Dr. Seamus McGardle is the Managing Director of SRI Executive Search.
With over 25 years’ senior management experience, Seamus has led dynamic and culturally diverse teams in over forty-six countries worldwide. Committed to developing, building and maintaining long-term partnerships with international organisations, Seamus is dedicated to fulfilling the expectations and needs of our clients. With a depth of expertise across all sectors, his knowledge and familiarity with an organisation allow him to navigate and offer direction on the most complex search assignments.
He holds a BSc in Chemistry and PhD in Inorganic Chemistry from University College Dublin.
Helen McGardle is the Founder and Managing Director of SRI Executive Search.
With over 20 years’ experience as a search specialist and senior executive coach, Helen’s specialises in sourcing, managing and coaching the most exceptional candidates across the Life Science, Food Security, and Sustainability sector.
She holds a BSc in Pharmacy from Trinity College Dublin, a Masters in Business Administration from Open University and an Advanced Certificate in Executive Coaching.
Fields: Food Security & Nutrition, Public Health, Development Finance, Climate Change, Sustainability, Academia, Government Appointments, Board positions
Passionate about ethical Search & Selection Ursula has been with SRI Executive since 2004 holding a variety of roles and currently leads our global team of Consultants and Researchers to ensure we support our clients through sustainable search and strategy services that impact at scale.
With a strong orientation for developing sustainable and mutually beneficial partnerships with Clients and Candidates both in the private and public sector internationally, Ursula has worked across multiple areas of International development ranging from Food Security & Nutrition, Global Public Health, Development Finance, Climate Change & Sustainability, Academia, Government Appointments, and Board positions. Ursula generates the circumstances that build SRI Executive’s own global network of relationships and essential regional representatives that enable SRI Executive to find the world’s most outstanding diverse and dynamic leaders to save lives, eliminate poverty, sustain our planet and empower the world’s most vulnerable.to identify outstanding leaders for organisations that are solving the
Ursula holds an MSc in Molecular Medicine from Trinity College, Dublin and has a BSc (Hons) Genetics from Queens University of Belfast.
Human Resources Director for Trinity College Dublin
Dean of King’s Inns
Chief Procurement Officer for the World Bank
Chief Executive Officer for HarvestPlus
Deputy Director, County Impact, Nutrition for Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Deputy Director, Innovation & Private Sector for Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Assistant Director-General, Green Growth Planning, and Implementation
With responsibility for internal Operations and Client Services with oversight of the Tender and Contracts department, she has over the past 8-years supported the increase in SRI Executives client base, globally in both search and strategy. She has over 16 years’ experience in senior management positions, Colette specialises in the strategic planning, operational support, and the initial client engagement by brokering and building the relationship between SRI Executive and its clients at the business development, proposal and contracting stage. Colette has supported in building long term partnerships with some of our biggest clients such the Green Climate Fund, the World Bank, the UNDP, the GATES Foundation, UNICEF, the Millennium Challenge Corporation and the Asian Development Bank.
She holds a BA in English and Business from University College Dublin and an Advanced Diploma in Executive Coaching from Kingston College.
Fields: Multi-lateral banks, Foundations, Government agencies, International Development
Languages: English, French
Jill Bausch is a global leader in Executive Talent Management, working with international development and social enterprise global organisations, UN and government agencies, multilateral banks and foundations at a senior level.
Jill is a Board level advisor to development and private sector organisations, universities and business schools in Europe on leadership, business strategy and behavioural economics, and a technical specialist in executive search, coaching, mentoring, behaviour change and psychometrics.
With more than 20 years’ experience in Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia, and as the former CEO of Futures Group Europe, managing healthcare impact and behaviour change programmes globally, Jill is driven to build high-performance teams and to work with the new leaders of tomorrow.
Jill has an MSc. From the London School of Economics, is Certified in Disease Modelling from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Jill is also a qualified practitioner in Emotional Intelligence 2.0 & 360 tools and Hogan Personality Profiling.
Assistant Secretary-General for the United Nations Children’s Fund
Assistant Secretary-General for United Nations Department of Safety and Security
Director of Human Resources for United Nations Development Program
External Affairs Director for Green Climate Fund
Director of Partnerships for United Nations Women
Director of Finance and Policy for Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Director of Maternal, Child and Newborn Health for Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Private Sector Investment Specialist for Asian Development Bank
Susanne André is an accomplished and multi-faceted Senior Search & Strategy Consultant with SRI Executive. A strong and efficient changemaker in organisational development, it is her ability to harness and nurture talent, her legal eye for detail and adaptability in multi-cultural environments that make her a front-runner in strategy consulting. With 15 years of experience in legal work, governance, and human resources, her craft has been bolstered and fine-tuned having held leadership positions for the past eight years.
Susanne is comfortable working with small organisations and large networks alike. Immediately prior, she worked with Global Water Partnership leading on all aspects of process review and organisational restructuring across the network: with regional workforces, with management, and at a governance level. Susanne’s expertise in behavioural science means she offers more than just efficiency. With a deep knowledge of workforce training, performance development and talent management, Susanne ensures values and goals are aligned across all levels.
With SRI, Susanne is currently a Senior Consultant with a focus on climate change, sustainability and multilateral agencies and a Strategy Consultant in the areas of governance and organisational development.
Susanne holds a LLB Honors in European Law and Politics from the University of Edinburgh, and an Organisational and Work Psychology and Introductory course in Psychology from Lunds Universitet,
Ann is responsible for the research function of SRI Executive globally. She has worked in International Development for the last six years, having previously worked in the private sector in International Marketing. Ann has held several roles within the International NGO sector. Her focus was in a donor-facing environment, building partnerships with key donors including Irish Aid and the EU. Her 18 years of experience in the private sector and additional experience in the NGO sector bring a unique insight and perspective to her work.
Ann holds a BA (Hons) in Economics and German from University College Cork and a Post Graduate Diploma in Marketing Management from the Technological University Dublin.
Edward Wild works closely with Dr. Seamus McGardle across sectors, drawing on his expertise in education, charities, and agriculture.
Edward leads Wild Search, a London based business which advises on senior appointments and publishes a wide range of reports through its thought leadership division, Wild Research. A headhunter and board adviser since 2004, his earlier career was in education and fundraising for a number of charities.
Educated at the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge, Edward is a trustee of the Royal School of Church Music and an experienced charity trustee.
Patrick Shields is a Partner of SRI Executive Search.
Patrick is an accomplished recruiter and manager with a demonstrated operational ability to administer human resource services to decentralised worldwide offices. He has recognized expertise in high volume, multinational, hands-on recruiting and staffing.
Patrick has been the Executive Director and CEO of Global Recruitment Specialists for 23 years. GRS is a boutique recruitment agency focusing on the international social sector. Patrick also was the Manager of Recruitment & Staffing with CARE International in New York City for seven years, the Director of Admissions of Saint Joseph’s College in Brooklyn New York, a Recruiter with the Peace Corps in New York City, and a water and sanitation Peace Corps Volunteer in Kenya in the early 1980s. Patrick has lived in Africa, Asia and Latin America.
Susan brings over fifteen years’ experience working in diverse sectors, having started her career in the NGO sector as Executive Director for Junior Achievement in Kenya for over five years.
Following that, she moved to Australia where she worked with the State of Victoria’s Equal Opportunities Commission as a Multicultural Outreach Officer, reaching out to diverse communities and educating them on the Equal Opportunities Law and the complaints lodgement process.
Susan then successfully started her own business, recruiting and placing Attendant Care workers in nursing homes and home-based respite support for primary caregivers.
Susan returned to Kenya and has been in the Executive Search field since 2011, supporting SRI to deliver on its executive search projects in the region whilst building the brand’s footprint in Africa.
Susan holds a Master’s Degree in Human Resource Development from, Jomo Kenyatta University of Science and Technology. She is currently undertaking a PhD in the same field, with a keen interest in organisational development and raising recruitment and selection standards within small and medium enterprises in Africa through research, training and development. She is also a qualified Life Coach from Life Coaching Academy in Australia.
Executive Director for African Economic Research Consortium
Chief Operating Officer for Climate-KIC
Chief Executive Officer, Innovative Solutions for Decision Agriculture
Country Director, Mozambique for The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation
Director, Commercialization for The African Agricultural Technology Foundation
Chief Finance Officer for Harvest Plus
Director, Research for the African Population and Health Research Center
Chief Executive Officer for The African Comprehensive HIV/AIDS Partnerships
Chief Financial Officer for International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh
A matchmaker for both candidate and organisation, Arvin ensures candidates are always a good fit to achieve their objectives. Having been in Executive Search since 1996, Arvin has serviced a cross-section of industries in the public and private sectors and has been a Senior Consultant with SRI Executive since 2009.
Arvin handles consultancy services for global organisations and specialises in sourcing and transitioning the most exceptional private and public sector senior management executives across different sectors into non-for-profit, foundation, banking, government, and private organisations. Arvin has deep experience in Food Security & Nutrition, Global Public Health, Development Finance, and Climate Change.
Arvin holds a BA in Psychology from De La Salle University, Philippines.
Director of Operations for The International Rice Research Institute
Head of Resource Mobilization for The International Rice Research Institute
Head of Partnerships for The International Rice Research Institute
General Counsel for Green Climate Fund
Head of Portfolio Management for the Green Climate Fund
Fields: Business & Professional Services, Private sector, Manufacturing and NGO´s
Languages: English, Spanish
Adriana is an international executive with broad experience in human resources and expertise in global executive search, she has successfully recruited more than 120 executive-level searches, contributed to the placement of more than 2,500 professionals during her career. Adriana’s key strengths are in leadership, coaching, strategic thinking, executive search, organisation building, communications, and company culture. Adriana has led high-growth organisations on how to attract and retain top talent.
Adriana is a multiple level human resources coach and advisor, she has worked for international non-profit organisations providing research and advisory services for private and public clients. Her bi-cultural exposure and diversity recruitment acumen consolidates her as a Global Executive Recruiter & HR Professional with expertise from working with multilateral agencies, NGOs and private sector multinational companies. Adriana leads searches for executives in South America, Ireland, the UK and internationally.
Adriana holds a BS in Industrial Relations by ITESO and a diplomate in PNL
General Manager, Brazil Sao Paulo for Carlson Wagonlit Travel
Chief Financial Officer, Guadalajara, México for C&A
Chief Financial Officer, Mexico City for The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center
Director of Human Resources, Mexico City for Sodexo
General Manager, Washington DC for Business Improvement Districts
Fields: International Development, Foundations, Multilateral, and Government Agencies
Catherine is Head of Business Development with SRI Executive. Catherine’s role is a global one, responsible for developing relationships with new clients and nurturing existing relationships with our long-term clients who continue to partner with SRI Executive over the last 20 years. Committed to gathering unique insights that impact talent and strategy needs in the global development sector, she is able to provide valuable trends and relevant knowledge to support the most complex search assignments and partner with organisations on strategy development. Prior to her role in business development, Catherine worked with SRI Executive in a search capacity identifying candidates for senior appointments in UNICEF, UN Women, the Green Climate Fund, the Global Water Partnership and engaged closely with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation on their senior recruitment efforts in Africa.
Catherine has a Bachelor’s of Environmental Planning from Queens University Belfast and an MBA from Wilkes University in Pennsylvania, USA.
Deputy Director of Finance for UNICEF
Executive Secretary for the Global Water Partnership
Deputy Director of Program Advocacy & Communications for the Gates Foundation
Global Strategy & Organisational Development Expert
Combining her skills in project management and organisational development, Shawna has the tactical and implementation expertise to help organisations assess their relevancy, effectiveness, and efficiency in seeking to ensure their organisational Fit-for-Purpose in a changing global landscape. Her experience in designing and facilitating over 80 interventions for organisations such as USAID, Global Innovation Fund (GIF), PeacePlayers International and ICARDA, has led her to become passionate about development outcomes and the steps required to demonstrate positive impact.
Fields: International Development, Health, and Life Sciences
Noel has worked in the International Development arena for the past 5 years, having previously worked in banking for close to 13 years. More recently, Noel held several roles within the International NGO sector, where his focus was within a donor facing environment – building partnerships with major donors, foundations, trusts, and the corporate world.
Noel’s experience of having worked in both the private sector and the NGO sector brings a unique insight and perspective to his work.
Noel has an MA in International Development from University College Dublin and a BA in Sc. Management (Administration and Marketing) from Trinity College, Dublin. He is also a fully qualified practitioner in PRINCE2 Project Management methods.
Iryna Maystrenko is a Consultant of SRI Executive Search
Location: Kyiv, Ukraine, Nice, France
Fields: Banking & Finance, Health and Life Sciences, International Development, Multilateral and Government Agencies
Language: English, Russian, Ukrainian
Iryna practices psychology, coaching and training people in her private psychological consultation since 2012, after 10 years as a banking executive.
With SRI, Iryna is currently a Consultant with a focus on Eastern Europe region agencies and she is comfortable working with small organizations and large networks alike. With a deep knowledge of psychology, coaching and career guidance, Iryna ensures values and goals are aligned across all levels. Combining experience in banking with consulting experience she brings a unique insight and perspective to her work.
Iryna has a Diploma in Finance from Ukrainian Academy of Banking and Diploma of Psychologist from National Pedagogical University ‘M.P.Dragomanov’, Kyiv, Ukraine; Certificates of Moskow Institute of System Consulting and Training and Moskow Institute of Process Work.
Aveen Colgan is a Consultant of SRI Executive Search
Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Fields: Foundations, Global Health, International Development, Multilateral, and Government Agencies
Languages: English, Dutch, Spanish
Aveen has over 15 years’ experience in Search Consultancy and as a researcher and project advisor in Australia, UK, The Netherlands, and Ireland. She has worked with SRI Executive on assignments since 2016. She is passionate and committed to assisting organisations and individuals to realise their goals to attain positive social and environmental impact. Aveen has completed assignments for the GATES Foundation, the World Bank, WTO, OECD, the IMF, and the ILO. Aveen excels in helping clients to develop their vision, to document their values, to design and streamline processes, and to build the best teams to achieve sustainable growth. She is a resourceful Search Consultant, bringing flair and flexibility to organisations.
Aveen is adept at identifying and introducing the best talent for clients’ specific requirements. She has completed Search assignments in a diverse range of sectors including, Global Health, Renewable Energy, and INGO’s.
She holds a BA in History and Philosophy from the University of College Dublin.
With over 11+ years working as a Recruitment Consultant, Shenaaz ensures candidates are always a good fit within an organisation to support the achievement of organisational goals. Shenaaz brings a crosscutting approach to the recruitment process in both the public and private sectors. She has supported in the appointment of senior directors into the FMCG sector. Working with organisations that are funded by the larger donors such as the World Bank, she can deliver consultancy services for regional and global organisations and specialises in sourcing and transitioning the most exceptional private and public sector senior management executives across different sectors into international development sector, and private organisations. Shenaaz is also tasked with SRI’s own internal hiring.
Chief Transaction Officer – South African Power Pool
Senior Programme Officer – South African power Pool
Head of Business Expansion Products – Copperbelt Energy
Victoria Bioux is a Leadership Development Consultant of SRI Executive Search.
With extensive experience in leadership development and change management, Victoria specialises in developing individuals, teams and organisations across the Life Science, Sustainability and Multilateral Agency sector.
She holds a BA in Psychology, a BSc in Business Administration from State University of New York, Buffalo and a Masters in Clinical Psychology.
Farina Pane is a Director of SRI Executive Search in Indonesia.
With over 20 years’ experience in leadership development and change management, Farina specialises in identifying and implementing the organisational changes across the Multilateral Agency and Climate Change sector.
She holds a Masters in Finance from Cleveland State University, Ohio.
Sharon Crabtree is a Training and Performance Specialist in SRI Executive Strategy.
With extensive experience as a Training and Performance Specialist, Sharon has developed and delivered complex learning and development strategies across the International Development, Climate Change, Sustainability, Conservation and Public sector. Having worked with WorldFish, CIMMYT, CIFOR, IWMI and ILRI, she understands the organisational dynamics and the complexities which arise, when implementing change within any organisation. As a former Director of the Hay Group, Sharon has implemented performance management, training and leadership development programmes for many senior-level executives and global leaders across the world.
She holds a BEd (Hons) from the University of Gloucestershire and a BSc and Masters in Leadership and Management from the Open University, in the United Kingdom.