Meet The Team

Simon Smith

Simon is the CEO and Co-Founder of JSS Search. After starting his career in recruitment in 1994 at well known brands such as Reed Accountancy and Harrison Willis, he established Investigo alongside Scott Beckson in 2003. Over the course of the next decade Investigo achieved notable recognition as a three time entrant into the Sunday Times Virgin Fast Track 100, and Hot 100. Additionally, in 2012 it was recognised in the Deloitte Futures 1000 listing of companies beating the recession.

Simon successfully exited Investigo in a deal with Investec that won Recruitment International’s deal of the year in December 2013. At JSS Search, Simon focuses his attention on internal talent acquisition, development of key clients, and he takes the lead role on high level searches.

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Scott Beckson

Scott has worked in the recruitment and executive search industry for 20 years. Prior to JSS, he co-founded Investigo in 2003 and alongside the CEO, led an MBO in 2013; a deal backed by Investec, from which he exited in 2016. Under his leadership, Investigo grew to revenues in excess of £100m, winning numerous industry awards and gaining a reputation as one of the industry’s success stories.

A serial entrepreneur, Scott acts as business-angel, advisor and investor to a portfolio of other consultancies focused on the human capital sector. Scott acts as trusted advisor to a portfolio of private equity, consulting and corporate clients, leading executive search assignments with a focus on the CFO community.

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Rashi Elkinson
Co-Founder and Executive Director, Finance

Rashi is an Executive Director and Co-Founder at JSS Search. She has over 16 years industry experience having previously worked for a global FTSE 250 recruitment business. She has led, managed and recruited finance professionals across industry and commerce, professional services firms, public sector and not for profit organisations. Rashi leads the Accountancy and Finance division at JSS Search which provides expertise in accountancy and finance, internal audit, risk and compliance, and tax and treasury recruitment.

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Ben Rowland
Executive Director

Ben Rowland has a recruitment career spanning over almost 20 years, growing business divisions from inception, and leading successful teams. Most recently Ben was a Partner at Investigo Executive, specialising in CFO appointments and their direct reports. Ben led one of Investigo’s most profitable teams and enjoyed a highly successful 13-year tenure, setting up multiple new business divisions in this time.

Ben leads the Senior Finance Practice at JSS Search which provides expertise placing senior executives into Private Equity, UK & US listed firms & privately owned businesses, typical roles; CFO, Finance Director, Group/Divisional Financial Controller, FP&A Director & Commercial Finance Leaders.

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James Fargus
Co-Founder and Executive Director, Transform

James is an Executive Director and Co-Founder at JSS, focusing on developing our Transform offering in the Change, Digital and Data markets. After serving in Her Majesty’s Royal Navy for 8 years James started his recruitment career with MWA specialising in interim Finance and, after three successful years, James joined Investigo as a founder member of their Southern Home Counties regional office. Over the next ten years James successfully established and led teams specialising in Finance, Digital, Data & Analytics and Business Transformation.

In 2013 James was a key contributor to the company’s successful MBO backed by a global investment bank before once again joined forces with Simon Smith in 2016 to become one of the founding partners of JSS Search.

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Mark Heagney
Associate Director, Transform

Mark leads the Financial Services practice at JSS Transform and has over 8 year’s experience in building out change and technology teams within that vertical. He previously worked at a global recruitment brand, establishing and building an insurance-focused change management practice before joining JSS Transform.

Mark takes a specific interest in supporting organisations going through challenging integrations or implementing innovative technology and practices. He has an expert knowledge of his market and utilises his extensive network to support his clients. 

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Melisa Faruk
Consultant, JSS Transform

Melisa is part of the Financial Services practice at JSS Transform where she supports critical programmes through supplying in-demand change management professionals.  She has over three years of experience gained at a global recruiter where she specialised in building out transformation teams at major insurance organisations.

Melisa has developed an extensive network of candidates and contacts and has supported programmes including business process, TOM, IT, cultural and regulatory change across the UK.

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Victoria McBean
Business Support Executive

Victoria has recently joined our company as a Business Support Executive to the JSS Transform Team.  She began her career in the recruitment industry in 2012 and has been able to gain a wealth of experience in support roles within both Recruitment and large Corporate Companies. Her role is to give the Transform Team all-round support.

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Stuart Levers
Associate Director, Transform

Stuart leads the permanent division of our Accountancy and Finance offering, with a geographical focus on the Southern Home Counties. Having spent his early career as an accountant with a large global electical company he moved into financial recruitment in 2010. His role at JSS is focused on recruiting high calibre, senior finance professionals into some of the leading brands within the South East. Typical roles will include, CFO, Finance Director, Group/Divisional Financial Controller, Commercial & Technical Accounting.

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Stuart Crawford
Delivery Manager, Transform

Stuart is our Delivery Manager. Having begun his career in recruitment back in 2001, he possesses a unique blend of experience which combines researching and identifying the best candidates in the market along with several years in-house at high profile organisations such as UBS, RBS and QBE Insurance. Stuart is known in the market for building strong, lasting relationships with candidates. His network spans Technology, Change Management, Business Transformation, and Procurement. He has once again chosen to join Simon and the team at JSS Search having previously worked with him at Investigo and Huntress.

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Tom Reynolds
Associate Director, Finance

Tom is an Associate Director and leads JSS’s Interim Finance offering. He has over 14 years of financial recruitment experience specialising in Qualified temporary and interim placements within commerce and industry clients. He has a broad network, with a particular focus within the Media and Entertainment sector and he has long standing relationships with UK and international corporates, including many household names, as well as more entrepreneurial, growth stage businesses (often PE/VC backed). Tom has recruited roles right across the finance spectrum from newly qualified to CFO level.

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Sonia Khanna
Senior Consultant, Finance

Sonia has over 12 years of financial recruitment experience specialising in Qualified Permanent placements within Industry & Commerce clients across London and the Thames Valley. Having worked in both a large, multinational agency as well as a well-known regional firm she brings a wealth of experience and market knowledge to JSS’s Finance team. Prior to joining the recruitment industry, Sonia worked as an accountant, spending time in the property industry and with a global pharmaceutical giant, giving her a rare mix of agency and industry experience.

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Sheryl Abrey
Manager – Consumer Finance

Sheryl has been in the financial recruitment industry since 2011; specialising in permanent, qualified hires throughout the consumer markets for the past 7 years.

She has many long-standing relationships due to her honest, consultative approach and maintains a strong track record of delivering top talent finance placements for PE backed start-ups to global market leaders.

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Elliott McAusland

Elliott is a consultant at JSS who has been in the financial recruitment industry for over 4 years. Experienced in permanent, qualified appointments across a range of sectors, he now focuses specifically on Tech, Media and Telco.

Elliott prides himself on building lasting relationships with his clients by understanding not only their specific hiring needs, but also their commercial/social agendas and culture so he can deliver a genuinely consultative approach. Typical hires range from newly Qualified Finance Analysts to Finance Directors within start-ups through to global listed organisations.

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Ben Houston
Associate Director, Strategy

Ben is a Director at JSS, where he heads up the Strategy practice based in London. Ben focuses on identifying and appointing senior executives for CXO (CEO, CSO, CCO, COO, CPO, CIO…), NED’s and Advisory posts across our Life Sciences and Healthcare clients in Europe and North America. His clients include Pharmaceutical, BioTech, MedTech, Digital Health and Healthcare providers to top tier consulting firms and LBO/Mid-Cap private equities, VC funds and their portfolios.

Ben’s role at JSS is to lead and grow the strategy team, building and supporting the development of the team across new verticals and the interim hiring proposition.

Outside of the office you’ll find him playing semi-professional rugby for Barnes Rugby Club, scuba diving or in the Alps skiing with friends and family.

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Ben Dugan
Senior Consultant, Strategy

Ben heads up the Executive Search for our FinTech and Payments offering based in London. Ben is well known in the sector for his ability to lead and manage high profile searches, whilst helping clients rebuild and restructure their executive teams. Ben boasts a global reputation and network as an industry leader, placing executive candidates with a variety of backgrounds including Chief Executive Officer, Chief Strategy Officer, Chief Commercial Officer, Chief Operating Officer, Chief Product Officer, Chief Data/Digital Officer, Chief Risk Officer, Chief Information Officer, Board/NED and Advisory across Private Equity/Venture Capital, scaleup, mid/late stage and publicly listed organisations. Ben has a deep passion for FinTech and Payments, fully immersing himself in the sector and business partnering a range of organisations to build a strong environmental, social and governance (ESG) proposition.

Ben is an avid traveller, spending 9 months travelling the world in 2019. However, Ben’s one true love is sport, in particular Rugby and Cricket.

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Jasmine Steckler
Delivery Consultant

Jasmine is a Research Consultant across Accountancy, Finance, Change and Transformation. Jasmine previously worked for a global recruitment firm Robert Walters and brings with her a track record of delivering to a range of Financial Services as well as Commerce & Industry clients. Qualified with a Masters degree, Jasmine has a background in Research and has proven her abilities working with senior -level, technical, corporate governance audiences.

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Nichola Peagam
Head of Operations

Nichola is currently the Head of Operations with responsibility for the back office at JSS Search. Having begun her career in recruitment back in 1995, working alongside Simon Smith, Nichola has continued to develop her career successfully within the industry over the last 20 years.

Her unique blend of experience which includes all areas of office management as well as core expertise working within the finance department of successful recruitment organisations means that Nichola is very well placed to support the growth and development of JSS Search.

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