Meet Our Team

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Cathy Alford
Managing Director

Cathy is the Managing Director of Searchlight. Under her guidance, Searchlight has become one of the leading providers of Recruitment and Executive Search services to the Media and Entertainment industries.

Prior to joining Searchlight, she was Business Manager at the BBC, negotiating and agreeing Factual production budgets on behalf of the BBC1 and BBC2 Commissioners. She was initially brought in to the corporation to help change BBC Post Production into a commercial, outward-facing, client-focussed business.

Having managed large, multiple-site teams of Creative, Operational and Commercial staff & a significant P&L, Cathy has the skills and experience to deliver on cross-functional senior placements.

Little known fact: She was once a contestant on the Crystal Maze.

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Amy Osterley
Head of Development

As Head of Development, Amy supports the Managing Director in developing the business, both internally and externally.

She handles Searchlight’s internal recruitment, managing and training researchers and junior consultants, as well as continuing to recruit for our clients across the TV, film and arts industries.

Amy runs Searchlight’s Corporate Social Responsibility projects, which include regular collaborations with organisations such as the Royal Television Society, BAFTA, The Media Trust, the Princes Trust and the National Film and Television school. This is an area close to Amy’s heart and is something which Searchlight is committed to supporting.

Little known fact: Amy has an obsession with restoring mid-century furniture.

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Victoria Lugg
Senior Consultant

Victoria worked in both TV production and post production for a number of years, gaining valuable knowledge of the industry as a result.

She now handles a broad range of searches within the media sector, with a particular interest in creative and production positions.

Prior to joining Searchlight, she worked with television and commercial clients providing them with background artists for both short and long form projects. She also worked as a professional actor, dancer and singer for over 10 years.

Little known fact: Victoria is a freelance fitness instructor and has been teaching in London and Kent for over 8 years.

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Suzanne Alden
Managing Consultant – Advertising

Suzanne has worked in media recruitment for over nine years and has specialist expertise of recruiting for positions in post production, broadcast operations, advertising and creative.

She joined Searchlight in 2017 and now covers a range of junior to senior level roles within the industry and has an excellent little black book of contacts! She is passionate about building strong relationships and helping clients to find their perfect employees and candidates to find their perfect roles!

Little known fact: Suzanne is a bit of a coin collector. She especially loves unusual 50p’s and has about 30 in her growing collection!

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Melanie Hill
Senior Administrator

Melanie joined Searchlight as Office Manager in 2001, moving on from a financial role at the BBC. Initially with a broad range of duties from administration, finance and research, she left to have twins, returning in 2010 to support the consultants with research and resourcing.

Little known fact: She trained as an actor, singer and dancer, and tap dances and sings at charity galas.

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Seth Cohen
Researcher

Seth joined Searchlight in 2022, having not long graduated from the University of Kent with a First in English and American Literature. With strong analytical skills acquired during his time at university, he supports our consultants with research, company mapping and administration.

Little known fact: Seth was a member of his university’s Drama society often donning his acting skills.

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Georgia Williams
Researcher

Georgia joined us in 2022 as one of our Researchers – Georgia graduated from the University of East Anglia in 2021, with a BA in American Studies. Georgia brings her proactive, driven and adaptable working style to the team – helping to support our consultants with research, company mapping and administration.

Little known fact: Georgia studied for a year in LA. During her time in LA, Georgia was an audience member for the Jimmy Kimmel show.

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Tom Murphy
Group Marketing Executive

Tom is our Marketing Executive. Our company voice and ethos are of the utmost importance to us. Tom has come in looking to breathe new life into our social channels, supplying candidates and clients alike with refreshing and relevant content, industry updates and more. Tom studied marketing at the University of Plymouth and has gone on to work in the recruitment and telecoms industries, now turning his hand to the media industry.

Little known fact: Tom bakes on the weekends supplying local cafes in the Bournemouth/Christchurch area.

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Junead Adam
Financial Controller

Junead has is over 10 years’ experience working within the finance industry and is also a Part-Qualified Accountant with the ACCA. He is experienced in managing and maintaining financial accounts with high attention to detail and accuracy.

Little known fact: Junead is terrified of heights and theme parks.

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Hayley Henry
Group Finance Director

Hayley is a Chartered Tax Adviser and Fellow Chartered Certified Accountant. With over 18 years experience in both practice and industry, Hayley is an exceptional accountant who oversees and directs the company’s financial operations.

Prior to working in Searchlight, Hayley has worked as an accountant in many different industries including, property, finance, retail, events and marketing. She has also been accountant to some of the UK’s top musicians & stars.

Little known fact: Before Hayley decided to become an accountant she was considering joining the Royal Ballet School of London.

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