About us

Toby Babb


Toby has worked with the world's leaders in financial services and commodities technology for seventeen years. Having led high performing teams for two listed, global recruitment brands, he saw the opportunity to build a pioneering, values based company that would work with customers to provide solutions and real value well beyond the traditional models on offer in the sector. He is a keen student of the world's leading teams and brands and passionate about elite performance organisations. Toby is a regular commentator on business, technology, employment and recruitment for the BBC and a blogger on FinTech and Commodities Trading systems.

Nadia Edwards-Dashti

Managing Director

Nadia heads our Financial Technology Business and has consistently delivered excellence to her loyal client base for many years in this sector. A genuine market expert in the financial IT field, her customers have raved about her passion and desire to source the best talent in a highly competitive market. Nadia's ability to go the extra mileĀ for her clients and candidates has become the key to an incredibly successful career. Her team share an inspirational work ethic with a real desire to get to the best active and passive talent in the market place for their clients and the best opportunities to meet the needs of their candidates. Nadia is driving the permanent business of our sister company North Starr and an active member of the 30% club. She was also named among the Women in FinTech Powerlist of 2017.

James Hounslow

Managing Director

James has been the leading figure in Commodities Talent for a decade and is widely respected as a world class source of meaningful insight for his customers. He now heads our rapidly expanding Commodities Technology, Change, Contracts and Financial Sales practices, working closely with clients from Houston to London to Singapore. His truly global network offers hiring companies access to the most outstanding talent in the industry and individuals looking for opportunity access to the world's leading career opportunities. James has an unrivalled love for trading systems and has been described by leading names in the field as possessing industry analyst level insight in the sector.

Harry Vane

Account Director

Harry has over 15 years of working in the Financial Technology sector and has forged a reputation by delivering service excellence to some of the most prestigious companies in the City. With a background combining Executive Search and Account Management, his remit is to deliver a World Class customer experience and continue to build the partnerships we have with our key clients. Harry's proven ability to bring the best out of accounts and extensive network in the FS sector have allowed him to grow a reputation as one of the go to figures in the sector.

Hari Sopal

Vice President/Head of Contracts

Hari started his career in recruitment in 2007 and has since built an outstanding network within the financial technology sector. He now heads the IT division of our contract and interim business and has a long track record of delivery into the World's leading trading and FS firms. Hari is passionate about meeting great people, connecting excellent companies within Financial Technology and ensuring the best applicants in the space secure the projects that help launch their career.

Elliot Parfitt

Vice President/Head of Change

One of the first new hires into Harrington Starr back in 2011, Elliot has risen through the business and now leads our rapidly expanding Change practice. Elliot has a strong black book of the good and great in the Trading Systems sector and has become trusted partner to numerous Fast Growth FinTech firms. Elliot is building the change practice and is passionate about developing talent within Harrington Starr. His personal focus on senior talent has seen him make a series of prestigious hires in the City.

Tom Kemp

Associate Vice President

Another to have joined in the infancy of the business, Tom has risen through the ranks to now spearhead our Quantitative Trading and Research business. His reputation has been built on outstanding technical and industry knowledge and he is a fount of information in the FinTech and Trading space. Tom's meticulous attention to detail ensures that his clients receive nothing other than the best fit for their business and he is able to find the best opportunities for his candidates. A real go to man in Quants.

Rob Grant

General Manager - Americas

Rob heads our New York office where he focuses on placing Senior Sales Professionals in the FinTech and Trading Technology sectors. Originally having started working with Toby in 2000, Rob has built and led successful recruitment businesses globally for nearly 20 years. Rob joined to help mirror our success in Financial Technology out in New York where he is charged with building a fast growth business and capitalizing on our international relationships.

Jon Kay

Associate Vice President

Jon leads our development practice with a personal focus on Microsoft technology. His meteoric rise through the business can be attributed to his exceptional levels of service and execution where he has continually proven himself to deliver on hard to fill mandates for the most demanding names in FinTech. Having initially joined as a trainee consultant, he has grown an exceptional team around him who share his commitment and dedication to ensuring the right opportunities for candidates and clients alike.

Sarah Philby

Head of Professional Services USA

Sarah heads our US Professional Services business and is based out of New York City. Having joined the business in 2011, she has grown quickly through the ranks and launched Harrington Starr Inc alongside Rob in 2016. Sarah's remit covers Business Analysts, Project Managers, Consultants and Pre-Sales and she is currently building a hugely exciting practice for the Group. She has fast become one of the most respected FS Recruiters in New York and is looking to grow her team. Get in touch!