In pursuit of extraordinary


Our mission is simple.

We aim to be your executive search partner of choice to attract the next generation of exceptional leaders.

Our founders.

A fresh approach to search.

From Candela's beginnings in 2013, Aaron Cowan and Henry Man have sought to create a different kind of experience.

Candela's search experience is set apart by close client relationships and an approach and attitude suited to the highly competitive market for transformational leaders.

Henry Man

Co-founder and Managing Partner

Prior Experience

An executive recruiter since 2000, joined the industry straight from university in the mad world of the dotcom boom. Initially worked with VC backed tech startups to build out their management teams before settling into the functional focus of technology and digital leadership across all sectors.


Visited over 80 countries and an avid scuba diver, although a young family has slowed recent progress to add stamps to the passport. Born in the south of England, Henry grew up in Hampshire and calls London home.

Aaron Cowan

Co-founder and Managing Partner

Prior Experience

An executive recruiter since graduating college, Aaron first joined a London-based technology search firm. He left the UK to establish the firm’s US presence, growing it to three offices and over 30 team members. As co-founder, Aaron has built the firm’s US operation, opening offices in Washington, DC and San Francisco.


An avid traveler, aspiring chef and fitness enthusiast, Aaron strives to strike balance between work and play. Born in Belfast, he now lives near Washington, DC with his wife and two young, highly energetic children. He has become a coffeeholic to keep himself upright.

The team.

Luiza Afzal

Head of Client Experience

Emma O'Neill

Head of Operations

Marta Cappozzo

Operations Associate

Hari Voyantzis

Head of Finance

William Webb

Principal Consultant

Alicia Urquhart

Senior Consultant

Edoardo Marshall

Senior Associate

Alina Drake

Senior Associate

Jake Gray

Senior Associate

Sophie Todd


Phoebe Caswell



Responsive, action-orientated, and accurate; Candela is running rings around our established headhunting partners.
— Group CIO, FTSE 25 Pharmaceutical Company.