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Dr. Kristian Girling (Class of 2005) Tells Us about His Unusual Career Path

Published author and university lecturer, Kristian has changed direction to become co-founder of an HR Consultancy

Since leaving Judd in 2005 I have had a varied career path.

I started at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in 2005 and completed a BA in History. I enjoyed my time there so much that I returned to study for an MA in Religions in 2009.


Having developed a strong knowledge of Christianity in the Middle East I was offered the opportunity to complete a PhD at Heythrop College, focused on the history of the Catholic Church in Iraq.

This was a transformative experience and included fieldwork research among the Christian communities in Iraq and Jordan.

Here is a photo I took when I was in Iraq: looking out to the Nineveh Plains from the Dominican sisters convent in the town of Alqosh.


I finished in 2015 and my thesis was subsequently published by Routledge:

I went on to teach, lecture and research at SOAS, Oxford, Boston College, Notre Dame and Georgetown.

I intended to continue and make an academic career, however, the number of full-time, permanent positions in the university world are very few and I decided to turn my hand to something else.

I began working in the recruitment space in 2017 and, in 2018, co-founded an HR Consultancy, Markert Girling, focused on alleviating the challenges inherent in talent acquisition for SMEs.

This has gone well and we have been fortunate enough to experience steady growth of business engagements, a broadening of the sectors and roles on which we work and development of strong and mutually rewarding synergies with candidates and clients worldwide.

Some of my strongest memories from Judd are the history lessons with Les Barker and RS with James Griggs, and more generally the very high standards of leadership of the school under Keith Starling. I will also always recall the very good pastoral care which was offered, especially in the 6th Form.

My time at Judd was certainly formative and I am quite confident I would not have had the life experiences I have encountered over the last 16 years if I had not been a student at the school. What I would say is, grasp opportunities as they emerge, life is just too short and too precious to be wasted on what might have been!  If any student wishes to make contact with any questions on any aspect of my career, please contact:

If anyone would like to send in their inspiring career path/change of direction/ interesting life story please email: we love hearing from you. 

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