Carlyle is comprised of a dynamic, talented and highly professional group of people who are united by a common desire to consistently grow, strengthen and expand our practice.

The team have over 100 years’ of combined experience of sourcing and securing key talent across all commercial sectors and disciplines.



  • Fiona James-Martin

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    Fiona James-Martin

    Fiona is a Partner at Carlyle and is also Head of our Interim Practice. Working broadly across sectors, Fiona specialises in identifying and attracting the best non-permanent talent for board, executive and senior advisory roles. She has a proven track record within the Accountancy, Finance and Business Change functions and a growing specialism within IT/Technology across a range of senior and specialist roles.

    Within Carlyle Fiona is responsible for hosting our programme of Interim events, which focuses on providing a forum for discussion regarding the changes, opportunities and challenges within the senior interim market across the UK.

    Fiona has over 15 years’ experience in senior and interim recruitment, including holding leadership and Director roles in other practices.

  • Carol-Ann Searles

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    Carol-Ann Searles

    Carol-Ann is our Managing Partner, responsible for some of our most valuable long-term relationships and for the high-level operational management of the business.

    She has over a decade of senior Search experience placing executive and Board level professionals in leading businesses across the UK. During this period her partnership based approach to Search and ability to understand her client’s business have earned her a noteworthy reputation within her key markets. She has built strong, established networks of senior contacts across her key disciplines, which typically include Finance Directors, MD’s/CEO’s, Sales & Marketing Directors and HR Directors.

    A regular presenter of Non-Executive Training for the IoD, Carol-Ann provides advice for those looking to attain executive and non-executive Board level positions.  She also co-hosts regular board room lunches with our Legal, Accountancy and Financial Services partners. In addition, she co-manages the Nexus Group, designed to encourage discussion and collaboration between senior women in leadership roles.

    Carol-Ann was previously a Director of a successful Employment Law business which was sold to Croner. Prior to that, after qualifying with a BSc as well as with the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development (CIPD), she held a number of senior HR roles within listed businesses, as well as previously holding Board positions with other businesses.

  • Duggie Carlyle

    Duggie Carlyle

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    Duggie Carlyle

    Duggie is the Founding Partner of Carlyle, which was established in 2002 with the intention of offering outstanding service and consistent results, whilst building meaningful and sustainable relationships.

    As well as being responsible for the strategic growth of the organisation, Duggie remains an active and passionate Search professional, managing some of Carlyle’s key relationships and heading some of the practice’s highest profile assignments. With an interest and heritage in technology he has an enviable track record and reputation for delivering within CIO, CTO, CMO and the growing Digital market.  Additionally, he has run multiple C-suite assignments in the Financial Services industry and enjoys an extensive network across Retail Banking, Insurance, and Life & Pensions.

    As part of his interest in entrepreneurial business thinking, Duggie has helped multiple growth organisations form dynamic Boards and develop their Leadership teams. He is an investor and advisor to several fast growth and technology based businesses.

    A graduate in Communications, Duggie’s early career was with the then fledging ScottishTelecom, before joining a NASDAQ listed, Boston based software company.


  • James Colhoun

    James Colhoun

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    James Colhoun

    James is Head of Carlyle’s Board Practice. He has extensive senior Search experience, including 13 years with Spencer Stuart, where he was a Partner and ran the UK CFO Practice.  He now works across a variety of our sectors, operating from both Edinburgh and London, specialising in senior executive and non-executive appointments across all sectors and functionally across Finance, HR and Legal.

    James has a proven track record placing and advising numerous FTSE 100 and 250 Group Finance Directors and Treasurers. He also enjoys a growing reputation at Board level within dynamic SMEs and owner/founder businesses.

    James is responsible for hosting Carlyle’s Finance and Rising Star forums, which focus on providing discussion and networking opportunities for Finance leaders from across the UK, as well as for exceptional emerging talent.

    A qualified lawyer and Edinburgh University graduate, James has invested 15 years of his career in the Search industry.

  • Colin Weir

    Colin Weir

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    Colin Weir

    Colin has over two decades of success in attracting talent for permanent and interim roles at mid to executive level. He manages clients offering growth and transitional opportunities within Regulatory Risk, CASS, Compliance, Banking, Treasury and Asset Management.  He is experienced at attracting and identifying senior executives and domain experts, including specialist teams.

    Known for his hands on and personable approach, he values long-term relationships with both candidates and clients, many of whom he has worked with for many years across multiple brands and countries. He has a successful track record with many of the leading Financial Services businesses in the UK, which is reflected in his network of senior decision makers.

    Colin has a pedigree and focus in the Risk and Treasury space, and is responsible for the establishment of the Carlyle Risk Forum, which is a forum for debate, discussion and collaboration between senior professionals within the sector.

    Colin has dedicated over 20 years to the Search and recruitment sector and has previously held leadership and Director roles in other leading practices.

Client Delivery

  • Samuel Mitchell

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    Samuel Mitchell

    Sam is a Research Assistant within Carlyle and provides robust, targeted research to support the delivery of Search services for our clients. He is responsible for undertaking extensive research within our key sectors, collating market intelligence into comprehensive reports and mapping assignments.


    Sam works on assignments within a range of sectors, including financial services, digital and technology, across our Executive Search, Interim and Board & Advisory practices.


    Sam graduated from the University of Edinburgh with a First Class Honours Degree in Biological Sciences, where he developed a specialism in research. He has a particular interest in the emerging technology sectors.

  • Meg Whyte

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    Meg Whyte

    Meg Whyte is a Graduate Client Delivery Manager within Carlyle and supports the team on key assignments across our Executive Search, Senior Interim and Board & Advisory practices. She is responsible for undertaking detailed market mapping and research exercises, and for ensuring the efficient administration of the Search process, including the delivery of regular market intelligence reporting for clients.

    Meg works on assignments within a range of sectors, including financial services, digital and technology, assisting on a variety of executive and non-executive roles.

    Meg graduated from the University of Cape Town with an Honours Degree in Film and English before beginning her career within marketing. She held marketing positions within the UK and internationally, before completing Carlyle’s graduate programme and subsequently joining the firm in a full-time role.

  • Dan Irwin

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    Dan Irwin

    Dan Irwin is a Client Delivery Manager within Carlyle and is responsible for supporting the wider team on key assignments, undertaking detailed market mapping and research exercises as well as managing the logistics and administration of the Search process. He works closely with all functions within Carlyle to ensure we are delivering accurate, relevant market intelligence and feedback to our clients.

    Dan works on assignments within a range of sectors, including Digital, Finance and Legal, assisting on a variety of permanent, interim and specialist roles. 

    After studying Psychology at The University of Glasgow, Dan worked as a Marketing and Research Intern at Carlyle, returning to take a full-time role following his gap year abroad.

  • Daniel Kellingray

    Daniel Kellingray

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    Daniel Kellingray

    Daniel is a Senior Client Delivery Manager within Carlyle, responsible for supporting on key assignments, managing candidate and client relationships and running the logistics and administration of Search assignments. Daniel conducts exhaustive marketplace mapping and utilises his keen commercial awareness to ensure excellent levels of service for both clients and candidates across multiple sectors and roles.

    Daniel works broadly across assignments with a keen interest in Digital and Technology.

    Daniel graduated from Aberdeen University where he undertook policy research work during his studies and developed an interest in, and aptitude for, research projects. He brings a methodical yet creative approach to research that enables us to provide a thorough, rigorous Search offering for our clients.

Service & Business Operations

  • Adam Campbell

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    Adam Campbell

    Adam is a Marketing & Operations Assistant within Carlyle and provides support across the marketing, finance and operations functions within the business. He is responsible for assisting in the creation and delivery of marketing collateral, event planning and management, and ensuring the integrity of our data through efficient database and CRM management.


    Adam also manages Carlyle’s digital presence, monitoring and providing feedback on our focus sectors and building relationships through online mediums with our clients, candidates and industry leaders. Working in collaboration with the wider team, he utilises Carlyle’s market knowledge to prepare topical content for key sectors and verticals.


    Adam graduated from University of Strathclyde with a Joint Honours BA in International Business & Marketing before beginning his career with Carlyle.

Join Us

As a candidate I found the level of support and consistent communication throughout the Search process to be 10/10. My main contact within the Client Delivery team was highly professional and an absolute pleasure to work with during the process.

Cherrelle Skinner, Flow Hospitality Training

Making the right choice when selecting an executive Search partner is critical.  The appointment is always of high importance and you need to have confidence in the approach and delivery.  I have engaged Carlyle a number of times, across multiple leadership assignments in varying disciplines and geographies and I always had complete confidence that Carlyle would not only deliver, but work in partnership with the business leadership and HR through every step.  Their approach was based on solid methodology and rigour, but more importantly they demonstrated a great passion and commitment to finding the right people.  They are a credit to the profession.

John Wallace, former Head of Resourcing, Barclays

I have worked with Carlyle as both a client and a candidate and found their service offering to be excellent in both regards. Unlike other agencies they offer a genuinely bespoke headhunting approach, with Associates who are extremely knowledgeable about the sectors they work within, as well as personable to collaborate with on a Search. In my experience they always put forward exceptional candidates who have been carefully screened and matched to both the role and the company. I would recommend them as an expert Search partner and would work with them again on future roles.

Chris Golland, CF10a, Head of CASS & Middle Office, Aviva

Carlyle operates a professional and personal approach to Search; offering us the ability to work with a Search partner where we get attention from the top, but at the same time, big company expertise and reach. Their professional attitude, attention to our specific needs and consistent communication ensured a smooth Search process. I would highly recommend them and would not hesitate to work with them again.

Forsyth Black, Managing Director, Menzies Aviation

Axcess Financial was looking to relaunch its business following a strategic review and we were looking to appoint a number of senior people to key roles. I had previous experience working with Carlyle associates in my own capacity as a candidate, so they were the natural choice when it came to seeking advice on building my senior team.  I was especially impressed with their innovative and tailored approach and how quickly they understood our key requirements. The success of their approach resulted in a number of senior appointments being made, enabling the business to move forward significantly over the last 18 months. I would have no hesitation in working with the Carlyle team again.

Paul Court, Managing Director (Europe), Axcess Financial

As a candidate, I found that Carlyle offered a professional, helpful service throughout the entire Search process. From their first contact with me through to the offer stage of the Search, I found them to be extremely responsive and supportive. The entire process was run in a timely, efficient manner and I would have no hesitation recommending them or working with them again.

Malcolm Fleming, Head of Public Affairs, People’s Postcode Lottery

Having a partner in this field who takes the time and effort to really understand your business and drivers is a valuable asset. These guys do exactly that and deliver a professional service every time.

Mike Welch, Founder & CEO,

As a candidate I was impressed with Carlyle’s professional and highly competent approach. Throughout the entire process the consultant team were highly responsive and knowledgeable, which meant I was confident in the robust nature of the selection process and was clearly guided through every stage. I would not hesitate to recommend them and would work with them again in future.

Philip Hogg, Managing Director, Bancon Homes

Having engaged with a number of similar companies, I found Carlyle to have a proactive approach to Search and the team easy to work with. During my application process I was impressed with the team’s attention to detail, comprehensive knowledge of the marketplace and ability to maintain a good balance between handling client and candidate needs. They provided consistent, timely support throughout the process and I would be happy to work with them again.

Andrew McKerracher, Head of Planning & Supply, Scottish Salmon Company

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