London, United Kingdom – August 17, 2018 – Public relations, integrated, digital and corporate communications executive search specialist, Capstone Hill Search (CHS), has today announced the appointment of Penny Porter as General Manager of its UK & European business, together with the appointment of former WPP senior executive, Gemma McCartney as Regional Director.  

Porter steps into the leadership role from her previous position of Regional Director, London, where she has built the consumer offer within the business over the last 18 months and brings with her 20 years’ experience as a PR practitioner and Managing Director, prior to joining Capstone Hill.   She reports dually into Jamie McLaughlin, President and Jeremy Wrench, CEO.

Reporting to Porter, McCartney brings 19 years’ global talent acquisition experience, from both recruitment agency and communications agency environments.  McCartney joins Capstone Hill Search from WPP agency, Cohn & Wolfe Group where she was Head of Talent Acquisition EMEA, and prior to that as Head of Talent Acquisition EMEA with Axicom.  Previous experience includes senior talent acquisition roles with M&C Saatchi PR, Porter Novelli, Golin Harris, Weber Shandwick and Futurebrand. 

Penny Porter, General Manager UK & EMEA, said, “I’m delighted to welcome Gemma on board. There is natural synergy in our approach and it is exciting to be working closely together. Gemma’s consultative approach and passion for personal coaching and mentoring sees her working very closely with her clients and candidates to ensure the best outcomes in terms of business growth and career fulfilment.  

Gemma McCartney, Regional Director UK & EMEA, commented; “I am thrilled to be joining Capstone Hill Search at such an exciting period of growth. I have worked closely with the team, as a client in my previous roles, where we relied strongly on their depth of knowledge, networks and highly consultative approach deliver outstanding people.

Capstone Hill Search offers a unique blend of talent identification and insights born of considerable experience in front line consultancy, and I hope to add further to that depth of experience, knowledge and relationships within the industry.”


Prior to her appointment to General Manager, Capstone Hill Search, Penny Porter was at F1 Recruitment and formerly at Director and Managing Director level with Good Relations, Bray Leino and Sputnik Communications among others   She holds a BA from Goldsmiths College in London.  

Prior to being appointed Regional Director, Corporate Communications, Capstone Hill Search, Gemma McCartney was Head of Talent Acquisition EMEA with Cohn & Wolfe group and formerly senior talent acquisition roles with Axicom, Golin Harris, M&C Saatchi, Weber Shandwick and Porter Novelli among others.  She holds a BA Hons from De Montfort University.

About Capstone Hill Search:

Capstone Hill Search (CHS) is a specialist search and selection consultancy, servicing the public relations, integrated, digital and corporate communications industries. Founded and led by public relations and recruitment industry experts. The business was established on the belief that the public relations and communications industries are highly specialised and require significant industry knowledge, experience and contacts in order to be supported efficiently in respect of search and selection.

Founded in 2009, and with offices in London, New York, and Melbourne, CHS offers bespoke Contingency and Retained search services designed to meet the specific needs of each individual client. The business services the PR and Communications industry in the UK, Europe, Asia, Australia, the Middle East and North America.

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