Our Board

Executive Directors

Timo Lehne, Interim CEO, Senior Managing Director of SThree GmbH 

Timo Lehne was appointed Interim CEO and joined the board as an Executive Director on 1 January 2022. As Senior Managing Director he holds full responsibility for the day-to-day running of SThree’s largest region, DACH, (Germany, Austria and Switzerland). He is also part of the global Senior Leadership Team, supporting the overall process of identifying and prioritising strategic programmes across the group. Since he joined the group in 2006 he has helped transform the business into the fastest growing specialist recruiter in the region. SThree is now the second-biggest specialist recruitment consultancy within the DACH region.

Timo studied International Economics in the Netherlands before joining our Progressive Recruitment business in Germany as a sales consultant in 2006. He was appointed Senior Business Manager in Düsseldorf for SThree in 2009, quickly turning it into our fastest growing business and growing the city’s share of net fees within the DACH region from 4% in 2009 27% in 2012. He was promoted to Senior Sales Director in 2013, taking joint responsibility for the running of the overall DACH business, and in 2017 became Managing Director, taking responsibility for the overall DACH business of SThree, with more than 1000 employees operating in 10 locations. Last year the region made more than €500m in revenue, a third of the SThree group total.

Andrew Beach, Chief Financial Officer

Andrew Beach was appointed to the SThree Board in July 2021, joining from Hyve Group plc, a global exhibitions business. He is an accomplished CFO with more than 13 years' experience in listed companies and has global experience of business transformation in fast-paced and high-growth firms.

As CFO of Hyve, Andrew was instrumental in leading the company through a period of significant transformation and rapid international growth which resulted in its promotion to the FTSE 250. Previously, he held a number of roles at Ebiquity plc, joining as Group Financial Controller in 2007 and quickly being appointed as CFO in 2008. In 2014 he was promoted to Chief Financial and Operating Officer. Andrew trained and qualified as a Chartered Accountant with PwC, working with them from 1998 until 2007.

Non-Executive Directors

James Bilefield, Chairman

James Bilefield was appointed to the SThree Board as Senior Independent Director and Chairman Designate on 1 October 2017. James is Chair of the Nomination Committee and a member of the Remuneration Committee. James is also a Non-Executive Director of Stagecoach Group plc, where he serves on the Remuneration and Nomination Committees, and is a Non-Executive Director of Moneysupermarket.com Group PLC, where he is a member of their Audit, Nomination, Risk and Remuneration Committees. Other appointments include McKinsey & Company (Senior Advisor) and Teach First (Trustee). 

James has spent over 20 years building successful digital and multichannel businesses around the world. As an executive he managed the digital transformation of media group, Condé Nast, across 27 countries, scaled Skype’s global operations as part of its founding management team and held senior management roles at Yahoo! during its major growth phase. Formerly CEO of global advertising technology company, OpenX, he also co-founded the UK local information business, UpMyStreet, following an investment banking career at JP Morgan Chase.


Anne Fahy, Non-Executive Director

Anne Fahy was appointed to the SThree Board, the Nomination Committee and as Chair of the Audit Committees in October 2015, and the Remuneration Committee on 26 April 2018. Anne is also Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Audit Committee at Coats plc, the world's leading industrial thread company, and at Nyrstar NV, a company incorporated in Belgium which has, following completion of its recapitalisation/restructuring in 2019, a 2% shareholding in the Nyrstar group. She is also a Trustee of Save the Children.

Prior to joining SThree, Anne was Chief Financial Officer of BP’s Aviation Fuels business. During her 27 years at BP, Anne gained extensive experience of global business, developing markets, risk management, internal control, compliance and strategy development in BP’s aviation, petrochemicals, trading and retail sectors. Anne is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland, having worked at KPMG in Ireland and Australia prior to joining BP in 1988.


Barrie Brien, Non-Executive Director

Barrie Brien was appointed to the SThree Board, Audit, Nomination and Remuneration Committee in September 2017.

Barrie is Group Chief Executive Officer of STRAT7, a data analytics and strategy consultancy, and was the former Chief Executive Officer of Creston plc (a media and marketing communications group), stepping down in 2017 following its sale and de-listing. Barrie was extensively involved in the growth of Creston plc from 2004 with its buy-and-build strategy and had also been Chief Operating and Financial Officer

In addition to the extensive public company experience, including M&A fundraisings and Investor Relations, Barrie has spent 30 years in global media, digital and marketing communication companies, advising a portfolio of boards and clients across multiple industries on their growth strategies.


Denise Collis, Non-Executive Director

Denise Collis was appointed to the SThree Board, Nomination Committee and Remuneration Committee in July 2016. Denise was further appointed as Chair of the Remuneration Committee in September 2016, became a member of the Audit Committee in April 2018 and was appointed Senior Independent Director (‘SID’) in October 2018.

Denise is a Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Remuneration Committee at Smiths News plc, the specialist distribution company, a Non-Executive Director of Emis Group plc, a major provider of healthcare software, information technology and related services, where she is Chair of the Remuneration Committee and a member of the Audit and Nomination committees, and Chair of the Remuneration Committee and a member of the Advisory Council at the British Heart Foundation. Prior to this, Denise was Group HR Director for 3i Group plc, and most recently Chief People Officer for Bupa. She has extensive international Human Resources and executive committee experience, and has also held senior roles at EY, Standard Chartered plc and HSBC. Denise is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development

Denise Collis was appointed as Employee Engagement NED in December 2018.


Kate Danson, General Counsel and Group Company Secretary

Kate Danson joined SThree in March 2021. Prior to joining, she was General Counsel, Group at Johnson Matthey plc, and had previously worked in a variety of senior global roles within Johnson Matthey. She is an English qualified solicitor and started her career in private practice at the international law firm Ince & Co.