About

Our vision

We level the playing field for leadership teams and boardrooms globally so that everyone has a fair chance to win the opportunity.    

Although we specifically represent LGBT+, ethnic minorities and females; we work with all types of talented candidates. We put talent before background and will always recommend the best person for the role.

We want clients with a senior opportunity to think of us first, and we enjoy developing enduring, positive conversations with talented individuals throughout their career.

 

Our purpose

Audeliss sprang from a conviction that client and candidate care across our industry just wasn’t good enough, and that someone needed to step up and raise the bar. 

So we undertook this challenge and ditched the needless jargon and gimmicks, focused on building real relationships, and fundamentally, we wanted people to enjoy the experience of working with an executive search firm.  

PHILOSOPHY

Our core values

BE BRILLIANT

We only offer the best to our clients and candidates. Our job is not only to be brilliant, but to create a setting in which you can shine too.

BE HUMAN

Whether you’re hiring or pursuing a role, some days can be a grind. We never lose the human touch, we’re always kind, and we treat everyone with respect.

BE LOYAL

We give total loyalty to our clients, candidates and our colleagues. Loyalty is earned, given, and (hopefully) received in return.

INTERNATIONAL EXPERTS

Our global reach

Our extensive network of valuable clients and exceptional candidates allows us to provide our expertise globally. So wherever you are, there’s a little corner of Audeliss.

Team Team
OUR PEOPLE

Meet the team

Suki Sandhu

Founder & CEO

Suki Sandhu

Founder & CEO

One of the UK’s leading diversity specialists, Suki has been revolutionising executive search and inclusion for 15 years.

Having started his career at a FTSE 250 recruitment company before becoming a Partner for a boutique firm he established Audeliss in 2011. Recruiting leaders and executives for global organisations across sectors and industries, Suki has established a unique network of exceptional and diverse candidates as well as building successful relationships with clients. 

Determined to shape inclusive workplaces, in 2013 Suki founded OUTstanding, an LGBT+ membership organisation which, in partnership with The Financial Times, publishes an annual role model list recognising leading LGBT+ and ally executives and LGBT+ future leaders. The powerful work and rapid success of OUTstanding earned Suki the title of ‘Innovator of the Year’ at the 2013 European Diversity Awards and he was also named 64th in The Independent’s ‘Rainbow List’.

In 2016, Suki was appointed a Trustee of the Guild of HR Professionals.

The following year Suki launched EMpower and HERoes – initiatives focused on ethnic minorities and women.  Each year, in partnership with the Financial Times, EMpower and HERoes publishes role model lists globally. In 2017 Suki was also named as “Most Inspiring Recruitment Leader” at The Recruiter’s Investing in Talent Awards.

In 2018, Suki launched INvolve – an overarching mother-brand for OUTstanding, EMpower and HERoes. It encapsulates the mission, values and vision across all three brands, helping to create diverse and inclusive businesses where everyone can, and does, succeed. A world that involves 100% of everyone.

Suki is also a Stonewall Ambassador and passionately supports many charities including The Albert Kennedy Trust and Outright International. 

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suki@audeliss.com

“I’ve spent most of my life, professionally and personally, dedicating my time and energy to making a difference. I’m constantly looking at new ways to level the playing field in business and I’ll never stop until the business world shows a truly diverse landscape with genuine inclusion.”

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Jonathan Swain

Managing Director UK

Jonathan Swain

Managing Director UK

Jonathan has 20+ years’ experience recruiting to board and executive roles for a range of high profile public sector organisations.

Prior to his career in executive recruitment, Jonathan was responsible for the national delivery of the Audit Commission’s Comprehensive Performance Assessment as well as being its national policy lead for children’s services. As well as serving as Deputy Director at the Cabinet Office, Jonathan has worked for five local authorities in senior roles.

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0203 865 4874

jonathan@audeliss.com

"In an often grey and traditional recruitment landscape, I am proud and delighted to be working in an innovative business that through its quality diverse and inclusive talent solutions is resetting the dial so successfully."

Felicity Hassan

Managing Director US

Felicity Hassan

Managing Director US

Felicity started her executive search career in London over 15 years ago and has spent the past 10 years in New York where she has had the opportunity to establish a Search practice for a boutique firm before moving In-house to oversee global recruiting efforts for a broad spectrum of opportunities. 

This experience of having worked on both sides of the table has enabled her to build an appreciation for her clients and candidates. Through Audeliss, Felicity fulfils a market gap for thoughtful partnership with clients committed to creating a truly diverse workplace. 

She is a mother of two based in Westchester, USA. 

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felicity@audeliss.com

“Over the past 10 years in New York I have seen bold strides in diversity and inclusion in corporate America but this seismic shift still has a way to go!   As a mother of two and a member of a mixed race family Audeliss’ vision resonates personally and professionally. I am committed to driving a change agenda that will remove bias and quantifiably move the needle.”

Chris Bernard

Associate Director

Chris Bernard

Associate Director

Chris is one of UK’s predominant interim management and executive search professionals. She lends her 20+ years experience in this field to Audeliss’ practice areas as well as sitting on the leadership team.

Prior to joining Audeliss, Chris was a senior partner and board director at a City-based boutique executive search and interim management provider. Before this role, she was Managing Director of the Interim Management business of a multinational HR consulting group.  Previously to this, she was with a leading International Business School, where she ran their operations for tailored executive programmes.

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0203 405 6910

chris@audeliss.com

“Audeliss truly have a strong unique selling point in our offering within what can sometimes look like a fairly homogenous recruitment landscape. I enjoy closely with our clients and candidates in supporting them in the provision of quality diverse and inclusive senior talent solutions through our executive search, interim management and board practice offerings.”

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Anja Skvortsova

Associate Director

Anja Skvortsova, Associate Director

Anja Skvortsova

Associate Director

Anja has over 13 years’ international experience in executive talent acquisition.

She started her career in a FTSE-250 recruitment company, managing the Industry & Commerce finance searches in London. She then moved to a Global Industrial Practice for a NASDAQ-listed leadership advisory firm conducting a broad spectrum of executive and Board assignments across the globe. Prior to joining Audeliss, Anja worked for a boutique search business focusing on Legal and Compliance appointments in the UK and EMEA markets.

Experience of having worked in both global and boutique businesses conducting searches across all functions and geographies enabled her to have a truly broad perspective of client and candidate needs. She believes that quality, honesty and creativity are the key to successful hiring!

Anja grew up in Western Siberia before moving to the UK and is bilingual in Russian and English.

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0203 405 6913

anja@audeliss.com

“I am thrilled to be joining a search business which is truly innovative and committed to driving the diversity and inclusion agenda through quality delivery. Having had an international upbringing, this is something I feel very passionate about and Audeliss' values shine through in an often very traditional search market place.”

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0203 405 6913

Eric Contreras

Head of Search

Eric Contreras

Head of Search

Eric brings over 10 years’ Executive Search experience for some of the most recognised names in the industry. Eric has a successful track record in the Technology, Media, Telecoms, Professional Services, Industrial and Public Sector verticals. He has successfully undertaken a wide range of searches at all levels of seniority across the Technology, Operations, Finance and Commercial functions for international corporate enterprises and high growth technology start-ups as well as new market entrants. 

Having lived and worked in the UAE, Eric has also undertaken international search assignments and delivered mandates across the UK, USA, Europe, Middle East and Far East.

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Louise Gore

Delivery Consultant

Louise Gore

Delivery Consultant

An LSE graduate with a Master’s Degree in Industrial Relations and Personnel Management, Louise worked in the City before starting her career in Search, focussing primarily on global financial markets.  Previously Louise Co-Founded a City Search boutique, developing a strong reputation in Derivatives and Structured Products working with large investment banks as well as more niche players.

Her network is extensive, as is her zeal to source, match and place the most talented candidates.

Approachable, versatile and creative with a natural curiosity about individuals, Louise regards research as her ideal job role.

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0203 405 6916

louise@audeliss.com

"Audeliss is unique and I’m proud to be involved in the growth and development of this “brightly coloured gem”.  I am proud to be part of Audeliss’ mission to combat the diversity deficit."

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0203 405 6916

Barrie Lee

Delivery Consultant

Barrie Lee

Delivery Consultant

Barrie has over 10 years’ experience in executive acquisition.

He started his career in a FTSE-250 recruitment company, managing the Industry & Commerce finance searches in London. He then moved to a specialist corporate governance firm, focusing on a broad range of senior compliance mandates for global financial institutions within banking, insurance, fintech and asset management.

Most recently, Barrie’s expertise and network has developed to include legal non-contentious regulatory mandates within law firms. He enjoys partnering with clients to deliver high calibre individuals in a standard above all expectations.  

 

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0203 950 2774

barrie@audeliss.com

“As a father of two young girls, I have become passionate about gender diversity and more broadly diversity and inclusion. To work for a firm whose values and foundations are built upon diversity, I am excited about the future and the changes we can affect for the current and future workforce.”

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Alex Wyld

Delivery Consultant

Alex Wyld

Delivery Consultant

Alex has experience both in executive search and in-house recruitment, having begun her career several years ago at a small boutique search firm focused on retail and luxury brands. This was a busy and varied role which, from the very beginning, gave her the opportunity to be hands-on in all aspects of the recruitment process and a great grounding in research.

After a few years, she moved in-house to work for a healthcare regulator, where she worked on a high volume of assignments across all areas and levels of the organisation. Whilst there, Alex honed her skills in candidate selection and screening. This lead to her working on the setup of their interim turnaround panel; developing a pool of senior interim candidates including CFOs, HRDs, COOs and CEOs.

At Audeliss, Alex focuses on senior executive appointments across a range of functions.

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0203 405 6914

alex@audeliss.com

“Audeliss feels different to other search firms I’ve encountered and I am proud to work for an organisation that genuinely puts diversity and inclusion at its heart.”

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Suzannah Fazackerley

Delivery Consultant

Suzannah Fazackerley

Delivery Consultant

Suzannah has been a specialist in executive search since 2004, leading a broad range of National and International searches across private and public sectors, making appointments such as; Senior Consultant-Nuclear, Oil and Gas for EY, General Manager Peter McCallum Cancer Centre Australia, Director of Sales (UK) Johnson and Johnson, and Chief Executive Dartford and Gravesham Hospital NHS Trust.

Suzannah relishes the challenge of a new client, and a new market to explore; speaking to interesting, diverse candidates, and ultimately finding the perfect candidate their perfect job!

Prior to her career in executive recruitment, Suzannah worked in the telecoms industry coordinating responses to multimillion pound Tenders and arranging significant client events.

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07521 516581

suzannah@audeliss.com

"I joined Audeliss because diversity and inclusion has been important to my family for over 30 years now, so when this became recognised within recruitment I really embraced the concept.   I am aware that clients have been requesting a diverse shortlist for some time now, so I am enthused to work for an organisation that has built its foundations on this concept.  To work with, and add to a truly diverse database is a real pleasure."

Annette Kiely

Client Development Manager

Annette Kiely

Client Development Manager

Annette joined Audeliss with a proven track record in creating, executing and delivering successful strategies around client and business development in domestic and international markets. She has a strong reputation for building a rapport and developing mutually beneficial relationships with clients and executives alike.

Prior to Audeliss, Annette spent 17 years with a FTSE250 company, as Director of Sales for one of the group companies. She worked at a senior level, developing business across an international customer base of central banks, government organisations, financial services, manufacturing and major brand owners.

She then spent seven years at a well-known interim management organisation in a business development role, where she played a fundamental part in identifying and delivering new business sales.

 

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annette@audeliss.com

“I’ve  never worked for an organisation like Audeliss before.  I now understand more about the injustices but also the huge successes surrounding diversity.  I am happy and proud to know that we are championing and helping create  pathways to success for our amazing diverse candidates.”

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Jenny Lester

Head of People and Operations

Jenny Lester

Head of People and Operations

Jenny is an a FCIPD qualified Human Resource professional, with extensive experience in HR management, Organisational Development and Learning & Development. She brings a wealth of experience having started her HR career at John Lewis & Waitrose, before progressing to support a variety of organisations, across multiple industries, including Clarins (UK) Ltd, Epsom and St Helier NHS Trust and The Hyde Housing Group.

Jenny has experience in both large, complex organisations and small, fast paced, start-up organisations, where she has had to wear multiple hats and keep a myriad of operational plates spinning. She brings oodles of positivity, and a real can do, roll up your sleeves and get stuck in attitude!

Jenny will be responsible for managing all People related matters and operations, strategic initiatives and special projects.

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jenny@audeliss.com

“I'm so happy to be working to promote and supporting diversity and inclusion in the workplace. It goes without question it is an important aspect of good people management - it’s about valuing everyone in the organisation as an individual. An effective diversity and inclusion strategy goes beyond legal compliance and seeks to add value to an organisation, contributing to employee well-being and engagement. This is a  great opportunity to work both as HR professional and for Audeliss with this core to their culture”

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Sarah-Louise Ambler

Chief of Staff

Sarah-Louise Ambler

Chief of Staff

After graduating from Southampton Solent University with a degree in Psychology, Sarah worked in administration in the executive search and recruitment industries before spending two years at Audeliss. Sarah then relocated to Sydney where she travelled and worked for almost a year before moving back to London and returning to Audeliss. After 4 years of being Suki Sandhu’s Executive Assisant, Sarah has recently been promoted to Chief of Staff and will be responsible for managing operations, strategic initiatives and special projects.

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0203 950 2776

sarah.louise@audeliss.com

"Audeliss brings bold colour into the often grey world of search. I’m so proud to work for an organisation at the helm of driving true inclusion across senior management and in the board room. It’s been incredible to see Audeliss grow from strength to strength over the last 5 years.’

Leanne Day

Business Support Manager & PA to MD

Leanne Day

Business Support Manager & PA to MD

Leanne is an incredibly highly skilled administrator, with over 15 years recruitment experience.

Her fast learning ability, conscientiousness and excellent attitude towards her work and with her colleagues, saw her quickly escalate through every company she has ever worked at.

Leanne specialises in business support to large and complex teams of multidisciplinary recruitment consultants. She has a strong, can-do attitude, knows how to prioritise work in an efficient and professional manner; a combination that made her a sure-fire win for Audeliss.

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leanne@audeliss.com

"I am incredibly proud to work for Audeliss, where I have the opportunity to work alongside so many people who are so passionate about changing the world of work, changing the face of the future and ensuring that it is diverse and truly inclusive for all."

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Ben Hamilton-Rhys

Marketing, Communications and Events Manager

Ben Hamilton-Rhys

Marketing, Communications and Events Manager

Ben (“Benji”) has a traditional background in commercial law and both a first and master’s degree in law.

He moved into marketing and communications to make best use of his creative vs strategic thinking and over the last few years built strong marketing propositions, brands and award-winning campaigns.

He joined Audeliss with an absolute passion for our work in levelling the playing field and a firm commitment to achieving equality.

Outside of work he is a competitive rower, cox and coach with the largest LGBT+ inclusive rowing club in the world and coaches with a local organisation providing opportunities for underprivileged children to access the sport.

 

 

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0203 865 4872

benjamin@audeliss.com

Equality isn’t something to strive for but something granted unequivocally. It should matter not about gender or race or sexuality or socioeconomics. I believe in a world free of all of this bias. Being a part of the huge success and progress here at Audeliss and somehow in some way making a contribution towards that ultimate goal inspires and ignites me.

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Kamal King-McDowall

Research and Delivery Assistant

Kamal King-McDowall

Research and Delivery Assistant

Kamal is a Research and Delivery Assistant with Audeliss and joins us following graduation with a degree in Media Studies and Sociology at the University of Brighton. Particularly keen to learn and with a passion for research, he’s a real asset to the team. 

Joanna Brown

PA to the CEO

Joanna Brown

PA to the CEO

Joanna spent the first 14 years of her career at Harrods, initially on the Management Training Programme where she gained an insight into many different roles around the business.

After leaving Harrods, Joanna took a year out to travel.  Following her break she worked at the executive search firm Odgers Berndtson as a PA, where she stayed for the next two before moving to New York. 

Upon her return from New York she worked for the fashion designer Maria Grachvogel before returning to Odgers Berndtson as PA. 

Joanna has many years experience working within executive search, where she has gained huge understanding of the industry.  Joanna joined Audeliss in January 2018 as Suki Sandhu’s PA, providing him with support within Audeliss as well as INvolve. 

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0203 405 6911

joanna@audeliss.com

"From the second I met Suki, I found him to be an inspirational leader who genuinely lives and breathes equality, diversity and inclusion. I love working with the Audeliss family."

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Mimi Mbaye

Head of People Operations

Mimi Mbaye

Head of People Operations

After graduating from the University of New Haven with a Master’s Degree, Mimi started her career as a first grade teacher. It wasn’t until early 2016 that she embarked on her HR path. She has worked at many notable companies as a support to both HR and recruiting in-house.  Mimi juggles being fiercely ambitious with being a mom to a beautiful 5 year old boy.

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917 410-2829

mimi@audeliss.com

"We tackle diversity one hire at a time! This is what I proudly tell everyone who wonders what Audeliss does. Being a part of two disenfranchised groups, it is absolutely my duty to try and level the playing field in any way that I can. I am passionate about equality and diversity and as such, I am fortunate enough to have found a company that champions diversity in the most unique way."

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Ben Lerner

Delivery Consultant

Ben Lerner

Delivery Consultant

Ben graduated from Clemson University with a B.A. in Political Science and began his career in operations at a Connecticut based hedge fund.

After a year in operations, he worked for a large healthcare recruitment firm and a search firm that partnered with AmLaw 200 law firms.   Prior to joining Audeliss, he spent four years at a boutique executive search firm where he managed a range of General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer and Chief Risk Officer searches for financial services clients. 

At Audeliss, Ben focuses on executive appointments in a variety of industries and functions. 

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ben@audeliss.com

“It’s great to be a part of a company on the forefront of tackling an issue as critical as diversity and inclusion.  I look forward to building upon the Audeliss platform and partnering with organizations such as professional sport leagues and teams who have historically struggled to attract diverse talent”

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