Who Are We

Rob Joanne

Rob and Joanne McKay are a husband and wife team who started Sherrington Associates in 2014 after long careers in executive search and education. Both graduates of Liverpool John Moore’s University, they founded Sherrington with the sole purpose of enhancing people’s lives by creating exemplary leadership teams capable of making positive change in their organisations.

Rob McKay - Director

Rob McKay - Director

After gaining a 2:1 in Sociology at Liverpool John Moore’s University, Rob’s recruitment career began in 2001. After 10 years in sales and marketing recruitment, his career graduated into the world of executive search in 2011 recruiting senior leaders for clients in a range of sectors, both private and public, both in the UK and across the globe.

Rob had always been passionate about sustainability and in 2019, realising the impact great leaders can have on the issue of sustainability in their organisations, Rob worked with a coach to repurpose the business to recruit and develop leaders with the right competencies for sustainability. Shortly after Rob achieved the CISL Certificate in Sustainability Management with the University of Cambridge.

Rob is currently the Chair of the Institute of Directors in Cheshire, is a member of the IoD’s National Sustainability Interest Group and recently chaired IoD North West’s ‘Sustainable Leadership Series’.

Rob’s other roles include being a member of the Cheshire & Warrington LEP’s Growth Hub Management Board, is an Advisory Board Member for The University of Chester’s Business Research Institute, is a Judge on panels for both the High Sheriff’s Awards for Enterprise and the Marketing Cheshire Awards and is a member of the Cheshire Business Leaders Group. Rob is also a member of the Institute of Leadership & Management.

Joanne McKay – Director of Research

Joanne McKay – Director of Research

Joanne graduated with a 2:1 in Biomedical Science at Liverpool John Moore’s University in 2001. Before founding Sherrington with Rob in 2014, Joanne held senior management roles in the education sector for ten years before finishing as Assistant Head Teacher at a large school in Liverpool, where she also held the role of Head of Data & Research.

This experience has proven invaluable in heading up the research function for Sherrington Associates, delivering highly targeted data-gathering and research work on behalf of our clients. Joanne manages Sherrington’s research partners both through the internal team’s activities and via several carefully-selected external research partners, delivering bespoke research for executive search mandates as well as benchmarking and talent pooling projects.

Joanne is a long-serving member of the Institute of Directors, is a member of the PTA at a local primary school, is a member of the CIPD and is currently studying for CIPD Level 5 Diploma in HR Management. Outside of work Joanne is an active supporter of several charities including Act for Wildlife, RNLI, Chester Women’s Aid and St Kentigern’s Hospice.

Laura McKay – Executive Search Consultant

Laura McKay – Executive Search Consultant

Laura joined Sherrington in September 2019 following a career in the travel and tourism sectors. Graduating with a BA (Hons) in French from Leeds University in 2002, Laura worked as Programmes Manager for a leading adventure travel business, living in Africa and Asia coordinating tours for large groups of UK travellers before moving back to the UK in 2007.

Laura completed her PGCE shortly after and went on to teach Leisure & Tourism Management at a local college. Fascinated by the subject of ‘responsible travel’, she immersed herself in learning about the subject before joining a global travel outfit as Business Travel Manager, leading a team of Account Managers looking after the needs of high-profile corporate clients including Ferrari and United Utilities.

Keen to develop her career in a purpose-led organisation and contribute to the bigger picture, Laura joined the family business as Executive Search Consultant in 2019, managing several key clients across a range of sectors. Laura recently obtained a Certificate in Carbon Literacy via the Carbon Literacy Trust and is passionate about the impact potential of embedding sustainable leadership principles. Laura is fluent in French and semi-fluent in Arabic.

Ian McKay – Non-Executive Director

Ian McKay – Non-Executive Director

Ian has over 40 years’ leadership experience in the engineering support sector. Prior to his non- executive career, Ian was a senior director of Amec’s asset support business, heading group-wide shutdowns and turnaround activity globally. During his time with Amec, Ian was the assigned mentor for MBA candidates and high-potential senior managers. Today Ian is an advisor to several global engineering businesses and a founding member of Travivas, a global network of subject-matter- experts in the energy and industrial sectors.

As well as supporting Sherrington with strategic direction and governance, Ian’s experience is invaluable in supporting our clients with executive candidate assessment, executive coaching and professional mentoring, particularly in the context of large-scale strategic re-direction and culture change.

We know that clients value working with a partner who actually cares about helping their business. When clients retain us, it’s not because they want to work with a big brand or because they want a partner with multiple offices and hundreds of consultants. They retain us because they know their business matters to us and we’ll work harder than anyone else to give them value.

The Associates

Our Associates have been handpicked for their fit with our own values and beliefs and for their expertise and experience in their fields. All coming from impressive careers in executive search, human resources and executive coaching, they support our clients through their own unique skills and abilities.