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“At Hamilton Forth, we are more than the sum of our parts”

Collectively we can offer the strength and depth of service that makes us a leading technology and change recruitment business.

Hamilton Forth Consultants

We are committed to taking an open, honest, and ethical approach to recruiting, being proactive and always aiming to be the best in our field.

Our people are knowledgeable and experienced, yet always ready to listen and learn.

Our purpose and values led culture is based on partnership – with our clients, our candidates, our community and each other. We are accountable, responsible, and professional in everything we do.

Meet the team...

Alistair Shaw


Senior Technology

Alistair is Managing Director of Hamilton Forth, our specialist search and selection practice focused exclusively on technology and transformation appointments. He has 20 years’ experience in recruitment, partnering with some of the world’s best-known brands to build successful leadership teams. Previously MD of Hudson Scotland, Ali has built a strong network of contacts and is passionate about D&I. He sees his role as an important one in which he can support organisations to develop authentic diversity initiatives by appointing the best modern leaders. He is also a trusted advisor to Scottish Development International’s inward investment team and has supported many organisations looking to set up their global business services in Scotland.

Josh Moreland

CIO Services

DevOps and Software Engineering

Josh has specialised in the IT sector for the last decade – initially in Dublin and, since 2010, in supporting clients and candidates in central Scotland with project-driven technical resourcing solutions. He has worked across a range of businesses; engaging with large FTSE and blue-chip multi-nationals, through to SMEs, start-ups and public-sector clients. He has worked in scoping and shaping technical turnkey programmes of work as well as providing talent augmentation solutions across a raft of industries and locations. Josh has a diverse client-base with initiatives underpinned by digital transformation, software engineering and robust cloud and virtual architecture. He has a deep understanding of the software development market in Scotland and his far-reaching network allows him to attract and retain top talent.

Atif Hussain

CIO Services

Data and Software Engineering

Atif has over 8 years of technology recruitment experience gained across a range of industries and sectors. He has developed expert level knowledge of the tech market in Scotland and his relationship-led approach has made him the consultant of choice for many organisations and candidates. He is well-versed in recruiting in both contract and permanent markets. Atif’s academic background in Marketing combined with a deep understanding of the market has allowed him to assist many organisations to develop meaningful value propositions to increase brand awareness. Professionalism, excellence and trust are core to Atif’s approach to helping his clients and candidates achieve their goals.

Bruce Arrighi

Bruce Arrighi

CIO Services

Data and Software Engineering

Bruce has been working in recruitment for just over 3 years in Australia and the UK.  Most recently he has been working within the technology sector throughout Scotland and has developed a strong network of candidates and clients through his relationship-led approach. He has experience recruiting in both contract and permanent markets. Building long lasting relationships and helping candidates and companies realise their potential is something Bruce is passionate about. 

Kirsty Sim

Head of Research

Kirsty is Head of Research for Livingston James Group. Kirsty leads all research activities including market mapping, talent mapping, international search and candidate attraction. Kirsty is also our trained in-house psychometric assessor.

Kirsty works closely with Consultants and Clients to understand exactly what is required and build a robust and targeted plan for how to source and attract high calibre individuals. Over seven years in the recruitment industry, she has worked across a range of sectors and specialisms, primarily at executive level.

Passionate about understanding people, what motivates them and how they can reach their potential most effectively, Kirsty studied MA Psychology at the University of Aberdeen. She has since completed further training in Occupational Ability and Personality testing and is a member of the British Psychological Society.

Outside of work, Kirsty has a passion for food and drink, particularly Scottish produce. She promotes local restaurants and businesses and shares homemade recipes through her food blog, Pancakes and Polaroids. Kirsty is also a fan of the countryside and escapes to the outdoors when she can, trying her hand at some (very) amateur photography.

Francesca Christophersen


Cesca is the Executive Assistant to our Chief Executive Jamie. She offers a confidential organisational support service to him, as well as operational and administrative support to the Livingston James Group. Cesca has a people-first approach, a keen eye for detail and is always on hand to support anyone in need.

Coming from a sporting background, Cesca was motivated to join an organisation focused on teamwork and joined Livingston James as a Research Associate in 2018. She gained significant experience sourcing senior executives for high profile assignments, learning the ropes of recruitment from the ground up and developing wider knowledge of market mapping, candidate attraction and assessment strategies and client/candidate relationship management.

Cesca graduated from the University of Edinburgh with a BSc in Applied Sport Science with first class honours, where she specialised in Sports Biomechanics and Physiology. In addition to playing competitive football, basketball and water polo, Cesca was a competitive swimmer for over 10 years competing at National level and for Scotland Universities. She is fluent in Norwegian and has studied Spanish, French and Italian.

Cesca has always been heavily involved in volunteering, from swim teaching at local clubs to working at high profile sporting events. She also took on several committee roles whilst at university including Vice President of EUSWPC, overseeing club development for over 200 members. She was subsequently awarded a university Colours Award for outstanding voluntary service to the Sports Union. After graduating, she became head swim coach of EUSWPC for a year whilst working with us, coaching university students 5 times a week. Since leaving the team and retiring from swimming, she has vowed to never get up before 5am anymore… especially not to exercise.

Lucy Joss

Lucy Joss

Group Administrative Coordinator

Lucy is our Group Administrative Coordinator and provides full support to all consultants across our Group’s three specialist brands (Livingston James, Rutherford Cross and Hamilton Forth), involving a vast range of duties from document formatting to compliance monitoring.

Lucy started her recruitment support career in 2018 in a local recruitment agency in Aberdeen before relocating to the central belt to join Livingston James Group. Lucy knew she wanted to work in an office support role and fell in love with the variety and fast-paced nature of the support role within recruitment specifically. Lucy is passionate about providing a high level of quality support to her colleagues to allow them to carry out their roles with ease.

Lucy achieved an HND in Public Relations and Advertising before pausing her studies to travel Australia. On her return she secured her previous role in recruitment, leading her to continue to learn and develop within her administrative career.

Outside of work, Lucy enjoys exploring the large variety of coffee shops and restaurants Glasgow and Edinburgh have to offer. As well as this, she often spends weekends visiting her hometown of Aberdeen to see her nieces and nephews and her little dog, Poppy.

Rachel Sim

Business Graduate

Rachel is our Business Graduate at Livingston James Group. She graduated from Robert Gordon University in September 2021 with an MSc in Corporate Communications and Public Affairs and a BA (Hons) in Management with Marketing. While studying for her MSc, Rachel started her own homeware business promoting small, up-and-coming businesses who needed support. Upon completing her five years of University studies in Aberdeen, Rachel moved to Glasgow to begin her role with the Livingston James Group.

As Business Graduate, Rachel will work across all divisions of Livingston James Group working on research, recruitment and marketing projects. The role will follow a yearlong programme with 3-month rotations across the following areas: Executive Search – Research; Specialist Recruitment – Technology; Specialist Recruitment – Finance; Bespoke Projects – Internal Operations & Marketing.

Rachel’s role at Livingston James Group will allow her to continue supporting individuals and organisations to realise their full potential. Outside of work, Rachel is settling into life in Glasgow but still enjoys visits home to see her friends and family at the weekends.

‘We are here to advise and support people and organisations to realise their potential so that together we can impact lives and communities for the better’

Consultant Spotlight – Atif Hussain

“When I first met the leadership team at Livingston James Group, I was struck by the passion and drive that had gone into creating a business from the ground up.  I found the commitment to growing Hamilton Forth as a brand and the understanding that technology is a huge area of growth in Scotland both inspiring and intriguing.

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Together we achieve more.

Livingston James Group comprises three bespoke sub brands: Hamilton Forth, Rutherford Cross – our specialist finance recruitment practice, and Livingston James – our executive search and leadership advisory practice. This wider group structure complements our robust search and assessment process, allowing clients to access the Group’s deep-rooted network and expertise.

Contact our IT recruitment experts

We’d be delighted to provide further information. Get in touch with our team to find out how we can help you.

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