*Who we are




NEO:search partners was established by Catherine Hearn and Ruth Batley with over twenty years experience in search between them:

Catherine Hearn

Catherine began her career in executive search as a generalist researcher at GKR before moving to Heidrick & Struggles as an Associate. After two years she re-joined GKR in the consumer sector before making the move to Bird & Co International in 2000. After eight fantastic years Catherine left Bird & Co International to start NEO:search.

Catherine graduated from Essex University with a degree in English and European Literature and prior to starting in search in 1993 worked in various FMCG marketing roles.

Ruth Batley

Ruth and Catherine met at GKR in the mid 90s where Ruth was a member of the research team, developing a specialist expertise in the consumer and leisure sectors. Ruth also joined Bird & Co International in 2000 and focused on Bird & Co Boardrooms, TMT and marketing communication practices.

Ruth graduated from the University of Brighton with an honours degree in social policy and spent a couple of years in the travel sector before moving into search.

Catherine and Ruth are supported by an excellent and experienced research and administrative team.