Industry experts with hands-on experience in building senior teams. Our partners offer an unparalleled combination of industry knowledge and executive search expertise resulting in providing a bespoke, tailored service for our global clients. We share a passion in helping businesses flourish and supporting candidate development by instilling trust, confidentiality and commitment to results.

Rick White

Chief Executive

Rick White has over 20 years experience in executive search. Rick established Dunleavy White in 2010 to offer a more insightful and value added approach to the executive search process.

Previously Rick was a Partner at Howgate Sable, the senior level international executive search consultancy based in London. Prior to this Rick held senior marketing and operational positions in TUI Plc and Virgin Atlantic. Rick has successfully completed mandates across all C Suite and sub board executive functions from CEO to Director of Operations and everything in between! Rick has a passion for aviation and travel and is qualified Psychotherapist with a Masters degree in Psychology from the University of London.

Wayne Pearce

Wayne Pearce


Wayne Pearce is an experienced international professional who has spent his career in Aviation and Travel working as a senior executive in the Aviation and travel area, and advisor on many major business transformations and new business projects.

Most recently part of the successful turnaround at the Thai Airways group, Wayne was previously the CEO of Oman Air and subsequently the Chief Strategy and Planning Officer of Etihad, where he spent 8 years gaining an in-depth knowledge of the Gulf region and its unique culture.

With an early career in Qantas in Sydney Australia, Wayne progressed quickly to senior appointments both at their HQ and overseas before then moving to the UK to lead Gold Medal Travel as their Group MD.

Wayne’s unique understanding of business needs and his extensive experience bring an invaluable wealth of knowledge and expertise to Dunleavy White and executive search.


Danita Waterfall-Brizzi


Danita Waterfall-Brizzi, has over 25 years in the aviation industry for blue chip American carriers in airport operations, customer service, sales, marketing, security, training, and logistics.

Recruited from a U.S. Master’s Degree program in Russian Studies, she has lived in 7 countries and held key roles in developing multi-national teams and departments, and leaders to effect change amid mergers, alliances, outsourcing, insourcing and joint ventures. She enjoys swimming, piano and her family.

Danita speaks German, English, Russian, and Italian. Her industry experiences with leadership and team development within a variety of cultures lend a perfect fit for executive search.

Sarah Hanan

Executive Consultant

Sarah has over 20 years’ experience within the travel industry and has a BA Hons in Business and Tourism Management. She began her career as an international travel consultant with STA Travel before moving into recruitment and for the last decade has been instrumental the global growth of the Cheapflights brand. Her role at Cheapflights as Commercial Director involved the launch of a suite of digital products across many international markets as well as managing and mentoring large teams and strategising for future growth.

Georgina Tsierkezou

Executive Assistant

Georgina is a dedicated business administration professional with a versatile support skill set that has been developed through the experience of working as a senior executive assistant and office manager within the travel and leisure and publishing sectors.

Joining Dunleavy White in April 2016, Georgina brings her wealth of knowledge and experience to run a successful office and offer full business support to the team.

Natalie Martinelli

Natalie Martinelli

Executive Administrator

Natalie is a qualified PA and administrator with 20 years experience supporting board and executive staff in specialised businesses including Transport, Property Development and Property Management.

Working for Dunleavy White since September 2018, Natalie’s excellent management and organisational skills along with her varied background provide strong administration assistance and support to the whole business.