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.



Michael is a Managing Partner EMEA with Ducatus Partners, based in Aberdeen. He has accumulated over 10 years of experience in recruitment and executive search, predominantly focused on the oil and gas and energy sectors.

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 managed the oil and gas division of a FTSE 250 listed recruitment company. Michael has a successful track record in delivering high-level and complex search assignments on behalf companies across the energy value chain, including exploration and production companies, oilfield services and technology providers and private equity investors.

Michael holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business Management from Robert Gordon University.

Michael Diamond
Managing Partner EMEA

Abid is based in Dubai as a Partner and leads business development efforts in the Middle East region, as well as supporting Ducatus Partners’ existing base of clients in the Gulf.


Abid has worked in Dubai for eight years and joined Ducatus Partners from the search arm of a global recruitment firm where he most recently held the role of Principal and focused on supporting clients in the Gulf on key leadership appointments. Prior to this, he was based in Australia as Senior Manager for the group. His career has seen him focus on senior assignments across the government, infrastructure and energy markets.


Abid holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Monash University in Victoria.

Abid Mirrany

Karyn is based in Aberdeen with Ducatus Partners as a Senior Associate where her focus is on undertaking executive search assignments across Europe, Middle East and Africa. Karyn has led the research on a number of regional and international assignments across the energy and maritime sectors for senior leadership roles.

Prior to joining Ducatus Partners, Karyn spent six years with a global executive search firm as a Researcher and two years in contingency recruitment focused on opportunities in the oil and gas industry.

She holds a BA in Publishing and Journalism studies from Robert Gordon University.

Karyn Sherriffs
Senior Associate
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Allister is a Managing Partner Americas with Ducatus Partners, based in Houston. He has worked in energy executive search for over seven years and brings strong experience in leadership advisory and executive search having worked across the North American, United Kingdom and Norwegian energy 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. He has extensive experience in assisting energy companies acquire key leadership talent, particularly across private equity, exploration and production, midstream and oilfield services. He has overseen hundreds of executive searches and consulting projects and has personally conducted over one thousand 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 Americas

Jon is a Partner with Ducatus Partners, based in Houston. He 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 IPAA, the SPE and a Fellow of the Geological Society of London.

Jonathan Verlander

Emma is Head of Research for Ducatus Partners’ United Kingdom team, based in our Aberdeen office. She is responsible for leading the research team on executive search assignments in Europe, Middle East and Africa.

Prior to joining Ducatus Partners, Emma spent six years supporting in-house recruitment for two major oil and gas service companies. As a Resourcing Advisor, she supported both onshore and offshore sourcing requirements as well as Graduate Engineering recruitment.

Emma holds a BA (hons) in Applied Social Sciences from Robert Gordon University.

Emma Brown
Head of Research

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
Megan is based in Houston as an Associate with Ducatus Partners where her focus is on assignments across North America. Prior to Ducatus Partners, Megan worked as a registered stock broker for one of the largest brokerage firms in the United States. Megan earned her BA in Corporate Communications from Baylor University.
Megan Baca

Taylor is based in Houston with Ducatus Partners as a Senior Associate where her focus is on assignments across North America.


Prior to Ducatus Partners, Taylor was a Senior Associate for nine years with a Forbes top 10 global executive search firm and worked on a diverse range of global mandates spanning industries the energy, industrial, life sciences, technology and consumer sectors.


Taylor earned a BA in International Studies from Seattle University.

Taylor Strauss
Senior Associate