The Lighthouse Company’s launch in 2009 was the realisation of my vision to create the modern headhunting firm I knew clients were seeking – leadership talent seen through a psychological lens combined with a high touch, at pace service.
Now in our ninth year, we have established our reputation as a talent representation firm for world-class leaders, celebrating placements in some of the finest and most prolific companies within the media, marketing, entertainment and tech sectors. I wholeheartedly believe a career should be an on-going journey of inspirational, surprising and courageous episodes. For my part, our focus is to ensure the Lighthouse is the place to come to realise and advance one’s professional future.
The same interest in the human condition that inspired the launch of the Lighthouse also sparked a wonderful journey of personal development resulting in initial training in psychotherapy at Regent’s University, furthered at CCPE and followed by the subsequent creation of my own therapeutic practice. My passion for this subject saw me launch a further business in 2016 – Psyched Global – with Ben McKie. Psyched offers individuals and corporate boards executive development programmes centred on bringing psychotherapy into the boardroom via leadership retreats and individual work.
Passion for our sector also encompasses everything we do at the Lighthouse. In 2012 and after five years of attending and speaking at the inspiring Advertising Week event in New York, I approached and partnered with Matt Scheckner to launch Advertising Week Europe – an event now heading into its sixth year and continuing to attract nearly 40,000 people to experience the best in industry thought leadership.
Outside of the Lighthouse, Psyched, and Advertising Week, I am also a board member of NSPCC Childline – and the chair of the annual Childline Ball – as well as being an active member of WACL, the BACP, UKCP and a regular industry speaker and mentor on the government’s Speakers For Schools programme.
With that said, my most important job is as mother to Ned, who is in his final year at Bournemouth University, and Nancy, who is in her second year at London College of Fashion.
Like all of our headhunters, I have had a varied and successful career within the advertising and media industry. During the first 10 years of my career I held many sales positions at Sky Television, Capital Radio, Emap and Carlton Screen before undertaking various general management positions on the boards of PHD, Saatchi & Saatchi and Virgin Radio. In 2007 I turned my attention fully to talent, making the leap to become a founding partner and shareholder at executive search firm Grace Blue, a move that subsequently paved the way for the launch of the Lighthouse two years later.