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The Team

Rosemary ForsythRosemary Forsyth

Founding & General Partner

Rosemary has been the General Partner of the Forsyth Group since she founded the company in 1981. Recognizing the potential growth of Information Technology within business, the Forsyth Group was the first Executive Search Consultancy to focus on the emerging technology market.

Rosemary has developed extensive search experience across all technology sectors and conducts “C” and Board level assignments for technology companies in the UK, E& W Europe and the United States. Rosemary is is a key contributor to the investment community, and is an investor in Seedcamp.

Rosemary holds a Master’s degree with honors in Psychology and an M.Litt degree in Educational Psychology, both from Aberdeen University in Scotland. Rosemary sits on the Aberdeen University Sixth Century Campaign Board, The Board of Governors of the School of Communication & Arts 2.0, Innovate Europe, Snowball and is an advisor to TalentPuzzle and BraveNewTalent.


Brett PutterBrett Putter

Managing Partner: Emerging Technologies

Brett Putter joined The Forsyth Group in 2001 as Senior Partner Emerging Technologies. Brett focuses on the emerging technology space within internet/new media, software, communications and mobile/wireless technologies and has successfully completed Director, VP and C-level searches across the UK, E & W Europe and the United States.

Prior to joining the Forsyth Group he founded an Internet start-up, which did not make it through the first dotcom bubble and was Managing Director of a direct marketing and sales company called RedLevel. At THC/Azan Brett served as Director of Sales and Marketing, where he was responsible for attracting and hiring 250 consultants from start up in 18 months.

Brett is an investor in Seedcamp.


Hannah French

Senior Consultant                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

Hannah joined the Forsyth Group in 2010 to focus on building teams for VC backed start-ups across the UK, EU and USA. She has completed Director, VP and C-level assignments across Big Data, Social and New Media, SaaS, Mobile and Online Fashion.

Hannah has a degree in English Literature and Philosophy from York University.

Raf Ali

Raf Ali


Raf has over 20 years of IT consulting and technical leadership experience. He has designed and led the development of innovative software applications across a wide range of sectors including financial services, mobile and retail.

Raf is an expert in the application of agile development techniques, user interface design, business intelligence and social media software. He has delivered next-generation applications for clients such as The Royal Mail, Nokia, Tesco and Vodafone. He has been an entrepreneur and founded a number of digital companies and was the founder of the worlds first 3G video chat service on an operator portal. Raf also advises and sits on a number of boards for start-ups and has always been close to the centre of digital gravity.


Luzmila GamboaLuzmila Gamboa

Senior Associate

Luzmila joined the Forsyth Group in 2002 as an Junior Associate focussing in the internet and mobile/wireless technology sectors. Since joining the Forsyth Group Luzmila has progressed to Senior Associate and has assisted in the completion of numerous assignments across Europe.

Prior to joining the company Luzmila was with Muvifasa New Media for 11 years where she progressed to Director for Production and Quality Control, responsible for all art, graphics and printing.

Luzmila holds a BSc in Industrial Engineering and an MSc in Financial and Legal Management.


Albert LacknerAlbert Lackner

Albert Lackner founded Concilium in 1991 which focuses on building senior management teams in the IT Sector in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Concilium helps companies hire Director, Vice President and “C” level in the region.

Albert’s focus in in the software sector, particularly SaaS, PaaS, ERP, Middleware, EAI, SOA, CRM, ECM, DMS and Infrastructure.

Albert has been employed in the IT sector since 1971, working for leading software companies before starting Concilium.


Laurel SteynLaurel Steyn

Laurel is the Founding member of Summit Staffing Solutions, founded in 2002, with the aim of providing staffing solutions to the South African marketplace.

Laurel has extensive experience in Human Resources, Recruitment and Executive Search. She has placed a number of Senior Executives over the years and has ensured long-term mutually beneficial relationships with her business partners.

Laurel has a thorough understanding of the mobile technology (operator and vendor) industry, IT software development industry as well as corporate banking/financial services and healthcare industries. Prior to founding Summit Staffing Solutions, Laurel was Recruitment Manager at The Siltek Group (a technology distribution company), where she spearheaded a new HR venture within the Group.

Laurel holds an Industrial Psychology Honours degree and a PDHRM (Post Graduate Diploma in Human Resource Management) both obtained through the University of Cape Town.

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