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Meet our Aston Carter Leadership Team

The Aston Carter leadership team brings together extensive senior-level experience in financial services and other regulated industries, as well as in staffing and consulting services.
Our Leadership Team: Emily Cordery

Emily Cordery

Director of Business Operations

Emily Cordery is Director of Business Operations at Aston Carter. She is responsible for the oversight of the Aston Carter Business within the United Kingdom (UK)

Emily joined Aston Carter in 2007 and held a number of sales and client account management positions. Following the acquisition of Aston Carter by Allegis Group in 2011, Emily supported the expansion of the Consulting Services Business from North America to Europe and held a number of leadership positions including Director of Client Strategy. 

As Director of Aston Carter Consulting Emily was responsible for establishing the UK solutions and delivery function in response to client demands for regulatory transformation, risk and compliance solutions before becoming Director of Business Operations for Aston Carter UK.

Emily is passionate about supporting her Clients and teams through times of change, creating opportunity for others and finding solutions to problems with an unrivalled commitment to delivery. She is a key member of the Women@Allegis and Women@AstonCarter networks and is originally from Christchurch, New Zealand.

Stuart Hurwitz


Stuart Hurwitz is Vice President, Operations at Allegis Group. Under Stuart’s leadership, the Operations team is responsible for transforming customer experience, evolving the employee experience and learning journey and continuously improving sales processes to impact performance.

He joined Aston Carter in 1998 and swiftly progressed into leadership positions. During his time as International Sales Director, Stuart was responsible for building our London contractor business. He later developed the European and Asian Businesses.

Following Allegis Group’s acquisition of Aston Carter in 2011, Stuart became a Regional Vice President and played a key role in driving our Aston Carter and TEKsystems brands. In 2017, Stuart took over Operations for the Allegis Group EMEA business, where he applies his thorough knowledge of our sales business to drive key operational aspects of the business forward.

Together with his background in sales, Stuart has extensive experience in building teams, change management, digital transformation, and embedding a customer-centric focus at all levels throughout an enterprise organisation.  He has always been deeply committed to developing and coaching his people to ensure they exceed their targets and reach their full potential, as well as building leadership succession to ensure continued success.

Stuart holds a BSc in Cognitive Science. A keen sports fan originally hailing from South Africa, Stuart will always support England … unless they are playing a South African national side.

Our Leadership Team:  Stuart Hurwitz
Our Leadership Team: Graham Legge

Graham Legge

Director, Risk & Assurance

Graham Legge is Director, Risk & Assurance. Graham supports Aston Carter to ensure that any risk to the client solution and delivery is thoroughly assessed and properly mitigated.

Graham has extensive experience in enterprise risk management and management consulting, dealing with operational, project and strategic risk management in both the private and public sectors. As Director of Management Consulting at KPMG, Graham gained first-hand experience in project oversight and delivery, and he has in-depth knowledge of corporate governance and strategy development within the oil and gas and financial services industries.

Prior to joining, positions held by Graham included Head of Risk and Business Assurance at Shell Oil Products and Risk Manager at Petroleum Oil & Gas Corporation of South Africa.

Graham’s knowledge has been built on direct experience in challenging business environments throughout Europe, South America and Africa. He thrives on being able to identify potential threats which could adversely affect a project and facilitate a successful solution to maximise the opportunity and achieve goals.

Graham holds a degree from the University of Leicester. He enjoys many hobbies in his personal time, including motorbikes and photography and even dabbles in commercial photography covering gigs and CD sleeves.

Oliver Wilkinson


Oliver Wilkinson is Director, Customer and Market Insight at Allegis Group. He has responsibility for better understanding our clients, consultants and candidates and works to drive a culture of customer centricity across the business.

Oliver joined Aston Carter, an Allegis Group brand, in 2002 and led the growth of the Management Consulting team in London. The team went on to become the largest dedicated Consultancy staffing business in the UK, winning numerous industry awards as a result.

In 2014 Oliver moved away from the Management Consulting team to grow the newly established Organisational Development team, with a focus on the professional development and driving change across the Sales business.

With over 20 years of Staffing and Services experience and having held roles in both Sales and Operations teams, Oliver remains passionate about using his knowledge to continue to improve the business and ensure we meet our customer's expectations. As a result, he now includes our Communications and Marketing teams within his portfolio.

Oliver holds a degree from Oxford Brookes University. In his spare time, he tries to balance spending as much time as he can with his family, whilst pursuing his passion for cycling and endurance sport.

Our Leadership Team: Oliver Wilkinson
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Shelly Askew

Group General Counsel (EMEA)

Shelly Askew is the Group General Counsel at Allegis Group for the EMEA region and heads up the legal team supporting all Allegis Group brands and companies throughout EMEA to ensure that the Allegis Group businesses are operating in compliance with the relevant laws and regulations of the countries in which they have a presence.

Shelly has 30 years of experience as a lawyer, 23 of which have been in the capacity as a General Counsel and originally qualified in private practice as a corporate and commercial lawyer. She has since worked in a broad range of industries covering media, telecoms, IT, software and recruitment, developing and managing the legal functions and teams as well as advising the businesses and their executives on strategy, risk and compliance.

She has extensive knowledge of legal frameworks in multiple countries having been exposed to many different business operations and models and providing advice in relation to countries spanning much of the EMEA region as well as countries in APAC and South America. With this she enjoys the challenge that comes with understanding the legal and regulatory nuances of conducting business in multiple territories.

In her early years, Shelly completed a law degree at the University of Warwick before taking her final legal exams at the College of law in Guildford. When she isn’t busy working, she enjoys Pilates, socialising and being a devoted mum to her children.

Jenny Clark-Whittle

Director of Human Resources

Jenny Clark-Whittle is Director of Human Resources at Allegis Group.  Jenny is responsible for ensuring our people strategy is aligned and successfully supports the company’s strategic aims.  Increasing and monitoring employee engagement, embedding a high-performance culture and proactively supporting the wellbeing of our employees are all key focus areas for the Human Resources team.       

Jenny joined the business in November 2015 as HR Business Partner for the Support & Operations business and progressed to Director of Human Resources in February 2019 with full accountability for the HR Team and HR Operations across the EMEA region.

From previous experience in the Engineering, Automotive and Finance sectors Jenny also brings experience in strategic business partnering, organisational design, management development, reward and recognition, performance management and resourcing.  

Jenny is passionate about how positive employee engagement can have a powerful influence overall on individual, team and organisational performance.  

Jenny holds a BSc (Hons) Management Studies degree from the University of Leeds and enjoys travelling to new countries and keeping active through running, cycling and team sports.
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