Led by Steve Marley, founder and CEO, Ashwood provides a level of search expertise that’s rare in today's market.

With offices in London, Ascot, New York and Johannesburg, our team has a wealth of experience in completing tough, complex search assignments, including industry specific and geographically targeted campaigns, and organisation mapping.

We combine the scope and reach of larger firms with the care and attention to detail of a boutique business.

Ashwood at a glance

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I have partnered with Steve and his team for over 15 years and have always been impressed by the quality of service. Attention to detail, combined with a passion for diversity and inclusion, are the hallmarks of their brand.  I believe their knowledge of the international market for the best talent to be found in Operations, Commercial and R&D is exceptional. Give them the difficult assignments and they will inevitably succeed.”

Caroline Brent

Founder HUMDEX and ex VP HR, SCA Group


Executive team


Steve Marley

After beginning his career in a graduate sales role with Mars Group, Steve soon progressed to launching his own recruitment business.

Still operating today as a hands-on business manager, Steve is committed to outstanding delivery, partnership and diversity. He has placed senior talent with key clients across Europe, the Americas, MEA and Asia, while also building and developing the Ashwood business and brand.

Ros Banks

Ros Banks

Ros had established an impressive track record as a search and selection specialist before joining Ashwood in 2011 as General Manager. She soon progressed to Head of Key Accounts and Associate Director, and is now MD of Ashwood’s Consumer Division. Her focus is sales and marketing roles within consumer products, including board level appointments in commercial and operations.

Janey Heller

Janey Heller
Director & Global Head of Research

Janey offers a rare combination of blue chip corporate and ad agency experience across Europe, Asia Pacific, and the US. Her sector experience spans FMCG, healthcare, financial services, technology, and travel.

Janey joined Ashwood in 2014 and currently leads the business' research activities. A graduate of Cambridge University and INSEAD (MBA), she speaks French and Spanish.

Dominic McDonald

Ellen Williams
Global Account Director

Ellen began her career with a boutique executive search firm specialising in sourcing creative and client-side talent for marketing and digital agencies. She was promoted to Managing Partner.

She joined Ashwood's Global Research team in 2020 where she has focused on FMCG clients. Her track record includes a wide range of appointments at Director level and above across Europe and the US. Ellen holds a Law LLB degree from Keele University.