The team

Olivia Stone

MD & Founder

Olivia has spent 17 years recruiting within the People space, and has worked with businesses across the globe, large & small, across all industries. She and her team have worked hard to nurture their HR network, and she is proud to have worked with, partnered, and placed, some of the best HR leaders in the world. She still draws the same energy she always has, from talking to the Tucker Stone community, be they old friends, or new contacts with whom the relationship is just beginning. It is these constant conversations which keep the Tucker Stone team, agile, future-facing & connected.

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. She also embraces the fact that Tucker Stone is called upon when there is a critical need for their expertise. The reasons vary but it is frequently because of a highly confidential search, a higher calibre of People Function, a rare set of skills, a reputational challenge, or the need for a modern, fast-paced approach.

Olivia currently lives in Suffolk with her husband, Adam, their two children, and more animals than it’s sensible to mention!

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

Search Partner

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

Interim Partner

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

Search Partner

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

Search Partner

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.

Vanessa Blackburn

Search Partner

Vanessa spent the first 27 years of her career having fun and being challenged across a range of international organisations in HR leadership roles. All these organisations had one thing in common, a strong customer ethos, something that is still fundamental to how she likes to work.

She made the move into HR Executive Search over 5 years ago and hasn’t looked back! She is entirely driven by the desire to provide the best level of support to both her candidates and clients and is known for a strong sense of quality and the ability to spot excellent talent.

She has had the privilege of working with some of the most progressive organisations in HR, who strive to develop the employee experience, such as American Express and Nike. Having been on the on the other side of the table, she has made it her goal to constantly raise the bar on both candidate and client management experience.

She has enjoyed the last 5 years in Executive Search immensely, spending time in two very different established businesses. She now feels she has found her home at Tucker Stone in an entrepreneurial, empowered environment that recognises the value a deep expert in their chosen field of HR can bring to the team.

Known to many as Ness, she has a strong desire to achieve the best she can and gets a real kick out of recognising the potential of both individuals and organisations. She always loved being an HR Business Partner and was in her element as she moved into specialising in all things Talent. She continues to be both engaged and motivated by the progression of the HR function and loves the multiple directions a career in HR can take you. She’s particularly interested in Employee Engagement and Performance and loves anything to do with Data and Analytics!

She lives in Brighton with her husband Bob and her children Nancy and George and is desperate for them to stay with her forever, but at 18 and 22 realises this dream will be cut short in the not-too-distant future. Hopefully her three dogs and two horses will fill some of the gap!

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!

Gemma Vaughan

Head of Candidate Experience

Since graduating from Oxford Media & Business School in 2018, Gemma has held various roles across a range of industries within Executive Search. After spending 3 ½ years in a large corporate, she made the switch to Tucker Stone in 2022 and has never looked back! Gemma brings her experience as a Team Assistant, Executive Assistant and Researcher to head up our Candidate Experience. She is the custodian for our candidate community, ensuring that we provide the best experience for every candidate we engage with.

Outside of work, Gemma is a keen runner and enjoys the odd Joe Wicks HIIT workout. When not exercising, Gemma loves hanging out with her friends and enjoys an amber ale or two down the pub!

Martha Peck

Project Coordinator

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.

Hannah Jones

Project Coordinator

Hannah grew up in Surrey and after leaving school decided to pursue a career in acting and performance. She attended Cours Florent drama school in Paris for three years and then returned to the UK to complete her Masters at Mountview where she was awarded a Distinction.

Having appeared in several performances, Hannah decided to change career direction and moved into the business world when she joined Tucker Stone in 2022. Hannah provides co-ordination and project management for the team; you could say she’s moved from audience experience to candidate experience.

She still loves the arts and particularly theatre, going whenever she can. She is a keen traveller, enjoys the gym and has a weakness for clothes shopping.

Olivia Stone

MD & Founder

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Hugo Tucker

MD & Founder

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Matt Wallis

Search Partner

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Mark Ladds

Interim Partner

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Moyra Corbett

Search Partner

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Beth Miller

Search Partner

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Vanessa Blackburn

Search Partner

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Tatshana Tran

Operations Manager

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Gemma Vaughan

Head of Candidate Experience

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Martha Peck

Project Coordinator

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Hannah Jones

Project Coordinator

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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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