Gillian McBride


Gillian is a Partner at Pratap Partnership and helped to set up the business in April 2019. She is a key member of the Senior Executive Finance team and is responsible for all permanent qualified recruitment across Yorkshire - a market she has worked in successfully since 2005. Having worked with some of her candidates for over 12 years, Gillian has one of the strongest networks of finance leaders across the region, built around close relationships, integrity and trust.

  • A founding partner, specialising in senior finance recruitment across Yorkshire.
  • Over 15 years’ experience including 5 years at a privately invested recruitment business, ultimately as Lead Director for the West and North Yorkshire regions.
  • She has worked with Nik Pratap for the last 15 years, and states that it was an easy decision to join him in setting up Pratap Partnership in 2019.
  • Gillian is a Spanish graduate from Queens University, Belfast.

Quick facts about Gillian



Gillian lives in York with her husband and two children, Darcey and Reuben and two cockapoos; Poppy and Teddy.  Although Yorkshire is now her home, she is extremely proud of her Northern Irish roots, regularly returning to visit family.



A keen skier, Gillian looks forward to her annual ski trips even though she claims to not be particularly competent.



Her love for running may have dwindled slightly in recent years but she was proud to complete the Great North Run twice for Breast Cancer Care alongside fellow Partner, Elise Walsh and Nik Pratap. She now keeps fit by going to the gym and walking her two dogs in the North Yorkshire countryside.

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Graduate of Queens University

A graduate of Queens University, Belfast with a love for languages, in particular Spanish, Gillian spent two years working in logistics in Belfast before she moved to York. Her career in England continued in the logistics arena for 4 years before she ‘fell into recruitment’.

Her love for sales and people had always been at the heart of what she did in her logistics career, but she knew she wanted more. That led her to her first job in recruitment at Hays – she instantly loved it and thinks back on it as being one of the most enjoyable times of her career, working and learning from some brilliant people, Nik being one of them. From there she moved on to a privately invested, independent recruitment business to be Lead Director for West and North Yorkshire. Working with Nik once again, it was there, that she really established her name in senior finance and executive recruitment.

Gillian was one of the founding members of Pratap Partnership

Gillian was one of the founding members of Pratap Partnership in April 2019 and is now responsible for managing relationships for a client base across private equity, listed and private ownership companies, typically with either turnaround or growth plans.

She cites setting up the business as ‘the best decision she ever made’ and is so proud to work with a team of people who are all market leaders in what they do; and for a business that is driven by a forward thinking, dynamic and inspirational Managing Partner.

“I have worked with Gillian both as a job seeker and more recently as a recruiter where she was invaluable in finding and filling a number of roles with perfect candidates. She is always the utmost professional, I couldn’t recommend her more!”

Sharron Rimmer, VP Finance European Region

“Gillian has helped me recruit several roles in the last few years and has always been honest, professional & trustworthy. She always finds the right candidates even if she’s looking for a needle in a haystack. Her in depth knowledge of the market puts her at the top of her field and I happily recommend her to both candidates and employers.”

Head of Finance, Ilke Homes

“I really enjoyed the recruitment process with both Gillian and Nik. The brief they provided was excellent, the coaching and guidance was professional as well as being personal and resulted in me being placed at a new business and a great fit for both parties. As I start my new venture I will have no hesitation in using their services again and I look forward to working with them and Pratap Partnership again in the near future.”

Adam Jones, Carlton Forest Group

“I have worked with Gillian since 2006 and have taken her with me in all of my moves. She has always worked in the highly competitive senior finance market in West and North Yorkshire and has long since been one of the market leaders in the region. She is ten out of ten in all aspects of recruitment."

Nik Pratap

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