Talent ID provides clients of all shapes and sizes with first-class leadership and talent solutions, delivered in a flexible and pragmatic way. Our team is united by a deep passion for understanding people and organisations. We build trusted relationships with our clients and support them to increase their business performance.

Our Values

Our values guide how we think, work and make decisions.

OUR VALUES

Honest Conversations

We say what we think, challenge assumptions and focus on our clients’ best interests.

OUR VALUES

Profound Insight

We dig beneath the surface to make connections and discoveries that help leaders, teams and organisations to grow.

OUR VALUES

Outstanding Service

We’re agile, flexible and committed to delivering what we’ve promised.

Our Team

Richard Waddell CEO

Richard is passionate about helping leaders, teams and organisations to increase their performance through impactful and dynamic leadership and talent consulting.

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Richard Waddell
CEO

Richard is passionate about helping leaders, teams and organisations to increase their performance through impactful and dynamic leadership and talent consulting.

He’s assessed, developed and advised leaders at all levels, from guiding FTSE businesses on CEO selection through to supporting front-line nurses in the NHS.

Before establishing Talent ID, Richard worked for a global people consultancy. He partnered with clients in the UK, Europe, US and the Middle East to help them identify and develop their talent and structure their organisations in the most efficient way.

Prior to consulting, Richard gained his own leadership experience, training at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and serving for 15 years as a British Army Officer, including on multiple overseas operations.

James Emmett Executive Director

As founder and Group CEO of Hanover Search Group, James has over 30 years’ experience in the Executive Search business.

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James Emmett
Executive Director

As founder and Group CEO of Hanover Search Group, James has over 30 years’ experience in the Executive Search business.

As an Executive Director of Talent ID, James brings considerable business experience to bear in helping to develop and grow the business.

James has led the Hanover Search Group board for five years, having successfully executed a management buy-out in 2014. He has global responsibility for driving the business strategy and revenue.

He is actively involved in hiring key personnel, developing new service lines and appraising potential acquisition and joint venture opportunities.

Stephen Phipps Executive Director

Stephen has 17 years’ experience working in executive search. He is a board director of Talent ID and Hanover Search Group.

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Stephen Phipps
Executive Director

Stephen has 17 years’ experience working in executive search. He is a board director of Talent ID and Hanover Search Group.

Stephen has been instrumental in developing Hanover’s global growth strategy. In his current capacity he is responsible for leading major group relationships with the executives of FTSE 250 businesses.

He embeds corporate solutions covering talent advice, succession planning, diversity and inclusion development, market trend analysis, senior hiring and key person risk assessment. He is also heavily involved in business acquisition, new market expansion and commercial decision making.

Before joining Hanover and moving across into the world of executive search, Stephen worked at Clerical Medical for four years.

Julia Knight
Associate Consultant

Julia has 20 years’ experience consulting around the world in the public, private and third sectors.

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Julia Knight
Associate Consultant

Julia has 20 years’ experience consulting around the world in the public, private and third sectors. 

She applies psychological principles to help individuals and teams to gain insights into themselves and those around them, allowing them to maximise their potential. Her main areas of work are leadership development, bespoke assessment design and personal development coaching.

Julia is a Chartered Psychologist and accredited assessor with all the major personality testing instruments. She also has a particular interest in developing creativity within teams and is co-author of "Listen! Say Yes! Commit! Improvisation for Communication, Creativity, Team Working & Leadership at Work.” 

Paula Maxwell
Associate Consultant

Paula loves providing clients with a fresh, objective perspective and deep insight into the capability of their people.

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Paula Maxwell
Associate Consultant

Paula loves providing clients with a fresh, objective perspective and deep insight into the capability of their people.

After 20 years working both in business and as a management consultant, it became clear to her that many people weren't in roles they enjoy or enable them to perform at their best.

Paula uses her experience in assessment, coaching and development to support organisations to match their people to the best roles for them. She also works with individuals to help them make successful stretch career moves.

She worked for over 10 years in a global people consultancy and holds a BSc in Business Management, a Post Graduate Diploma in Coaching and a wide variety of psychometric accreditations.

Emma Reed
Associate Consultant

Emma works with leaders at all levels to help them to develop and transform themselves and their organisations.

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Emma Reed
Associate Consultant

Emma works with leaders at all levels to help them to develop and transform themselves and their organisations.

She spent the early part of her career in a variety of business change and technology roles. She supported large scale transformations and discovered a passion for the people side of change.

Emma joined a global people consultancy in 2001, and during her seven years there, consulted across a variety of sectors and people disciplines. Latterly she was responsible for leading the Financial Services Sector team.

Caroline Redman
Associate Consultant

Caroline believes in ‘improving performance without causing a storm.’ A specialist in individual and organisational behaviour, she supports people to achieve their potential whilst maintaining a balance in their lives.

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Caroline Redman
Associate Consultant

Caroline believes in ‘improving performance without causing a storm.’ A specialist in individual and organisational behaviour, she supports people to achieve their potential whilst maintaining a balance in their lives. She helps organisations to improve their bottom line through an effective and happy workforce.

She achieves this through individual and team coaching, performance management, leadership assessment and competency design.

With a passion for leadership and talent development, Caroline is excited by opportunities to support individuals and organisations to realise their potential.

Victoria Hanson
Associate Consultant

Victoria has been working in executive assessment and development for nearly 20 years. She enjoys supporting individuals to unlock their potential.

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Victoria Hanson
Associate Consultant

Victoria has been working in executive assessment and development for nearly 20 years. She enjoys supporting individuals to unlock their potential and helping organisations to make better people decisions.

She's consulted with a broad range of clients and is well travelled, having worked in Europe, Asia and the Middle East.

For ten years, Victoria worked for a global management consultancy. She designed and delivered talent management strategies for a number of FTSE 100 firms and was part of a team that won a prestigious MCA award.

She has a BSc in Sociology and Psychology from Loughborough University and is accredited in wide range of psychometric tools. She is based in Coventry.

Simon Lawson
Associate Consultant

Simon has over 20 years’ experience developing individuals, teams and organisations as an executive coach, facilitator and organisational change consultant.

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Simon Lawson
Associate Consultant

Simon has over 20 years’ experience developing individuals, teams and organisations as an executive coach, facilitator and organisational change consultant.

His approach is based on extensive business experience, allied to psychological insight and training.

Simon has particular expertise in the financial and professional services sectors, including the human element in corporate governance and regulation. As a Modern Languages graduate, he also helps clients to lead teams drawn from different business cultures and geographies.

Simon’s early career was spent in the City, working for a US international bank, one of the ‘Big 4’ accountancy firms and the financial regulator. He decided to combine his financial background with training in psychology, counselling and a range of psychometrics. He uses this experience to help clients balance achieving commercial goals with good corporate governance and reputation management.

Martha Creaser
Associate Consultant

Martha is a leadership development specialist with over 20 years of experience in consultancy at a managerial level.

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Martha Creaser
Associate Consultant

Martha is a leadership development specialist with over 20 years of experience in consultancy at a managerial level. She helps organisations to assess their senior leaders’ capability and potential, and individuals to develop their leadership style and impact.

She believes strongly in a strengths-based approach and draws on emotional intelligence and cognitive psychology in her work. Clients report that she is challenging yet supportive, incisive in bringing key issues to the table, and a great listener.

She holds an MBA and a post-graduate diploma in Psychology and is accredited in a range of psychometric tools.

Bianca Ioannides
Associate Consultant

As an occupational psychologist, Bianca understands that the challenges encountered by people at work are multi-dimensional and complex in nature, and that the definition of success will vary.

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Bianca Ioannides
Associate Consultant

As an occupational psychologist, Bianca understands that the challenges encountered by people at work are multi-dimensional and complex in nature, and that the definition of success will vary.

She has over 16 years of experience working with diverse leaders across a wide range of organisations and a deep understanding of how human psychology and work factors interact to drive behaviour and performance.

Her knowledge and experience of psychology and different organisations gives her a high level of empathy for the varied challenges people face and enables her to work with them to overcome their internal and external barriers, build confidence and motivation, and find practical and effective ways to achieve their goals.

Bianca has personal experience of team leadership and is authentic, straight talking and empathetic.

Olivia Emmett
Business Support & Project Management

Olivia leads business support and project management for client consulting projects and internal initiatives.

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Olivia Emmett
Business Support & Project Management

Olivia leads business support and project management for client consulting projects and internal initiatives.

Prior to her current role she was a research associate with Hanover Search Group, an international executive search firm and Talent ID’s partner. Her experience provided her with great insight into talent management and the operational functions of a fast-growing company.

Before this she travelled around South East Asia, having graduated from Bristol University with a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature.