Our Team

Beverley Ryder

Beverley Ryder

Managing Director

Beverley Ryder is a Managing Director of Ryder Reid Legal and was previously the Director of Administration for the London office of International US Law Firm Mayer, Brown & Platt (now Mayer Brown International) for seven years. Beverley was also a founding member of the London Chapter of the Association of Legal Administrators. Having identified that the recruitment requirements of US Law Firms were unique in terms of working practices, culture etc., Beverley Ryder, along with fellow Director Ciara Reid, formed Ryder Reid Legal in 1994. They quickly established Ryder Reid as the premier search and recruitment agency in London working exclusively with US and International Law Firms. Beverley continues to be actively involved in headhunting for Executive level roles as well as dealing with the day to day running of the Firm.

Ciara Reid

Ciara Reid

Managing Director

Ciara Reid is a Managing Director of Ryder Reid Legal and has been involved in legal recruitment for US and International Law Firms since 1994. Ciara has extensive experience of recruiting at all levels but is mainly involved in Executive Search carrying out retained searches for Directors of Administration, Office Administrators and Directors of HR, working alongside Andrea Prendergast. Ciara's many years' experience working exclusively with US Law Firms means that she has gained an in-depth knowledge of how they operate and can readily identify the type of candidates who will work best in these busy, demanding environments. Ciara also heads up the day to day operations at Ryder Reid with fellow Managing Partner, Beverley Ryder and ensures that a high level of service is maintained for both clients and candidates alike.

Andrea Prendergast

Andrea Prendergast

Director & Head of Executive Search

Andrea Prendergast, joined Ryder Reid Legal in 2008 bringing with her a wealth of recruitment experience. She started her career in 2001, recruiting support staff within the Legal, Finance & Property sectors. In 2007, she transferred to specialise and recruit solely for Law firms across London and Europe. Andrea’s ability and commitment saw her become a Director of Ryder Reid and she is responsible for overseeing the Legal Marketing and HR division as well as specialising in the recruitment of senior management and executive level positions. These searches are often on a retained basis and require executive search and headhunting methods. Andrea consistently maps the law firm market and often spends her time networking and building strong candidate and client relationships. Andrea is an integral member of the team.

Callum Smith

Callum Smith

Business Manager

Callum Smith joined Ryder Reid Legal in December 2006 initially working as a recruitment consultant both on the Finance and Interim Legal Division. During that time, Callum developed strong relationships with both clients and candidates alike but in 2011 he decided on a career change. He wanted to combine his recruitment knowledge with his strong financial and organisational skills and became the Office Manager at Ryder Reid. He subsequently was promoted to Business Manager working closely with the Managing Directors on business strategy. His role involves liaison between Ryder Reid consultants and clients to ensure that Ryder Reid remain the leader in the US law firm market and continues to provide a high level of service to candidates and clients.

Gemma Coyston

Gemma Coyston

Consultant - Interim Legal

Gemma Coyston is an experienced consultant who has been working with Ryder Reid Legal for many years and is one of the primary Consultants in Ryder Reid’s highly regarded Interim Legal Division. She recruits Contract Lawyers and Temporary Paralegals for purposes of eDiscovery and document review. Gemma also recruits Fixed Term Contract Paralegals and Permanent Paralegals to work as generalists across various practice areas. She is highly skilled in sourcing and identifying suitable candidates for even the most challenging of requirements. Gemma’s dedication and perseverance means that she always produces positive and quick results. She is building a strong reputation in the Interim Legal market and has excellent working relationships with both clients and candidates alike.

Keira Couzens

Keira Couzens

Consultant - Interim Legal

Keira Couzens joined Ryder Reid Legal in 2010 - progressing quickly through different divisions at Ryder Reid and now is one of the primary consultants on our Interim Legal Division. Keira has made full use of her organisational and people skills and is very popular with candidates and clients alike due to her excellent response times and her willingness to offer a 24/7 service. She gives 100% to every task with no client requirement being too difficult - indeed she relishes a challenge. Keira’s current remit is to recruit Contract Lawyers and Temporary Paralegals for purposes of eDiscovery/document review. She also recruits Fixed Term Contract Paralegals and Permanent Paralegals to our law firm clients. She has certainly earned her place as a senior member of the Ryder Reid team.

Evie Perry

Evie Perry

Consultant - Interim Legal

Evie Perry joined Ryder Reid Legal in early 2015 and quickly demonstrated a natural aptitude for recruitment. She now works as a Consultant in the Interim Legal Division alongside Keira Couzens and Gemma Coyston and is an integral member of the team. Evie dedicates a large portion of her time to sourcing new contract lawyers and paralegals as well as building strong relationships within the candidate market. She has excellent interpersonal skills coupled with strong time management which means that she can respond promptly and efficiently to client requests. As with the other members of this team Evie is contactable 24/7. Evie continues to expand her knowledge of the International legal market and we have no doubt she will continue to develop and progress in her career at Ryder Reid.

Neil Gibbs

Neil Gibbs

Consultant - Interim Business Support

Neil Gibbs began his recruitment career in 2008 and has specialised in recent years in sourcing Business Support staff for both UK and International law firms. He has a comprehensive and expert knowledge of the market and recently was promoted to head up our Interim Legal Business Support Desk. Whether a client is seeking a temporary candidate for a short or long-term booking, Neil will always take the time to listen to individual needs. He provides consistent service to all law firms whether large or small and with his friendly, approachable and honest manner, he believes, that outstanding customer service to both candidates and clients is at the heart of his success. Neil can assist with all temporary bookings for Legal Secretarial, Reception, Paralegal, Facilities, Finance and IT roles.

Steve Cooper

Steve Cooper

Senior Consultant - Business Support

Steve Cooper is a Senior Consultant and has been working in legal recruitment since 1996. Initially, Steve recruited for UK law firms before finding his niche recruiting solely for the US market in 2000. He joined Ryder Reid Legal in 2003 where his extensive experience and impressive track record has ensured that he has continued to flourish within the US and International legal market. Steve's in-depth knowledge means he has a great understanding of how they work, the culture and an appreciation of the calibre of candidates required to be a success. Steve has a very transparent approach to recruitment which is popular with both clients and candidates alike and, over the years, has developed expert knowledge in the recruitment of Paralegals/Legal Assistants and Business Support staff.

Kate Gallagher

Kate Gallagher

Consultant - Business Support

Kate Gallagher is a Law LLB Graduate, who started her career in a large educational recruitment agency sourcing teachers and support staff. After 2 years within the education sector, she welcomed the opportunity to move into the legal recruitment market and to combine the knowledge gained during her law degree together with her recruitment skills. Whilst Kate’s main focus at Ryder Reid is recruitment for permanent support staff including Legal Secretarial, Reception, Paralegals and Facilities staff, her remit has recently expanded to include recruitment of junior to mid-level Accounts and IT roles - with an excellent success rate. Kate’s knowledge of the US legal market is rapidly expanding and we continue to receive positive feedback from her ever-growing client base who thoroughly enjoy working with her.

Rob Bull

Rob Bull

Senior Consultant - Business Support

Rob Bull is a Senior Consultant at Ryder Reid. Rob has extensive experience in the legal recruitment sector, supplying Business Support staff such as Legal PAs, Secretaries, Reception & Facilities staff to some of the UK and Europe’s leading law firms. With 20 years in the industry, he has built up a large network of candidates and clients, forming strong and lasting relationships throughout his career and providing an honest and professional service, which they can trust. A large number of Rob’s candidates and clients come from business referrals, which makes for a stronger and healthier network and ensures that he can always source the best possible vacancies and candidates. He is always keen to discuss instructions with new clients and offer his market knowledge and honest advice on the role and salary range on offer.

Ryan Rand

Ryan Rand

Assistant Consultant

Ryan Rand joined Ryder Reid in 2015 as an Apprentice and recently passed his NVQ level 2 exams in Business Administration. He quickly learned the art of candidate resourcing and headhunting and after his first year has been promoted to Assistant Consultant, working alongside and supporting our Business Support Team. Ryan continues to develop and has been responsible for sourcing some excellent Business Support candidates for the team. He is now also undergoing further training and is assisting our more experienced consultants with candidate interviews and registrations and is accompanying Consultants on client visits. He has shown great promise and we look forward to his continued rise up the ranks and to him further developing his career at Ryder Reid.

Kerry Channing

Kerry Channing

Senior Consultant - Executive Search

Kerry Channing started her recruitment career in 2007 as a consultant in the City specialising in sourcing Legal Business Support Staff. She subsequently moved out of Legal to broaden her experience and gain insight into a different market - again working on general support roles but for private equity and investment management firms. She recruited for a wide spectrum of positions there, from executive assistants to marketing and senior management roles. However, Kerry missed the legal market and was delighted to join Ryder Reid Legal in 2012. Kerry recruits for Marketing & HR positions up to Manager level. Her professional, personable manner and natural tenacity allows her to achieve the best outcome for clients and candidates alike.

Laura Lucia

Laura Lucia

Senior Consultant - Executive Search

Laura Lucia joined Ryder Reid in 2011 and after several successful years working as a Consultant within the Interim team, transferred to our Business Support Division where she focussed on Business Support roles, including Legal Secretarial, Reception, Paralegals and Facilities. Laura’s attention to detail, strong sense of ethics and excellent working relationships with clients and candidates alike meant this was a smooth transition. She also has a very good understanding of the needs of International law firms and our various client cultures. Laura’s role has recently progressed and she now works on senior roles including Executive Search for HR & Marketing positions, alongside Andrea Prendergast and Kerry Channing.

Kirstie Hopkins

Kirstie Hopkins

Consultant - Marketing & HR

Kirstie Hopkins graduated from college with her ILEX Legal secretarial diploma and worked as a Legal Secretary locally before starting her career in sales in 2014. Kirstie worked in her first recruitment consultant role for a boutique legal agency for one year prior to joining Ryder Reid Legal in early 2017. Her prior specialism in recruitment was Legal Business Support. However, on joining Ryder Reid Kirstie was delighted to be able to work alongside Laura Lucia and Kerry Channing on Ryder Reid’s HR & Marketing desk. The roles that Kirstie covers include junior to mid-level HR and Marketing roles. She is already an enthusiastic and extremely capable member of the team who is showing great potential for a strong future here at Ryder Reid.