Talent Search


Welcome to round8

The leading multi-channel talent search specialist in Digital, Media and Tech, headquartered in London.

We introduce world-leading talent to world-leading companies across EMEA, USA and APAC and make the whole process seamless – from introduction to integration.

Since 1999 our team have shaped the market, placing people from exec-to-director level in every corner of the digital universe – across all major verticals and channels.


About Us

Since our inception we’ve targeted a unique combination of markets and disciplines. This approach has built us an unmatched network and knowledge-base in EMEA, USA and APAC.

The world of advertising and marketing is changing. Media channels are fragmenting, the rise and use of data exploding

The exciting and equally frightening march of AI will lead the advertising world into places as yet unknown, but will no doubt change the advertising landscape forever.

Connected TV (CTV) is growing exponentially, allowing advertisers to reach consumers through internet-connected television sets, enabling brands to deliver targeted ads to specific households. Additionally, artificial intelligence (AI) has become a game-changer in digital advertising, enabling marketers to analyse vast amounts of data and these new channels within the digital advertising industry are reshaping the way brands engage with consumers, offering more precise targeting and personalized experiences.

Things are changing – and that’s where we come in. We’re perfectly placed to help the right talent to move where they can thrive. Our sweet spot is being placed right in the middle of these groups, with the right relationships across both commercial and operational positions.

And in a converging market where transferable skills are at a premium, engaging and securing the very best partnerships is an exacting science. So credibility counts.


True Partnerships

Our role is to provide individuals and businesses with the options and the insight they need to make informed, career-enhancing decisions. We work alongside people to give them choice, ideas & context. If you partner with round8, we’re in it together.

We have extensive experience working across all company growth stages from seed funding to Nasdaq to FTSE100. Our sector coverage ranges from mobile gaming to consumer drinks brands to blue chip publishing and digital advertising brands.

Our clients


Our people

Our team has a rich mix of industry, talent, and executive search expertise. Our consultants have embedded themselves in the markets they serve. We’re down-to-earth, practical, and commercial. This is a career journey we’re all on. Team up with us and we will make it productive.


Grant Allaway


+44 7748 333264

Grant joins the board of round8 as COO, following a successful career in digital advertising and publishing.

Grant brings experience building and driving businesses across the UK, Europe and Asia-Pac and has been a key figure in the digital advertising sector for over 20 years.

His invaluable skills and exposure mean round8 can, yet again, offer clients new insights and ideas as well as proven strategies for even wiser and more effective recruitment solutions.

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Kim Dando


+44 7772 509825

Kim's reputation precedes her. Armed with first-hand experience in contract, permanent and retained search, she's helped secure talent across all major advertising categories and across media, brand, and ad tech sectors.

Kim leads external hiring initiatives for Digital Media and Technology firms such as Rakuten Advertising, Permutive, BBC Worldwide, and Forbes, and is often relied upon to advise leaders and managers about their talent plans and careers.

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Jim Brown


+44 7990 698808

Jim is one of the few people in the industry to have extensive, first-hand experience running contingent and retained searches across all media platforms - in addition to each digital media technology as they have emerged (e.g. search, social, ad serving, mobile, video, programmatic, native/branded content formats, data)

He has lead external hiring initiatives for companies including Business Insider, European Broadcast Exchange, Hearst, Refinery 29, MSN, BBC Worldwide, AOL Platforms/Oath, Bauer Media, Fox Networks, Criteo, Brightroll, spotX, Vice. Having built round8 in London and Sydney, and hired for many US clients, he has a strong international network.

Jim has judged at the M&M Global, PPA Digital, and British Media Awards; Advised for digital accelerators and as an NED, and featured on various panels – including Guardian Media, Techpitch 4.5, Elle University. He is a qualified assessor in a range of psychometric testing, a certified Master Practitioner in NLP and a trained executive coach.

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Lucy Franklin

Project Director

Lucy brings 20 years of experience in executive search, DE&I, talent, management, coaching, sales training, employee-engagement and growth strategy. She loves working with companies that are driven by making progress.

She also specialises in the arena of female leadership and associated topics for men and women; no more glass ceilings!

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Louise Sayers

Senior Consultant

Louise brings a wealth of experience from working in media sales prior to making the move into recruitment. Energetic, self-driven and result orientated, Louise is an expert at identifying exceptional talent across Sales, Marketing and Operational roles.

Lou’s expertise spans Digital, Print, OOH, Events and Social Media.

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Alexandra Farrell

Managing Consultant

Alex is one of the most trusted and successful female recruitment professionals in our space. She has extensive experience headhunting mid-level to C-Suite talent in the digital media and technology sectors across the UK, EMEA, APAC and the US.

Alex has helped countless businesses – from seed stage start-ups, right up to global FT500 businesses – secure the very best talent available.

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Julie McCash

Head of Technical Talent

With over 20 years of experience in people-oriented roles and seven years dedicated to technical recruitment, Julie brings a wealth of strategic insight to her position. Having led recruitment efforts across EMEA for Amazon and AWS, she has honed her ability to craft targeted strategies to attract top talent across various levels. Julie's expertise in tech recruitment, coupled with her engaging personality, has left a lasting impression on clients and candidates alike. She excels in navigating niche roles and industries while actively championing diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) initiatives, making her a trusted advisor to all stakeholders.

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Say hello

We can help you get real results.

We’re real people with soul and substance, practical and pragmatic about careers and businesses. If you’re interested in making things happen, please get in touch.


+44 (0)20 7734 4970


+44 (0)20 7734 4970


+44 (0)20 7734 4970

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