Our Team

Our team brings extensive knowledge and direct experience to our searches, having enjoyed successful careers in media before transitioning to executive search. We understand our clients’ challenges first-hand and are backed by outstanding research capabilities and valuable partnerships.


Steph Hatton

Managing Director

Formerly the founder & MD of The Crewing Company, a specialist freelance media agency established in 2005, Steph brings a wealth of knowledge from both the Media industry and the search sector, with particular interest and experience in the MENA region.

Hayley Henry

Group Finance Director

Hayley is a Chartered Tax Adviser and Fellow Chartered Certified Accountant. With over 18 years of experience in both practice and industry, Hayley is an exceptional accountant who oversees and directs the company’s financial operations.

Cathy Alford

Managing Director – Searchlight Group

Cathy is the Managing Director of Searchlight Group Ltd. Under her leadership, Searchlight has become one of the leading providers of Recruitment and Executive Search services to the media and entertainment industries.
She has significant experience of working with clients to help shape their requirements, and is an expert at handling complex, senior-level searches right across our specialist sectors.


Anne Fenton


Anne has worked in Executive Search in the Media Sector for over 24 years. Founder and former MD of Lumina Search, and prior to that Joint MD of Searchlight Executive, she has worked with a wide range of clients, from small start-ups to large multinational corporations. A Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, she is also a qualified tester for Level B psychometric testing.


Tom Murphy

Group Marketing Manager

Our company voice and ethos are of the utmost importance to us. Tom has come in looking to breathe new life into our social channels, supplying candidates and clients alike with refreshing and relevant content, industry updates and more.


Gary Hodes


A Chartered Accountant, Gary has a background in international film distribution with Warner Bros. Inc. In a 17-year career spanning London, New York and Los Angeles, Gary moved from finance to European sales before leaving Warner to start the Searchlight Group which includes Lumina, Searchlight, Grapevinejobs, The Crewing Company, AEM International & Blueberry Creative Consultants. He specialises in Finance and Strategy roles.

Lumina is proud to support the Royal Television Society through patron membership. The Royal Television Society is a British-based educational charity for the discussion and analysis of television in all its forms – past, present and future.

We’ve partnered with AEM International, an executive search firm specialising in the performing arts, entertainment and creative industries. Lumina and AEM work together on selected projects and are now part of the same Searchlight Group.

Julia Perry – Psychometric Profiling

At Lumina Search, we can use Psychometric Profiling to significantly enhance professional recruitment and retention. Julia Perry is an experienced, fully accredited behavioural analyst and executive coach. Using a suite of accredited assessments (in 27 languages) to delve deeper into the behaviours and motivators of our short-listed candidates, Lumina clients are invited to have a one-to-one zoom session with her to go through each candidate assessment to hear her detailed analysis, which will help them to make their final selection.