Meet The FinderMonkey Team

Meet The Team FinderMonkey

Dave Oates

Head Researcher

He’s famous for his work on BBC1 and TLC as well as personally reuniting over 7000 people since 2011. He is a member of the Association of Genealogy and has written a book called Long Lost Family Tracing.

“My team understand that each search we carry out is the most important search we’ll ever do. We have to do everything we can to put that person back in contact with who they have asked us to find.”

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Sue Harrison

Senior Researcher

Sue is a senior researcher specialising in contacting your family and friends once they have been found.

“I need to leave the office knowing I have made a difference in people’s lives. Answering questions that have been unanswered for years is unbelievably satisfying. It’s not all roses and some cases are incredibly sad but even then being able to give someone closure is good. It’s an amazing privilege to share those journeys with our clients.”

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James Thackray

Head Trace Consultant

James is the head of the consultation team. His team speak to potential customers to tell them about our services and which one will be most appropriate for your needs.

“It’s not just a job. Knowing that we are coming to work and changing people’s lives is an amazing feeling and very rewarding. I genuinely do care about every person I speak to. I work at FinderMonkey because I love everything about it and everything it stands for.”

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Jake Birchall

Lead Trace Consultant

"I love chatting with people and hearing their stories. I really enjoy helping people and making sure they understand our services and how amazing our research team are."

“I work here for many reasons, I love everything about what we do, helping people, and all the different emotions, the people I work with and find it very rewarding in so many ways.”

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Meghan Roberts

Trace Researcher

"When I’m not tracing debtors and ex tenants I help with searches for missing loved ones. I love my job and take great pride in it."

“I find my work rewarding and exciting. I make sure I work with compassion for everyone involved. I specialise in locating people who owe you money. I work discreetly and make sure that my reports cover all necessary facts to make sure you stand the best chance of getting your money back.”

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Jennifer Shaw


"I’m the bookkeeper now but I’ve also done tracing and have been a featured researcher on BBC1’s Family Finders TV Series along with David our head researcher."

"I used FinderMonkey to find my sisters back in 2013. It was an amazing experience so I know what you’re going through. All I can say is we’ll look after you.”