About us

Passionate about people

Madison Lincoln is the leading boutique Executive Search and Talent Acquisition Advisor for the real estate sector. Passionate about people, we work in partnership with our clients to attract the best talent in the real estate market across the UK and EMEA. 

Madison Lincoln was co-founded by Tom McNally (former EMEA Director of Talent Acquisition for Colliers International and Interim Head of UK Recruitment at CBRE), Clare Coe & Nina Zeilerbauer (Co-Founders of Madison Berkeley) and Kristen Zeilerbauer (Co- Founder of Berkeley Red, Monaco7 & Madison Berkeley plus former Managing Director of Spencer Ogden & Huntress Group).

We have an unrivalled track record in the industry. Our services range from Executive Search and Talent Acquisition Advisory through to Market Mapping, Succession Planning and Market Intelligence. Our exclusive real estate expertise enables us to deliver far deeper insights into the sector than our competitors. Our track record and our specialist knowledge assure clients we can successfully find exact solutions to meet their business requirement.

Our values

Hands-on service from an energetic, client-focused team. A one-stop shop delivering a unique perspective on executive search and talent solutions.
Uncovering unique opportunities for our clients. Bold and innovative ideas that challenge the status quo and deliver long-term solutions, bespoke to your business.
Honest, transparent, client driven service. We operate as an extension of your team, a true business partner that puts your people first.
Open, honest and pragmatic communication, underpinned by an in-depth understanding the real estate industry, our clients’ needs and goals. Delivering agile, tailored and focused solutions for our clients time and time again.
Best in class for real estate recruitment. Unrivalled experience backed up by research, market intelligence and talent monitoring to help our clients make the best decisions for their business.

Our Senior Team

Tom graduated from the University of Winchester in 2005 and has been working in HR and recruitment for the real estate sector since leaving university. Starting off professionally working for a global property recruitment company, he progressed through the ranks before moving into executive search.

In 2015, Tom joined CBRE to help set up a new in-house recruitment function and support the business in achieving its ambitious growth targets. Following a number of successful years, Tom joined Colliers International to head up Talent Acquisition across EMEA. In these leadership roles, Tom has been responsible for creating recruitment strategies, directly leading on significant key hires, while also growing internal teams and helping implement new technology.

In his spare time, Tom loves travelling and spending time with his family when he is not watching Arsenal.

Kristen is excited about the joint venture between Madison Lincoln and Madison Berkeley. He believes the two businesses will work in perfect harmony together offering clients a 360 degree solution. Kristen has more than 20 years’ experience in recruitment in a variety of industry sectors, including periods as MD of both an Energy, and a Technology Recruitment firm, each turning over in excess of £100m per annum.

He has a thorough understanding of opening, running and growing multi-office international recruitment teams at both operational and executive level. Having started his career as a graduate trainee at a global contract recruitment company, he has first-hand experience of the difficulties and challenges faced at all levels of the career ladder.

After graduating from University with a French degree, Alex took part in the Mountbatten Internship Programme in New York gaining valuable life and business skills. In 2002, she joined a Global Real Estate recruitment company where she had a long and successful career as a Director until 2013 when left following the birth of her first child. Alex enjoys spending time with her 3 children and also likes to dabble in her hobby job as a Personal Trainer and Sports Therapist.

Basak is a Research Consultant based in London and brings over 10 years of recruiting and generalist human resources experience to the team. Basak holds a MA Human Resource Management Degree from the University of Westminster. She is fully accredited as a practitioner and trainer in Targeted Selection Interviewing.

Prior to joining Madison Lincoln, she held several Human Resources generalist and executive roles (AstraZeneca, McDonalds, Johnson Controls and Turkcell) in a range of client settings, with responsibilities encompassing executive selection & assessment, leadership development, talent strategy and assessment, development and implementation of competency frameworks, performance management, success profiling, psychometrics/360 feedback and assessment/development centres. She has in-depth generalist human resources experience and has led critical projects in the various client settings she worked at.

Outside of the office, she enjoys hiking with her dog, travelling with her family and pilates. 

Gemma is our very experienced Operations Manager, who has experience of working across many industry sectors including wholesale and distribution, brand strategy, engineering and recruitment. In her role at Madison Lincoln, Gemma is responsible for managing the office, human resources, business administration, procurement and contracts. She has experience of large office relocation projects, taking the lead on all company projects.

Away from work, Gemma has travelled across the world and enjoys visiting new countries when she can. She also enjoys discovering new places to eat in London as well as spending time with her family.


We are always looking for experienced, like-minded individuals with a passion for real estate and careers.
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"With over 50 years recruitment expertise, we pride ourselves on providing exceptional service, whilst maintaining discretion we act with honesty, openness, integrity and embrace change"
Kristen Zeilerbauer, Board Director
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