The team

Olivia Stone

MD & Founder

Olivia has spent the last twelve years recruiting HR & Change professionals and now focuses at the senior end of the market, searching for HR leaders and their teams. She spends every day networking within the international HR marketplace, and draws her energy from honing her knowledge of the wide-ranging skills, capabilities, and priorities within the ever-changing landscape of Human Resources. Key to her success is the unrivalled network of HR professionals which she and the Tucker Stone team have nurtured and grown over the years, and which gives them the best opportunity to find the right person for each of their clients. She is engaged and stimulated by the challenge that every one of her searches is unique.

Olivia has championed the role that Tucker Stone plays in the HR search space – as a valued and challenging partner to clients, and a loyal and proactive advocate of their candidates. All of Tucker Stone’s work comes from referrals from within their network, and that is something that Olivia is most proud of. She also embraces the fact that Tucker Stone is called upon when there is a critical need for their search service. The reasons vary but it is frequently because of a highly confidential search, a rare set of skills, a reputational challenge, or the need for an agile, fast-paced approach.

Life before setting up Tucker Stone involved reading English at Magdalene College, Cambridge. After graduating, Olivia worked at BBC Worldwide, before being persuaded to join OrtusHR, where she met Hugo Tucker, and was bitten by the HR recruitment bug and her fate was sealed.

Hugo Tucker

MD & Founder

Hugo has over 23 years’ experience working in the resourcing industry, the last 17 of which have been in HR search. He has a passion for recruitment and enjoys working at a senior level across a diverse range of clients. He recognises the poor reputation the industry has (and unfortunately often deserves) and relishes breaking that mould.

In the first six years of his recruitment career, he worked in Search and Selection across all industry sectors and functions recruiting a breadth of positions. This included setting up a practice for Harvey Nash, building a new business called Boldly Go and joining a new solution sales team at Hudson Plc.

In 2002 Hugo joined a leading marketing recruiter to build a new practice focusing on HR. OrtusHR quickly grew to be the third biggest division within the group with offices in Leeds and London. After four years, he was headhunted to join Bullet Search as an equity partner to capitalise on a fledgling HR practice. Hugo started Tucker Stone in 2010 with his long-suffering colleague Olivia Stone.

Founding Tucker Stone has been an awesome adventure, it has allowed Hugo and Olivia to build an honest, relationship driven boutique Search company that focuses on best practice and instinct. Hugo enjoys recruiting across all specialisms but is particularly experienced in CPO and CHRO appointments. He also leads the international practice which has grown exponentially in the last 12 months placing a number of global HR leaderships positions in the US and mainland Europe.

Hugo’s clients are diverse and include corporate organisations and private equity houses: News Corp, Dow Jones, GSK, Montagu PE, Kantar and Nomura.

Hugo lives in Surrey with his wife Maithili and their three children, Poppy, Lyra and Bertie. He has two miniature Dachshunds (Mr Bojangles and Colonel Buzzington) who run a very noisy house. Hugo likes to cook, particularly in his wood fired oven, and play old man tennis when he can.

Matt Wallis

Director

Matt has specialised in Human Resources recruitment throughout his career. His experience has been gained within 3 market leading, boutique, search and selection businesses.

He is recognised in the market for providing results in a personable, pragmatic, fast and professional manner. Integrity, honesty, and transparency are core values that Matt prides himself on throughout all client and candidate interactions.
He began his HR search career over 16 years ago with Astralis, delivering mid and senior level HR generalist and functional specialist mandates. After specialising for 7 years, he diversified into general management board search with Osprey Clarke before returning to specialise in HR with Paskpartnership in 2013.
Matt leads searches across the UK and mainland Europe for leadership positions across the L&OD, Reward, Resourcing, Talent, IR, HR Ops and Generalist HR space.

Matt joined Tucker Stone as a Director where he continues to focus on senior HR appointments across all industry sectors and geographies.
Matt lives in Hertfordshire with his wife Dianne and has three step-children James, Thomas & Isabel. Outside of work Matt plays tennis, regularly attends the gym, loves watching live music and tries to escape to the coast as much as possible.

Mark Ladds

Director

Mark has 13 years recruitment experience with the last 9 years specialising in interim Human Resources recruitment. This experience has predominantly been gained within 2 well known HR recruitment brands.

He began his HR recruitment career in 2010 with Digby Morgan, delivering mid-to-senior level interim HR generalist and functional specialist hires. Following a brief period with a local HR search and interim management business, Mark spent nearly 6 years with Frazer Jones where he led the Interim Practice across Commerce and Industry.

Over this time, the relationships he has made with clients and candidates alike have grown into a network that spans all industry sectors and numerous geographies.

Mark joined Tucker Stone as a Director where he leads on all senior interim HR appointments across the L&OD, Reward, Resourcing, Talent, HR Ops and Generalist HR space.

Mark lives in Berkshire with his wife Sharyn and their two children Joshua & Isla. Outside of work, when he’s not operating as a taxi service for his children, Mark enjoys cooking, playing guitar and going to the gym when he can.

Moyra Corbett

Director

Moyra brings over twenty five years’ experience working in HR search and senior HR leadership roles for well-known FMCG and retail brands. Having run a successful HR search firm for ten years where she partnered with a number of globally recognised organisations across diverse sectors to help them attract the best talent, Moyra has recently made the move to Tucker Stone as Associate Director, to work as part of a larger team. Moyra leads searches across the UK and mainland Europe for leadership positions across the L&OD, Reward, ResourcingTalent, IR, HR Ops and Generalist HR space. In addition to Moyra’s search background/expertise, she is also a qualified Executive Coach having successfully completed the Professional Certificate in Coaching at Henley Business School and works with a range of clients in leadership and career coaching.

Moyra lives in West Berkshire and is married to Nick and has one step-daughter Amy (now living in Australia). Outside of work Moyra loves to spend time walking her dog in the countryside, catching up with friends and enjoying good food and wine. Any excuse to travel features highly on Moyra’s agenda – be that to Cornwall, Greece or farther afield!

Beth Miller

Associate Director

Beth has spent the last 15 years of her career working in recruitment, and the last 13 years specialising in HR recruitment, working for Digby Morgan, a specialist HR recruitment company. Beth lead a team of Consultants and recruited at all levels across the HR function on both a permanent and interim basis.

Beth joined Tucker Stone as their ethos of honest, relationship driven recruitment is very much aligned to her own style. With 13 years’ experience in the HR recruitment market, Beth has developed a strong network of HR Professionals and thrives on developing and nurturing these relationships. Her experience spans a wide range of sectors including Financial Services, Technology, Media and Not for Profit.

Beth lives in Twickenham with her husband, Robin and their two children, Thomas and William. When she has any spare time, Beth enjoys playing the flute, singing and socialising with friends over a glass of wine or two.

Tatshana Tran

Operations Manager

Tatshana grew up in Australia and came to the UK in 2002. She completed a BA in Business Marketing in Brisbane before going into finance professionally. She joined Tucker Stone in 2021 as the Operations Manager. This is a new role that owns all things operations including finance, marketing, events, and general operations. Tats (as she’s known) also has the near impossible task of herding together the Consultants to make sure we maintain our culture of collaboration and fun. Tats has worked in several industry sectors including retail, PR and media but this is her first time working in professional services.
She is an avid cat and dog lover who’s interested in food, plants and travelling. Tats lives in Kentish Towns and loves to learn new skills in her spare time – millinery and floristry are the latest!

Victoria Birkenshaw

Research Manager

Victoria was born in West Yorkshire where she graduated from the University of Leeds with a Master’s of Science (Biodiversity and Conservation). Firmly bitten by the travel bug, Victoria then lived and worked in various countries around the world including Kenya and India, before coming back to the UK and joining Tucker Stone as the Team Assistant in August 2016.

As Research Manager, Victoria identifies the most appropriate candidates in line with our consultants’ search assignments, working in partnership with them to enable them to work efficiently, thoroughly and with utmost integrity and accuracy. Victoria is highly organised and an expert in all things admin – she also ran a pub in Australia!

In her spare time, Victoria enjoys playing her guitar, singing and going to the gym. Her positivity, which she insists is a Northern trait, brightens up the office on a daily basis.

Martha Peck

Team Assistant

Martha grew up in Oxford and after finishing her A levels in English, Drama and Geography, she then completed an Executive PA Diploma at Oxford Media and Business School.

In 2020 Martha joined Tucker Stone as the Team Assistant. Her role involves diary management, research, logistics, administration, candidate management and trouble shooting. This variety enables Martha to utilise her excellent communication and organisational skills both internally and externally.

Originally from the country, Martha now lives in Notting Hill and is embracing being a Londoner. She enjoys going to the theatre, particularly musicals, and baking but her real passion is cricket. Her perfect day is hearing the thwack of leather on willow at Lords in the sunshine – preferably with England winning.

Olivia Stone

MD & Founder

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Hugo Tucker

MD & Founder

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Matt Wallis

Director

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Mark Ladds

Director

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Moyra Corbett

Director

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Beth Miller

Associate Director

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Tatshana Tran

Operations Manager

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Victoria Birkenshaw

Research Manager

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Martha Peck

Team Assistant

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There’s nothing like working with people who love what they do. Our results come through expertise, integrity, challenge and an uncompromising desire to exceed expectations – all wrapped up with a bit of Tucker Stone personality.

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