Who We Are

Our consultants are passionate about the areas we cover. They are motivated by a desire to provide a highly professional service but also gain satisfaction from being able to make a contribution to Clients whose work makes a real difference to people's lives.

David Binney      david.binney@carbon-nfp.com

An economist by training, David qualified as a Chartered accountant with Peat Marwick Mitchell, then pursued a career in corporate finance as director of a public company. In 1987 he entered executive search working first for kmc international where he led the finance & risk, environmental and regulatory & competition practices, before focussing on appointments in HE. He has placed Directors of Finance or Corporate Services in twelve HEIs (nine of whom are currently in post) and also led programmes to appoint University senior management teams (VCs, DVCs, PVCs and Departmental Heads). In 2008 he joined Penna as Head of the Public Appointments team managing recruitments of Chairs, NEDs and Chief Executives. Since starting to work with Carbon in 2011 he has continued to work with Penna outside of Higher Education. Recent programmes in HE have included Head of Security at University of Leeds, Deputy Deans and Heads of Department at the Ashcroft International Business School, Director of Global Sustainability Institute at Anglia Ruskin University, and Director of Research, Business & Innovation at De Montfort University.  

Alison Shardlow     alison.shardlow@carbon-nfp.com

Alison entered executive search after an international career in human resource management. The former Head of the Science & Technology practice of kmc international, Alison has seventeen years experience in search, specialising in science, technology and academic appointments. She has managed high profile assignments including those of a number of Government Department Scientific Advisers; Chair, Chief Executive and senior management positions for the Research Councils and Chief Executives of research-led organisations. She also works within higher education on leadership and management posts and professorial appointments. Alison is recognised for the thoroughness with which she conducts candidate interviews, presenting rounded and detailed reports enabling clients to make the best-informed choices.

Sharon Taylor     sharon.taylor@carbon-nfp.com

Sharon entered search after a career in the public sector. Over the years she and Alison have worked seamlessly together providing a focused and highly professional service that has resulted in strong and lasting Client relationships. Her work spans the public sector, universities and other bodies connected with the higher education sector. She is accustomed to working on complex projects which have been acknowledged as being difficult to fill. The majority of her assignments have an international dimension and she is accustomed to searching world-wide to find the best candidates.

Christian Rolke     christian.rolke@carbon-nfp.com

Christian has been a researcher and a consultant for a number of high profile executive search consultancies since 1996 and in recent years as the Director of Rolke Search Ltd. He works across a range of industrial sectors including automotives, aerospace, medical technology, chemicals, security technology, IT services, automation technology and oil & gas, amongst others, and across the full range of specialist and senior management functions. The majority of his searches are international and he is experienced in working on a truly global basis with many assignments conducted in Europe, the Middle and the Far East. A German national, Christian holds degrees in History from Heidelberg University and in Political Science from the London School of Economics.