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Our Team

The Cadence Partners Family

With over a century of combined experience in executive recruitment, talent acquisition and consulting, across the public, private and third sectors, we are experts in our field. Beyond our core team, we work with a trusted family of highly experienced associates, selected for their subject matter insights and expertise.

Shani Newbold

Shani Newbold

Managing Partner

Shani has over 20 years’ experience working in executive recruitment, talent management and coaching, both in the UK and the USA. She is a leading diversity and inclusion campaigner wh...

Rob Wright

Rob Wright

Partner

​​Rob is a specialist in developing and promoting board-level talent in the health, care, and public sectors, having supported hundreds of hiring organisations to attract, assess, and appoint the right leaders, to the right jobs, at the right time. He previously worked for NHS England as Head of Executive Talent and Appointm...

  Nicola Flinton

Nicola Flinton

Executive Assistant

​Nicola the glue that holds the team together, she is a fun loving, committed and passionate people person with over 25 years’ experience in HR and Executive support. Communication is key to her role here at Cadence Partners, making day-to-day life that little bit easier for the Managing Partner and Senior Leadership Team.

 Robert Muncaster

Robert Muncaster

Lead Consultant

​Robert has nearly two decades of experience leading high-end and executive searches throughout the public, private and third sectors. He has been instrumental in the appointing of hundreds of senior leaders for some of the UK’s most prominent third sector organisations and is fiercely passionate...

Yvonne Okyere-Whalley

Yvonne Okyere-Whalley

Consultant

​Yvonne leads search assignments for senior leadership and non-executive roles within health and social care sector, the third sector and private sector. She prides herself in delivering a positive candidate experience by employing high service levels, and a personal touch to building long lasting relationship with her clients and candidates....

Lan Lay

Lan Lay

Lead Consultant

​Lan brings over a decade of experience overseeing the delivery of large-scale, complex, multi-stakeholder programmes targeting improvements to public service delivery. For the last 7 years, she has worked exclusively on behalf of multilateral development banks, where she has ma...

Dr Emma French

Dr Emma French

Associate Partner

​Emma brings over twenty years' executive search experience, focused upon Chief Executive and board appointments across the public, private and third sector. Her previous roles include Principal Consultant, Board Practice at GatenbySanderson and Co-Head of the Derivatives Desk at Odgers. She also spent over three years working with ...

  Patrick Worthington

Patrick Worthington

Head of Marketing and Communications

​Patrick has over a decade of experience working within marketing and communications in professional services; he is a member of our senior management team leading on marketing and strategy. He is an advocate for social change, and passionate about creating partnerships with other organisations; working in collaboration with charities a...

Bijal Daialal

Bijal Daialal

Researcher

​Bijal joined Cadence Partners just after graduating with a degree in History from the University of Cambridge in 2023. She had a particular interest in the histories of European Empires, Decolonisation, Gender, and the Indian sub-continent, which have informed and nuanced her understanding of the power dynamics at play in the world today. S...

Maja Kosmowska

Maja Kosmowska

Researcher

​Maja graduated from the University of Nottingham with an LLB Law degree in early 2023 and is currently putting her skillset to use as a researcher for Cadence Partners by conducting assignment research, candidate sourcing and outreach, and supporting on other research projects and assessment. Having always taken a keen interest in p...

 Elaine Thornton

Elaine Thornton

Associate Researcher

​Elaine recently graduated from Nottingham Trent University with a degree in History, as she loved everything about history and archaeology, and she is now a valued associate member of our research team putting her University research skills into practice by conducting base level candidate research and outreach.

 Ian Lowton

Ian Lowton

Senior Operations Coordinator

​Ian has worked in the recruitment space for over a decade, first as an internal recruiter in the retail sector before joining Cadence Partners two years ago to work in their Operations Team. He feels the most important thing about working here is our commitment to social justice and promoting div...

 Sophie Wilson

Sophie Wilson

Senior Operations Coordinator

​Sophie graduated in 2020 with a degree in Hispanic Studies from the University of Nottingham. During her studies, she took part in an exchange with the University of Aveiro and spent time working for a performing arts agency in Seville as part of their marketing team. On top of her language skills, Sophie also has significant experienc...

 Agnes Fletcher

Agnes Fletcher

Associate Partner

Agnes is a leading expert in disability and the wider diversity agenda. She has advised and led EDI programmes for more than 500 organisations, including Arsenal FC, the EHRC, government departments and the NHS, to name just a few. Her strategic insight has helped shape some amazing inclusive solutions in leadership deve...

Patricia Williamson

Patricia Williamson

Associate Partner

​Patricia is a commercially focused HR Director, Chief People Officer and Transformation Leader, with strong strategic and operational skills. Patricia specialises in organisational effectiveness and employee experience across multiple sectors and types of organisation, with a track record of initiating and implementing sustainable cha...

 Angela Goldberg

Angela Goldberg

Associate Partner

​Angela is a versatile assessment and development specialist, with extensive experience across the private and public sectors and internationally (US, Far East, Africa and Europe). She is very diversity-confident with a strong understanding of unconscious bias. This enables her to work conf...

Rob McDavitt

Rob McDavitt

Associate Partner

​Rob is an incredibly experienced Executive Coach and Leadership Consultant. He most recently spent 14 years as a Senior Director at Apple, where he was one of the leaders who helped Apple on their journey to realise their value of inclusion and diversity, by building a global talent strategy that enabled people to be their best selves an...

Jim Hess

Jim Hess

Board Advisor

​Jim Hess is a founding partner of Opus Partners, leading engagements in the Health Care, Not-for-Profit, and Higher Education practices. Over a 30-year career in executive recruitment, he has conducted more than 500 searches in general management, finance, marketing, information technology, human resources, risk management, and investment ma...