strathclyde and a BSc Organisation Studies. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Marcus Luke
Marcus Luke
Marcus is a Partner and leads the Government and Not for Profit practice.

Marcus has worked with a broad range of government clients on the appointment of senior figures from the private sector in finance, industry, infrastructure and commercial disciplines. He has led the recruitment of over 200 senior level hires into management roles within the UK Government.

A former Senior Civil Servant with a career in HR in Crown Commercial Service and latterly Cabinet Office, Marcus has a deep understanding of recruiting into Government. He uses this to the benefit of clients and candidates alike and has an outstanding track record of designing and delivering engaging and successful senior hiring solutions.

Tina Stainton
Tina Stainton
Tina is Head of Operations and Delivery.

Tina provides operational leadership and works with Heads of Research to develop best practice delivery processes. Within the Public Sector Practice, she has worked with the Civil Service on appointments of senior figures from the private sector in finance, infrastructure. IT and commercial functions into roles across departments including Ministry of Defence, Ministry of Justice, Department for Education, FCO, DfE, HMRC and Cabinet Office. Tina has also worked on senior appointments within the Higher Education sector.

Tina graduated from University of Leeds and holds a BA English (1st) and MA English and Theatre (Dist) and had an earlier career in FMCG marketing and product development.

Richard Simmonds
Richard Simmonds
Richard is a Partner and Head of the Industrial Practice.

He has a wealth of experience across the industrial market, delivering senior level search assignments across the infrastructure, construction, services, defence, aerospace and manufacturing sectors.

An established recruitment professional with over 15 years’ experience, Richard has originated and delivered on executive search assignments in addition to leadership benchmarking, organisational development, assessment and employer value. His client base includes FTSE 100 and Fortune 500 organisations, along with private equity backed and family-owned businesses.

Having spent his early career in the Royal Navy, Richard has worked in Harvey Nash and more recently Korn Ferry, where he was a Managing Consultant in its global industrial practice.

Richard holds an LLB (Hons) in Law from the University of Wolverhampton, is an Associate Fellow of the Nautical Institute and a Freeman of the City of London.

Derek Wynne
Derek Wynne
Derek is an award-winning writer and, in his more than 20 years’ experience, has delivered effective strategies for communicating: vision, strategy, purpose and direction, organisation culture, values and behaviours, employer value proposition and brand and employment experiences including on-boarding, induction, learning and performance management.

He has partnered with a wide range of organisations including: Lakeland Retail, The Kellogg Company, PepsiCo, National Nuclear Laboratory, ASDA, Co-operative Bank, Boots, London Underground, United Utilities, Shop Direct and VW Group. Recognition for this has included awards in HR Excellence, CIPD and Personnel Today and the coveted Employer Brand of the Year award for his work with The Kellogg Company.

Chris Stainton
Chris Stainton
Chris is a Partner. He works with businesses across a range of sectors, supporting clients undergoing profound change to recruit game-changing leadership.

With over 20 years at the very highest levels of Executive Search, Chris has developed an impressive international network. He has a strong track record of building enduring client and candidate relationships. Clients include some of the world’s leading Listed companies and Private Equity firms, who entrust their most complex and challenging searches to Chris and his team.

Chris is particularly skilled at working with clients to identify gold-standard functional and general management leadership that bring best-practice thinking from outside of the clients industry and sector.

Much of his work today is focused on clients who are creating new business models, driving their digital agenda and building new leadership capabilities to grow and compete effectively.

Jonathan Holdsworth
Jonathan Holdsworth
Jonathan is a Partner and Head of our Talent Advisory and Insights Practice.

He has huge experience across the financial services, consumer, and technology markets, delivering a wide range of talent insights and research projects for clients around the world.

Jonathan started his recruitment career at Whitehead Mann before moving to Royal & SunAlliance as Head of Resourcing. He then held leadership roles at Penna, Armstrong Craven and Research Europe before joining Miles Advisory as a Partner in 2021.
Prior to recruitment Jonathan held a commission as an Army officer, was a Trustee of The Officers’ Association and has a degree in Contemporary Eastern European Studies from University College London.

Diversity & inclusion

Miles Advisory is strongly committed to the commercial and wider societal benefits of achieving diversity within our own company, the workforce and corporate leadership. We advise on the creation of inclusive search and talent acquisition strategies and remove barriers to engagement with diverse talent.

Search targets

  • In all our searches we identify additional specialist groups which champion the minority.
  • We will speak to high profile leaders from diverse backgrounds who have a personal interest in championing the diversity agenda in the field, our clients and the make-up of wider society.

Removing barriers

  • We employ strategies to minimise barriers to diverse applications.
  • We are mindful of using gender and ethno-culturally neutral language in communication.
  • We participate in and are members of a range of leading and innovative organisations and initiatives promoting diversity and equality.
  • When speaking to market sources and candidates we will automatically promote opportunities for flexible working, job share etc