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Our People

since 1978

Since 1978, VMA Group has built its business around phenomenal people.

We employ industry sector specialists alongside communications professionals, who maintain long-term, commercially successful relationships with our global network of clients – from innovative, independent start-ups to large, complex corporates. Working on their behalf, we resource the brightest and best in communications talent.

We encourage ourselves and each other to do more. Whether it’s a breakfast debate exploring the hot topics and challenges facing the internal communications practice, or publishing a piece of research that poses questions about the future of communications, we distinguish ourselves from being more than just a regular recruitment firm.

We’ve grown to have a truly international reach, meaning enhanced opportunities for our staff across our offices in Europe, Asia as well as the UK.

If you are someone who is seeking the next step in their career, a fresh start without feeling like you need to begin all over again, or if you’re just curious about what it’s like working here at VMA Group then please get in touch. We’d be delighted to hear from you.

For more information, please email Nicky Seymour or head over to our work for us page to find out more.

Our Management Team

Regional & Practice Leads
Julia Meighan
Chief Executive
Julia is passionate about stakeholder communications and developing the vital role of corporate communications as the custodian of an organisation’s corporate reputation. Julia chairs the VMA Group Advisory Boards for our global network of Communications Directors, and regularly comments and writes articles as a thought leader on all aspects of leadership communications, employee engagement and managing corporate reputation.

Andrew Harvey
Executive Director - Head of Internal Communications Practice
Andrew worked as a communications practitioner in financial services before embarking on his career in recruitment. Since 2006 Andrew has specialised in recruiting internal communication professionals into organisations across the UK. Andrew joined VMA Group in 2013 and now leads our Internal Communications Practice. Andrew focuses on the appointment of senior level internal communication professionals across all sectors.

Willem de Ruijter
Executive Director - Head of Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA)
A former fast moving consumer goods marketing and communications director, Willem has worked in recruitment since 2008 and headed a Netherlands based firm specialising in recruitment and headhunting of communications, marketing and sales professionals. Willem joined VMA Group in 2012 and now is executive director, heading up operations in Europe, the Middle East and Africa and focusing on senior level communication appointments.

Lisa MacMillan
Executive Director - Asia-Pacific, Hong Kong office
Lisa began her career as a practitioner in public relations and marketing, working both agency and client side in London. She relocated to Australia in 2005, where she took up a career in recruitment, specialising in the areas of public relations, communications and marketing. Lisa joined VMA Group in November 2014 and leads our Hong Kong office and operations.


We are specialists in corporate and marketing communications recruitment.

We employ consultants from specialist industry sectors and those who have worked within communications. As experts immersed in the industry, we offer our clients and candidates unrivalled, in-depth knowledge, consultancy and advice.

Internal Communications

Andrew Harvey
Executive Director - Head of Internal Communications Practice

Melissa Pierson
Associate Director – Internal Communications Practice

Andy Macleod
Head of Interim Internal Comms & Change

Sara Tehrani
Senior Consultant

Mark Burrett

Natasha Montakhab
Senior Consultant

Matthew Gibbs

Kristy Carmichael
Research & Recruitment Coordinator – Internal Comms

Deborah Le
Principal Consultant

Abbey Bennett

External Communications

Julia Thomas
Managing Consultant

Joanne Watkins
Managing Consultant

Sophie Collins
Senior Consultant

Tom Morgan-Harris
Principal Consultant

Natalie Charlesworth

Naomi Hamilton

Zahra Mukhtar
Recruitment Coordinator

Lizzie Johnson

Nisha Darbar
Senior Consultant

Jeremy Vickerman


Lucy McCulley
Head of Agency

Zahra Mukhtar
Recruitment Coordinator

Marketing recruitment

Gregory Vlasveld-Lawler

Jack Berry

Peter Bush
Managing Consultant

UK North & Midlands

Julie Mazzei
Principal Consultant

Sarah Hakewill


Inele Donat
PA / Team Assistant

Helen Cioni
Senior Consultant

Willem de Ruijter
Executive Director - Head of Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA)

Ruben van den Boer

Sarah Hoffmann
Researcher - Germany

Kim Johnson
Head of France

Maaike Schröder
Head of Germany


Lisa Wannell
Principal Consultant - Cape Town


Lisa MacMillan
Executive Director - Hong Kong

Miranda Knight
Senior Consultant

Leo Hon
Researcher - Hong Kong

Cindy Zhang
Senior Consultant

Support team

Clare Hayes
Head of Reception/Facilities

Dani Reeves

Fiona Housiaux
Global Head of Marketing

Gary Wheate
IT Support

Lucy Cairncross
Head of Training & Operations Manager

Natalie Shall
Marketing & Communications Executive

Nicky Seymour
Head of Internal Recruitment

Sanjeev Malhotra
Head of IT

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