Carlyle in hire mode to support fast-growing Board and Advisory practice as Executive Search firm secures business wins

Lucy Seligman, Fiona James-Martin, and Alice Deakin of Carlyle (by Stewart Attwood)

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  • Newly appointed Principal Alice Deakin held CFO role at listed IndigoVision, went on to help develop Deloittes market-leading CFO programme, and led the Education function at the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland (ICAS)
  • Carlyle also secures experienced Financial Services Researcher to the team, and welcomes newest recruit to graduate programme which is now in its 7th year
  • M&G Wealth, Tesco Bank, xDesign, Zumo, Baxters, and Scotland Food & Drink among recent assignments for Executive Search firm

CARLYLE has announced a senior hire to support its fast-growing Board and Advisory practice at the Executive Search specialist firm founded in 2002, while recording a number of business wins. 

Recently appointed Alice Deakin takes on the role of Principal at Carlyle, bringing over 20 years of finance, commercial, and leadership experience gained from working across the technology, professional services, media, and financial services sectors.  Deakin held the CFO role at London Stock Exchange-listed IndigoVision, before going on to help run Deloitte’s market-leading CFO programme, where she was a Director, and also led the Education function at the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland (ICAS), before establishing her own Board coaching practice.

Fiona James-Martin, Partner, Carlyle, said: “From her experience of being a CFO at a listed company, to helping senior finance professionals develop towards and transition into CFO roles during her time at Deloitte, Alice is a fantastic fit for both our team at Carlyle, and our client base in Scotland, London, and beyond.  Her insight into the intricacies of how Boards operate is particularly relevant for where Carlyle is growing.”

Alice Deakin, Principal, Carlyle, said: “Carlyle has built a pre-eminent position in the market, working with many of the leading corporate brands across multiple industry sectors, and the firm’s offering is underpinned by a strong and respected research capability.  It’s great to be on board, with continuing growth and exciting times ahead.”

Lucy Seligman is Carlyle’s latest addition to its Research and Market Intelligence team, taking up the role of Researcher.  Carlyle also recently welcomed its latest graduate, marking the 7th year of its graduate programme. 

Duggie Carlyle, Founding Partner, Carlyle, said: “We have always had a strong focus around investing in our people, which is paying dividends in the talent we are attracting and with the calibre of assignments we are securing.”

Commenting on market conditions in 2022, Duggie Carlyle added: “Post-Covid has been a buoyant time at the senior level, with much of our portfolio growing or looking to augment their leadership teams for the future.  Undoubtedly, there are challenging times ahead but we plan to continue focusing on our clients, the quality of reporting and delivery, and the development of our services, brand, and people.”

Carlyle’s primary services are Executive Search, Board and Advisory, Parallel Search, Senior Interim, and Research and Market Intelligence.  In March, Carlyle’s annual salary survey, in partnership with digital industry trade body ScotlandIS, revealed findings on the wages of C-suite executives in high-growth technology businesses in Scotland, comparing base salary and equity levels at various stages of funding.    

In addition to continued activity in the Financial Services sector with long term clients like Tesco Bank, M&G Wealth, and Hastings Direct, Carlyle has seen strong demand at Board level from fast-growth technology, and venture capital-backed businesses including xDesign, Zumo, Forensic Analytics, and Frog Systems.  The firm has also recorded growth in the Food & Drink sector, with leadership assignments with Baxters, Macphie, and recently completed the search for new Scotland Food & Drink CEO Iain Baxter. 

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