Atkinson MacLeod Expands Executive Search Team

Oil and gas recruitment specialist Chris Grange joins from Odgers Berndtson –

Executive search specialists Atkinson Macleod have appointed Chris Grange as Director to lead their Energy and Natural Resources business.

Atkinson Macleod Executive Search, based in Edinburgh and with offices in Glasgow and Aberdeen, provides executive and non-executive board level and senior management level search and selection services to companies across the United Kingdom and internationally.

Grange brings 27 years of experience placing candidates at a variety of levels, specialising in the oil and gas sector.

In the early part of his career, Grange relocated to Sydney to work for Hudson Global Resources, heading up the engineering, property, construction and natural resources team delivering record revenue delivery and five-year high quarter results before joining Downing Teal as General Manager, NSW.

In 2009, Grange was appointed as Director of Hays International’s UK Oil and Gas division, before joining Odgers Berndtson in 2011, where he was a Principal in both their global Oil & Gas and Scotland executive search practices.

Based in Aberdeen, Grange’s new role at Atkinson Macleod will allow the company to expand its offering in the energy, oil and gas and natural resources markets, focussing on Scotland, the UK and  Europe.

Grange said: “We are seeing a gradual increase in confidence in the oil and gas marketplace, and now is the right time to be expanding, so that we are able to  provide the appropriate level of service our clients and candidates expect.   We have offices throughout Scotland with strong networks in the UK and International markets and an excellent track record of identifying, attracting and securing outstanding candidates for our clients.

Our track record of successfully attracting candidates to unique and challenging roles, including the bringing of skilled individuals to the UK, either returning home or for the first time, is of great value to clients in the skill short market place we work in”

“I am delighted to join the Atkinson McLeod team as I believe in the client focussed ethos of the business.  It has a great corporate infrastructure and culture, with a growth agenda in place, however it is not dictated by onerous processes and procedures, so we can approach assignments in a way that most suits the client.

“We have already secured search mandates in Oil and Gas, including signing terms with one of the large E&P operators in Aberdeen, and I look forward to continuing on these early successes”

Atkinson Macleod is part of The Taranata Group, currently comprised of four companies, headed by recruitment investor Paul Atkinson, comprising Head Resourcing, Change Recruitment, Head Medical and Atkinson MacLeod. The group is targeting combined revenues of £100 million by 2020.




Notes to editors:

  • Issued by Clark Communications on behalf of Atkinson Macleod. Contact Lisa Donnelly,, 0141 548 8222
  • Photograph attached Chris Grange, Director at Atkinson MacLeod
  • Established in 2017, Atkinson Macleod provide client-centred executive search service, tailored to the individual needs of clients.
  • The Taranata Group is headquartered in Scotland, employs almost 150 people and turns over around £65 million.