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About Us - Meet the Team

Andrew Gray

Founder & CEO

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Andrew founded eg.1 in 2003 initially to focus on senior appointments for the professional services, technology and commercial sectors. Today, Andrew leads eg.1’s sales activities and the Professional Services practice.

Andrew began his career within Human Resources at Arthur Andersen, where he began to develop his understanding of professional services and strategic human capital. After six years, he transitioned his career into executive search, working at first for a European boutique and latterly Heidrick & Struggles across the UK & Europe. Andrew’s interests include sport, fitness, motorsports and cars.

Why I Do What I Do

“I believe that there is room for this industry to provide a great deal more value to its clients, candidates and employees. We are here to change the game.”

Steve Skeates

Chairman of eg.1

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Steve joined e.g.1 in 2018 with over 20 years executive search and recruitment expertise.  He has lived the full business life-cycle, starting, growing, and maturing an executive search business, resulting in a successful capital sale and exit.  Steve has extensive experience working in the Boardroom; setting strategy, full P&L responsibility, management of shareholders, advising on complex negotiations and dispute resolution.

His expertise and proven track record are across the disciplines of tax, audit and advisory. He has the ability to build deep client relationships and lead high profile projects.

Why I Do What I Do

“I thoroughly enjoy growing businesses, developing people and doing things differently to stand out from the crowd.”

An experienced and ethical recruiter having worked on both sides of the fence, in-house and agency, specialising in the placement of experienced/senior people into the Professional and Financial Services marketplace.

He supports both clients and senior-level candidates, consistently delivering results where other companies have failed. His ethos is to treat people in the way that he himself would like to be treated.

Why I do What I Do

“Our clients are constantly challenging themselves to evolve, adapt to an ever-changing world or simply grow.  I love to support this by enabling great people to do the same.”

As co-founder of eg.1, Nathan makes sure that eg.1 continues to maintain high standards of delivery excellence to its clients as well as continuing to pioneer innovative solutions.

With over 20 years’ experience working with business leaders to get the best from their talent, Nathan has always thought there was something missing. This notion that ‘something was missing’ is the key stimulus for The DNA of a Game Changer research, which was commissioned by eg.1 in 2013 and has led to the global framework, language and community of impact, at that we see today.

He is the co-author of The DNA Of A Game Changer and The DNA Of A Game-Changing Team  and published Coaching Me, Coaching You (a-ha) with Dr GC as requested by the global GCologist community

Why I Do What I Do

“People fascinate me; there is nothing more rewarding than unlocking the full potential of someone and watching them achieve results that they couldn’t have conceived possible.”

Dr John Mervyn Smith

Chief Psychologist

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John has been assessing leadership capabilities, and coaching senior executives and their teams, in leading organisations for over 30 years. He was a PhD scholar a London University before training as a clinical psychologist in the NHS. He then moved into the world of organisational psychology, holding director roles with Kiddy and Company and Kaisen Consulting before setting up the Oxford Consulting Group, Misura Consulting and, more recently, The GC Index.

His extensive experience in the worlds of academic, clinical and organisational psychology underpin the development of The GC Index®, an Organimetric that profiles individual and team contributions to the world of work.

He has been a guest lecturer for AMBA, Warwick Business School, IOD, INSEAD, The Exeter Leaders Programme and The Cranfield School of Management.

Why I Do What I Do

“Like most fortunate people, I’m drawn to doing what I do because it’s what I do best.”

Qing Mak

Head of MI and D&I

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Qing is an Engagement Manager within the Market Intelligence and Executive Search service lines. Since joining eg.1, she has worked on engagements focused on delivering market insight, competitor analysis, succession planning and senior talent acquisition for professional services firms across the financial services & private sectors. Today, she leads eg.1’s Market Intelligence proposition, which involves advising clients on better account management and go to market strategies. She has also led and delivered multiple searches at partner level for some of the world’s largest professional services firms. Qing holds a BSc in Economics and an MSc in Management and Economics from the London School of Economics & Political Science.

Why I Do What I Do

“Because it changes your perspective about life – people never fail to surprise me; just when you think it can’t get any worse, it does. Just when you think it can’t get any better, it does.”

Dominic Briance

Principal Consultant

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Dominic joined eg.1 in 2007 and is now a Principal Consultant focused on professional services in Europe, Middle East and US. His engagements have encompassed executive search and market intelligence across strategy and operations functions in the private sector with a core focus on infrastructure and capital programmes. He has an MA in history from the University of Southampton.

Why I Do What I Do

“I enjoy building relationships with clients, candidates and colleagues and also the opportunity to work globally across multiple industries.”

Nick Mead

Head of Technology

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Nick has more than ten years’ experience in delivering executive search, market intelligence and leadership consulting engagements to global and boutique professional services, technology, digital and private equity clients. He has led the end-to-end delivery of more than 200 search assignments through which his clients have acquired people, teams, or companies to provide a strategic step change to their business. He has been with eg.1 since 2011 and now leads eg.1’s Technology & Digital practice.

Why I Do What I Do

“I have spent a great deal of time understanding what drives people, their engagement and how they can make their best impact. And I love making sure the right people are in an organisation and role that allows them to make their best contribution.”

Janine Shellard

Principal Consultant

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Janine began her career in Human Resources at Marks and Spencer and then moved to a role with Linklaters, where her focus on professional services resourcing began. Janine then transitioned into recruitment and executive search, initially with Frazer Jones where she focused on developing the HR recruitment market within professional services and financial services and then with Leathwaite. Having taken a career break to bring up her two children Janine joined eg.1 as the HR / Human Capital lead.

In her spare time she tends to be found driving around the countryside to watch one of her daughters take part in their various sporting events. She also enjoys running and walking the dog!

Why I Do What I Do

“I enjoy building long term relationships with clients and candidates and going that extra mile for them. If you treat people with honesty and respect you can’t go wrong.”


Thomas Makris

Senior Associate

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Tom joined eg.1 in 2017, after graduating from LSE in 2016 in international history and following internships in market research and consulting. Since joining, Tom has worked on a number market intelligence projects within financial services and tax, in addition to some executive search projects with a number of boutique firms. A passionate Arsenal fan and self-proclaimed food critic, Tom’s interests also extend to travel and music.

Why I Do What I Do

“I enjoy the variety that comes with the projects I’ve worked on, seeking to identify clients’ scope for improvement and delivering meaningful impact.”

Anna Gildenberg

Research Associate

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Anna joined eg.1 in 2018, after graduating from Warwick Business School with a First Class degree in Accounting & Finance. She has worked on a variety of executive search assignments and focuses on the Technology & Digital and People & Organisation spaces in the European consulting market.

Why I Do What I Do

“I really enjoy continually increasing my knowledge about the markets we work in, and, ultimately, providing our clients with comprehensive strategy for their requirements and interests.”

Maja has been working with eg.1 since early 2019 when she joined as an Associate. Prior to this she worked as a researcher for a large global HR firm that conducts background checks and employment verifications. Since joining eg.1, Maja has delivered some game-changing technology, tax and forensic search and market intelligence assignments. In her free time she enjoys traveling, reading and dancing.

Why I Do What I Do

“I enjoy extending my knowledge around professional services firms and new trends in business, particularly  in diversity and inclusion challenges.”

Nishma Patel

Executive Assistant/Operations Manager

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Nishma joined eg.1 in 2010 and is Executive Assistant to eg.1’s CEO, Andrew Gray, and eg.1’s Operations Manager.  With over 10 years’ experience working in the executive search and recruitment industry Nishma has a proven track record of senior-level executive support, management, and training. She has a strong ability to streamline processes, maximise efficiency, and foster professional relationships within clients, candidates and stakeholders. Nishma has a BSc in Business Studies with Finance from Cass Business School, City University London.

Why I Do What I Do

“I enjoy the variety, flexibility and the way it keeps me on my toes because no two days are the same; I get to meet and speak to a wide range of people. Making sure everything runs smoothly in our business gives me a great satisfaction.”

Iwona Piotrowska

Financial Controller

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Iwona joined eg.1 in 2008 as an Accounts Assistant and is now our Financial Controller. She began her career at City Bank in Poland as a Financial Adviser for small and commercial businesses, before moving to the UK and joining Teca Ltd as a Finance Assistant. Iwona has a MA in International Finance, and is a part qualified Chartered Accountant (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants).

Why I Do What I Do

“I like to keep cash under control and love numbers…the bigger the better!”

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