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Meet the A team.

Building Better Futures for our candidates, clients and colleagues.

Nicky Acuna Ocana

Nicky Acuna Ocana

Regional Managing Director, UK, Europe and USA

Nicky Acuna Ocana is a true influencer in the world of recruitment and a role-model for many professional women who have been mentored by her in business. Nicky has led high performing recruitment teams for over 20 years. She joined Ambition in 2008 as an Associate Director after being attracted to the exceptional culture and&nbs...

Matthew Gardner

Matthew Gardner

Director

Roles I Recruit My core focus is on C-suite and leadership positions in Finance & Accounting and Marketing & BD for Professional Services firms throughout the UK and internationally.My Background  My career in recruitment started in 2009 when I joined Ambition’s London office. In my first ...

Jonathan Cohen

Jonathan Cohen

Associate Director - Public Practice

​Roles I RecruitThe Public Practice team I oversee recruits’ roles at all levels from Partners to those people at the beginning of their careers in the following service lines: Accounting, Audit, General Practice, Outsourcing and various areas of Tax.My BackgroundI am a speciali...

Reena Dayal

Reena Dayal

Divisional Manager - Legal Finance & Accounting

Roles I RecruitI manage the London Legal Accounts & Finance team, specialising in the recruitment of all contract and permanent roles from entry level positions to CFOs. We take great pride in our professional, consultative approach and manage the recruitment processes for Top 100 Law Firms in London, including Magic Circle Law F...

Olivia Kelly

Olivia Kelly

Principal Consultant - Legal Finance & Accounting

My BackgroundI joined the Legal Finance team at Ambition in September 2012 having worked in another recruitment firm previously, and I cannot believe where the time has gone.I started my recruitment career by accident having initially joined my previous firm as a Receptionist and later discovered the world of recruitment....

Claire Cheung, CAANZ

Claire Cheung, CAANZ

Principal Consultant - Tax

Roles I RecruitI specialise in placing experienced corporate and private tax professionals into Practice at Ambition UK. The clients I work with include big 4, top 100 accountancy firms, boutique accountancy firms and specialist tax practices.

Marguerite Clooney

Marguerite Clooney

Principal Consultant - Legal BD, Marketing & Communications

Roles I RecruitI recruit for the following disciplines at all levels on a temporary and contract basis:MarketingCampaignBusiness DevelopmentEventsInterActionCRMBids and ProposalsPRInternal communicationsResearch/AnalysisDigital/Online/Web​My Background<...

Ben Curle

Ben Curle

Divisional Manager - Legal BD, Marketing & Communications

Roles I RecruitAlongside the daily management of the consultants, I take on the Management-Director level appointments, working with a full range of clients from the top 200 UK firms, US firms and specialist boutiques. Whilst completing assignments across the UK I have also run successful projects across mainland Europe, The Middle E...

Gideon Gale

Gideon Gale

Divisional Manager - Accounts & Outsourcing

​Roles I RecruitRecruit at all levels from Partners to those people at the beginning of their careers across Accounts & OutsourcingMy BackgroundI remember the day like it was yesterday...sitting wit...

Chris Barnett

Chris Barnett

Senior Consultant - R&D Tax

​Roles I RecruitI recruit for a wide range of roles within R&D Tax, Capital Allowance and VAT including all individuals from an accounting/tax, engineering/science and business development background. ​My BackgroundI come from a legal background having spent 3 years studying Law at the Univer...

Callum MacRae

Callum MacRae

Senior Consultant - Audit

Roles I RecruitI am a specialist Audit recruiter focusing on the London and Home Counties market. Over the years, I have built up a solid client base that ranges from the Big 4 Accountancy practices to smaller independent ...

Grace Golton

Grace Golton

Consultant - BD, Marketing & Communications

Roles I RecruitI specialise in recruiting entry-level to junior management level business development, marketing and communications roles into the legal sector. I recruit for Assistants, Executives, Senior Executives and Junior Managers within:Busin...

Christine Sleigh

Christine Sleigh

Senior Consultant - BD, Marketing & Communications

Roles I RecruitI specialise in recruiting permanent Manager level roles for all Marketing & Business Development related positions across the top 200 Law firms. ​My BackgroundI first started my recruitment journey in 2014 at a global agency recruiting m...

Michelle Allen

Michelle Allen

Principal Consultant - Legal Finance & Accounting

Roles I RecruitI am part of the largest legal finance recruitment team in London. We cover all levels from entry level finance roles to Finance Directors and pride ourselves on our consultative approach.Within the division my focus is on permanent legal finance positions from mid to senior level including roles such as: L...

Angelina Webb

Angelina Webb

Principal Researcher - Legal Finance & Accounting

My roleI am fully devoted to expanding our network at the senior end of the Legal Finance market where we aim to match individuals perfectly with the right role to meet their ambitions and career goals. As well as servicing the needs of our senior candidates, I also partner with employers to help c...

Claudine Cullen

Claudine Cullen

Principal Consultant - Legal BD, Marketing & Communications

Roles I RecruitI specialise in Business Development, Marketing and Communications roles across the legal sector. I recruit professionals who are just starting their careers up to junior manager positions. The roles I recruit for include:- Business Development- Client Relationship- Events- M...

Chris Stark

Chris Stark

Divisional Manager - Insolvency & Restructuring

Roles I RecruitI am a specialist recruitment consultant appointing Insolvency, Restructuring and Advisory personnel within Professional Services.If you’re an individual working within the formal insolvency or restructuring space and you’re looking for a new role, then either...

Harman Dhillon

Harman Dhillon

Senior Consultant - Business Advisory

 Roles I RecruitI recruit from entry to mid-level roles covering the following areas:- Restructuring & Insolvency Administrators/Associates- Senior Associates in Insolvency- Advisory Executives (ACA/ACCA)​My BackgroundI am an Insolvency, Restructuring and Advisory recruitment specialist,...

Sebastian Thomson

Sebastian Thomson

Senior Consultant - Audit

Roles I RecruitI specialise in External Audit recruitment and my clients range from smaller independent firms right up to the Big 4. I recruit for both pure audit and general practice across all levels including Audit Semi-Senior, Audit Senior, Audit Supervisor/Assistant Manager, Audit Manager, Se...

Natalie Lawford

Natalie Lawford

Principal Consultant - BD. Marketing & Communications

Roles I Recruit ​I specialise in BD, Marketing and Communications recruitment at all levels within Professional Services on a Permanent basis. ​I can offer recruitment solutions from Assistant to Director Level roles covering, Business Development, Account Management, Client Relationship Management , Bids/Proposals, Marketing,...

Ben Webb

Ben Webb

Senior Consultant - BD. Marketing & Communications

​Roles I Recruit I specialise in recruiting permanent manager level roles for all Marketing & Business Development related positions across the top 200 Law firms.​My Background My career in recruitment began in 2008 and since then I have gained extensive experience of ...

Sophia Robinson

Sophia Robinson

Consultant - BD, Marketing & Communications

​Roles I RecruitI specialise in Business Development, Marketing and Communications roles across the legal sector. I recruit professionals who are just starting their careers up to junior manager positions. These roles include Business Development, Client Relationship, Events, Marketing, Campaigns, Pitches, Media Relations/PR, and Com...

Tobias Belli

Tobias Belli

Associate Consultant - Audit

​Roles I recruit I am an entry-level audit recruiter in our Accounting, Audit, and Tax within the Public Practice team.My backgroundAfter graduating from Nottingham Trent University in 2021, I decided to make a career move into the world of recruitment in London. Since starting at Ambition, I have been very keen t...

Ashley Campbell

Ashley Campbell

Associate Consultant - Accounts & Outsourcing

​Roles I Recruit I am an entry-level Accounts and Outsourcing recruiter in our Accounting, Audit, and Tax within the Public Practice team.​My Background ​I graduated from Brunel University in 2021 with a degree in Psychology. I’ve always wanted to do something in which I can help and make an impact on the lives...

Alex Routsi

Alex Routsi

Candidate Consultant

​Roles I am assisting in placing corporate, private tax and US Tax professionals into Practice. The clients we recruit for include Big 4, top 100 accountancy firms, boutique accountancy firms and specialist tax practices.Levels I assist recruiting at include:- Partners- Directors- Senior Man...

Nisha Surendran

Nisha Surendran

Candidate Consultant - Legal Finance & Accounting

Roles I recruit for I am part of the Legal Finance & Accounting division, assisting the team to find the best candidates for our clients in the UK market. My team and I are supporting position from entry level to CFOs, and support with contract and permanent recruitment needs. Our team partn...

Julie-Ann O'Malley

Julie-Ann O'Malley

Candidate Consultant - Legal BD, Marketing & Communications

​RoleI work on the Temporary, Interim and Contract BD, Marketing and Communications desk. My role supports the Principal Consultant to source candidates across the legal sector for a variety of roles which include entry level up to senior manager roles. The specialisms we focus on are Marketing, Campaign, Business Development, Event...