Committed to building best-in-class leadership teams in healthcare, Frances Carley has played a lead role in over 250 senior-level executive and non-executive searches across the industry in the EMEA region and in North America. She focuses on next-generation leaders who can help clients think differently about challenges in the healthcare field. Frances is a member of Spencer Stuart’s Healthcare, Medical Technology and Private Equity practices, and she leads the Medical Technology Practice across Europe.


Frances has specialized experience in medical technology (medical devices, diagnostics, life science tools), healthcare services, pharma services (CRO/CMO/CDMO) and private equity healthcare.

Recent work

  • Leading over 20 executive and non-executive search mandates in healthcare each year
  • Leading pre-deal advisory projects to help private equity clients assess healthcare assets
  • Advising publicly listed companies, private equity portfolio companies and family-owned businesses
  • Building and maintaining a strong network of underrepresented leaders

Previous Experience

  • Prior to joining Spencer Stuart, Frances worked in corporate law at an international law firm in Boston, where she focused on M&A, debt and equity financing, as well as direct investment for private and public companies.
  • Frances began her career as a research associate for the U.S. Department of State in Micronesia.


  • Executive M.B.A. from University of Amsterdam
  • Bachelor’s degree from Hamilton College in New York

Practice Areas