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Rare's Board is made up of Rare's executive directors plus five prominent non-executive directors - Sir David Bell, Andrew Franklin, Martin Greaves, Sandra Teichman, and Graham White. Rare's non-executive directors have sat on the boards of listed companies, grown businesses from scratch, been involved in some of the biggest M&A and outsourcing deals in history, published best-selling books on grammar, and been in management positions at Magic Circle law firms.

Sir David Bell

Sir David Bell

Sir David Bell is a non-executive director of the Economist. He retired as a director of Pearson plc and Chairman of the Financial Times at the end of 2009 after thirteen years on the Board. He is a former Chief Executive of the Financial Times and served as Pearson's Director for People with responsibility for the recruitment, motivation, development and reward of employees across the Pearson Group. He was also Chairman of Pearson Inc in New York.

David is Chairman of Sadler's Wells, Chair of Council, Roehampton University, Chairman of the London Transport Museum, Chairman of the Transformation Trust, Chairman, Rare, Chair of Bath Mozartfest, Chair of Cambridge University Press and Chair of The Institute of War & Peace Reporting Europe. He is also a trustee of the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation, Pearson Group Pension, Worth School, Cornerstone Property Assets, the Bureau for Investigative Journalism, Girl Hub and the Centre for the Study of Financial Innovation {CSFI,} and a member of the Honorary Council of the Royal National Theatre.

In 2011-2012 David was an Assessor on the Leveson Inquiry into the Culture, Practice and Ethics of the Press and between 1995-2002 he was Chairman of the Millennium Bridge Trust, responsible for conceiving the first new bridge across the Thames in the centre of London for 100 years.

David was educated at Cambridge University and the University of Pennsylvania, is married with three children and lives in Islington. David received his knighthood for services to industry, the arts and charity.
Anna Dawes

Anna Burgess

Anna Burgess joined Rare from Goldman Sachs in 2009. She is responsible for Finance, HR and Administration; making sure that things at Rare run smoothly.

Up until 2015, Anna looked after our financial services, technology and public sector clients. Within a year she oversaw a 50% increase in the number of financial services clients that Rare worked for. While she was in charge of this area, more than a thousand Rare candidates were placed with our clients.

Anna has overseen the rapid growth of our team, and been essential to the smooth running of the business, all while raising two children.
Kura Dione

Kura Dione-Warren

Kura is a Director at Rare responsible for all account management. Kura has been at Rare since 2009 and was promoted to Director in 2013. She manages a team of ten.

Since joining Rare, Kura has completed secondments on three continents: at The Economist Group and JWT in New York, Thomson Reuters in Singapore and Ubuntu Education Fund in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, where she set up an employment programme.
Andrew Franklin

Andrew Franklin

Andrew Franklin is the founder and Managing Director of Profile Books, one of Britain's leading independent publishers. He set up the company up on April Fools' Day 1996.

Andrew Franklin's authors at Profile include Alan Bennett, Francis Fukuyama, Susie Orbach and Lynne Truss, whose book Eats, Shoots and Leaves sold over 1.4 million copies in hardback and over 3 million worldwide. Profile has been consistently profitable since its second year and grown continuously. In 2007 Profile Serpent's Tail which publishes Lionel Shriver's We Need To Talk About Kevin, sales of which now approach one million copies, three Nobel Laureates and a distinguished fiction list.

Before Profile, Andrew Franklin was at Penguin for 11 years. His publishing career began in bookselling.

He is a trustee of the Edinburgh International Book Festival, former Chairman of the Jewish Community Centre for London, and a visiting professor at City University, London.
Martin Greaves

Martin Greaves

Martin Greaves is an author and filmmaker. He is a graduate of the National Film and Television School as well as holding a degree in Cybernetics. Martin's company 3 Peach produced over 100 commercials for clients around the world in the 1990s. He has also produced award-winning short films and directed documentaries. He has a continuing interest in young businesses.

 

 

Sandra Teichman

Andrew Lilley

Andrew Lilley, formerly Managing Partner of Travers Smith, is Rare’s first full-time Commercial Director.

Andrew will be working on Rare’s growth strategy, drawing on a decade’s experience of holding senior positions at a successful law firm. Andrew was an employment lawyer for 30 years, beginning his career at Freshfields. He then moved to Travers Smith where he headed the Employment Law department. He was appointed Managing Partner of the firm in 2010.

In the past year, Andrew has advised Rare as a consultant, mentoring candidates on two of Rare’s law programmes.
Daniel Mokades

Daniel Mokades

Daniel Mokades is Rare's Director of People Performance. This moderately exciting title means that he helps our people to do the best job that they can through a mixture of innovative training, encouragement, ice cream, Lego, origami, and questionable music choices.

Daniel has been working for Rare for a decade, and in that time he has spent over 10,000 hours doing face-to-face coaching and development. Over the years, Daniel has worked with almost all of Rare’s clients to observe, advise on and design assessment processes and coaching programmes.

Daniel is an AoEC qualified Associate Executive Coach, a trained assessor for the Civil Service Fast Stream and the NHS, and holds a number of other accreditations and qualifications.
Raphael Mokades

Raphael Mokades

Raphael Mokades founded Rare in 2005, on his own, with no previous recruitment experience, no candidates, no clients, and a desk in someone else's office. He has been the company's Managing Director ever since. Rare now works with some of the UK's most prestigious companies, has over 4,000 candidates on its books, and employs twenty-three people.

Prior to starting Rare, Raphael was in charge of diversity at Pearson, the international media company which owns the FT. Pearson won two Race for Opportunity awards during this time.

Raphael has a First class degree from Oxford University. He represented Oxford at basketball, served as his College's JCR President, and organised the biggest ball Oxford has ever seen.

Raphael is a non-executive Director of Hubbub, the local online food delivery service.

Raphael has written on business, sport and social issues for the Guardian, Times and Financial Times. He has co-authored five Rare research reports: Recruiting Arabic-Speaking Graduates (2009); High Achieving Black Students: A Portrait (2009); What Top Ethnic Minority Students Want (2010); Class, Race and Recruitment: Best Practices (2011); and Five Years On (2012). He also is the author of Three Steps to Success (2011), published by Profile Books.
Sandra Scheerer

Sandra Scheerer

Sandra Scheerer is a Director in Pillsbury's Global Technology and Sourcing Practice Group in London. Sandra is responsible for business development and also advises on outsourcing and technology related matters.

Sandra was previously General Counsel and Board member at Unisys Limited, and, during her time at Unisys, negotiated and advised on all of Unisys' UK outsourcing projects. She was the youngest person on the Unisys board, and the first woman ever to be appointed to it.

Sandra has spoken at several conferences (including conferences for the Bar) on IT law matters, women in business and diversity issues, and is a trustee of Sense, the charity for deaf-blind people.
Graham White

Graham White

Graham White was a partner at Magic Circle law firm Slaughter and May for 26 years, as Head of Real Estate, Graduate Recruitment Partner from 2001 -2008 and then Executive Partner from 2008 until he left the firm in May 2013. He is now a consultant to law firms.

A cricket enthusiast, he is a board member of Cricket Without Boundaries, a charity which uses cricket coaching for children in 6 African countries as a means of teaching AIDS awareness, as well as being a member of the Estates Committee of Marylebone Cricket Club. He is also a director of High Tide Festival Productions Limited, which stages a theatre festival each year in Halesworth and originates new productions which are staged at the Edinburgh Festival and other venues, and International Senior Lawyers Project which uses the legal skills and experience of senior lawyers to help establish the rule of law, advance human rights and promote equitable economic development in developing countries.

He is also a lifelong and passionate supporter of Tottenham Hotspur.

 

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