Refreshingly Agile

We’ll provide you with an exceptional quality of service, without any of the frustrations and limitations often associated with the recruitment industry. Our clients often comment on our refreshingly flexible, “can do” approach as a key reason they choose to partner with us.

Investor in new technology

We continually evaluate, invest in and implement all suitable new technology (including AI) to ensure you always receive the most cost-effective and efficient fulfilment of your brief. Cutting-edge businesses require a recruitment capability that leads the field.

Long-term partner

We believe in creating long-term partnerships with our clients as it enables us to provide tailored offerings to match your time and budget requirements.

Global reach, local expertise

With our network of offices in London, Zurich, New York, Seattle and Newport Beach and our partnership with Unique Group to cover Latin and South America, we’re able to provide a dynamic combination of local expertise and a global search capability.

Carl Marotta

BSc (Hons) Physiology & Neuroscience
Chief Executive Officer

Carl is a seasoned recruitment leader with seventeen years’ experience working within Life Sciences. Carl began his career in drug development & safety before moving into Executive Search & Staffing in 2004. Having taken two businesses from start-up to investment across Europe and America, Carl is now driving the Skills Alliance Group forwards with the vision of becoming a global leader in the life science services sector. Carl focuses his time on supporting his clients with their recruitment, retention, and organisational design strategies.

Global Operations
Management Team

Tanesha Brown

Associate Director
Global Compliance & Human Resources

Tanesha has over 7 years of Legal Compliance experience in the recruitment industry, she leads our global Compliance team who are responsible for ensuring we comply with all our Legal and contractual obligations regarding our clients' pre-employment screening requirements. Tanesha joined Skills Alliance in 2018 and most recently has taken on the responsibility of our global HR function.

Millie Lord

Executive
Global Marketing

Millie has over 3 years of relevant marketing experience in the UK, Europe, and Asia. She focuses on content and social strategy, design and branding and has a proven track record of branding development and social performance. Millie joined Skills Alliance in 2020 and works closely with our Global Marketing Associate Director on our global marketing strategy.

Hakim Driouche

Associate Director
Global Marketing

Hakim has over 7 years of relevant experience in Marketing, Business Development and IT in the UK, France and the US. He has focused on recruitment marketing since 2016 with a proven track record of performance improvement and branding development. Hakim joined Skills Alliance in 2018 and is responsible for our global marketing strategy.

Bec Barnes

Associate Director
Global Talent Acquisition

Bec has more than 9 years recruitment experience across a range of specialist markets and has worked in multiple countries including Australia, the UK & the USA. Bec joined Skills Alliance in 2017 and is responsible for our Internal Talent Acquisition function in the UK, Europe and USA.

Emma Taylor

Consultant
Global Talent Acquisition

Emma joined Skills Alliance towards the end of 2021 as a Global Internal Talent Acquisition Consultant, working alongside the Talent team to hire both graduates and experienced hires. Her focus is graduate hiring alongside expanding the Operations team and the UK Permanent Division.

Isabella Morrison

Consultant
Global Talent Acquisition

Isabella joined Skills Alliance as a Graduate in early 2021, working as part of the Talent Acquisition team to assist with our graduate schemes, experienced hiring, TA branding and onboarding. Isabella works across our global offices, identifying high level talent in the UK, USA and our European offices.

Jason Linney

Associate Director
Global Learning & Development

An experienced Learning and Development professional of 20 years, Jason has specialised in the recruitment arena for the last 8 and joined Skills Alliance at the start of 2018 as their Global Learning and Development Manager.

Naz Harrison

Manager
Global Learning & Development

Naz has over 11 years recruitment industry experience and 5 in Learning & Development. He has designed & delivered industry leading training programs from graduate level all the way through to executive leadership at some of the biggest names in the recruitment industry. He joined Skills Alliance in 2021 & is responsible for building & leading our Global L&D function.

Executive Search
Management Team

Oliver Drew

Director
Executive Search Delivery

Oliver has over 7 years’ executive search experience in Europe, North America, APAC and LATAM. After joining Skills Alliance in 2016, he led our Market Access & HEOR division before progressing to build and manage our global Executive Search delivery team, leading senior appointments and project work across all functions and geographies.

Executive services

Karina Sharipova

Principal
Consultant

After moving to London from Canada, Karina joined the Executive Search division over 3 years ago. Since joining as a researcher, she progressed to leading the executive research function and is now our Principal Consultant on the Executive Delivery team. She has successfully completed searches for preclinical, clinical and commercial-stage clients across all functions and geographies.

Executive services

Joe Kennedy

Director
Senior Client Partner

Joe is a seasoned executive search leader with over 12 years experience, executing on complex searches across a range of functions globally, from director level to c-suite. Joe now leads our client function globally for executive search. He is responsible for setting and executing our strategy, building relationships and ensuring client satisfaction.

Executive services

Michael Kan

Manager
Client Partner EMEA

Possessing over 10 years of successful international recruitment specifically within the biotechnology, pharma and medical technology sector. Mike has nurtured relationships with industry clients across the globe placing many key roles within clinical development, medical affairs, regulatory and commercial. Mike’s focus is to extend the Executive Search proposition at Skills Alliance focusing on start-up organisations through to SME and large biotech / pharma companies globally.

Executive services

Staffing
Management Team

Rachael Parker

Team Manager
European Contract

Rachael joined Skills Alliance in 2016 and possesses over 8 years’ of contract and permanent recruitment experience. Having successfully setup our Healthcare Communications offering, she now leads the UK Contract Team with a specific focus on senior Commercial, Communications and Market Access appointments.

Staffing services

Mark Anderson

Director
UK Permanent

Mark has worked at Skills Alliance since 2010. He oversees the UK Permanent Division, having previously managed the UK & European Clinical Operations Team for 5 years. Mark also recruits for senior clinical positions in the UK. The team places people from CTA to VP level in the UK and across the whole of Europe. He has over 10 years’ experience recruiting clinical professionals in the UK, Europe and the US.

Staffing services

Harpreet Mander

Director
European Permanent

Harpreet joined Skills Alliance in 2018 having spent the previous four years focusing his work purely within the Medical Affairs and Clinical Development space. He has not only worked with the majority of the largest 40 Pharmaceutical organisations but has specialised in building out smaller growing Biotech companies. He is now focused on leading our expansion across Europe.

Staffing services

Christopher Cook

Director
Contract & Interim

Chris joined Skills Alliance in 2010 and has covered several areas in his time with us (Clinical, Biometrics, QA and Regulatory) giving him the background and exposure to lead all our functions contract and interim delivery.

Staffing services

Thomas Tsangaras

Managing Director
Switzerland

Thomas joined Skills Alliance to lead our European expansion in 2014, bringing 13 years of recruitment know how with him. Working from our Zurich office, he offers you a background in Search & Selection, Market Mapping and Project Delivery.

Staffing services

Caroline April Sargeant

Senior Vice President
Seattle

Caroline is a recruitment leader with fourteen years’ global Life Sciences experience. With a BSc in Psychology, she began her career specializing in European R&D recruitment solutions, specifically clinical operations, before joining Skills Alliance in 2015. She moved out to launch our Seattle office and is now driving the US business forwards with the vision of becoming a global leader in the life sciences sector. Caroline is passionate about helping SME biotechnology companies scale up rapidly and brings a wealth of people-centric solutions to her clients.

Staffing services

Annelie Murray

Principal Consultant
Clinical Development & Medical Affairs

Since joining in 2017 Annelie’s focus has been in Clinical Development and Medical Affairs across Europe, primarily in Start-up and Biotech. Having graduated with a BSc in Human Biology she has passion and interest in the drug development cycle. She identifies innovative and budding companies and works closely with them to source the right skill set and cultural expertise from management to C-suite level.

Staffing services

Jim Bellicoso

Principal Consultant
Procurement & Supply Chain

Jim brings 9 years of recruitment experience in procurement and supply chain, with a track record delivering at all levels from senior buyer through to VP Supply Chain / Chief Procurement Officer. Supporting SME and global blue-chip life science organisations for these needs on either a permanent or contract basis. Global network that comprehensively covers the European and US markets.

Staffing services

Klajdi Bega

Global Team Leader - Medical Devices & Biotechnology
Medical Devices & Biotechnology

Klajdi leads our Medical Devices & Biotech business and partners with companies specialising in Genomics, Liquid Handling and Laboratory Automation, Drug Containment Solutions and Corporate M&A. With over 4 years’ experience in headhunting and providing tailored staffing solutions to his clients, his mission is to continue to grow out our business globally.

Staffing services

Akbar Ali

Team Leader
European Medical Devices

Akbar joined Skills Alliance in 2019 with 7 years proven Medical Device recruitment experience and has taken on a Team Lead role, focusing on the Medical Device Market and delivering searches across EMEA.

Staffing services

Josh Taylor

Contracts Manager
Technical Operations

Josh joined Skills Alliance in 2020 and has 8 years’ experience in contract and permanent staffing in technical engineering fields across the UK, Europe and US. Josh’s focus is delivering Technical Operations and Engineering personnel to Pharmaceutical and Biologics projects, with specific focus on CAPEX projects.

Staffing services

Kasim Zargar

Vice President
Client Services

For several years, Kasim has provided highly skilled technical resource to multiple major capital investment projects within the Biologics/Pharmaceutical sector across the Globe. Leading the TechOps Client Services team, he supports customers worldwide to ensure the continued successful provision of our contingent staffing services. Regions within his scope include: EU, US, Asia & the Caribbean.

Staffing services

Mos Francis

Principal Consultant
Medical Affairs and Clinical Development

Mos entered the pharmaceutical industry in 2017 specialising in end to end R&D, Medical Affairs and Commercial staffing solutions across Europe and US, with a proven track record in supporting Biotechs, SMEs and established Pharmaceutical companies. Mos is highly passionate about the candidate and client journey in all his processes, bringing the best people centric approach to his partners.

Staffing services

Jasmine Stewart

Principal Consultant
Manufacturing

Jasmine focuses her expertise within in the manufacturing space in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and CDMO industries across France and Benelux. Having a scientific background, she has a passion for the industry and has successfully completed placements in niche areas within the Quality, Regulatory Affairs, Supply Chain, Technical Operations and Site Head departments. She specialises in management level positions to VPs/COOs.

Staffing services

Consulting
Management Team

Dan Shillingburg

Global Director
Consulting & President, North America

Dan leads our global Consulting practice, which provides tailored enterprise solutions that enable our customers to engage with talent more effectively. He also serves as the President of our US parent company. Dan has been a leader in the talent industry for over a decade, with 11 years of experience bringing workforce solutions to the life sciences sector. His academic background includes a BS in Biology from the University of North Carolina and research in orthopedic biomechanics.

Consulting services

Nicole Romeo

Program & Compliance Manager
New York

Nicole graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Hofstra University and joined Skills Alliance in 2017 as an internal recruiter and has since paved her way to where she is today. As the Program & Compliance Manger, she plays a key role in ensuring operational excellence within their existing customer programs across the US.

Consulting services

Matt Batchelor

Vice President
New York

Matt has over 18 years’ recruitment and talent acquisition experience specializing in Contract, Interim and Permanent staffing solutions. His background is in the IT and Digital Transformation sectors focused on innovative and niche technology markets. He has led high performing recruitment teams in both the UK and North America. The team in New York focus on high growth, niche markets in Life Sciences, Medical Technology, Regulatory and Quality Validation markets.

Consulting services

Ryan Gonce-McAlpine

Principal Consultant
Seattle

Ryan has a BA in Communication and brings over 4 years of consulting experience. He has managed staffing solutions for companies of all sizes spanning multiple industries. He specializes in high-volume, tailored recruitment strategies to bring results to both clients and candidates. He is passionate about novel technology, and he brings a highly detailed approach to deliver staffing solutions.

Consulting services

Jason Linney

Associate Director
Global Learning & Development

An experienced Learning and Development professional of 20 years, Jason has specialised in the recruitment arena for the last 8 and joined Skills Alliance at the start of 2018 as their Global Learning and Development Manager.

Consulting services

Tanesha Brown

Associate Director
Global Compliance & Human Resources

Tanesha has over 7 years of Legal Compliance experience in the recruitment industry, she leads our global Compliance team who are responsible for ensuring we comply with all our Legal and contractual obligations regarding our clients' pre-employment screening requirements. Tanesha joined Skills Alliance in 2018 and most recently has taken on the responsibility of our global HR function.

Consulting services

Hakim Driouche

Associate Director
Global Marketing

Hakim has over 7 years of relevant experience in Marketing, Business Development and IT in the UK, France and the US. He has focused on recruitment marketing since 2016 with a proven track record of performance improvement and branding development. Hakim joined Skills Alliance in 2018 and is responsible for our global marketing strategy.

Consulting services

Bec Barnes

Associate Director
Global Talent Acquisition

Bec has more than 9 years recruitment experience across a range of specialist markets and has worked in multiple countries including Australia, the UK & the USA. Bec joined Skills Alliance in 2017 and is responsible for our Internal Talent Acquisition function in the UK, Europe and USA.

Consulting services