Founded in 2014 by Richard Taylor and Chris Jones, we focus on individuals rather than function. Our candidates are current or future leaders looking for exciting, challenging environments where they can disrupt and transform an industry. Our clients already change and lead industries, and are looking for exceptional people to make their vision a reality.

meet the team

Richard Taylor | Co Founder

After reading History at the University of Oxford, Richard built a successful career across a number of different industries. He has worked at director level in a leading London law firm, as director of a professional football club, management consultant for a range of global brands and as project manager for international events. Whilst working across these various sectors, Richard spent a large proportion of his time hiring and managing, working largely with high achievers in high-growth environments. He is passionate about understanding people and what motivates them. His client network is exceptional and stretches across the UK and US, working with some of the world's largest companies, fastest scaling technology companies and most successful and prolific investors. His clients include tech unicorns with £bn valuations, series A-C backed tech firms across a range of areas, members of the Sunday Times Fast Track, the FT's Europe's fastest growing companies and leading management consultancies, Deloittes Fast50 and Fast500, as well as Fortune500 and Forbes Global 2000. In his spare time, Richard can be found watching too much sport (mainly lower league football, tennis and the NFL), volunteering for various charities with education at their centre and travelling the globe.

Chris Jones | Co Founder

Chris has worked across various industries over the last three decades, including Insurance, Finance, Sport and Technology. During this time he has trained, managed and hired talent. He has recruited and developed teams that have helped to build some of the UK's fastest-growing companies with a strong focus on sales and management functions, including a company that sold for over £80m. He is particularly interested in employee happiness and creating the conditions in which excellence can be achieved. As well as being passionate about high-growth companies, he believes in high retention, with some of the companies he has managed receiving national awards and recognition for employee satisfaction. His UK focus is on Head of Sales, VP/Sales Director and CRO/CCO, with well-funded tech startups and scaleups, from sizable Seed to Series C. He also works on a range of Marketing and Customer Success roles. His US focus is with well-funded tech startups and scaleups, from Seed to Series C, across various roles. In his spare time, Chris is on a mission to find the best flat white, while deciding which non-dairy milk he prefers. Also, thanks to his two young daughters, he has extensive knowledge of Disney Princesses. In a previous life, he also enjoyed watching a lot of live sport, although this appears to have been replaced by family trips out, which he wouldn't swap for the world.

Owen Roberts | Director

Owen read History at Oriel College, Oxford before embarking on a decade-long career in recruitment. He joined a boutique financial services recruitment firm as a graduate recruiter and left five years later as Associate Director. As well as owning and running businesses in recruitment, media, and finance, he has recruited across many sectors, various roles and at all levels of seniority. Now that he works at TJP, whatever it is you are doing now, and whatever it is you want to do next, Owen is well placed to listen and offer some timely advice. In his spare time, he looks after two young children and a giant schnauzer and attempts to relive his glory days on the sports pitch. Owen runs an annual half marathon due to the theory that if he keeps beating his time, he will live forever.

Emma Hughes | Director

Emma graduated in 2018 from Exeter College, Oxford, with a Masters' Degree in Earth Sciences and prior to joining Taylor Jones in February 2019, worked as a strategist at an award-winning Architectural & Interior Design Practice in London. As a Director at TJP, Emma communicates with high-achieving candidates on a daily basis and works to understand, particularly mid-senior level, what kind of role and company makes a good fit for each individual. She is passionate about extending her network of ambitious, bright candidates within both high-growth technology and service companies. Outside of her life at TJP, Emma enjoys the theatre, especially musicals.

Jamie Williams | Senior Associate

Jamie graduated from the University of Cambridge with a BA in Archaeology with Egyptology. She owes much of her success to the theatre, where she enjoyed both basking in the spotlight and managing administrative and financial operations behind the scenes as a director. At Taylor Jones Partnership, Jamie has worked to propel our clients' growth internally and now is flourishing in an operational and team-focused capacity where she has been able to utilize her creativity and passion for people. In her spare time, Jamie can most likely be found sitting front row at a new musical, reading up on queer history and media, or working towards becoming an expert in vegetarian cooking.

Suzanne Vanezis | Senior Associate

Suzanne is fascinated by culture and loves seeing people excel and reach their highest potential. She graduated from the University of Oxford with a BFA in Fine Art, where she spent most of her time doing extra curricular activities such as being Creative Director and Deputy Editor of the Isis Magazine, Oxford's arts and culture magazine, and rowing for her college boat club. After graduation, Suzanne worked at an award-winning education charity, where she paired talented tutors with disadvantaged school children and young people across the North of England. Now at TJP, she is keen to introduce bright and talented people to their next venture. Outside of work, Suzanne can be found running around London’s green spaces in preparation for her next half-marathon or perusing the walls of an art gallery.

Kirsty Murphy | Associate

Kirsty graduated from Trinity College Dublin with a degree in Drama and Theatre Studies. During her time in university she was involved in both the Drama Society and Student Radio, and had her own radio show called 'Tell Me Something I Don't Know'. Post university, Kirsty worked with the HSE on their Healthy Ireland campaigns, as well as helping create an online art collective called Stoa. One of her great passions in life is connecting with people, and she decided to make a career out of it by joining TJP. In her spare time Kirsty can be found practising yoga, writing, immersing herself in all things theatre and spreading the vegan agenda.

Aisha Ryan | Associate

Aisha is a recent graduate from the University of Oxford, where she studied international development. During her studies, she enjoyed getting involved in various co-curricular activities, all of which allowed her to connect with other people and help them flourish, which is what she loves most. She is excited to apply these passions to her work at Taylor Jones Partnership while also exploring the fascinating world of start-ups.