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Gillian McBride

Gillian is a founding Partner at Pratap Partnership and helped to set the business up in April 2019.

She is a key member of the Executive Search Team and leads on all permanent executive finance recruitment across Yorkshire – a market she has worked in successfully since 2005. Gillian has one of the strongest networks of finance leaders across the region and is the trusted partner to a number of private equity houses, investors and advisers.

  • Born and raised in Northern Ireland, she graduated in Spanish from Queens University, Belfast, before moving to Yorkshire in 2001
  • Gillian spent 10 years at Hays plc, specialising in the accountancy & finance sector. She was approached by a privately invested recruitment business in 2014 to be lead director for West& North Yorkshire.
  • Recognised as one of the top performers, with responsibility for managing relationships and delivering operations to a client base across private equity, listed and private ownership (typically within either turnaround or in growth plans)
  • A modern search consultant with a natural inclination to use innovation in technology and approach to continuously develop her service.

Facts about Gillian

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 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
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 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

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