Like other successful organisations, Livingston James operates not through a set of processes or aims, but through a team of people working together. We believe that we’re more than the sum of our parts; that collectively we can offer the strength and depth of service that makes us a leading recruitment business.

Together, we bring extensive and far-ranging experience, both within the recruitment industry and beyond. We believe that an intimate understanding of how business operates at the highest level gives us an edge in the recruitment marketplace. For our clients, we offer an insight into the challenges they face and the goals they aspire to – because we’ve faced the same challenges and strived for the same goals.

However, in our collective drive for excellence, every individual within our business knows that there is more to learn. From Director to Consultant to Administrator, we believe we’ve assembled a team with the diligence, initiative and inspiration to make a lasting contribution for clients and candidates alike.

Livingston James exists to place the right people in the right organisation – and it all starts with having the right people in ours.

The Consultants

Jamie Livingston
Jamie Livingston
Jamie leads our Professional Services and Investment/Private Equity practices, bringing specific expertise in CFO and Equity Partner Executive Search. With extensive experience of recruiting at all levels, from manager to plc main board, across a broad range of sectors, disciplines and geographies, he brings an enviable track-record of building teams in both existing and new markets.

Having graduated from both the University of Glasgow and Toulouse Le Mirail, Jamie spent the early part of his career with Michael Page International, where he quickly worked his way up to Manager of the Glasgow Finance Business in 2005. Less than a year later, he was entrusted with the start-up of Michael Page in Ireland, becoming Director for the Irish Operation in 2008. He returned to Scotland the next year, adding three other business units to his operational remit.

Seeing an obvious gap in the market for a next-generation executive recruitment business, Jamie left Michael Page to create Livingston James.
Beyond the business world, Jamie has a young family and an active social life. As well as being a former 1st XV Captain and Committee Member at the West of Scotland Rugby Club, Jamie is a committed fund-raiser and is the current chair of the Wooden Spoon Society in the West of Scotland, a Rugby Charity that supports disadvantaged children

Karen Scott
Karen Scott
Karen joined the group board recently and is responsible for driving growth in the functional brands – Rutherford Cross, Drummond Bridge and Hamilton Forth.

A fellow of the CIPD, Karen has over 12 years’ experience in the recruitment industry, previously as MD of Hudson, UKI & Middle East operations. She spent 7 years running the Scottish Hudson business & in that capacity has extensive experience, within Higher & Further education. Prior to her career in recruitment Karen worked in various international organisations in senior HR roles, primarily responsible for talent management, succession planning, organisational development & transformation.

Douglas Adam
Douglas Adam
With over 18 years recruitment experience within the public and not for profit sectors, Douglas has an extensive network and deep understanding of talent attraction and acquisition at senior leadership level.

Having graduated from Heriot Watt University with a MA (Hons) in Economics he began his career in recruitment with a then FTSE 100 recruitment business progressing to the role of Director within their Public Services Division. Douglas joined Livingston James in 2014 to establish and lead their Public and Not-for-Profit Sector practice and specialises in Senior Management, Head of Function, Board and non-executive appointments

Working in partnership we approach each assignment from first principals, tailoring a solution appropriately to each specific need, rather than bringing preconceived ideas of how best to support each client achieve their hiring goals. Adopting a robust, auditable and transparent process, we provide comprehensive management information, including data relevant to equal opportunity and diversity at each stage of the process.

Ben Walker
Ben Walker
Part of the Executive Search team, Ben joined Livingston James to help grow our presence across the consumer, energy, property, investment and utility functions.
He graduated from the University of East Anglia in Development Studies and started his career working on development projects with the UN across the most troubled parts of Africa.

On return from Africa he joined a leading London sales and marketing recruiter where he quickly rose through the ranks based on consistent delivery against client expectations. He opened Scottish operations for them early in 2003 and later launched his own business, Walker Selection in 2007. This business focused on provision of recruitment and advisory services with an emphasis on the financial markets, developing a broad understanding of a range of commercial, risk and analytical roles.

Following a chance encounter with the Directors of Livingston James, Ben was convinced of the contribution he could make and agreed to join them in August 2013, bringing with him the clients and good will he had established while trading on his own.

Outside of work he is a dedicated family man with a passion for all sports. He coaches several (rugby, golf, hockey) and is kept on his toes by the constant activities of his three children who, fortunately for them, have all inherited their mothers sporting prowess. He was a NXD for a charity focused on sustainable development projects in Africa and Asia and is heavily involved in fundraising for local charities in East Lothian

Sophie Randles
Sophie Randles
Sophie is our specialist in Professional Services and PE/VC Executive Search offering deep expertise and experience in the attraction and selection of Partner, Director, Head of Function level talent. Sophie brings 8 years’ experience of delivering search and selection solutions in accountancy and finance in both a national and international capacity. Sophie works closely with business leaders to attract high quality talent and next generation leaders. She has an established network of contacts across Scotland built through her reputation for integrity, delivery and strong market knowledge.

Sophie is a graduate of Robert Gordon University with a BA (Hons) in Management with Marketing. Upon graduating, Sophie was a key member of a FTSE 250 listed business in Aberdeen, where she quickly rose through the ranks, generating a strong market presence. This resulted in the approach from a competing independent firm to support their business in the setup of their International Finance Division. Sophie joined Rutherford Cross, part of Livingston James Group in 2015 to further enhance Rutherford Cross’ reputable Practice Team. In 2019, Sophie transitioned into the Executive Search brand with a wider business development remit and to further compliment the already established multifunctional executive team.

Sophie is a well-travelled individual, attending 12 schools across the world. This continued on into her professional career by completing an internship with Walt Disney World in Orlando Florida. She enjoys meeting new people and gaining new experiences. Sophie is also a qualified dance teacher and has travelled across Ireland with an established dance company.

Stephanie Halliday
Stephanie Halliday
Steph specialises in Marketing, Communications & Digital appointments at a mid to senior level. She has worked in the recruitment industry since 2005, working predominantly on sales and marketing positions across industry and joined Livingston James in 2016 to drive our marketing proposition. She has enjoyed considerable success with key clients in FMCG, engineering, technology and agency and her client portfolio spans SME through to Global Blue-Chips covering Scotland, the UK and International.

Having returned to Scotland after gaining a BSC(Hons) in Computer Science in Newcastle, Stephanie ‘cut her teeth’ in the competitive world of ‘recruitment-to-recruitment’; training in executive search. It was in this position she gained exposure to the challenges and opportunities inherent in working with seasoned sales professionals and subsequently developed her focus on the world of marketing. Steph is highly relationship driven with a bespoke approach to each assignment and candidate; acting as a true business partner to always effectively promote and represent the employer brand. The experience of working with a variety of organisations has given her a strong understanding of commercial considerations for businesses and has enabled her to act as a trusted partner in delivering bespoke recruitment solutions.

As a new mum, Stephanie has gone through some significant change in how she spends her ‘downtime’ … but as a keen skier, she is counting the months until she can buy the first pair of baby-skis and get that first family ski trip booked!

Mark Lewis
Mark Lewis
Mark leads Livingston James’ CFO Services practice and over nineteen years has built an excellent track record of senior and board level appointments in finance. He works with companies across a wide variety of sectors and geographies, ranging from FTSE 100 through to private equity and owner-managed businesses, delivering a bespoke service underpinned by professionalism and unrivalled market knowledge. Mark is also Managing Director of Rutherford Cross, our specialist search and selection practice focused exclusively on qualified finance appointments.

A graduate of the University of Manchester, Mark started his career in the once fledgling Energy Trading market before embarking on a career in recruitment with a leading FTSE 100 listed business. Following his strong performance in the North of England for this organisation, he was relocated to Scotland in 2004 to lead their senior finance business in Glasgow. In 2006, he was headhunted by a boutique professional services recruiter, quickly developing their senior finance business, resulting in his promotion to Associate Director within two years. Mark joined Livingston James in 2011 and led the launch of Rutherford Cross two years later.

Outside of work and family responsibilities, Mark is a keen follower and participant in a range of sports but relies on his yearly personal challenge to maintain some semblance of fitness. In recent years this has involved walking the length of Hadrian’s Wall, the 4 Peaks Challenge, the Caledonian Challenge and Coast to Coast Challenge.

Jacqui Paterson
Jacqui Paterson
Jacqui leads on CPO appointments for Livingston James and with a recruitment career spanning nineteen years, she has extensive experience across multiple sectors working with many of the UK’s leading organisations. Jacqui also has overall leadership responsibility for our specialist brand Drummond Bridge which focuses exclusively on appointments in Procurement, Supply Chain and Estates and Facilities Management.

Since 2011, Jacqui has focused specifically on the Procurement & Supply Chain verticals based in Scotland, with a client and candidate network across the UK. As a long-term member of CIPS, she is closely affiliated with the best procurement and supply chain network whom she works with on an advisory and partnership basis ensuring a professional and informed approach on all levels. Jacqui is a graduate of both GCU and the University of Strathclyde, and prior to joining Livingston James was responsible for the turnaround and growth of the Procurement and Supply Chain arm of a leading multinational recruitment business.

Out with core work, Jacqui sits on the non-executive board of Project Scotland’s social enterprise “Get the Gen”. Get the Gen focuses on intergenerational working and helps businesses to understand how to recruit, progress and train young talent. Jacqui regularly volunteers to mentor high school students, graduates and vulnerable young people; advising and supporting them on life and employment skills. Additionally, Jacqui is a member of the Scottish Swimming Association and supports her son’s club as a team manager and timekeeper at a variety of Scottish swimming galas.

Angela McCann
Angela McCann
Angela leads on CIO appointments for Livingston James and with over twenty years specialist search and selection experience she has developed an outstanding reputation for recruiting Senior Manager, Executive and Board Level Professionals. Angela also leads Hamilton Forth, our specialist brand exclusively focused on Technology leadership, Change and Transformation appointments.

Angela has broad experience as a search professional and a proven track record of delivering a high-quality search and selection service to both public and private companies in the UK and internationally. She can provide solution led advice on talent acquisition and career pathing for both decision makers and individuals. She believes in a partnership approach to recruitment, ensuring a detailed understanding of employer/jobseeker requirements and delivering a bespoke service underpinned by professionalism, pragmatism and strong market knowledge.

Outside of work and family; Angela is a mentor to vulnerable high school children, she loves to travel and enjoys many sports. In particular, she likes enjoying the great outdoors and has conquered the mighty Mount Kilimanjaro.

Francesca Christophersen
Francesca Christophersen
Cesca graduated from the University of Edinburgh with a BSc in Applied Sport Science with first class honours, where she specialised in Sports Biomechanics and Physiology. Through her work experience in Aberdeen Asset Management’s HR department and her front of house role at Assembly Festival, she knew she wanted to pursue a people focused career and joined Livingston James as a Research Associate in 2018.

Cesca is fluent in Norwegian and has studied Spanish, French and Italian. In addition to playing competitive football, basketball and water polo, Cesca was a competitive swimmer for over 10 years competing at National level and for Scotland Universities. She is now Head Swim Coach of the Edinburgh University Swimming and Water Polo Club (EUSWPC).

Cesca has always been heavily involved in volunteering, from swim teaching at local clubs to working at high profile sporting events such as the Commonwealth Games and the European Championships. She also took on several committee roles whilst at university such as Vice President of EUSWPC, overseeing club development for over 200 members. She was subsequently awarded a Colours Award for outstanding voluntary service to the Sports Union. As well as being a qualified swim teacher and coach, Cesca is also a qualified lifeguard, water polo Table Official and Anti-doping Advisor.

Kirsty Sim
Kirsty Sim
Kirsty has been in recruitment for 6 years since graduating with an MA (Hons) Psychology from the University of Aberdeen. She started her career in research for an Aberdeen engineering, oil and gas specialist before moving into a consulting role with a boutique search practice where she stayed for two years, focusing on the delivery of senior assignments across the O&G markets.

Kirsty originally joined Livingston James in 2016 to further enhance our senior UK and international research and market mapping offering, diversifying her client base to cover FMCG, Retail, Energy, Property, Manufacturing, Education and Agribusiness. Keen to utilise her extensive industry, client and candidate knowledge, Kirsty moved into a Consultant role with a strong remit around Consumer markets. She brings a passion for providing a high quality, consultative service to her clients.

Outside of work, Kirsty enjoys travelling and runs a food blog and Instagram page called Pancakes and Polaroids, reviewing places to eat in Edinburgh and sharing simple cooking/baking recipes for a busy lifestyle.

Fiona McLeod
Fiona McLeod
Fiona joined Livingston James as Administration and Accounts Manager in May 2010 and has had significant impact on the day to day running of the business ever since. Fiona provides support across a broad range of functions both internally and externally, not least operating as an anchor point in our ongoing communications with clients and candidates.

Prior to joining Livingston James, Fiona spent over 13 years supporting senior executives and consultants in the recruitment industry. Her experience ranges from support of  research led CEO search assignments through to provision of marketing services, events coordination and office operations management. This breadth of knowledge and Fiona’s commitment to delivering excellence make her an invaluable member of the team.

Beyond her day to day work life, Fiona has played an active part in teams focussed on fundraising for multiple charities. She is a key member of the team running the annual Wooden Spoon dinner in Glasgow.

Kerry Bain
Kerry Bain
Kerry joined Livingston James as Sales & Support Manager in July 2015.  Kerry’s remit is the direct provision of support to the Livingston James Edinburgh team, however she has additional responsibility across the whole Livingston James Group for all things associated with sales support, including compliance and contracts.

Kerry has extensive experience in recruitment, starting her career with Michael Page supporting 25 consultants as the Office Manager, then eventually moving onto Harvey Nash as the Operations Manager, managing their Contracts & Compliance function as well as supporting the team.

Kerry has also organised many charity events for the likes of MacMillan Cancer Support and Action for Children’s Byte Night.

Jemma Bruce
Jemma Bruce
In 2019 Jemma joined the Livingston James Group working in the Sales Support Team assisting all the brands within the group.

Having recently relocated to Glasgow from Aberdeen, Jemma brings over 6 years administration experience in both the recruitment and oil & gas sector.

In her previous role Jemma was responsible for managing the administration team and acting as the key interface between the team and other teams within the business.

Outside of work she enjoys travelling and finding the best pizza restaurants in any city!

Lucy Joss
Lucy Joss
Lucy is a member of our Sales Support Team, based in the Edinburgh office.

After spending time travelling Australia and gaining her HND in Public Relations and Advertising, Lucy started her career in her hometown, Aberdeen before deciding to relocate to Edinburgh in 2019.

Outside of work, she is passionate about helping out local mental health charities and loves going home to visit her dog!

Advisory Board

Andy Rogerson
Leading our Manufacturing and Emerging Technology practice, Andy brings a deep-rooted expertise in HR, Senior Management and Executive-level Search and Selection. He is a fellow of the CIPD and is a long-time supporter of the SCDI.

A graduate of both Glasgow and Robert Gordon Universities, Andy began his career in recruitment with Melville Craig in 1993, having spent 7 years as an HR Manager in the insurance industry. Within 10 years he had become MD, going on to orchestrate the rebrand to Hudson and leading the disposal of non-core business interests in 2005.

He joined the European Leadership team as CEO of the wider Hudson UK & Ireland business in 2006, steering the organisation through one of the most challenging economic periods the industry has ever faced. In the summer of 2009, he left the business to realise his long-held ambition of establishing his own business – Livingston James.

Outside of his career, Andy has turned a healthy interest in outdoor pursuits into action for a number of charities. As such, with the help and goodwill of his teams, he has raised more than £100k, principally for The Princess Royal Trust for Carers.

Craig Paterson
An enormously successful entrepreneur, Craig is best known for founding the Melville Group in 1987, which grew to become the largest and most successful player in the Scottish Recruitment industry.

His time with the organisation earned him considerable respect in the wider business community, and gave him the opportunity to engage and support an array of Scottish Executive and Scottish Enterprise initiatives – giving him a role in the continued development of a vibrant Scottish economy.

After successfully divesting the business to TMP Worldwide in 2001, Craig has pursued a mix of business and personal interests, most notably establishing the charity Football Aid, which has raised millions for diabetes-related charities and others nominated by most of the UK’s professional football teams.

Craig has an extensive business network and continues to be regarded as one of Scotland’s leading voices on employment and labour market issues.

Gillian Hastings
Gillian is a respected expert in board-level financial leadership. Having spent more than 10 years with Ernst & Young, she moved on to build FD experience across a range of sectors and different ownership structures, including early-stage venture capital backed entities through to listed market businesses, and many in between.

She now provides strategic, corporate finance and financial advice as a non-exec director for an eclectic portfolio of organisations – from an outdoor Shakespearian festival and an independent Microbrewery, to a leading mobile device content specialist and a semi-conductor foundry.

Gillian brings expertise in helping companies identify and understand their issues, unlocking routes to market, developing and funding strategic plans for long-term growth and exit – with a particular talent for working with SMEs.

Craig McDermid
Craig is an experienced corporate investor with a career in private equity, advisory, banking and family offices. Having worked for a number of businesses including RMD and Aberdeen Murray Johnstone he joined Murray Capital (formerly Charlotte Ventures) in 2004 as Investment Director. He was appointed to their Board a year later.

At Murray Capital he works with the Murray family managing a portfolio of investee companies and identifying new investment opportunities. This often involves evaluating and sometimes supplementing management teams. This brings Livingston James a unique and extremely valuable perspective on the process of identifying and attracting leadership talent for private equity investors as well as access and knowledge of his extensive network of contacts.

Outside the professional world, Craig is a keen golfer, sailor and a very poor runner. However, a keen charity supporter, he raised over £7,500 for Marie Curie Cancer Care when he ran the New York Marathon in 2006.

Mark Beaumont
Mark is a TV presenter and broadcaster, record breaking round the world cyclist, ultra endurance adventurer and business ambassador.

Mark first made fame for an 18,000 mile round-the-world bike race, where he smashed the previous World Record by a staggering 82 days. He followed this with a 13,000 mile ride down the length of the Rockies and Andes, climbing the highest mountains in Alaska and Argentina. Off the bike, he has ocean rowed through the high Arctic and survived after capsizing whilst rowing the Atlantic.

Mark is an experienced speaker, has held Ambassadorial roles for the last decade, and completed national speaking tours in the UK and internationally. He is also a dedicated charity fundraiser. In recognition of his work with young people, charity and his sporting achievements, Mark was presented an Honorary Doctorate from Dundee University in 2013.