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Mindbench Team

The Mindbench team is composed of high calibre ex-management consultants and top search professionals.

Collectively we have several decades of experience of recruiting to the management consultancy sector in the UK and internationally. We have experience of hiring at all levels including Director and Partner, and of undertaking sensitive search assignments as well as contingent and interim/contract recruitment. We network actively within the industry and we have very extensive contacts in the firms. Although centrally located in central London,  we also have a growing Mindbench team presence in the UK and Europe. Within our team we speak many European languages fluently including German, French, Spanish, Swedish, Polish, Russian, Italian and Lithuanian. 

Richard Stewart

Richard is the founder and Managing Director of Mindbench, and before this worked as a Management Consultant for major firms. As well as running Mindbench he specialises in retained search assignments and Director/Partner level placements. He has extensive experience of recruiting in the strategy consulting and operational improvement areas, across sectors. He speaks regularly at industry events and is quoted in regularly in the consulting press and broadsheets about the sector. When Richard is not working he is often travelling the world to explore, or on diving trips, running, or practising yoga and Pilates.

Valerija Romanovic

Valerija joined Mindbench in October 2010 having come from a recruitment and international communications background. She mainly specialises in financial services & TMT working with research, innovation, strategy, change management and IT focused roles both within industry and consulting. She is fluent in Russian and Lithuanian and is taking on regional assignments as well. For further personal and professional development Val has undertaken a CIPD course. Outside of work Val is a passionate amateur photographer and a keen snowboarder. 

Claudia Burgos

Claudia has joined Mindbench in August 2014 as a Bookkeeper. She has recently gained a MICB status (Member – Certified Bookkeeper) with the Institute of Certified Bookkeepers through qualifications. Claudia will be looking after the accounts department at Mindbench where she has extensive experience. She is a native Spanish speaker. Outside work Claudia enjoys travelling and spending time with her family.


Edward Howes Gonzalez


Edward joined Mindbench in October 2020 as an Executive Researcher and has also taken up some aspects of the  Recruitment Coordinator role. His responsibilities lie in overseeing a smooth running of the office, scheduling interviews, and identifying the best candidates for roles in both the UK and Europe. He is a current International business and Management student at Aston University. Edward speaks fluent English and Spanish. Outside work Edward enjoys personal fitness, travelling and spending time with friends and family.



Alba Marie Pedersen

 Alba Joined Mindbench in July 2020 as an Executive Researcher and she is responsible for identifying the best candidates for a range of roles across both the UK and Europe. Alba is originally from Denmark and has studied Innovation at Aarhus Business College. Alba speaks fluent Danish, proficient English and has basic skills in Spanish. Outside work Alba loves travelling, exploring new places and hanging out with her friends.