Meet the team

The perfect combination of experience, expertise and passion

Lynda Barnes

Partner

Lynda Barnes, has over 15 years market experience having started her career as an insurance underwriter, where she gained invaluable insights into the internal workings of insurance companies along with a technical understanding of equating risk. During her career, Lynda has consulted, recruited and headhunted at the highest levels; playing a pivotal part in enabling international start-ups to map out and onboard the very best talent. Recruiting at executive levels ensures 360 Search's candidates are able to access the right people at the right level when looking to change their role. More recently, Lynda has been engaged in providing a mergers and acquisitions facilitation service to insurance brokers.

Sarah McGrath

Partner

Sarah McGrath, a market leader with finely tuned negotiation skills, helps ensure senior professionals get access to their employer of choice and obtain their desired objectives while building their careers. Sarah operates at senior and executive levels with involvement in discrete projects that require a confidential approach. Her ability to manage and develop key relationships at senior levels has guaranteed our place as a recruitment partner for many high profile hires in the Irish broker market. Sarah represents some of the most well known entrepreneurs in the Financial Services. Sarah holds a Degree in Business, Degree in Nutritional Therapy and is currently, mid-way through a Degree in Psychology. She has a passion for organisational psychology and corporate well-being, having advised and spoken at many industry associations on the subject.

Holly Railes

Life and Pensions Executive Search Consultant

Holly joined 360 Search from a fast-paced independent brokerage, bringing with her valuable experience and insight of the Life & Pensions industry. Having previously completed the Qualified Financial Advisor designation, Holly is looking to put her industry knowledge to good use in her role within 360 Search. In addition, Holly holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting & Finance from Lancaster University and has over five years client-facing and sales support experience in Financial Services gained both in Ireland, UK and Australia.

Abid Hamid

Chief Executive Officer

Abid trained as a lawyer working in corporate finance before entering recruitment 25 years ago. He’s worked in over 35 countries in various CEO roles and was investor and director of a UK FTSE 250 company, as well as a non-executive director for many different types of recruitment companies. As the founder of ARBP, a global training company responsible for training recruiters in over 22 countries, he has a wealth of experience in building and managing growing teams. Abid's industry specialisms include; oil and gas, security and professional services.

James Caan CBE

Chairman

James Caan CBE is one of the UK’s most successful entrepreneurs. He made a global success of his recruitment companies, Alexander Mann and Humana International. In 2004, he founded private equity firm Hamilton Bradshaw which now has a portfolio of 30+ businesses. He is well known for joining the hit BBC show – Dragons’ Den, and The Business Class on CNBC. A passionate supporter of small businesses, James chaired the government’s Start-Up Loans scheme and now invests in and mentors Recruitment Entrepreneur businesses.

Angus McDowell

Chief Finance Officer

Angus leads the finance team and works across the investment cycle, conducting due diligence and project managing live origination deals. He is also heavily involved in helping design and develop the strategy and planning for all portfolio partner businesses to assist with driving value creation. Angus has a wealth of managerial and board level experience and an MBA at Cass Business School.

Greg Hollis

Chief Operating Office

Greg is 360 Search’s COO. With over 22 years’ business development and management experience, Greg sets our operational strategy and supports the team with increasing sales performance and attracting the right talent to join the business. Greg supports the creation and delivery of the company strategy, and growth plans. He also ensures best practice processes are implemented and used by everyone in the business.

If recruitment is your passion and you want to work with the best in the business, you could be the perfect match for us.
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