Our Team

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Deirdre Allison
Managing Director
Boston, MA
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M: +1.617.529.6663


Deirdre Allison has more than 25 years of professional search expertise in global healthcare, building executive teams, and working with CEOs, boards of Directors, and CHROs.

Deirdre has conducted several confidential CEO succession assignments, Board-related studies, and special projects for some of the top national and international companies in the healthcare industry. She has worked with regional and local health plan, as well as specialty firms and hospital systems that support the evolving healthcare industry.

In addition, Deirdre has led a wide variety of senior-level search assignments in the payor community, specialty health, and recent hospital system work in the ever-evolving intersect of hospitals and health plans. These include, Chief Executive Officer, Chief Operating Officer, Chief Actuary, Chief Medical Officer, and Chief Strategy and Marketing Officer.

Deirdre is a frequent speaker on the current state of affairs in healthcare. She has also spoken at the Society of Actuaries Healthcare Conference on the changing role of actuaries in today's marketplace and is a previous Board member of both the American Cancer Society and the Wellness Community. Further, she is the recipient of the prestigious TOYL Award, presented annually by the Boston Chamber of Commerce to ten outstanding young leaders who have demonstrated professional, personal, and civic commitment to improving the quality of life in the region.  

Previous Experience

Deirdre was previously Managing Partner of her own women-owned and operated business, Chapel Hill Partners (CHP), for ten years. Prior to launching CHP, Deirdre was a Partner at two major global executive search firms, Highland Partners and Heidrick & Struggles.

Areas of Expertise

Her areas of expertise include healthcare, health plans, hospitals, and specialty health in the areas of behavioral, dental, vision, and chief actuaries.


Deirdre received her BS in Psychology from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

Hobbies and Interests

Deirdre has been to 38 countries and counting. In addition to traveling, she enjoys being a mom, skiing, cooking, and is a prolific fundraiser.