Our team works collaboratively across the globe and puts the delivery of exceptional results for our clients above all else.

 
Kevin Davidson

Kevin Davidson
Managing Director, London

Tel: +44 207 183 9118
kdavidson@ducatuspartners.com

Kevin began his career in executive search in 2001 and has lived and worked in the United Kingdom, United States and Africa. He is now based in London and is a founding member of Ducatus Partners. Aside from leading Ducatus Partners, Kevin continues to deliver key assignments for both executive and non-executive appointments.

Prior to establishing Ducatus Partners, Kevin worked at an international boutique executive search firm for over 15 years, joining as a Business Development Manager before being promoted to Vice President and subsequently Chief Operating Officer, ultimately holding the role of Chief Executive Officer. He was responsible for managing global operations and grew and set up offices in Houston, Calgary, Singapore, Perth and South Africa.

Kevin serves on the Board of Directors of Operation Eyesight Limited and has previously held Board positions with other not-for-profit organisations including the British American Business Council and the International School of Aberdeen. He has a Masters degree in Economics and a BA (Hons) in Business Studies and holds a Diploma in Non-Executive Directorship from the Financial Times.

Sean Buchan

Sean Buchan
Managing Partner, EMEA

Tel: +44 1224 502 800
sbuchan@ducatuspartners.com

Sean is a founding member of Ducatus Partners and has worked in executive search since 2006. He began his recruitment career working for a FTSE 100 recruitment company where he grew a successful oil and gas practice focused on the North Sea region. Sean leads Ducatus Partners’ team in the EMEA region and is based in Aberdeen.

Prior to joining Ducatus Partners, Sean worked for a leading international boutique search firm for over 10 years. He held a range of leadership positions and was ultimately responsible for the Europe, Middle East and Africa business. During this period Sean had additional responsibility for operations excellence across the whole group as well as running the company’s Private Equity practice.

Sean has broad experience at board level across the energy value chain. He possesses particular expertise advising investors on leadership appointments and talent management.

Jamie Ferguson

Jamie Ferguson
Managing Partner, Americas

Tel: +1 832 419 5421
jferguson@ducatuspartners.com

Jamie is a founding member of Ducatus Partners and began his career in executive search in 1999. He has worked across multiple regions and sectors, holding senior roles in Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and United States across the energy, banking and financial services industries. Jamie is based in Houston and leads Ducatus Partners’ Americas operation as Managing Partner.

Prior to establishing Ducatus Partners, Jamie spent over 10 years with an energy focussed boutique search firm, where he was initially based in Aberdeen as General Manager before relocating to Houston as Vice President Americas, assuming responsibility of leading the regional team and driving business development efforts.

Jamie has extensive experience managing recruitment projects for clients spanning the oil and gas value chain and has deep industry networks developed from working on assignments in over 20 countries.

Michael Diamond

Michael Diamond
Partner

Tel: +44 1224 502 800
mdiamond@ducatuspartners.com

Michael joined Ducatus Partners in August 2016 as a Partner based in Aberdeen. He has almost a decade of experience in recruitment and executive search. Michael is responsible for driving client engagement across the Europe, Middle East and Africa region and ensuring high standards of project delivery.

Prior to joining Ducatus Partners, Michael co-founded and was Managing Partner of a highly respected boutique executive search firm. In his earlier career, he established and lead the United Kingdom oil and gas business for a FTSE 250 listed recruitment company. Michael has delivered high level assignments on behalf exploration and production and oilfield services companies across on a global basis.

Michael is a member of the Petroleum Exploration Society of Great Britain (PESGB) and the Scottish Oil Club.

Jonathan Verlander

Jonathan Verlander
Partner

Tel: +1 713 819 4340
jverlander@ducatuspartners.com

Jon has over 20 years of international experience in the oil and gas industry initially in subsurface, commercial and business planning roles in operating companies and then in energy finance roles in global financial institutions.

Jon started his career as a geologist with Enterprise Oil, with responsibility for various subsurface projects in the United Kingdom and Italy. During this time, Jon was based in the company’s London, Rome and Aberdeen offices. Following the acquisition of Enterprise by Shell, Jon held various commercial and business planning roles in Shell’s Aberdeen office.

After 10 years with Enterprise and Shell, Jon moved into energy finance with RBS, Société Générale, and Commonwealth Bank of Australia. Jon started his banking career with responsibility for the technical due diligence of clients’ assets before assuming responsibility for originating and structuring upstream debt and equity transactions. Jon was hired into CBA to start and build the bank’s oil and gas business in London, and he was then transferred to Houston in 2012 with operational, strategic and organizational responsibility for establishing this new office for the bank.

Prior to joining Ducatus Partners, Jon was Principal of a boutique search firm where he served a range of clients across the energy industries including exploration and production, petrochemical and energy finance.

Jon has a BA and a PhD in Geology from the University of Oxford and is a member of the SPE and a Fellow of the Geological Society of London.

Jack Coker

Jack Coker
Principal

Tel: +1 832 942 2036
jcoker@ducatuspartners.com

Jack joined Ducatus Partners in October 2016 as a Principal Consultant, based in the firm’s Houston office. Jack is committed to growing Ducatus Partners’ business in the infrastructure, power and renewables sector.

Prior to joining Ducatus Partners, Jack was with a leading recruitment firm in Houston, developing and growing their construction and infrastructure business. He brings significant search experience in both Europe and the Americas, serving a broad range of clients spanning architecture, engineering and construction across the energy, power and civil infrastructure sectors. Jack has also supported a number of private equity clients and their portfolio companies within these sectors.

Jack holds a Master of Science degree in Environmental and Earth Resources Management from Kingston University, London and a Bachelor’s degree, with honours, in Geography from University of Portsmouth.

Allister Graham

Allister Graham
Principal

Tel: +1 832 463 8984
agraham@ducatuspartners.com

Allister joined Ducatus Partners in 2016 as a Principal based in Houston. His focus with Ducatus Partners is in senior level client relations and growing the energy practice across the Americas, concentrating on exploration and production, private equity and oilfield services.

Prior to joining Ducatus Partners, Allister led the energy executive search practice of a major recruiting organization, initially from Aberdeen and then Houston. He has over six years executive search experience working across the United Kingdom, Norwegian and United States energy markets. He has a strong track record in advising energy companies acquire and shape top leadership talent.

Allister holds a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Strathclyde, with a focus on employment law.

 

DeLynn Mitchell

DeLynn Mitchell
Principal

Tel: +1 713 383 7361
dmitchell@ducatuspartners.com

DeLynn joined Ducatus Partners in February 2018 as a Principal based in Houston. DeLynn is committed to strategic partnerships across verticals including industrial automation, process control, energy and oilfield services. 

Prior to joining Ducatus Partners, DeLynn worked for over 10 years within process control and automation. Most recently, she worked within Human Resources and Talent Acquisition for a global industrial automation organization. Her unique value proposition blends executive level talent and Human Resources consulting and advisory strategy, bringing significant global partnership across the process and energy sectors. She has extensive experience partnering and advising at executive levels to ensure clients meet all of their talent goals.

DeLynn holds a Master of Arts in Human Resources Management from Houston Baptist University, a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University of Texas, Austin, and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Texas, Austin. 

Ross Campbell

Ross Campbell
Strategic Advisor

Ross joined Ducatus Partners in March 2017 as a Strategic Advisor based in Singapore.

Ross possesses over a decade of experience working with energy companies and co-founded the Oil & Gas Council in 2009. Ross spent five years as Chief Executive Officer before transitioning to become Executive Chairman in 2014. He was responsible for spearheading the Council’s growth internationally, connecting over 6,000 executives each year. Ross stepped down from full-time work at the Council at the end of 2016 to become Chief Executive Officer of Guanxi Energy.