Ann Radford

Founder & Chief Executive Officer

Ann has had a highly successful international career spanning 25 years in interim executive search.

After graduating from the University of Oxford, her recruitment career started at one of the world’s largest global HR and recruitment firms and she became a prolific biller and highly respected Director in both the permanent and interim space.

Having built her reputation among Senior Management within SMEs and Private Equity clients, as well as internationally listed organisations across all hierarchical levels of finance and project management, clients now reach out to Ann when they or their portfolio companies require specialist interim talent. At pre and post deal pain points she provides them with C-Suite professionals to support their business objectives from both a finance and transformation perspective. Armed with an enviable network of clients and candidates, she has the ability to intuitively match individuals to roles with a comprehensive understanding of the brief process, shortlisting the most suitable candidates and taking the mandate through to completion.

Ann’s hands-on approach to recruitment is consultative and she understands that not only is experience important to a role, the culture and personality fit are equally as vital and can often mark the difference between success and failure. Her raison d’être is to make the recruitment process fun and hassle-free. She will always give an honest answer and maintain an open dialogue with clients and candidates, some of whom have been with her for many years.

Ann is also a fierce champion of female empowerment as her Ad Equality brand testifies, and she mentors young female financial services graduates in her spare time.

As well as continually looking for new business ideas and initiatives in her work life Ann’s other major passion in life are her two girls – Daisy and Tilly keep Ann busy with swimming and cricketing passions. Outside of the workplace, Ann loves to walk and has recently taken up running. She is also a keen writer and has a half-written novel which may get completed one day even if it’s in retirement.

Stuart Duncan

Chief Operating Officer

Throughout his career, Stuart has successfully built, led, and inspired teams across a multitude of industries including Finance & Accounting, Technology, Fintech and Risk and Compliance. He believes that success comes from treating people as individuals and ensuring that you tailor their learning and development to their personal requirements. Frustrated by the inflexibility he encountered whilst working for Blue Chip recruitment companies he decided to focus his career within entrepreneurial boutique recruitment companies.

In addition to looking at growing and developing teams, Stuart will also be focused on recruiting at the qualified and senior level of Finance & Accounting across both Commerce and Industry and Financial Services. Stuart believes that his focus on customer satisfaction and insights he has gained over the last 25 years will allow him to continue the great work that Ann has founded.

Whilst not working or spending time his family (three daughters and a golden retriever) Stuart is a keen runner, participating in 5km, 10km and half marathon trail races. Whilst a Fulham fan Stuart is regularly dragged to watch Chelsea FC Women’s home games by his middle daughter. He is also affectionately known as Stuber by his family as he is normally found driving them around to various sporting and social engagements.

Jim Gervaise-Brazier

Head of Investment Management Recruitment

Jim joined the Ad Idem Group in January 2017 having spent 12 years working in Investment Management recruitment. Jim set up his own recruitment firm, JGB Partners, in 2012 which he ran successfully for 5 years. A chance meeting with Ann Radford, an ex-colleague and friend, lead to Jim teaming up with Ann to establish and run the investment management division of the Ad Idem Consulting Group. Jim loves recruitment but he felt that running his own firm took him away from what he really enjoyed – changing people’s lives and matching ideal candidates into the right businesses. Ad Idem gave him the opportunity to get back to what he does best and since taking the position, he has never looked back.

Jim recruits across the entirety of functions from front to back office and works with some of the world’s leading Hedge Funds and Asset Management firms. He prides himself on his integrity and honesty and will always strive to give people the best advice he can to help forward their careers, all the while ensuring he is providing his clients with unrivalled service. For Jim, it is all about the long term, and his reputation in one of the most competitive recruitment markets speaks for itself.

When Jim is not working (though you can almost always reach him on WhatsApp!) he enjoys spending time at home with his wife, young daughter and their cats. He is also an obsessive collector and player of electric guitars. He has played thousands of gigs with countless bands across the UK, Europe and America. He has played bass for legendary 80’s pop star Tiffany, live on Strictly Come Dancing, as well as appearing at both the Glastonbury and Download Festival. He loves crime documentaries, travelling in Europe and almost all whisky.


Gabrielle Fowler

Group Operations Director

Gabrielle joined Ad Idem in 2019, progressing from the Office Manager, to Group Operations Manager, and is now the Group Operations Director for Ad Idem Consulting and affiliated companies. While Gabby’s role is diverse, her focus is on creating a successful business structure and an effective working environment that is able to adjust and grow as the industry changes. With an extensive background in Event Management, Gabby is suited to a fast-paced industry where clients (and now candidates) needs are a priority. Gabby oversees the day-to-day operations of the Ad Idem Consulting Group including accounts, supplier management, consultant training, compliance and process management, business forecasting and budgeting, human resources, and ongoing projects. She works closely with the Directors of all divisions across the Group and assists in the success of each division. Hailing from Australia, outside of work Gabby enjoys exploring everything the UK and Europe has to offer, seeing her friends, and getting out in nature for walks and hikes.


Jon Pettet

Divisional Manager, Risk and Compliance

Jon joined Ad Idem Consulting in 2021 as a Senior Consultant. Prior to this, he worked for two global recruitment firms covering both the Financial Services and Healthcare sectors. Jon also has experience working on the other side of the fence in operations within the Financial Services industry, with the Bank of England. 

Jon recruits for Risk and Compliance roles on a Temporary, Fixed term contract and permanent basis across the Financial Services sector. His experience working for the Bank of England for over five years prior to working in recruitment puts him in a great position to connect with candidates and clients and have a real understanding of their needs and aspirations. Above all else, Jon is passionate about helping his candidates and clients by providing them with a consultative service and being available at any time of the day! Jon’s remit includes junior risk and compliance graduate roles to C suite Compliance Directors and Chief Risk Officers as well as Transformation and Risk / Compliance Interims on a project basis.

Outside of work Jon likes to keep fit and healthy by running, going to the gym and playing golf. He is a forever hopeful Arsenal fan so likes to watch football games in his spare time, which tends to end in disappointment! Jon also enjoys holidays abroad and has a long list of locations to visit once travel restrictions are lifted!

Henry Lenehan

Senior Consultant

Henry joined Ad Idem Consulting in 2018 as a Junior Resourcing Associate having spent a brief time on work experience with another London recruitment firm. They were unable to offer him a permanent position at the end of his placement but referred him to Jim who immediately saw a spark within Henry that he knew he could nurture.

Jim was right, and Henry quickly got to grips with the world of Investment Management recruitment, utilising his natural personality to form and develop key relationships in the industry with both clients and candidates. Henry’s eye for talent saw him quickly begin to make placements and he was soon promoted to Candidate Manager and then Consultant not long after that, as his confidence and reputation continued to grow.

Henry has since undergone further training and development and is now one of the firm’s most prolific billers. With his fearless approach to business development, he now consistently pulls in business from some of the biggest names in the industry. His ability to build relationships with businesses of all sizes, coupled with his exceptional knowledge of the industry, has seen him become a trusted recruitment partner to his ever-growing client base – an impressive feat in such a competitive market.

When he joined the business, Henry’s main focus was on junior level recruitment across Middle Office Operations but he has since grown into Sales, Research, IT, Performance, Risk and Distribution recruitment at a much more senior level.

Outside of work, Henry is a new dad to son Archie and a long-suffering Arsenal fan, he enjoys spending time with family (as Covid restrictions currently dictate!).

Hayley Hufton

Divisional Finance & Accounting Manager

Hayley is an experienced recruitment specialist who has worked within specialist external and internal recruitment practices for over 20 years. She has led a successful career recruiting Mid-level to Senior/Board level specialist roles.

Hayley is a professional consultant who has strong business experience, excellent client facing and senior stakeholder management experience that has successfully resulted in winning key recruitment campaigns, high retention business, PSL agreements and managed assignments.

She has worked recently on key finance campaigns for Trinseo in Germany and for the IFC on a global level, recruiting niche Financial sector international development roles for the USA.

Hayley takes pride in understanding the brief and then delivering the best solution for the role, she has always received outstanding feedback from candidates and clients resulting in continuous business. She is energetic and candidate focused, and solves clients’ problems by offering candidate solutions as quickly and professionally as she is able.

Hayley prides herself upon building and maintaining a candidate bench of referenced and experienced International Finance and Transformation interims, and her work ethic in maintaining strong candidate and client relationships is exemplary.

Outside of the recruitment world, Hayley is a busy mum to two beautiful children Autumn and Austin, her retriever dog Mylo and husband Danny who serves in the military and is currently stationed in Washington DC for a few months. Hayley juggles work life with home life and will happily make time for a client or candidate call at a time to suit you.


Oscar Patten

Candidate Manager

Oscar joined us as an Administration Assistant in 2020, supporting the consultants and ensuring the smooth operation of Ad Idem. After a few short months, Oscar developed a flair for recruitment and started his role as Candidate Manager in 2021. Working in the Ad Investment Management division, Oscar supports Jim and Henry sourcing candidates for a variety of roles and is quickly becoming an asset to the team. His eagerness to learn, confidence in the role, and background in administration makes Oscar an excellent Candidate Manager with a promising future. With Jim and Henry mentoring him, along with further training and development, Oscar provides a comprehensive recruitment experience to candidates and ensures clients have access to the best talent available in the market. On the weekends Oscar would normally be found supporting Fulham at their home and away games, but now enjoys seeing his mates (when possible), going for walks, and listening to music.

Kristy Shammah

Social Media and Office Manager

Kristy Joined Ad Idem Consulting in 2021 as a Social Media and Administrative Assistant. Having managed social media accounts in her previous roles, Kristy finds innovative ways to grow Ad Idem’s brand image whilst strengthening its social presence. Delivering compelling and creative content is at the forefront of Kristy’s responsibilities working alongside Kim to solidify Ad Idem’s identity. As well as organically growing the social media channels, Kristy oversees various projects within the company. From assisting with business development tasks to planning events and managing payroll, Kristy provides extensive support across the company. Being a part of the operations team, Kristy works closely with the consultants to ensure that administrative tasks are completed allowing our consultants to produce an optional standard of service for candidates and clients.

In her spare time, Kristy enjoys shopping and going out for meals with her family and friends. Kristy also wants to visit more countries in the future.

Nicky Kentisbeer

Executive Assistant

Nicky has a background supporting CEOs in large global corporations and in the public sector where she supported senior military and civilian staff as an EA. Upon leaving the corporate world and following the birth of her daughter Lily, she pulled all of her skills together to build a couple of creative businesses that worked around full-time childcare. This led her to supporting other entrepreneurs, start ups and SMES as a Business Support Manager and EA.

Nicky loves all things home, design and garden and loves a bit of a social project … whether that be bringing people together or discovering new things to do with her husband and teenage daughter.

Nicky is also a qualified Personal Performance Coach. She is fascinated by all things mindset, personal development and people, and is a passionate advocate for changing the conversations around mental health.