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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 courseOutside 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 ofCertified Bookkeepers through qualifications. Claudia will be looking after the accounts department at Mindbench where has extensive experience. She is a native Spanish speaker. Outside work Claudia enjoys travelling and spending time with her family.

Brennan Leslie

Brennan joined Mindbench as an Executive Researcher, he is responsible for researching and screening potential candidates for a variety of roles in many sectors globally. Prior to that, Brennan studied History and Economics at Reading University, where he was a member of the Mixed Hockey team and regularly did 5-a-side. He maintains a keen interest in current affairs, particularly Economics. Aside from work, Brennan is an avid sports fan, with a particularly interest in Rugby and Mountain Biking. He is outgoing and keen to make the most of his return to London life and is busily filling up his diary and social calendar.



Laura Begg

Joined as a Recruitment Coordinator and is now the Office Manager. She is responsible for overseeing smooth running of the office, scheduling interviews, internal recruitment, arranging team events and other administrative duties. Laura is interested in travelling, fashion and enjoys cooking..


Colette O'Neil

Colette joined Mindbench in September 2017 as an Executive Researcher and she is responsible for identifying suitable candidates for roles across a variety of sectors including retail, pharma and FS. Prior to that, Colette studied Modern Languages with Business Management at the University of Birmingham which included a year abroad in Valencia and Seville. She particularly enjoyed the Spanish cuisine and trying the Valencian paella. Outside of work, Colette enjoys socialising and eating out at restaurants and going to the gym, especially body pump. 

Victor Dalgas

Victor joined Mindbench as a Recruitment Coordinator in August 2018. He is responsible for overseeing smooth running of the office, scheduling interviews, arranging team events and other administrative duties. Prior to that he studied IT and Marketing at Aarhus Business College in Denmark. He speaks fluent Danish, proficient English and has basic communication skills in German. He is actively engaged in a broad variety of sports with Soccer and Gymnastics as his favourites. Outside work Victor enjoys traveling, fashion, socialising and going to the gym.


Abbie Crew

Abbie joined Mindbench as an executive researcher in September 2018 and is responsible for sourcing and screening candidates for a range of roles across a variety of sectors. Previously, Abbie studied English at the University of Nottingham. In her spare time she enjoys going to the gym, socialising and reading.