The Team

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    Sophie Macpherson

    Sophie started her career as an assistant to a Bond Street dealer in 2000. In 2002, after noticing the haphazard nature of traditional gallery recruitment she launched SML as a recruitment agency dedicated to serving the London art market. Since then, the business has expanded exponentially to include executive search and consultancy for a range of museums, auction houses, public institutions, collectors and dealers across four continents. Sophie now focuses on the most senior headhunting briefs and business development.

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    Rosanna Cundall
    Managing Director

    Rosanna joined SML in 2009 and runs the London HQ as well as overseeing all senior international searches. Rosanna works very closely with Sophie, collaborating on senior headhunting briefs, advising clients on strategy and development relating to executive search. She has a particular focus on the New York market and travels to the city regularly. Before joining SML, Rosanna worked for a photography gallery in Tehran, having studied Art History at Manchester University.

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    Rosie Allan

    Rosie came to SML from Sotheby’s in 2013, having previously studied for her Masters in Art Business at Sotheby's Institute of Arts, London. With her interest in the art market, Rosie manages mid level and senior roles internationally focusing on sales, specialist and communication briefs. Having grown up in Singapore, Rosie has a real interest in the Asian art market and manages all briefs in Hong Kong, mainland China and Singapore. She studied Art History and Visual Studies at Manchester University where she specialised in the contemporary art market.

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    Rachel Johnston
    Associate Director

    Rachel studied Fine Art at Camberwell College of Arts specialising in Photography before working directly for an artist, project managing his international exhibition schedule. She joined SML in 2014 and as a Consultant manages all junior to mid-level searches with a focus on London. Given her background as a practising artist, Rachel has a particular love of working with artists and their studios.

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    Christabel Sakkalli

    Christabel joined the SML team in 2016 and now manages our briefs. She studied History of Art and French at the University of Manchester. During her studies, she worked at Sulgrave Manor Museum as a Researcher, where she investigated the provenance and authorship of 17th century embroidery. Most recently, Christabel worked for the artist and illustrator, Alice Peto in London where she managed communications and customer service. Christabel also previously held a position assisting the artist Chris Levine.

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    Hattie Culshaw

    Hattie came to SML having previously acted as a PA to a QC in Lincoln's Inn Fields. As an Art History graduate, she missed the art world so in 2016 made the move back, and now assists our Directors with all their projects. Having done a graduate course in Business and Administration, Hattie works particularly closely supporting Rosanna in her role as Managing Director.

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    Poppy Cotterell

    Poppy manages all research at SML, supporting the consultants with their various international briefs. Poppy has a degree in Art History from John Cabot University in Rome and completed an MA in Decorative Arts from the Wallace Collection. She has previously worked in research and collection management roles at Blain|Southern, Gagosian and Simon Dickinson, and has an excellent knowledge and understanding of the art market.

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    Sarah Murkett
    Director of Americas

    Sarah has joined SML as Director of Americas. She brings over twenty years’ experience in private dealing, advising, curating and artist management to the firm. Based in New York, Sarah will be working on senior appointments across the US and Latin America. Sarah’s connections across the art market as well as within museums and collections are exceptional and she has been pivotal in bringing new introductions to the business and helping existing clients fill their senior briefs.

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    Elizabeth Yarlott
    Junior Consultant

    Elizabeth studied History of Art at UCL before going on to develop an online start-up business. She worked in client account management for an energy brokerage, gaining client development and administrative skills before launching her successful emerging artist advisory and exhibition business.  She joined SML in 2017 as Office Manager and PA.  With her experience working in the digital sphere Elizabeth is now managing social media content for SML alongside her administrative responsibilities at the London office.