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Our story

Nicoll Curtin Senior Appointments was conceived and developed by Cian Loughnane (Head of Senior Appointments, Co-Head of Diversity), following a central role in the business since 2004.

He was tasked with spearheading Nicoll Curtin’s Senior Appointments offering in 2011, in response to client demand for a service that reflected our successes in contingency.

His depth and breadth of Senior client contacts and comprehension surrounding the complexities of their environment, has enabled him to deliver on a wide variety of global mandates. He is passionate about Diversity and its role in driving business impact.

Cian is ably supported by Ashleigh Clowes (Senior Appointments Researcher and Co-Head of Diversity). Ashleigh takes ownership of mapping of the market and market research, producing tailored research documents on topical issues of interest for clients.

Our Offering

We have the expertise to ascertain your requirement and deliver VP to MD or Senior Manager to Partner level talent that will have a transformative impact upon your organisation – whether you are looking for: expert succession planning, an individual appointment to revolutionise your leadership, to appoint an entire team from a competitor organisation, particular subject matter expertise, or an individual who can facilitate the development of your business into a new market.

Our Market

We work across investment banking, hedge funds, professional services and investment management; engaging with a select number of clients on an exclusive basis. This covers a variety of disciplines, from programme management across advisory and technical implementation programmes; to experts in everything from Data Management, Cyber Security and Architecture; to the Health Sector, Infrastructure and Central Government.

Our Approach

Our approach combines the rigour of a traditional search company with the speed and agile methodology of a contingency model. We are recognised for our completeness of approach and meticulous screening which results in the presentation of applicants who both reflect and enhance our clients’ culture.

Our comprehensive process is research led to ensure we are knowledgeable and accurate in the delivery of any mandate. This acquired knowledge allows us to provide an outstanding service, including team or compensation comparisons and extensive market intelligence, constituted by information jointly deemed most valuable to your business.

Our Commitment to Equality & Diversity

We fully acknowledge that an optimal business environment is a diverse one. We are committed to helping our clients improve their business performance by providing them with the diverse talent required to constitute effective leadership.

We will challenge doubts and reinforce the attributes of non-traditional career pathways, broadening your definition of a “successful profile” and providing appropriate weight to intrinsic competencies and capabilities. This process is instrumental in facilitating equal opportunities for diverse and talented individuals.

Even when this takes the form of a difficult or ‘loaded’ conversation, we will probe, question and challenge often long-held assumptions, revealing unconscious biases that may exist in specifications or selection processes.

We will engage candidates in the application process from under-represented characteristic groups by demonstrating your commitment to diversity and your organisation’s mechanisms to help them succeed.

Our Success

A cross section of the mandates we have recently completed includes, but is not limited to:

  • European Head of Credit Risk IT – European Investment Bank
  • Head of Operations IT Architecture Federation – European Investment Bank
  • Director, Information and Cyber Security Advisory – Major professional services organisation
  • Head of Market and Credit Risk Data Architecture – European Investment Bank
  • Head Rates IT Europe – European Investment Bank
  • Director, Advisory Programme Leadership – Major professional services organisation
  • Head of Collateral IT – European Investment Bank

Key Contacts.


We win awards for exceptional delivery to our people, clients and candidates.
From Best Client Service, to Best Company To Work For, to Best Candidate Care, to Diversity and Inclusion – we’re proud to be recognised as industry leaders.