The team at Holtby Turner Executive Search

The Holtby Turner team
Rebecca Titton Operations Director
Emma Colahan Practice Leader, Construction & Infrastructure
Mark Bailey Director of Service Delivery
Liz Peace Non-Executive Director
Richard Moss Practice Leader
Michaela Tran Team PA
Toby Turner Managing Director
Sarah Simon Personal Assistant
Alan Froggatt Non-Executive Director
Karen Hanlon Finance Manager


Founded in 2000, our experience and knowledge of the construction and property sectors is arguably second to none. As specialists in the real estate and construction sector – we understand the specific requirements and drivers of each area of the industry. Our consultants have a proven track record and in-depth knowledge of their specialist areas, from Construction to Real Estate Advisory.

Our overarching aim is to be our clients’ first choice for the recruitment, development and retention of exceptional people – people who deliver truly outstanding results in today’s rapidly-changing real estate market. We constantly strive to distinguish ourselves in the executive search market with our sector understanding, enviable connections and a level of rigour and scrutiny in our work that goes beyond client expectations.

Toby Turner

Founder & Managing Director

As Founder & Managing Director, Toby personally ensures that clients are not just satisfied with our service, but delighted. His wealth of experience in advanced interview techniques, personality profiling and behavioural assessments means he drills down into a candidate’s full compatibility for a role. This guarantees only the most suitable candidates are ever presented to clients.

Beginning as a Chartered Surveyor working on a mix of civil engineering and infrastructure projects, Toby moved into executive search and consulting services, founding Holtby Turner Executive Search in 2000. His mission was to offer a down-to-earth, polished and yet personable service to help clients achieve success by securing the finest talent for their organisations. This goal remains unchanged 17 years later.

Practice Leads

Emma Colahan

Practice Leader, Construction & Infrastructure

Emma leads our Construction and Infrastructure practice.  She has 20 years’ experience supporting clients on a wide variety of high profile projects in the UK and abroad including Wembley Stadium, Emirates Stadium, TFL, as well as the Canberra Light Rail development in Australia and the INPEX Oil & Gas project in the Timor.

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Her extensive experience includes founding and managing Recruitment businesses in the UK and Australia and her success stems from her consultative approach and in-depth market knowledge. It’s from this platform that she’s been able to build long-lasting client relationships internationally.

Emma joined Holtby Turner Executive Search in 2018 to build on this experience and benefit from the Holtby Turner platform by extending her knowledge and widen her network further both in the UK and internationally.

Richard Moss

Practice Leader, Technology & Central Operations

Richard heads up Holtby Turner’s Technology & Central Operations practice areas, assisting businesses in bridging the gap between the Built Environment and Technology by helping them understand how transformation impacts their organisation on an operational and strategic level. Richard has over 17 years in construction and

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real estate and has steered through a double economic downturn and now upwards to the opportunities that technology is providing.
Through high level specialist executive search, Richard connects the dots between existing business models and innovative future opportunities with a view to promoting a climate of sustainable success – driven by an organisation’s innovative forward-thinking people, not an overreliance on hired services.

Service Delivery

Mark Bailey

Director of Service Delivery

Mark is responsible for Holtby Turner’s consistently high-impact service delivery. He ensures that clients and candidates are happy working with our teams, and that every aspect of each assignment flows smoothly. Strategic and commercially astute, Mark processes and develops market intelligence for the company, and carries out market appraisals, salary surveys and competitor analysis.

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His meticulous eye for detail coupled with a lifetime’s experience in talent development means that Mark dedicates himself to ensure that candidates are of the highest calibre before they are shortlisted to clients.

Mark has a degree in architecture and is fascinated by the built environment at large. He joined Holtby Turner Executive Search in 2004, blending his passion for talent advancement with all things real estate.

Non-Executive Management

Liz Peace

Non-Executive Director

Having run the British Property Federation for 13 years before retiring in 2014, Liz was awarded a CBE in the Queen’s 2008 New Years Honours for services to the property industry. Liz has worked tirelessly to raise the profile of and promote our industry to government. Now active in advisory and portfolio roles, she works with Morgan Sindall, Redrow and Howard de Walden Estates, and many others, including LandAid, where she is Chairman.

Alan Froggatt

Non-Executive Director

Formerly chief executive of the EMEA region for CB Richard Ellis, Alan brings over 30 years’ management experience to our executive team. Before taking on the management of Richard Ellis, he undertook four distinct ‘new business’ roles there. Now a management consultant, he has been a Non Executive Director with Holtby Turner Executive Search since 2007. A well-respected and vibrant figure in the industry, Alan’s a regular contributor to Property Week and guest panellist for real estate events.


Rebecca Titton

Operations Director

Rebecca helped set up Holtby Turner 16 years ago and remains responsible for ensuring that our company is organised and managed so everyone here can work productively, successfully and be fully supported. Central to the execution of large-scale projects, Rebecca helps ensure the seamless implementation of all our office systems and processes.

Karen Hanlon

Finance Manager

Karen manages all things finance related and is a longstanding employee of Holtby Turner Executive Search. Karen has terrific administrative capability and now manages our financial affairs, making sure everyone is paid and the firm maintains financial compliance.

Michaela manages the team’s complex administrative needs and busy appointment scheduling with ease. Assisting with all documentation, candidate care and how we present ourselves to clients, Michaela’s organisational skills are second to none. She works closely with Sarah, Karen and Rebecca looking after our team and office with great humour and tolerance.

Sarah Simon

Personal Assistant

Supporting Toby, Sarah is key to the business running smoothly and works across recruitment, corporate events and management strategy. Helping with the organisation and coordination of events and marketing activities as well as our board away days and management team meetings, Sarah juggles a very busy role, yet makes everything seem effortless.