Our Team

Focus
Executive Search & Leadership Development

Experience
London Business School, Mondex, Oliver Wyman, Retail Decisions

Frances has over 25 years’ in the people business across banking, financial services, payments and executive education.

With expertise in talent development, career coaching and performance management, she has extensive experience of leading large international teams and positioning HR to work closely with the business to bring long-term practical solutions to business leaders.

Frances enables individuals, teams and organisations to develop commercial thinking in order to maximise personal and organisational growth and development.

Previous roles include: HR Director, Retail Decisions; Global Head of Human Capital, Oliver Wyman Financial Services; HR Development Manager, Mondex; Professional Development Manager and Executive Education Programme Manager, London Business School.

Frances is a Fellow of the CIPD and a Certified Integral Coach (New Ventures West).

Outside of Greenings:
Often found walking the Surrey Hills with her two dogs. A keen but fair-weather golfer who loves to experience new cultures through travelling.

Focus
Operational & Financial Management

Experience
​American Express, Fidelity, NatWest and business start-ups

Fiona has spent over 25 years in HR Development within financial services, delivering Talent and Organisational Development solutions to major corporates across the US and EMEA regions including NatWest, American Express and HR Access Solutions (Fidelity Investments).

Key areas of expertise: design, development and monitoring of systems and procedures to support individual and collective performance. Development of people strategies to ensure this most valuable resource is attracted, retained and coached to achieve business goals. Project management and implementation of HR related programmes both local and international for corporate and start-up environments.

Fiona is an Associate of the CIPD, an NLP Accredited Practitioner and a Practitioner of Situational Leadership.

Outside of Greenings:
Married with two children, Fiona loves Sailing & Dance classes. Her spare time is spent with family, walking their miniature schnauzer, and discovering new gins with friends.

Andrew Greening

Focus
Board, Non-Executive Directors and Interims

Experience
​Acquired Odgers 1997, previously with Korn Ferry, Norman Broadbent, NatWest Group

A pioneer in the Executive Search industry for over 30 years, Andrew’s success is defined by his obsession for People, helping to further careers and being fully invested in his clients. He has disrupted and challenged the possible for cross-border executive search; ranked in the Top 15 for consecutive years at the world’s largest firm in his late 20’s, the following year he accepted an offer to join the Management Buy-In Board of Odgers.

Always keen to break new ground, Andrew launched Greenings with a client-centric, virtual delivery model, removing territorial barriers to enable creativity, speed and insight to deliver complex international searches. 

His depth of sector knowledge and judgement across  the Americas and EMEA regions supports PE’s seeking an early view on potential acquisitions, as well as CEO’s looking for introductions to funding and Board composition.

Between 2005-10 he served as Chairman of Governors for one of the UK’s leading HMC Independent Schools, King Edward’s in Bath.

Professional education includes Senior Leadership at Harvard and Corporate Finance at London Business School.

Sponsor of the Greenings entry in the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race 2017/18.

Outside of Greenings:
With a passion for competition on the seas, Andrew raises funding for Offshore Sailing and Powerboat competitors, enjoys motorcycling and winter sports with his family.

Katie Lafiandra

Focus
Leading the global Executive Search Practice

Experience
EVO Payments (FinTech & Merchant Acquisition), Imerys SA (Mining & Manufacturing), PRGX (Data Analytics & Professional Services), Verizon (Telecoms)

Katie brings 25 years’ experience on executive leadership teams, across multiple sectors and geographies. She has successfully delivered international Human Resources transformations, strategy and operations, building great teams and cultures, and interacting with the Board.

She has served at public-traded companies with large international footprints, then most recently joining as CHRO for EVO Payments, a private company that successfully went public in 2018 (IPO), culminating in the sale to Global Payments in 2023.

Prior to her executive HR roles, Katie practiced law with Jones Day and Morris, Manning & Martin, and then as an in-house General Counsel for 13 years.

Key areas of expertise: Executive Leadership, Cultural Transformation, HR Transformation & Strategy. Talent Attraction, Alignment & Management. Executive Compensation & Total Rewards. Organisational Design & Development. Sustainability Programmes and Environment, Health & Safety. Building High Performance Teams. Compliance & Risk Management.

Katie holds a Juris Doctorate in Law from the University of Virginia (UVA) and an undergraduate degree from Southern Methodist University (SMU).

Outside of Greenings:
Enjoys time with her three adult children, family & friends, along with beloved dog and 2 cats. Katie loves great food, trying new restaurants & experiences, watching movies, and binging a good series. A ‘social golfer’.

Focus
International Research Delivery

Experience
Logica, Paribas, Accenture

Karen heads up the Research function for Greening and has been an integral member of the team that has differentiated our offering, engaging with candidates across the globe and across multiple sectors

Karen studied French and German at Oxford Brookes University and moved to Paris after graduation for Arthur Andersen (Accenture)

She subsequently joined Logica in their HR function whilst studying part time for her IPD qualification; latterly she was HR Manager in the Financial Services division, (retail and wholesale banking)

Karen moved into Executive Research in the late 90’s and has supported Andrew and the team across Europe and the Americas for the last 15 years

Outside of Greenings:
Karen lives in Kent with her husband and three dogs and enjoys holidays in the British Virgin Islands and anywhere else with a warm climate

Luisa Mendus-Edwards

Focus
Executive Assistant

Experience
Peoplebank, Oliver Wyman, Fremantle

Lui started her career in Publishing but soon chose to focus on becoming an Executive Assistant given her strong organisational abilities and communication skills. She gained experience in London in the Financial Services sector where she supported a Global HR Leader, and also has experience overseas from working in Hong Kong where she was Executive Assistant to the Chairman of Asia Pacific’s leading IT recruitment company.

Lui supports the virtual interface between Greenings’ clients and candidates around the globe. Her principal focus is managing complex travel itineraries and diary logistics, as well as supporting the global team.

Outside of Greenings:

Lui enjoys travel, yoga and running around after her two young children.

Samantha Murray

Focus
Executive Assistant

Experience
Swissport, Hexham and Northern Rural, Countrywide

Having spent most of her childhood living in Kuwait, Egypt and the UAE attending international schools, Samantha moved back to the UK to undertake a degree in International Business. Her career began in real estate however after several years, she embarked on a change of direction and moved into the aviation sector. It was there that her interest for human resources began. Samantha went on to obtain a Masters in Human Resources Management and Development and is an Associate member of the CIPD.

Samantha provides EA support including diary management, logistics, liaising with candidates and clients as required, assignment process management, as well as providing general support to the global team.

Outside of Greenings:
Married with two children, Samantha enjoys spending time with her farming family and friends. She loves travelling and taking part in a variety of sports, and watching her sons compete at their horse and shooting events.

Focus
Delivery Operations & Executive Search

Experience
Mackenzie Stuart Executive Search & Selection, Oakleaf Partnership

Coming from a background in Executive Search, Harry has spent the first portion of his career looking at commercial, technology and finance roles across the globe.

Having spent a significant amount of time in the APAC region growing up, he has a deep understanding of global markets and has made placements across the UK, Germany, Australia, Singapore and North America.

Harry utilises his valuable experience and cultural sensitivity when approaching international searches.  With a deep commitment to clients and candidates, he thrives on connecting with people at a personal level.

Outside of Greenings:
Passionate about theatre, food and exercise, Harry specifically enjoys sailing, skiing and rugby, as well as homemade pizza and F1.

Claire Parkinson

Focus
Research and Executive Search

Experience
PSD Group, Euro London

Claire has a dual role within Research and Consultancy at Greenings. She started her career recruiting multilingual candidates into the financial services sector in London with Euro London Appointments, then moved to France to establish and manage their Paris office. A fluent French speaker, she spent over six years in Paris during which time she joined PSD Group, successfully launching the finance specialism from a standing start, building a loyal pan-European network of clients and candidates thanks to her high level of motivation and dedication to quality of delivery.

With consistent levels of success, Claire has enjoyed working with both smaller start-up/scale-up businesses as well as large corporates, with a focus on finance, commercial and HR roles, both in the UK and internationally. She enjoys rewarding long term relationships with clients, candidates and colleagues alike.

Outside of Greenings:
When not busy looking after her three children, Claire enjoys going for long walks or runs with her dog in the countryside, singing with the SingSpace musical theatre choir, or just reading a good book.

Kate Smith-Wilson

Focus
Executive Assistance and Administration

Experience
British American Tobacco, Zurich Financial Services, NHS, Oxfam, Elavon, Whittle School & Studios

Kate has over 30 years’ experience as an EA and administrative manager across a wide variety of sectors including financial services, private education, NGO, retail and public.  She has worked at CEO level providing support to the heads of global businesses for nearly 20 years and has spent most of the last 15 years working within Payments, supporting senior leadership between London/Atlanta, when she also had responsibility for organising incentive events.

Kate provides EA support including diary management, logistics, liaising with candidates and clients as required, assignment process management, as well as providing general support to the global team.

Outside of Greenings:
Kate is a budding cellist, a close follower of Italian and modern opera and enjoys travel and the arts.

Focus
Executive Search – International Search across all functional areas specialising in Payments, FinTech and AI

Experience
Mackenzie Stuart Executive Search & Selection, Robert Half International

Emilly is tenacious and ambitious with consummate professionalism, building a career in Executive Search focusing on commercial, finance and product/technology roles across the UK, Africa, Germany, Sweden, Singapore and North America. Her network is deeply embedded with the international leaders of the Payments and FinTech organisations.

Having travelled extensively and spent several years living in the US, Emilly leads the Talent Solutions Practice for Greenings and brings a cross-border perspective to her searches; she very much enjoys dealing with businesses and candidates at a Transatlantic level.

Passionate about people and business; Emilly thoroughly enjoys bringing the best talent to innovative companies around the world and being involved with their hiring strategy. She takes pride in immersing herself in all aspects of her client’s organisation, taking the time to understand their needs and culture to place the perfect candidate and grow their teams. Adaptable and driven, she will deliver the most effective solutions for any size of business.

Outside of Greenings:
An avid skier, Emilly enjoys running and country walks, as well as experiencing new cultures and foods with friends and family.

Advisors

David Elleray MBE

Focus
Board Practice (Education & Sport), Football Regulation and Governance

Experience

IFAB, Football Regulatory Authority, FA Referees’ Committee, Harrow School

David has forged distinguished careers in sport and education, combining both fields successfully for over 40 years.  

His 30-year tenure at Harrow produced the only clash when, as candidate for the Headmastership, he declined refereeing in the FIFA World Cup finals in France.

As England’s top football referee for 20 years and successful international for 8, he has refereed the FA Cup final and international finals in Europe, Africa, Asia and S. America.

A Member of the FA Council since 2002 and Chairman of FA Referees’ Committee, he works extensively for the FA and IFAB (International body responsible for the Laws of the Football worldwide).

As Vice Chairman of the Football Regulatory Authority and Chairman of the Compliance Monitoring Group, his focus is governance and integrity.

His work continues as Chairman, Independent Schools FA and he was awarded an honorary doctorate by Sheffield Hallam University for ‘outstanding contribution to education and sport’.

Outside of Greenings:
David enjoys watching sports and supporting his many Godchildren.

David Hartshorn

Focus
Leadership Development, Building Successful Teams, Crisis Management

Experience
Superintendent (Metropolitan Police Service), Clipper RTW Race Skipper, Yachtmaster (Ocean) Instructor

David served as a police officer for 30 years, achieving the rank of Chief of Staff for the Metropolitan Police Service Public Order Branch. A highly regarded strategic and operational leader, he was Deputy Operational Commander for the policing of the London Olympic Games in 2012.

His involvement in many high-profile events, such as policing the serious disorder that swept the UK in 2011 and coordinating policing response to terrorist attacks within London, led to his commendation at the highest levels for exceptional leadership, resilience, professionalism and dedication to duty.

This experience of leading teams under pressure motivated David to skipper the Greenings team on the Clipper RTW Yacht Race 2017-2018, and lead a team of amateur sailors across some of the harshest and most remote oceans on the planet.

David inspires self-belief and empowerment, ensuring collective values and goals are achieved whilst maintaining high levels of individual integrity.

Outside of Greenings:
A keen rugby fan, sailing instructor and family man.

Sophie Hobbs

Focus
Board Practice – Financial Restructuring, Operational Leadership, Strategic Planning, M&A

Experience
Global Financial leadership in major corporates, start-ups, NGO’s and not-for-profit

Sophies has over thirty years’ extensive international experience as a financial executive, serving as Chief Financial Officer and Vice President of Global Finance for large international corporations, start-up companies, and service and manufacturing enterprises, as well as non-governmental not-for-profit organizations.

A strategist with operations and financial experience, she now concentrates on interim leadership assignments to help firms manage critical projects, challenges and transitions such as rapid growth, M&A, sale and IPO readiness, and CFO transition.

Sophie has dual French and American citizenship, is fluent in German and has lived and worked in Europe, North America, Africa and Asia (where she has also travelled extensively).

Outside of Greenings:
Sophie’s “favourite waste of time” after spending time with her husband, is gardening and drinking the wines they try to collect.

Tim Jones CBE

Focus
Board Practice – Chair & NED’s in Digital, FinTech & Government

Experience
Tata,  ITG Inc., Capital One Bank (Europe), NatWest, Mondex, Simpay

Tim Jones is an experienced CEO with specialisms in financial transactions including payment systems, retail banking and pensions. Tim is the former CEO of NEST Pensions in the UK and serves additionally as an Independent Director at ITG Inc., a NYSE listed institutional broker dealer in New York.

Earlier in his career, Tim spent seventeen years at NatWest Bank in the UK where, from 1990, he led the development of Mondex digital cash, as well as becoming Chief Executive of Retail Banking in the late 1990s.

Tim has recently been appointed as Chairman of Tata Limited, in addition to his NED responsibilities and advisory work with Greening.

Outside of Greenings:
Tim is married with three grown up children and has homes in East Sussex and London.

Romain Mannelli

Focus
Board Practice (Luxembourg) – Human Resources & Leadership Development

Experience
Global Human Resources at Bertelsmann, CLT/UFA

Expert in Leadership, Talent Development and Performance Management, Romain led the HR function of RTL Group as Executive VP Corporate Human Resources, playing a central role in the development of the Group.

He was a key player in the merger of CLT (Compagnie Luxembourgeoise de Télévision) and UFA (Universum Film AG, owned by Bertelsmann -Germany) in 1997 and the creation of RTL Group after the merger with Pearson TV in 2000, merging very different corporate cultures. He retired in mid-2016 and currently provides consultancy in Leadership and HR Management.

Prior appointments include Managing Director of Luxair Tours, the tour operator entity of the Luxembourg airline Luxair and Head of Information Technology and Information Systems of Chemins der Fer Luxembourgeois. Romain graduated in Information Technology from the University of Karlsruhe (Germany).

Outside of Greenings:
Global Board Practice – New Business Start-up, Operations, Organisational Structure, Business Development​Romain was a member from 1969 to 1980 of the Luxembourg national epee fencing team, was several times national champion and member of the Luxembourg epee fencing team participating in 1972 in the Summer Olympics. He still enjoys fencing along with tennis and music. 

Kevin Sprake

Focus
Board Practice – New Business Start-up, Operations, Organisational Structure, Business Development

Experience
The Fraud Practice, Fusion Recruiting Labs, Vesta, Retail Decisions (ACI)

Managing Partner at The Fraud Practice, driving SaaS-based online corporate learning programs focused on global eCommerce payments and fraud prevention.

Kevin has led global teams through the launch, incubation, growth, and sale of technology organisations. Prior positions include President, Fusion Recruiting Labs; SVP/Managing Director at Vesta; EVP/Regional President, North America – Retail Decisions, sold to ACI Worldwide in 2015.

Kevin has worked with Andrew Greening since the formation of Greenings and adds his network and business acumen to the team.

Outside of Greenings:
NJ Community Leader husband and dad to three boys, Kevin enjoys college baseball, basketball and long walks.

Tony Underwood

Focus
Executive Search, On-Boarding & Performance, Digital Commerce & Analytics for Sport, Aviation & Entertainment

Experience
Rugby Union International, Airline Captain, Culture & Leadership Trainer, Executive Coach, EQi.

Tony made the transition from international rugby player to build another successful career in commercial aviation. Reaching the top of these two high-performing environments, he brings a unique insight into what individual qualities it takes to harness the most from yourself and from your team. In particular, that everything revolves around relationships.

He played rugby for Cambridge University, Leicester Tigers and the Newcastle Falcons, won 27 caps for England and went on two British Lions tours.
His flying career took him from Easyjet to Virgin Atlantic and culminated in his role as a Captain for Emirates.

To build on these experiences, he qualified as an EMCC Executive Coach and became a practitioner in EQi2.0, a measure of emotional intelligence.
Tony is on the Dean’s Advisory Board at York St. John Business School and is a proud ambassador of the Newcastle Rugby Foundation.

Outside of Greenings:Tony enjoys dog walks and cycling or any excuse to get into the beautiful North Yorkshire countryside with his family.

Polly Van Duser

Focus
Executive Search & Talent Solutions – North America 

Experience
Bank of America Merchant Services, Heartland Payment Systems, WorldPay, AT&T

Polly has spent over 20 years in Talent Acquisition including 13 years in Payments, leading in-house teams that support all enterprise recruitment efforts for Bank of America Merchant Services, Heartland Payments Systems and WorldPay.

With a passion for empowering women, she has led companywide Women’s Leadership Networks and is on the Board of Directors for Wnet (Women Networking in Electronic Transaction).

Key areas of expertise include end-end Talent Acquisition Strategy, recruiting senior level talent, Diversity and Inclusion initiatives, building infrastructure designed to drive enterprise-wide recruitment efforts, employment branding and recruiting process improvement. 

Polly holds a Bachelors in Journalism from Georgia State University and her Senior Professional Human Resources (SPHR) certification.

Outside of Greenings:
Based in Atlanta, Polly enjoys cooking, travelling, podcasting and volunteering in her community. Her free time is spent with her husband and stepdaughter. She is also an identical twin.

To find out more about our company and how we can either help you or your business to succeed in the future,

please get in touch with our team.

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