Duncan Finlayson

Managing Director


Based in London, Duncan Finlayson co-leads Raines’ EMEA Practice in its Global Software & Technology Practice, which partners closely with Private Equity, Venture Capital, and public CEOs to find transformative leaders in the C-suite and Board, including Technology, Product, Go-to-Market, Finance, and People and Talent. He also co-leads Raines’ FinTech & Financial Services Practice.

A deeply passionate search professional, Duncan thrives on cultivating long-term relationships to gain a better understanding of talent needs, technologies, and processes at play. Duncan can get to the heart of effective scaling by building close and trusted relationships with investors, clients, colleagues, and candidates.


With more than a decade’s experience delivering leadership hiring in EMEA, Duncan has placed more than 150 Engineering, Product, Data, Design, General Manager, Sales, Finance, Marketing, People and Talent, and Technology leaders into industries including Enterprise, Financial Services, eCommerce, and Life Sciences. Prior to Raines, he was a partner at True Search in its London office, where he played a pivotal role in building and scaling its practice in the EMEA region and led both the Technology practice in EMEA and the FinTech Product, Data, and Technology practice.

Prior to True, Duncan led the recruitment of large-scale digital transformation programmes at organisations including Lloyds Bank, TSB Bank, Aldermore Bank, NewDay, Sainsbury’s Bank, Tesco Bank, Royal London Asset Management, and Aviva.

Practice Areas

Global Software & Technology Practice FinTech & Financial Services Practice


BCom, University of Otago, Marketing Management & Business Management


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