Meet some of our team

James Usher

James is Founder and Managing Director of Douglas Stuart. Prior to Douglas Stuart, James set up 6 Group, which he recently sold. Previously, he worked for Shell in The Hague, UK and Malaysia within the global attraction and recruitment team.

With a career in recruitment that started over 20 years ago at Michael Page, James is a seasoned expert in executive search and talent management. He has specialist knowledge of the energy sector and specifically, how to help organisations build an optimised attraction, recruitment and talent management function. James is passionate about best practice within the industry and helping hiring managers to improve their assessment and performance management skills.

In addition to his work for Douglas Stuart, James also acts as Group Talent Director for Shield Safety Group, providing advisory services to their leadership team on talent strategy and succession planning for their executive team.

In his spare time, James can be found providing vocal support to his children at rugby games, looking after his chickens, chopping logs and wondering which of his 25 blue shirts he’s going to wear tomorrow.

Eilidh Scott

Eilidh is Marketing Director at Douglas Stuart and brings a breadth of client development experience, in both consultancy and in-house roles, across recruitment, professional services and media sectors. Most recently she has worked as a consultant, advising on marketing communications and sales within the recruitment sector. Prior to that, Eilidh worked as a consultant for Shell in their Graduate Recruitment team, specifically in the ‘diversity in selection’ programmes. Previously, she worked for KPMG in their global client relationship management team and Seven Interactive, as their Client Marketing Manager.

Eilidh has worked both in the UK and internationally and is particularly interested in issues of diversity in the workplace, and how to create and communicate powerful employer brands.

In her spare time she enjoys books, films, food, walking, family and friends, finding new cushions, and sunshine.

Iain Scott

Iain is a Senior Consultant at Douglas Stuart and has extensive experience recruiting in LNG, Utilities, exploration and production, and downstream. Prior to Douglas Stuart, Iain worked for an energy sector executive search firm and managed senior executive talent searches around the globe. Previously, he worked for a large software house as an IT account manager and also brings knowledge of marketing and data analysis.

Iain is currently seconded into Shield Safety Group, managing all senior technical hires for the business.

In his spare time he enjoys losing golf balls, playing mediocre football and watching a variety of sports that he is equally average at.

Steven Pearson

Steven is a Senior Consultant at Douglas Stuart and has over five years of Oil & Gas technical recruitment experience. In particular he specializes in the provision of contractors and project related personnel. Most recently Steven has supplied resourcing solutions to large-scale international projects, from Drilling campaigns, FEED studies, and construction projects to the Decommissioning of major offshore assets.

Steven has lived and worked in Australia (Brisbane & Perth) and Texas, both in-house and within an agency, focusing on large recruitment campaigns for EPC projects. He also has a particular interest in profiling and interviewing techniques, working with clients to ensure best practice and culture fit.

Out of work Steven is a committed triathlete, working his way up to compete at Ironman distance competitions. He has a young family, and with two girls under the age of 4, he spends the rest of his time pretending to be Prince Charming.

Lorna Jackson

Lorna is the Business Development Manager for Douglas Stuart’s Contracting practice.

In this role she works closely with our Private sector clients, making sure that they are provided with the highest calibre Contractors for their temporary requirements.
Prior to joining Douglas Stuart, Lorna worked in a variety of sales focussed roles. Most recently she worked for a market-leading umbrella agency developing business with UK and international contract recruitment agencies and ensuring that all contractors received a high-quality, compliant, payroll and administrative service.

In her spare time, Lorna enjoys going to gigs, spending time with her family and friends (including two miniature Schnauzers) and cooking.

Alexandra Besel

Alexandra is a Senior Executive Search Consultant with Douglas Stuart. She has extensive experience helping international companies to identify and assess leadership and high potential candidates.

As a trained occupational psychologist, Alexandra brings additional depth and insight to client’s talent management strategy. She is also a highly skilled competency based interviewer with a background in executive coaching and leadership development. With a truly European outlook and extensive network, her language skills are a great asset too.

In her spare time Alexandra can be found behind a stove in her own kitchen or professional kitchens, in her garden, reading, writing, travelling and trying to convince her 3 children that veggies are cool.