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 International Executive Search professional with over fifteen years’ experience working within the Life Sciences industry. He began his career in industry, focused on drug safety and medical affairs before moving into recruitment in 2004. Having grown one pan-European and a second North American recruitment consultancy, Carl has since utilised his vision and network to take Skills Alliance from 7 employees to a leading, global recruitment partner.

Global Operations
Management Team

Tanesha Brown

Manager
Global Compliance & Human Resources

Tanesha has over 6 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.

Hakim Driouche

Manager
Global Marketing

Hakim has over 6 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

Manager
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.

Jason Linney

Manager
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.

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

Senior Associate

After moving to London from Canada, Karina joined the Executive Search division over 2 years ago. Since joining as a researcher, she progressed to leading the executive research function and is now our lead Senior Associate 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

Catherine Shaw

Global Head of Women’s Health
Client Partner

Catherine is a seasoned recruitment professional with over 20 year’s experience in-house, RPO, agency and Executive Search. For the last 10 years she has specialised in industry across Biotech, Pharmaceuticals and Life Sciences building high performing teams and partnering with executive leadership to secure talent globally. Seeing an opportunity to position our organisation as the first Consultancy to specialise in the Women’s Health & Femtech space she will head up this offering whilst supporting the growth of the our executive search team.

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

Irina Bouras

Team Leader
Switzerland

Irina joined Skills Alliance in 2015 as an original member of our launch team in Zurich. She provides invaluable knowledge on the medical technology market having over 7 years’ experience delivering into executive projects. Being personable, innovative, and a true leader she provides our clients with insights and advice across Europe.

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 has recruited across Europe and North America for 10 years, now leading our Seattle business. Caroline is an expert in temporary staffing along with supporting clients business transformation needs with outsourced project work.

Staffing 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.

Staffing services

Chanel Hicken

Team Leader
UK Permanent

Chanel joined Skills Alliance in 2018 and brings over 7 years’ experience in recruiting medical affairs professionals across the UK and EU. Based out of our London office, Chanel is responsible for building a team of consultants that focus on recruitment across Medical, Clinical and Commercial.

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

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

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

Jason Linney

Manager
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

Manager
Global Compliance & Human Resources

Tanesha has over 6 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

Manager
Global Marketing

Hakim has over 6 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

Manager
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