"I love what I do; applying art and science to connecting outstanding organisations with inspirational leaders. What a privilege!"
Alastair Paton worked in senior sales, marketing and general management roles for 15 years in two major multinational businesses, Unilever and Novartis. His leadership experience involved working  large matrix structures but also, on two occasions, setting up new entrepreneurial independent units. As well as living and working in North America and the Middle East, Alastair has been responsible for European and Asia Pacific markets.

After a move into Executive Search in 2001 with a boutique London Search business,  Alastair was a co-founder of a new firm in 2004, which became Signium UK in 2011. Alastair now helps lead the UK business based out of London, which has grown to cover most industry sectors as well as adding leadership consulting and interim services. Within Signium more widely,  Alastair has been Global Consumer Practice leader, EMEA Regional Director and, since 2018, Chair of the Global Board. He  is an active member of Signium’s Board , Consumer and Life Sciences Practices.  Alastair is also an active supporter and participant in the AESC, the global Association of Executive Search  and Leadership Consultants , which acts as a standard bearer for quality within the industry. A strong believer in the transformational power of outstanding leaders and diverse leadership teams, Alastair is keen to continue to develop new approaches to search and assessment that look beyond competency and embrace leadership and cultural fit.

Alastair holds an Honours Degree in Microbiology from the University of Leeds in the UK.  Outside work, Alastair is married with four children, is involved in the leadership of a community school and is an active road cyclist.