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Our team

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Meet the team

James Caan CBE

Chairman

Peter Knowles

Managing Director

James Craven

Managing Director

Deepak Jalan

Chief Investment Officer

James Webber

Chief Financial Officer

Jacqueline Weller FREC

Associate Director

Jon Garrod

Head of Contingent Recruitment

Richard Foulds

Lead Recruiter

Danny Wright

Principal Consultant

Stuart Brooke

Senior Consultant

Gary Broz

Candidate Relationship Manager

Oliver Clark

Consultant

Hannah Yates

Executive/Operations Assistant

James Brown

Management Accountant

Lana Furey

Contractor Services & IR35, UK

Cristina Burcus

Contractor Services, Switzerland

Maxine Hood

Credit Control

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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 IGA Talent Solutions, 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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Peter Knowles

Managing Director

With over 11 years’ experience recruiting within the life and non-life insurance sectors, Peter co-founded IGA with James Craven and James Caan CBE in 2018. He is a partner of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries, a commentator for Recruitment International magazine, and an active voice on diversity and inclusion within the insurance sector.

Peter’s clients turn to him for guidance on best practice around D&I, including the design of returnship programmes, hiring processes and EVP. Peter is responsible for the development of IGA’s permanent recruitment solutions in the fields of actuarial, risk and change & transformation.

He also leads the Contract & Interim division, which provides flexible on-demand resource to clients across a broad range of specialisms within professional services.

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James Craven

Managing Director

James co-founded IGA Talent Solutions with Peter Knowles and James Caan CBE in 2018, aiming to bring a consultative and agile recruitment solution to the professional services market. Over the course of his recruitment career, James has represented some of the largest investment businesses in the UK and internationally, bringing new talent that enriches brands and positively impacts business performance.

At IGA, James oversees investment, pensions and employee benefits divisions, managing a team of consultants and researchers, and is responsible for the operational and financial management of the business. He is a regular market commentator on the importance of financial education for the younger generation.

Outside work, James enjoys the countryside, Japanese whisky and indulging his passion for future-classic cars.

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Deepak Jalan

Chief Investment Officer

Deepak is the CIO of Hamilton Bradshaw, the PE house behind IGA Talent Solutions. 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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Jacqueline Weller FREC

Associate Director

Jacqui has over 30 years of experience in the recruitment industry, gained from in-house, RPO and agency positions. For 16 years she ran internal recruitment for the major employee-benefits consultancy Punter Southall, working with senior management to attract and retain talent across all the group’s businesses.

Jacqui is accomplished in the delivery of recruitment strategies and the identification and implementation of process improvements aligned to business needs. Her expertise spans the full recruitment lifecycle, from concept to onboarding, in multiple industries – including pensions, actuarial, investment, wealth management, financial advisory, healthcare and IT professional services.

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Jon Garrod

Head of Contingent Recruitment

Jon has spent his career to date in Contract & Interim professional-services recruitment, and prides himself on providing a world-class service to contractors and clients.

His committed approach sees him embed himself in the businesses he works with in order to fully understand their cultures, enabling him to tailor talent solutions to suit their specific needs. He joined IGA in March 2019 to develop the global Contract & Interim offering. Today, Jon leads a highly successful team, having completed mandates across eight countries.

In his spare time, he is a keen sportsman, having played competitive rugby for 20+ years – including a semi-pro season in the Portuguese Premier League.

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Richard Foulds

Lead Recruiter

Richard has worked in recruitment since 2005, and after taking a couple of years out to spend time with family and explore other projects, he joined IGA in 2018 to help build our insurance actuarial practice.

He has extensive experience placing candidates in the UK and international markets, from graduate to chief-actuary level, across the company, consultancy and speciality-reinsurance sectors. His relaxed nature and ability to work in partnership with his clients and candidates has helped him build an extensive global contact network.

Beyond of the office, Richard is a qualified maths teacher, an experienced property developer, and a keen sportsman.

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Danny Wright

Principal Consultant

At IGA, Danny offers his clients tailored recruitment services ranging from contract staff and outsourcing to permanent recruitment, interim management and executive search.

He works in close partnership with his clients, taking the time to grasp their unique business needs so he can always source and supply the best talent available. His focus on sector-specific talent pools has enabled him to become an expert in his market, with a deep-rooted understanding of the needs and requirements of clients and candidates alike.

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Stuart Brooke

Senior Consultant

Stuart joined IGA with eight years’ experience in recruitment, beginning in the education sector, then moving across to financial and professional services, where he nows operates.

Before entering the recruitment world, Stuart spent six years in the British Army and completed tours of both Iraq and Afghanistan – an experience he credits for his can-do attitude and adaptability.

Today, he focuses on the contract market, always investing the time to build a deep understanding of candidates and organisations he works with, which means he can offer his clients access to the highest-calibre individuals in the market.

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Gary Broz

Candidate Relationship Manager

Gary brings over 25 years of recruitment experience to his role at IGA, where he is responsible for managing candidate relationships and recruitment processes, in the pensions and employee benefits market. Gary is known for his positive attitude, consultative approach and pastoral nature, ensuring a great experience for all those he supports. He has an innate ability to match candidates to roles that will be an excellent cultural fit, and provide the right platform to support their career ambitions. His client portfolio includes leading SMEs, national corporates and some of the largest financial services companies world-wide.

Outside of work - spends his time at the gym very much involved in Spinning Boxercise and Body Combat classes- keen follower of Formula 1 -Team LH and a proud AFC Wimbledon fan.

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Oliver Clark

Consultant

Oliver specialises in placing mid-senior level candidates, across the UK and international investment markets. His clients are a mixture of consulting firms, asset managers, PE houses, pension funds, and infrastructure boutiques, often on mandates with an ESG leaning.  

Clients come to Oliver for his service-centric approach, market knowledge and detail orientated style, ensuring deeply understands their requirements from both a skill-set and cultural perspective. Before joining IGA, Oliver specialised in the Sustainability sector for an international Executive Search firm, placing candidates in over 8 countries.

In his spare time he enjoys watching and playing a number of sports, especially cricket. He also loves travelling the world, taking in different cultures, as well as socialising with friends and family.   

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Hannah Yates

Executive/Operations Assistant

As well as providing support to IGA’s directors, Hannah is responsible for ensuring a smooth onboarding for contractor placements in the UK and Europe, making sure all candidates are compliant with GDPR rules.

Since joining the team, Hannah has helped develop the IGA brand in the UK and internationally, as well as leading the organisation of charity events and panel discussions on topics including diversity and inclusion, career returners and managing career breaks.

In her spare time, Hannah enjoys hiking and cooking exotic dishes picked up on her travels.

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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 IGA with financial reporting, and scenario modelling to enable business growth.

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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.

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Cristina Burcus

Contractor Services, Switzerland

Cristina is based in IGA’s Geneva Office and provides contractor support and salary hosting for IGA’s local and international candidate base.

IGA holds a SECO license for all cantons within Switzerland and is an established recruiter within the Swiss contract market.

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Maxine Hood

Credit Control

Maxine Joined IGA 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.

Meet Danny Wright, Principal Consultant within Change and Transformation

Principal Consultant

At IGA, Danny offers his clients tailored recruitment services ranging from contract staff and outsourcing to permanent recruitment, interim management and executive search. He works in close partnership with his clients, taking the time to grasp their unique business needs so he can always source and supply the best talent available. His focus on sector-specific talent pools has enabled him to become an expert in his market, with a deep-rooted understanding of the needs and requirements of clients and candidates alike.