At MM Search, we firmly believe in fostering a strong community of HR Leaders who drive change and shape the future of the industry. From conversations with some of our clients and contacts within HR, we realised there was a gap in the market for an informal, thought-provoking community – so we created one!

Late 2023 saw the launch of our ‘HR Leaders CoMMunity’ consisting of an ever-expanding group of esteemed HR Leaders from Scotland and the wider UK from diverse sectors. So far, we have hosted 3 successful sell-out roundtable events which serve as a platform for sharing insights, exchanging ideas, and generating innovative solutions to the challenges faced by HR professionals today.

The MM Search HR Leaders Community exists to create an informal environment where HR professionals can connect, collaborate, and learn from one another. By uniting experts across various sectors, we aim to facilitate knowledge-sharing, empowering leaders to share experiences and insights. Some of the feedback we have received from recent events has been phenomenal, see below:

“The structure was great and allowed us to get to know each other much better than a large event with many people at it.  The conversation was good and useful, I was surprised that other HRD had similar experiences with CEO’s.” Jill Breignan, HR Director

 “Last night’s HR event was, by a country mile the best I’ve been to.   Rich authentic discussion, no one person hogged the conversation, and everyone shared their experiences with integrity.” Maureen Ross, HR Director

Some of the hot topics covered by our HR Leaders to date have included talent acquisition and retention, the impact of hybrid working patterns and the phenomenon that is AI.  During the events, the HR Leaders shared their experiences and strategies for overcoming these challenges and supported each other in identifying collective solutions and best practices.

We’re committed to empowering the HR community and inspiring best practice in HR and look forward to welcoming more HR Leaders into the growing Community.

If you are in this space and would like to know more, please reach out to Aria Naughton on for more information.

I decided I wanted to work in recruitment when…
I trained as a teacher initially at University, however within the first few months of my probation year I realised it wasn’t for me. After a short stint travelling round South East Asia, my friend recommended a job in recruitment and the rest is history!

I joined the MM Search team…
I joined at the start of August. I was recommended the company by one of my previous bosses and after meeting Ken and Derek and hearing the vision for the company, particularly the opportunity to grow the IT/Tech division and make it my own, I knew it was the role for me!

The first thing I do when I get to the office is…

Try to get to grips with the coffee machine for my coffee fix – I will get the hang of it one day!

My working day involves…

I spend a lot of my day connecting with newly funded tech startups and SMEs, advising on their senior talent acquisition and assisting where I can. I also actively manage my extensive network, proactively supporting clients and candidates in their senior hiring strategies.

My greatest professional strength is…

I am very good at reading people which helps me adapt to any situation I am put in.

The highlight of my career so far was when…

In my previous role, I led an extensive project to encourage women into tech roles. With a targeted campaign, we placed over 150 candidates and opened up opportunities for those who may not have applied otherwise. It was a rewarding achievement and one I consider to be a highlight of my career so far!

The thing I love most about working with the MM Search team…

Everyone in the team is so driven and motivated which his extremely exciting to work amongst. While everyone has their own set goals, we very much work together as a tight knit team, supporting and collaborating to help each other meet our goals.

When I’m not in work, you’ll usually find me…

Either teaching hot yoga, planning my next trip or with my cat, Simon.

My motto is…

Everything happens for a reason…

My goals for 2023…
To establish myself as the go to person for senior IT roles across Scotland and the UK.

My secret skill/party piece is…
I can hold a head stand for 10 minutes – PS don’t try this at home, I am a trained professional!

What was the last gift you gave someone?

I got my parents a trip to Venice – joint birthday and anniversary gift!

If you were an animal, what would you be?

An elephant – I felt such a connection to them when I visited an elephant sanctuary in SE Asia.

How would your best friend describe you in 3 words?

Loyal, driven and outgoing.

How would your colleagues describe you in 3 words?
Driven, motivated and confident.

At MM Search, we take pride in continuously delivering value to the business community. In light of our successful Non-Executive Director Academy and Future Leaders Forum, we are excited to present our latest initiative: the HR Leaders Community. As a leading executive search firm, we recognise the importance of connecting HR professionals from across industries to share knowledge, ideas, and best practices. Our newest platform aims to create an environment that fosters collaboration, enabling HR leaders to gain insights and guidance crucial to their success. We remain committed to achieving excellence in the industry, and the launch of this community is a testament to our drive to empower professionals and promote growth and development.

MM Search’s HR Leaders Community invites top HR professionals to participate in a roundtable series, where they can exchange valuable insights and experiences with like-minded individuals. By providing a supportive and collaborative environment, MM Search aims to develop a community of HR professionals that fosters learning, growth, and development. We are proud to bring together such accomplished professionals to share their knowledge and facilitate meaningful conversations that will have a lasting impact on the HR industry.

Our Associate Partner, Rachael Brooks added: “While we are generalists working across all sectors, my focus is on HR and Professional Services at MM Search. Scotland boasts a diverse range of sectors, from technology and finance to manufacturing and healthcare. I have had the privilege of collaborating with HR leaders from all these sectors and more, witnessing firsthand their dedication, expertise, and innovative approaches to human resources. We’re committed to providing a platform where HR professionals can share their knowledge, stay informed on the latest industry trends, and continue to develop professionally.”

If you have attended an MM Search event, you’ll know that we encourage informal and open conversations. Our goal is to ensure that attendees make the most out of the evening, gaining valuable insights and connections while enjoying themselves.

Our first event is scheduled for Thursday 17th August in Glasgow and will be attended by 8 HR leaders from varying sectors. If you are an HR leader within a Scottish business, we invite you to join our distinguished network of professionals. Together, we can push the boundaries of HR excellence and drive positive change in the Scottish business landscape.

Get in touch with Rachael Brooks – to learn more about the benefits and opportunities that our HR Leaders Community has to offer and to find out about future events.

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