what we couldn't find

Lead Candidate was co-founded by the coming together of three minds. Two entrepreneurs that have spent their entire careers growing companies in the pharma and bio supply chain. And a lifelong talent expert that knows what it takes to deliver something truly special to the people and businesses in our sector.

Born from frustration

We are people that understand the intricacies of the industry and the importance of culture and capability fit. We are founders with firsthand experience of the frustrations of not having the right partner and solution to solve our talent needs.

We couldn’t find the solution we sought, so we created it, for you.

And now it exists to solve the same issue you face.


Where is our candidate section?

We don’t differentiate from those hiring and those looking to develop their career. So we treat everyone the same. With respect and dignity.

Any individual we represent is a lead candidate. We are invested in your success as a person. So if you’re looking for representation, we will assess, coach and support you to be ready for only the finest roles with the finest firms in the bio and pharma outsourcing space.

This means not speculatively sending your resume to hundreds of companies and hoping for the best. You’re not a piece of meat so why would you let someone represent you in that manner? Think of us like a top-notch Hollywood agent only interested in booking you the type of box-set gig you want.

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Andrew Mears

With more than 20 years experience in human resources, talent acquisition and consultancy, Andrew has worked with organisations all over the world in support of major change and growth agendas.

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Fiona Cruickshank

An active angel investor and philanthropist, Fiona has over 30 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry. A pharmacist by trade, Fiona funded and grew two pharmaceutical manufacturing companies.

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Raman Sehgal

An expert in the global outsourcing market, Raman has advised 100+ companies across the drug development supply chain. He is also the founder of ramarketing and the host of the Molecule to Market podcast.

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Tom Kirkpatrick

Having graduated with a degree in Biotechnology, Tom has spent the last decade working with businesses throughout the life sciences sector. His expertise has cemented his reputation as a go to partner for delivering client recruitment objectives.

let’s work together

If you’re ready to take the next step on your journey, and want to be challenged, stimulated and inspired, then let us know.
If not, you know who to call…