WELCOME TO IGNATA FINANCE

About us

Who we are

Having spent three decades in international recruitment firms, Vikki, Steve & Ben joined forces in October 2017. Grateful for the training, career development and incredible experiences those businesses offered us, we were ready to “go it alone”.

The three of us are incredibly different but bring something new & exciting to the partnership. We set about building a company that was agile, entrepreneurial and disruptive. This was when Ignata Finance was born.

Our strategy

We have a strategic plan at Ignata Finance. It is called "doing things really, really well". We think like our customers and we care about our candidates in equal measure. We are always available (much to our families frustration) and when we are not executing on this promise, we are knee deep in data & insight; collecting, analysing, sharing and delivering off the back of it.

We wouldn’t be Ignata Finance if we weren’t dreamers as well though and we are addicted to innovation, learning & consistently challenging the status-quo.

We pride ourselves on our values:

ENTREPRENEURIAL

Our business was built by, and is run by, entrepreneurs, so:

We're always excited by the...

Our business was built by, and is run by, entrepreneurs, so:

  • We're always excited by the prospect of work and never scared of the competition
  • As entrepreneurs, we're always on the lookout for new innovations and ideas which gain a competitive edge
  • We're better able to translate the concerns and insights of our clients into solutions, making them truly tailored
  • We give our people freedom to achieve results the way they want to, thus encouraging their entrepreneurial spirit and increasing their commitment and engagement 

AGILE

Our clients benefit from our agility because we can better meet their demands:

We’re able to...

Our clients benefit from our agility because we can better meet their demands:

  • We’re able to scale up and down according to their requirements
  • We’re able to welcome change and harness it to their advantage
  • Projects are delivered faster, and to budget
  • We welcome and value face-to-face communication
  • We regularly pause and reflect on how we can be more effective and fine-tune our behaviour accordingly

DISRUPTIVE

Our tendency to disrupt benefits clients because it leads to a better solution:

We don’t accept...

Our tendency to disrupt benefits clients because it leads to a better solution:

  • We don’t accept the status quo in our industry and are constantly looking for new ways of doing things
  • By embracing digital disruption we can engage the best candidates differently, and more effectively, across a range of non-traditional touchpoints
  • Digital innovation often equates with speed - we’ll not only provide better solutions, we’ll deliver them faster
  • Disruption keeps us agile – we can respond rapidly to new propositions and ideas

Meet our team

We aim to attract, retain and develop a team of consultants that are (sadly) addicted to their jobs. Once you work with us, you’ll know what we mean!

Ben Searls

Founder

Vikki Searls

Founder

Steve Revill

Founder

George Smith

Search Consultant - Consumer Practice

John O'Connor

Director

Lucy Fleming

Candidate Consultant

Sam Trenwith

Executive Consultant

Oliver Swift

Associate Director

Patrice Gordon

Non-Exec Director: Diversity & Inclusion Advisor

David Reynolds

Non-Exec Director: Private Equity & Growth Advisor

James Caan CBE

Chairman

James Brown

Management Accountant

Deepak Jalan

Chief Investment Officer

James Webber

Chief Financial Officer

Lana Furey

Contractor Services & IR35, UK

Work for us

We're hiring! Check out our series of Meet the Team videos to learn more about the culture and opportunities available at Ignata Finance.
Meet the Team Videos
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Ben Searls

Founder

What to say! Well, first & foremost, I’m a proud father of Spencer & Marnie and overly reliant on Mrs S who is not only a prized possession at home but at work too. We’ve worked together for 16 years and never stop! I founded this business in order to find a more agile, creative and authentic way to run a recruitment business. I love every sport possible, am incredibly average at golf (but addicted to it) and my friends pull my leg about being a half-decent flutist!

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Vikki Searls

Founder

Contrary to what you would expect from someone working in sales I struggle to talk about myself. I am a mother to Marnie and Spencer and a wife and business partner to Ben. I was born in the southern hemisphere so am known for loving a holiday in the sun and quite regularly get called “Judith” (only people familiar with the programme “wish you were here” would understand that one). I feel proud and humbled that in a short time Ben, Steve and I have been able to turn Ignata Finance into the kind of business we can be so proud of, working with some amazing clients and candidates and having an approach whereby they can truly rely and trust us. I am true to the fashion degree I undertook and love fashion, interiors and shopping. I am also a keen cyclist and foodie.

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Steve Revill

Founder

My 16 years in recruitment have flown past but none more so than the last three since we started Ignata Finance. I’m incredibly proud of what we have built since firing up the laptops in Ben and Vikki’s kitchen and I absolutely love working with the best bunch of recruiters I have ever seen in the same room together. Outside of work I am a wildly inconsistent golfer, an unnecessarily maverick cook and an injury prone 5-a-side footballer- all of which make me incredibly popular at home with my wife Louisa and children, Maia and James.

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George Smith

Search Consultant - Consumer Practice

A proud Shropshire lad now based in the almost as lovely county of Sussex. Outside of work I am an avid 5-a-side footballer, aspiring chef and mediocre pianist living with my girlfriend Joanna who, thankfully, puts up with my LinkedIn addiction!

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John O'Connor

Director

I’ve been a Recruiter since 2002 and have worked across the UK, partnering with listed international businesses and private-equity backed organisations. I work across a range of sectors, specialising in finance and business leadership recruitment. Outside of work I’m a keen runner, a very average golfer and spend most of my weekends acting as a taxi service to my children! I also love the outdoors and whenever I get the chance I head to Snowdonia, where I can be found huffing and puffing my way around the mountains.

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Lucy Fleming

Candidate Consultant

When I’m not getting our lovely contractors ready to go for their new assignments, asking if there’s any coffee or walking the office dog (Wilson), I can usually be found out in the middle of nowhere exploring the countryside, being OVERLY COMPETITIVE playing cards with my best friends or cuddling my newborn godson and nephew as much as I can!
I have been with Ignata for over 2.5 years now and can honestly say I have never worked with a more driven, together, bunch of people who want to achieve our shared goals. I am also in stitches on a daily basis!!!

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Sam Trenwith

Executive Consultant

I joined Ignata back in July 2019 after working with Steve back at Michael Page to broaden my horizons and wow, it certainly has done just that! I specialise in transactional & PQ recruitment across Sussex, Surrey & London and pride myself on my work. I live in Brighton with my long-suffering girlfriend who allows me to indulge in my newfound passion for golf. Outside of the office I am obsessed with anything to do with motorsport, taking part or watching (more the latter)!

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Oliver Swift

Associate Director

Leading our Private Equity - Finance leadership practice, Oli partners with Investment Directors and CFO’s to support organisations through their Investment life-cycle.

A true lover of the outdoors, lucky enough to grow up in the Garden of England and enjoy all of the benefits of the countryside. Oli’s passion for golf goes unrivalled, much to the dismay of his partner. Finding Oli on his local course is more than common place of a weekend, with the unfathomable expectation to shoot PGA tour scores. According to Oli’s partner he has two loves in his life, Golf and Skiing, so with golf covering majority of the summer, the winter months you will certainly find Oli dreaming of a week or five touring Europe’s finest Winter resorts.

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Patrice Gordon

Non-Exec Director: Diversity & Inclusion Advisor

Alongside my full-time role leading the Joint Venture at Virgin Atlantic, I am also a highly qualified Executive Coach and Personal Development advocate specialising in Women’s Development Programmes, Inclusivity and Reverse Mentoring. My efforts on building an inclusive environment for all has been recognised by Richard Branson.

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David Reynolds

Non-Exec Director: Private Equity & Growth Advisor

I have enjoyed working with the board to deliver consistent & sustainable growth. They asked me to come on board to challenge their strategic thinking, increasing the authenticity & intellectual approach to building long-term, diverse and quality relationships. I have been able to add quality connections to their existing portfolio of clients and have had great fun working with Ben, Steve and Vikki.

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James Caan CBE

Chairman

Former Dragons’ Den star, serial entrepreneur James Caan CBE plays a pivotal role in shaping the strategy of Ignata Finance, in his role as Chairman of the Board.

James has been in recruitment for over 30 years and invests in recruitment companies of all sizes across various geographies and sectors. Alexander Mann, his first recruitment business, sold in 2013 for £260 million. His second recruitment venture, Humana International, grew to 140 offices across 30 countries. His third sale was a collection of six recruitment companies to Graphite Capital in 2014 for £100m.

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James Brown

Management Accountant

James (ACMA) has been studying and working in Finance over the last 20 years.

James has been with the group for over 5 years and supports Ignata Finance with financial reporting, and scenario modelling to enable business growth.

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Deepak Jalan

Chief Investment Officer

Deepak is the CIO of Hamilton Bradshaw, the PE house behind Ignata Finance. Deepak plays a hands on role within IGA advising on all commercial agreement negotiations, transactions, financing, due diligence and legalities.
Deepak earned an MBA in Finance from the London Business School prior to joining James Caan CBE in 2004 and is now the Group's Chief Investment Officer and Chief Financial Officer.

A Chartered Accountant (ACA) and Management Accountant (ACMA) Deepak joined HB from Unilever, where he held a number of commercial accounting and finance roles.

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James Webber

Chief Financial Officer

James has experience in senior leadership, M&A and capital raising having served as Group CFO/COO at two international recruitment groups (one a publicly listed group) and MD of a Training and Leadership Consultancy. In addition, eight years of Big 4 professional services experience, gained in the office of the COO, corporate finance, and audit with Deloitte and EY.

Voted by The Financial Director as one of the brightest 35 talents in business under 35.

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Maxine Hood

Credit Control

Maxine Joined Ignata Finance with 17 years of credit organisation experience, ICM – Credit Management qualifications and a background within many sectors of business from recycling, banking, insurance and recruitment.

Maxine is responsible for the credit management of the business from invoicing to collection.

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Lana Furey

Contractor Services & IR35, UK

After 8 years of experience within the creative, digital & IT sectors specializing in supporting freelance contingent recruitment. Lana offers a variety of operational support across several businesses and is responsible for ensuring compliance regulations are adhered to such as IR35 and GDPR.

Alongside this, she manages our outsourced payroll partner and is involved in the temporary pay & bill process where she provides contractor support for our consultants and interims. Lana is heavily involved in improving current processes and therefore manages all system implementation projects across the group to ensure we are improving through innovation - this in turn leads to delivering a healthier standard of customer service.

When taking a break from work, Lana enjoys to travel and experience new cultures, she is also a keen skier and has skied since childhood.

Our diversity & inclusion promise

Read our full D&I policy

Ignata Finance is committed to encouraging equality, diversity and inclusion among our workforce, and eliminating unlawful discrimination.

The aim is for our workforce to be truly representative of all sections of society and our customers, and for each employee to feel respected and able to give their best.

The organisation - in providing goods recruitment service - is also committed against unlawful discrimination of clients or candidates.

Read our full D&I policy