Chris Underwood
Managing Director

With over 18 years experience in executive search and talent advisory, Chris Underwood has worked for some of the biggest names in the executive search and selection industry, before setting up Adastrum Consulting in 2009.

Chris has led a wide range of international transformational leadership assignments from CxO to Functional Heads of for FTSE 100 companies through to venture capital backed startups in the UK, Europe and USA.

His passionate, pragmatic and practical approach has led to a new breed of executive search business that is revolutionising the industry and setting new standards. Chris uses an integrated talent management approach to support business transformation.

Rare to the industry, Chris is British Psychological Society (BPS) Level A&B qualified and is trained in a number of psychometric assessment tools. He studied Aeronautical Engineering at the University of Manchester.

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Lara Shatto-Sweeney
Associate Director, Adastrum Consulting

Lara joined Adastrum Consulting in 2011, bringing with her over 14 years’ experience working in executive search. Lara is responsible for client engagement and delivery and has worked on a wide range of projects from senior appointments to high impact multihire campaigns.

She has worked globally with FTSE 100 companies through to venture capital backed startups. Projects have spanned the USA, the UK, Europe and Asia Pacific.

With extensive experience in Technology, Media, Telecoms, Investment, Banking, Life Sciences and Professional Services, Lara has consistently delivered CxO leadership mandates. Lara’s specialism is in transformational global team builds.

Lara's early career was spent in Private Banking and Mortgage in the USA. She received her education in both the States and from Christ Church College, Oxford University.

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Eric Contreras
Delivery Director

Eric joined Adastrum in 2016, bringing with him over 10 years’ Executive Search experience for some of the biggest names in the industry. Eric has a successful track record in the Technology, Media, Telecoms, Professional Services, Industrial and Public Sector verticals. He has successfully undertaken a wide range of searches at all levels of seniority across the Technology, Operations, Finance and Commercial functions for international corporate enterprises and high growth technology start-ups as well as new market entrants.

Having lived and worked in the UAE, Eric has also undertaken international search assignments and delivered mandates across the UK, USA, Europe, Middle East and Far East.

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