Our team

Our team boasts an extensive background in search and leadership advisory, underpinned by experience within our specialist sectors.

We work collaboratively across the globe, sharing a culture of diligence, quality and delivery to ensure the highest standards of service for our clients.



Allister is Managing Partner and global leader for the business including overseeing offices in Houston, UK and Dubai and is based in Houston. He has worked in energy and industrial executive search for 15 years and brings strong experience in leadership advisory and executive search having worked across the North American, United Kingdom and European markets.

Prior to joining Ducatus Partners, Allister worked with a global, publicly traded recruiting organization, initially in Aberdeen and then as Head of Executive Search in Houston. Allister has extensive experience in assisting energy companies acquire top leadership talent, particularly across private equity and venture capital, industrials, oil and gas and the energy transition.

He has overseen hundreds of executive searches and consulting projects and has personally conducted thousands of executive level interviews.

Allister received his Bachelor of Laws from the University of Strathclyde Law School, with a focus on employment law.

Allister Graham
Managing Partner

Prior to joining Ducatus Partners, Michael co-founded and was president of a highly successful executive search firm based in Houston, Texas.


Additionally, he spent 13 years as partner and co-owner of a boutique retained search firm. He sold and developed complex search assignments on behalf of companies across the energy value chain, including oilfield services, technology, and process automation companies.


Furthermore, Michael was president of the Americas division at one of the world’s largest executive search and leadership advisory consultancies, which he established solely for the oil & gas sector.

Michael Wing

Maegan joined Airswift as a recruitment consultant and less than two years later she started the company’s global marketing department. Since then, the Marketing Team has grown from a two-person operation to a team of 10 located in five different countries across the world. Maegan’s strategic execution of marketing campaigns has played an important role in diversifying and growing the business. Maegan has a passion for aligning marketing and sales teams in order to achieve more in a coordinated effort. She graduated with a BA from Texas A&M University and resides in Houston with her two beautiful daughters.

Maegan Toups
Vice President - Marketing

In 2017, Justyna joined Airswift based in Manchester as a Group Financial Assistant Accountant. She now serves as a Finance Manager for Ducatus Partners and Global Mobility & Employment since 2019. Justyna's role consists of providing assistance with financial analysis, reporting, budgeting and forecasting.

Justyna has 10 years of experience within the finance sector and in that time has worked across numerous lines of business that have fast-paced, dynamic environments.



Justyna Adamczyk
Finance Manager

Bia serves as the Research Team Lead at Ducatus Partners. Her expertise lies in assisting these organizations in acquiring exceptional leaders, particularly across private equity and venture capital, E&P, oilfield services, energy digitalization, energy transition, and low carbon businesses.

A seasoned executive search professional, Bia has spearheaded hundreds of successful executive searches and consulting projects. With unwavering dedication, she has personally conducted thousands of executive-level interviews, ensuring that clients find the perfect fit for their leadership needs.

Bia's educational background reflects her global perspective and commitment to excellence. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and Management from the University of St Andrews in Scotland and a Master of Science in Security Studies from University College London, where she specialized in Gender and Terrorism. Her linguistic fluency and diverse residential experiences in Brazil, the USA, England, Scotland, Germany, and Italy further enhance her ability to connect with a wide range of clients and candidates.

With a successful track record spanning both the private and non-profit sectors, Bia brings a wealth of knowledge and insights to her role at Ducatus Partners. Her expertise, coupled with her unwavering commitment to client success, has made her a trusted advisor to numerous organizations seeking exceptional leadership talent

Bia Carboni
Research Team Lead

Tiffany has a background in marketing and project management. She is currently going to school for her MBA. She enjoys learning and is excited to bring new ideas forward. She is motivated to help professionals get connected to new opportunities in the energy industry.

Tiffany Tegeler
Senior Associate

Gary McKinney has driven HR strategies at numerous high-growth companies across the energy, investment, and engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) sectors including Schlumberger, Valerus and Clearlake Capital. The last five years have seen him pivot into executive search, specialising in energy services.

Gary will be key to helping clients acquire, manage and develop the human capital required to drive this transformation playing out across all corners of the sector.

Gary Mckinney

Daniela is a Senior Global Executive Researcher at Ducatus Partners based in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  She graduated from Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio) with a business major and a minor in entrepreneurship. She is certified in customer experience by Disney University in Florida. Dani has various international experiences and speaks English and Portuguese fluently. Prior to joining Ducatus, Dani was part of Disney´s International College program. She also worked at a health tech start-up that connected clients to ground-breaking technology.

Daniela Lacouth
Senior Global Executive Researcher

Stephanie serves as Project Coordinator & Executive Assistant at Ducatus Partners.

Previously, she worked at Baker Hughes in the Training and Development and Human Resources departments. Stephanie holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations, from the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio), specializing in Sustainable Development, Conflict and Cooperation.

Additionally, Stephanie has a Post-Graduate Certificate in Conflict Transformation and Peace Studies with an emphasis on Emotional Balance, supported by UNESCO Chair for Peace Studies at University of Innsbruck, Austria and Santa Barbara Institute, California.

She is also graduated in Human Resources Management, and she is currently pursuing her third Bachelor’s degree in Psychology at Santa Úrsula University (USU). She speaks Portuguese, English and Spanish fluently.

Stephanie Gonzalez
Project Coordinator & Executive Assistant

Rita is a Senior Global Executive Researcher at Ducatus Partners based in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Previously, she worked at the State of Rio de Janeiro's Public Defender Office. She has her Bachelor of Laws from the University Estacio de Sá (UNESA). Additionally, Rita has a Post-Graduate Certificate in Civil Law and Civil Procedure. She also studied performing arts at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) with a focus on costume design. Currently, Rita is pursuing her third degree in Psychology. She speaks English and Portuguese fluently.

Rita Sancho
Senior Global Executive Researcher

Mark is a dynamic and accomplished leader in the executive recruitment industry, with a three-decade-long career dedicated to sourcing and developing top-tier talent for the Energy, Private Equity, and Industrial sectors. His expertise and proven track record make him the perfect fit for this role.

Having excelled in prominent positions at NES Global and Orion Group, Mark founded Real Talent Matters in 2017, establishing a reputation for excellence in recruiting Executive Board, Senior-level operational, and General Management positions.

Mark's key expertise lies in his profound understanding of the intricacies and demands of the Energy, Private Equity, and Industrial sectors.
Mark Ingram
Senior Partner

Olívia is an Executive Search Researcher at Ducatus Partners, based in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She is currently studying Psychology at the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio). Her professional experience includes business prospection and consulting, along with a strong involvement in non-formal education methodologies and cognitive therapy using equine therapy for children with special needs. With over a decade of volunteering experience in leadership and people management, complemented by a 10-month cultural exchange in Israel, Olívia brings a diverse international perspective to her role. She is fluent in Portuguese and English, has advanced Spanish language skills, and basic proficiency in Hebrew.

Olívia Berman
Executive Researcher

With 35 years of oil and gas project experience for both operator and contractors, plus a year's experience in rare earths, Hamish is extremely well placed for his role as Senior Partner of Business Delivery.

Having begun his career in the area of project services for a major multinational oil company, Hamish quickly moved into the role of project management and has helped build, manage and lead large multi discipline project teams delivering complex onshore and offshore projects. Specialising in integrated planning, change control and fast track delivery, Hamish's success has been attributed to his ability to bring together teams of specialist to work as one team to deliver against the metrics of cost, schedule and quality.

A versatile project professional with an eye for detail and the ability to see the bigger business picture.

Hamish Westwater
Senior Partner - Business Delivery

Sean is an experienced SME Executive Board Member and Senior Corporate Manager with a track record of delivering tangible and sustainable results for over 35 years.

Starting as a mechanical engineer within the tier 1 contractors in brownfield and greenfield projects, Sean then progressed to project/construction & shutdown manager roles with major operators before becoming Managing Director/Executive and Non-Executive Board member in various SME’s. In these roles Sean had full P&L responsibility and was deeply involved in multiple M&A deals with PE and trade entities

Sean has lived and worked in most of the major O&G provinces including North Sea, Caspian, Africa, South East Asia and Australia so is well versed in their individual idiosyncrasies.

As a Senior Partner – Business Delivery, Sean’s experience and skills allows him to understand what individual clients issues are and how to offer bespoke, pragmatic solutions that fit the culture, timescale and budget of each

Sean Girvan
Senior Partner - Business Delivery

Craig Rickard joins Ducatus Partners as a Partner where he will lead client engagement, talent assessment, and internal execution initiatives for the firm’s Energy & Manufacturing Practice.

He will leverage his two decades of search experience across diverse sectors to deliver game-changing, consultative leaders to organizations across the nation. Craig’s experience includes recruiting on behalf of large public companies and small to mid-sized private businesses.

Craig Rickard