Who We Are


Allan Beckett
Founder and Director

Since founding Carnelian in 2017, Allan has led various searches in the charity and social impact sector.

Allan’s first experience of executive search was in commercial Board work at Lygon Group, where he was involved in the recruitment of Chairmen, Non-Executive Directors, CEOs, Finance Directors and their key reports for FTSE100, FTSE 250 and private equity backed businesses.These searches required the highest levels of care, discretion and research. Following several years of running a graduate leadership training scheme for a charity, Allan founded Carnelian Search with the desire to serve charitable and faith-based organisations with the same level of care and professionalism that is used to find the Chief Executive of a FTSE100 business.

Jonathan Payne

Jonathan joined Carnelian as an Associate at the beginning of 2019. After a short spell working with commercial clients, he moved to the search firm Perrett Laver, where he was part of a growing practice serving schools and other educational organisations. Whilst there, Jonathan led the research phase for the appointments of Headteachers, Chief Operating Officers and other senior leaders for HMC schools in and outside the UK. Prior to working in search, Jonathan spent two years working in Christian ministry at St Ebbe's Church, Oxford. He holds a BA in English Language and Literature from the University of Oxford, and loves a good story, whatever form it comes in

Siobhan Breslin
Executive Assistant

Siobhan has joined Carnelian part-time to assist with administration. She is currently studying for a degree in Psychology, having obtained her first degree in Business Studies from Nottingham Trent University. She enjoyed a career in corporate benefits before becoming a mother to her three children.

Andrew Stockbridge

Andrew has over 25 years’ experience in the charity sector. Prior to charity leadership he worked in commercial business development and HR as a consultant and manager. He has held various senior positions along with providing support and guidance for other charities, businesses and missions. In the last six years he has recruited for 30 charities and businesses. He works with Carnelian on a project basis, providing invaluable expertise and support.

Alice Maclean

Alice is passionate about supporting individuals and organisations to realise their full potential. It is this passion that drew her into recruitment straight out of University. Initially Alice worked on graduate level appointments with Mayfair based firm, RMS Recruitment, before later moving into Executive Search with Forrester Partners. Alice joined Macaulay Search in 2011 as a Research Consultant where she worked on Director and Board Level appointments for a variety of charities. Alice read Theology at Durham University and is a qualified Executive Coach. She works with Carnelian on a project basis, providing invaluable expertise and support.


Charles McLachlan

Charles works closely with CEOs of business, charity and social enterprise leaders to grow and develop them and the organisations they lead. He has spent over 30 years building and advising organisations from start-ups to global movements. Formerly a partner at Arthur Andersen, Charles’s brings the perspectives of an IT expert to inform a wide range of aspects of leadership and organisational improvement. Linked In: Charles Mclachlan

Andrew Barton

Andrew runs a fundraising consultancy, having held senior and Board fundraising positions at World Vision, Oxfam Great Britain and Oxfam International. He has also interimed as Fundraising and Supporter Engagement Director at Christian Aid. Andrew’s earlier career was in management consultancy and retail banking. He serves as a Trustee or adviser to several Christian charities. LinkedIn: Andrew Barton

Ann Saunders

Ann is HR Director at Wycliffe UK. She is a Trustee at Mission Aviation Fellowship International and was previously HR Director at Crown Agents. Linked In: Ann Saunders

Andy Dipper

Andy Dipper leads All Nations Christian College, an independent Higher Education Institute North of London, UK. Holds a number of international non-exec director roles including Chairman of Global Connections, the UK missions network. Previous CEO experience in a range of international charities, operational leadership across Asia, Central Asia and Africa. As a helicopter avionics and hydro power engineer, Andy is solutions driven, instinctively cross cultural and people centred. Linked In: Andy Dipper

Jeremy Marshall

Jeremy was previously CEO of the UK's oldest privately owned bank, C. Hoare & Co and, before this, was CEO of the UK private bank at Credit Suisse. He serves on the Boards of various charities including Stewardship, Christianity Explored and London Seminary. He is currently undergoing long term medical treatment and acts as an advisor to Carnelian Search in a voluntary capacity. LinkedIn: Jeremy Marshall

Alastair Reid

Alastair was Headmaster of Ballard School in Hamphire from 2009 to 2019, and Principal of Hebron School in India from 2002 to 2009. He is now General Secretary of TISCA (the Independent Schools Christian Alliance) and a Governor or Monkton Combe School. He brings to Carnelian a wealth of expertise in the faith-based schools sector.

Simon Barrington

Simon is the founder of Forge Leadership Consultancy. He was previously Chief Executive of the international NGO Samaritan’s Purse for 13 years, following an earlier career at BT. Linked In: Simon Barrington

Jill Garrett

Jill is regarded as an authority on leadership development, team effectiveness, engagement, governance and the effective use of individual and organisational strengths. Previously Jill was European Managing Director of Gallup, the performance management consulting business


Sir Charles Hoare

Charles works as an independent consultant on issues relating to religion and public policy in the UK and around the world. He serves on the Boards of a number of domestic and international charities.

Nola Leach

Nola has been Chief Executive of CARE since 2006.