Julia Colegate-Stone
Founding Partner

Julia founded Hurston Eliot in 2014. She started her career as a solicitor with Linklaters before moving to Deutsche Bank, where she spent several years advising hedge funds (established and start-up) and their investors. Throughout her corporate career, Julia felt passionately about entrepreneurship, prompting the move to join a software start-up as Head of Business Development. Having identified the value proposition of hiring someone with a blue-chip background on a part-time basis and leveraging her own network of outstanding women, she launched Hurston Eliot to do just that. Julia graduated from Oxford with a First in English.

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Kate Lindsay-Fynn

Kate joined Hurston Eliot in 2018. She began her career with JPMorgan as an analyst in investment banking, before co-founding KHG Partners, an executive search boutique, which she grew until its subsequent sale to Hydrogen Group Plc in 2010. Kate was then Group COO at Hannam & Partners, before operating independently in a variety of consulting mandates. Working with Hurston Eliot initially as a candidate and as a client, Kate was compelled by the value to businesses of recruiting excellence on a part time basis and its increasing relevance in meeting the demands of the modern economy. Kate read Classics at Bristol University.

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Nicola Cash
Executive Assistant

Nicola joined Hurston Eliot in 2018, to support Julia and Kate. During searches, she is responsible for all aspects of interview scheduling. Before joining Hurston Eliot, Nicola worked at a number of recruitment and events companies. Nicola has two children and like Julia and Kate, is practicing what we preach by delivering value on a less than full-time basis.

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How we’re different


We are business people turned recruiters. Our backgrounds in Tier-1 investment banks, corporate law firms and start-ups, mean we really understand businesses, small and big. We’ve also used too many recruiters who don’t listen, so we know how important that really is.


We met Sarah, a superstar marketing exec, in the nursery ballet queue. Nathalie got in touch when she started to think about leaving her role with a hedge fund we used to advise. Becky, a salesperson at a Tier 1 Investment Bank, found us through a referral at the school gate, whereas we found Nina through a dedicated search. We have access to amazing, difficult to reach talent, and we know how to harness it.

High Standards

Too often part-time means lower quality. We independently reference all our candidates, and quality-check all our roles so we make great matches. Every time. We’re resolute in our commitment to find you the best match for your business, and we’ll do it as quickly as we can (we recently had three months to complete an assignment, but our client needed it done faster. So we found the right person in 13 days.)

Support & Feedback

We are a start-up. We understand the challenges of building a business. But our background and training means being responsive, rigorous and understanding an issue quickly is practically part of our DNA.

Our Name

We are named after the authors George Eliot and Zora Neale Hurston.

Both Hurston and Eliot wrote about the “hidden lives” of their subjects. They also both did things differently. We think we do too and, in doing so, hope to help businesses and individuals reach their own inimitable potential.