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Our Team

Mark Francis

Executive Director

Born and brought up in Hong Kong, Mark Francis has worked within the executive search industry in Asia-Pacific since early 2007, focusing on financial services positions, primarily on the buy side, from mid-senior level.

In 2012 he founded Silverstrand Executive Search, as a boutique financial services headhunting company, working with both buy and sell-side clients across the region. It was Winner of The Best Newcomer at the 2016 Recruitment International Asia Awards.

He then co-founded Cleverly Search in early 2017 to provide recruitment services to the engineering, construction, project management and architecture industry, noting a gap of service in the market. Cleverly follows similar principals and applies a retained search approach while offering contingent recruiting pricing.

Also a participant in Season 1 of The Social Movement a docu-series being shown on Amazon Prime.  In his spare time Mark enjoys walking his dog and the occasional game of rugby.

Monica Brennand

Director of Operations

Monica is a well-seasoned recruiter having worked in the industry since 2006 in a variety of specialist areas and different sectors in Hong Kong and the broader Asian region. Her experience has taken her through all phases of the recruitment cycle from client engagement, sourcing, offer negotiations, placements and on boarding as well as both client and candidate follow ups.

She grew up in Hong Kong and was educated in Glasgow, she holds a degree in Psychology. Monica joined the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) in 2010 and has had involvement in psychometric testing of senior executives.

In 2017 she co-founded Cleverly Search with the aim of creating a boutique recruitment firm specialising in mid to high level professionals within the construction sector. In Monica’s role as Director of Operations she is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the business including Finance, HR, Legal, Resourcing and Client liaison.

Monica is a mum of three, enjoys travelling, outdoor activities and the occasional glass of wine.

Jason Chong

Partner & Consultant

Originally from the South West of England, Jason is one of the founders of Cleverly Search. He has worked in recruitment since 2010 focusing in the areas of Design, Consulting Engineering & Construction. He has worked on numerous assignments across the Asia Pacific, MENA, Europe and ANZ during his career, and manages a client base consisting of high-profile global companies through to boutique and specialist firms.

His expertise lies in administering executive search processes – identifying potential candidates, screening applicants, facilitating interviews, contract negotiation and post placement support.  With the ability to maintain relationships with senior stakeholders in key areas of specialism. He has built a strong network in the areas of Civil, Structural, Façade, Building Services Engineering and Digital Design. And consistently provides professional and consultative services to clients within the construction sector.

Jason graduated from Bangor University with a degree in Business Studies.  

Michelle Jones


Michelle is a design enthusiast who brings excellent knowledge in design & architecture and an advantage when it comes to finding the right person for the job. She’s a great influencer, and with her multilingual skills is a great addition to Cleverly Search enabling the business to connect with more candidates from all backgrounds.

She started working as a recruiter in 2019 and has been focusing on the Design & Architecture sector where she utilises her detailed market knowledge and experience to provide custom recruitment solutions to clients across the Asia region.

She cares about the candidates and makes sure to listen and advise them into making the right decision for their career path. She has worked with numerous firms across high-profile global companies through to boutique and specialist firms in Hong Kong & the U.K.

Ping Choi

Partner & Consultant

British Born Chinese with strong ancestral roots in Hong Kong, Ping joined Cleverly Search in it’s second year, bringing with him a wealth of experience in Senior Management hires for strategic positions in the Property and Construction Industry.

He has been key in developing new market’s related to construction. He has achieved this by being a true believer in the ability to transfer skill-sets and meticulously acquiring in depth knowledge of the industry, which has seen Cleverly become the go to innovation technology for construction consultancy, assisting clients with their transformation in the digital age.

Having been immersed in multi-cultural work environments most of his life, Ping is equally at home with contingent and retained assignments for Contractors, Clients and Consultancies in Hong Kong and the rest of the APAC Region.