Meet The Team

Simon Smith
Co-CEO

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
Co-CEO

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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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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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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Daniel Burrowes
Director, Transform

Daniel is a Director at JSS Search focusing on developing our offering in Business Transformation & Change Management. He has over 17 years industry experience, starting his career with a large professional services recruitment business and, following a successful period with a leading Executive Search & Interim Management provider, he was one of the early management team members at a successful recruitment start-up. Daniel has a depth of experience working with a broad range of clients, from FTSE 100 to Fintech Start-Ups, and over the past 6 years has spent his time working with them to identify and appoint professionals to help design, drive and deliver key, strategically aligned, change and transformation programmes.

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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. Away from work Mark’s interests are sports, art, reading and walking his two dogs.

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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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Kyle Grainger
Associate Director, Finance

Kyle is an experienced senior Accountancy & Finance recruiter with a proven track record across Retail & Consumer, Media & Tech, Business Services and Consultancy. His client base ranges from mature blue chip organisations to series A funded start-ups. As Associate Director, Kyle’s role within JSS-Search is to lead, develop and grow the permanent Accountancy & Finance recruitment division in London.

Prior to moving into London 2 years ago Kyle worked for a high-growth boutique recruitment business in Cambridge where he played a key role in growing the team from 25 to 70 heads across a 7 year spell, managing teams in Cambridge, Peterborough and Northampton. Kyle has joined JSS following 2 successful years in London where he has been cultivating a network of highly talented, qualified accountants and business leaders within a specialist Accountancy & Finance recruitment firm.

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Stuart Levers
Associate Director, Finance

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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Greg Edge
Associate Director, Finance

Greg has been specialising in Accountancy and Finance recruitment since 2011.  Greg has always operated in the Surrey, Hampshire & Berkshire markets and has worked with some of the world’s most recognisable brands to help build teams and as a result has developed a strong network. Greg’s reputation has been built on providing the highest quality of service to both candidates and clients, never differentiating the two. His consultative approach has enabled him to retain extremely strong long term business relationships that span close to 10 years. Greg specialises in Senior Qualified Finance recruitment on an interim and contract basis across the Surrey, Hampshire and Berkshire market.

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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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Stuart Crawford
Delivery Manager

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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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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