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“Beyond the Usual Suspects”: Executive recruitment and the ongoing Diversity challenge

September 17, 2021

Jonathan Swain, our Senior Partner and Head of Government and Enterprise Practice reflects on what still needs to be done to ensure more diverse leadership appointments by both recruiters and hiring organisations.

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Universities join the swelling ranks of institutions looking to land as a catalyst for change

July 20, 2021

A growing number of British institutions are repurposing land for an economy reshaped by the pandemic. Universities in particular are now embarking on projects on an unprecedented scale, sparking demand from skills from non-traditional pools of talent.

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Opportunities in the EU & China in 2021 for companies and candidates – 5 things to take into consideration

February 16, 2021

Economic tensions between the US and China didn’t begin with Donald Trump, and they won’t end with Joe Biden. A renewed urgency by both sides to gain technological independence from the other, whether via supply chains or intellectual property, provides opportunities for companies and executive candidates alike – particularly in Europe.

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McLean welcomes Rebecca Jones to the Team!

January 13, 2021

A big welcome to Rebecca Jones who joins the Mclean team as an Associate Partner. She joins at a particularly busy time for our public sector practice as it continues its expansion into the sector. Rebecca has extensive experience working with clients in local, devolved and central government, not for profit and higher education and […]

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The Rise of Sustainable Investing and the New War for Talent

January 6, 2021

The pandemic has accelerated the pace at which money is flowing towards sustainable investments and created a clamour for talent and experience unlike anything we’ve seen since the early 2000s. By Nick Gebbie, CEO, McLean Partnership   What was once a matter for debate is now settled: the pandemic has accelerated rather than dampened the […]

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The changing role of Non-Executives in Private Equity

October 6, 2020

McLean’s Private Equity team examine the changing role of the modern-day Non-Executive and how the pandemic has further accelerated this trend.

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ESG & Sustainability: The future of finance?

September 30, 2020

Following a busy year advising clients on sustainable investment hires, Paul Young, Henry Agnew and team share their thoughts on the advancement of sustainable investing within financial markets, asking three simple questions: What is driving this change? How have investors adapted? And is it here to stay?

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McLean hires new Partner into Industrials

July 10, 2020

McLean welcomes Tracy Zhang as Partner McLean has appointed Tracy Zhang as Partner to further develop and broaden the firm’s executive search capabilities in the Industrial practice. Tracy joins from Heidrick & Struggles where she was based in Hong Kong and worked as Principal across global industrial spectrum. She was a key member of the […]

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University – The best years of your life

July 2, 2020

A year after leaving student leadership positions at a top 10 UK University. Rory Pears shares his thoughts and comments on the ever-changing world of Higher Education in relation to the global pandemic.

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Recruiting during Lockdown – What have we learnt?

June 25, 2020

Nick Gebbie, CEO of McLean Partnership. shares his thought on the lessons learned after 100 days of lockdown.

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McLean Impact: Local Business; Africa’s Success Story?

June 9, 2020

Henry Agnew shares his thoughts on Africa-founded businesses and Private Equity.

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New Employee

June 9, 2020

McLean welcomes Rebecca Rampat to the team!

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The Power of Technology in Healthcare

April 23, 2020

Prior to joining Kings Facilities Management as Director of Technology in January 2020, Denis Lafitte spent over a decade working in numerous private sector organisations. Here, he speaks to Toby Gebbie about the power of technology in healthcare.

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McLean Private Equity – Staying Relevant & Supporting in Tough Times

March 30, 2020

In these challenging times Edward King, Partner in McLean’s Private Equity business, highlights how the team is staying relevant to clients and updates on how portfolio companies are handling the situation.

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Diversity of Work Experience in Higher Education

March 23, 2020

Thoughts from our Managing Director, Paul Soothill regarding the importance of diversity of work experience in Higher Education and beyond. Perhaps of greater importance now as departments face very new challenges on a level and intensity that they are unlikely to have witnessed before.

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Children with Cancer UK

March 2, 2020

Every year McLean chooses a charity to support for the year. For 2020, we have chosen Children with Cancer UK, who do some incredible work. So far we have a 2.2km swim and a duathlon in the coming months for fundraising! For further information, please visit:

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House Building, Off-Site & People

February 27, 2020

Adam Mahmood, member of the Board Practice and Cities Lead, shares some thoughts on House Building, Off-Site and People

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Is healthcare the new sector of choice for Private Equity firms investing in Emerging Markets?

February 13, 2020

Historically, European based emerging market Private Equity (PE) funds sought to maximise exit revenue by focussing on developed, easily scalable and high-margin sectors; often, Natural Resources, Consumer Goods & Industrials. Whilst these sectors remain a constant in Emerging Market-centric PE portfolio’s, it is no secret within the industry that over the last decade, healthcare as […]

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Equity Research 2020 Industry Update

January 30, 2020

Nick Gebbie, CEO of McLean Partnership, summarises the trends seen in Equity Research in 2019 and shares his thoughts on what to expect in 2020.

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To achieve real equality in the workplace, does parenting need to be shared equally?

January 23, 2020

Zoe Harris, Partner and Head of Research at McLean Partnership, ponders whether shared parenting would naturally lead to the achievement of true equality in the workplace.

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8 Years and Counting – Gender Diversity in the Boardroom

November 28, 2019

Following the recent Hampton-Alexander review, Jonathan Swain looks at the progress of gender diversity of the UK’s Boards and finds there is still much work to be done.

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Johannesburg Private Equity Trip

November 22, 2019

On a recent visit to South Africa, Edward King, McLean’s private equity partner caught up with several of our global fund clients. After a tough few years for the private equity industry in Africa, we found the general mood to be one of cautious optimism for 2020.

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Why has the UK stock market not consolidated as much as expected?

November 6, 2019

Nick Gebbie, Founder of McLean, shares his thoughts on consolidation and a lack thereof in a rapidly changing UK stock broking environment.

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What effect do mergers have on employee talent?

October 24, 2019

Our latest asset management sector thought piece looks at how talent is affected when investment management companies merge and asks the question – who wins?

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From Defence to Higher Education

October 23, 2019

Prior to joining Loughborough University as the Director of Estates and Facilities Management in March 2019, Graham Howard had spent four decades working in Defence. Seeking new opportunities and challenges, Graham opted to make a significant change and swapped defence and security for a new sector – Higher Education.

Graham shares his thoughts with the McLean Partnership around leadership and the perspective on the sector as seen from a fresh pair of eyes.

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From Sydney to Surrey

October 11, 2019

We talk to Nick Gilbert, Head of Service Design at @the University of Surrey, about his experience and transition from 10 years at the University of Sydney to the University of Surrey and the advancement of technology in Higher Education

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Collaboration: McLean & Archus

October 4, 2019

The McLean Partnership and Archus Ltd collaborate on consultancy and recruitment cross over. The McLean Partnership, an executive recruitment firm, has formed a collaboration with Healthcare consultancy Archus Ltd to promote their respective capabilities in the Healthcare and Higher Education sectors. McLean Partnership is an executive recruitment firm, operating across the UK, with expertise around […]

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Healthcare Estates conference

October 3, 2019

Our Managing Director Paul Soothill will be attending the Healthcare Estates and NHS Providers conference next week in Manchester. If you would like to catch up, please feel free to get in contact on 020 3597 6400 or

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Healthcare Estates conference

Bloom accredited supplier

September 23, 2019

The McLean Partnership is pleased to announce our Interim practice is now a Bloom accredited supplier. We look forward to working with Bloom Procurement Services and a number of our public sector clients!

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Bloom accredited supplier