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Mairi Shirley
Mairi Shirley
Executive Director

Mairi started her career in the not-for-profit sector as a Partner in the first charities' sector recruitment company. Bilingual in French and English, Mairi was educated in Paris and Brussels and is a graduate of the University of St Andrews.

She founded Execucare in 1990, and has since recruited and headhunted Trustees, Directors and senior Executives across the not-for-profit sector, specialising in Higher Education in the UK and Europe, and in the arts, cultural and charities' sector.

Mairi also career counsels senior executives as well as advising graduates entering the sector.

Stephen Perrett
Stephen Perrett
Executive Director

Steve’s early career was in public relations and campaigning and he worked for pressure groups, not-for-profits and law firms. He has 20 years’ experience in communications and fundraising. He also runs the knowledge management and technology side of the business.

Brought up in Africa, Steve has a particular interest in humanitarian and international development work.

He has a degree in Psychology from the University of Newcastle.

Nicky became a Director of Execucare UK in 2015 after a 15 month secondment to Execucare’s New Zealand office where she had been recruiting development professionals in the education and arts sectors throughout Australasia. Previously she had been with Execucare UK for eight years.

Nicky has recruited a wide range of senior development and fundraising roles across the not-for-profit sector. She now focuses on the education sector in both the UK and Australian markets.

She has an MA in French from the University of St Andrews.

Louise Parkin
Louise Parkin
Director, Special Projects

Louise re-joined Execucare after a successful tenure as Executive Director of the Nikau Foundation and the establishment of the Michael & Suzanne Borrin Foundation following a $38m bequest.

Louise has a BA in Education & Geography from the University of Canterbury, a Graduate Certificate in Business in Philanthropy & Nonprofit Studies from QUT and a Diploma in Information Management & Librarianship from the Victoria University of Wellington.

Helen Sprott
Helen Sprott
Associate, Culture

Helen has unique breadth of creative and leadership experience in the arts and culture sector. Helen is formerly Managing Director at the London-based Philharmonia Orchestra, and was for the Director, Music for Arts Council England for 12 years.

She has been an award-winning Commissioning Editor for Channel 4 Television and a documentary film-maker on BBC 2’s ‘The Late Show’. Helen started her career with independent publisher Faber and Faber where, within a year of joining the firm, she was appointed Commissioning Editor, Music Books. Helen is freelance consultant.

Helen trained as a cellist and graduated from UCL.

Laura Sears
Laura Sears
Associate Director

Laura joined Execucare following a successful career specialising in corporate partnerships at some of the UK’s leading cultural organisations – BAFTA, the Science Museum and the V&A. Laura specialises in our Arts portfolio.

Laura has a 1st class degree in Classics with English from King’s College London.

Jack Woodcraft
Jack Woodcraft
Associate Director

Jack is responsible for the smooth running of the UK office, ensuring the resources required to effectively carry out assignments are always available to the team.

He also oversees the production of recruitment documents and the subsequent implementation of advertising campaigns.

Jack has a degree in Fine Art from the University for the Creative Arts.