Meet the team

The perfect combination of experience, expertise and passion

Lynda Barnes

Managing Director

Lynda Barnes, Managing Director of 360 Search 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

Director

Sarah McGrath is a general insurance market leader with finely tuned negotiation skills. She helps ensure our insurance professionals get access to their employer of choice and obtain their desired objectives from the recruitment process. 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. In a former life, Sarah had extensive experience working in a fast paced high street recruitment environment, dealing with management roles within a variety of industries. Sarah has a degree in business and is a qualified nutritional therapist with a passion for corporate wellbeing, having advised many insurance industry associations on the subject.

Holly Railes

Associate

Holly has 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.

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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