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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, UK
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.

Consultants (by Practice)

VMAGROUP is an industry-leading specialist in communications and marketing recruitment.

We employ experienced recruitment consultants as well as professionals from within our specialist sectors of communications and marketing. As experts immersed in the industry, we offer our clients and candidates unrivalled and in-depth knowledge, consultancy and advice.

Here’s our fantastic team!

EXTERNAL COMMUNICATIONS

Permanent Recruitment


Melissa Pierson
Associate Director

Julia Thomas
Managing Consultant

Joanne Watkins
Managing Consultant

Sophie Collins
Principal Consultant

Tom Morgan-Harris
Principal Consultant

Natalie Charlesworth
Consultant

Lizzie Johnson
Consultant

Nisha Darbar
Senior Consultant

Jeremy Vickerman
Consultant

Interim Recruitment


Naomi Hamilton
Consultant

Zahra Mukhtar
Consultant

Jennifer Bowles
Managing Consultant - Interim Communications & Marketing

INTERNAL COMMUNICATIONS

Permanent Recruitment


Andrew Harvey
Executive Director, UK

Sara Tehrani
Managing Consultant

Mark Burrett
Senior Consultant

Natasha Montakhab
Senior Consultant

Abbey Bennett
Consultant

Interim Recruitment


Andy Macleod
Head of Interim Internal & Change Communications

Matthew Gibbs
Consultant

Kristy Carmichael
Consultant

Deborah Le
Principal Consultant

Dani Reeves
Recruitment Coordinator

MARKETING

Permanent Recruitment


Gregory Vlasveld-Lawler
Consultant

Jack Berry
Consultant

Peter Bush
Managing Consultant - Head of Marketing Practice

Katherine O'Neill
Consultant

Interim Recruitment


Naomi Hamilton
Consultant

Zahra Mukhtar
Consultant

Jennifer Bowles
Managing Consultant - Interim Communications & Marketing

AGENCY


Lucy McCulley
Head of Agency

UK NORTH & MIDLANDS


Julie Mazzei
Principal Consultant

Sarah Hakewill
Consultant

EUROPE


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
Consultant

Sarah Hoffmann
Researcher - Germany

Kim Johnson
Head of France

Maaike Schröder
Head of Germany

AFRICA


Lisa Wannell
Principal Consultant - Cape Town

ASIA-PACIFIC


Lisa MacMillan
Executive Director - Hong Kong

Miranda Knight
Senior Consultant

Cindy Zhang
Senior Consultant

Ain Aid
Senior Consultant

Jenni Field
VMAGROUP Associate

Support Team


Andy Chaston
Business Development Manager

Clare Hayes
Head of Reception / Facilities

Fiona Housiaux
Global Head of Marketing

Gary Wheate
IT Support

Lucy Cairncross
Head of Training & Operations Manager

Megan Barter
Executive Assistant to CEO

Nicky Seymour
Head of Internal Recruitment

Sanjeev Malhotra
Head of IT

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