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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.

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, CEO
Chief Executive
Julia Meighan is Chief Executive of  VMAGROUP, one of the world’s largest specialist corporate communications and marketing executive search consultancies. She is passionate about stakeholder communications and developing the vital role of corporate communications as the custodian of an organisation’s corporate reputation. She regularly comments on all aspects of leadership communications, employee engagement and managing corporate reputations. Julia is also an executive coach specialising in helping communications leaders increase their impact and influence at board level by helping them transition from trusted adviser and expert to transformational business leader. She also champions the progression of women into senior executive roles and chairs VMAGROUP’s advisory boards across Europe and Asia.

Andrew Harvey
Managing 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 Benelux and European Regional Development
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.

Andy Macleod
Associate Director, UK Interim Communications and Marketing
Andy has 15 years’ experience working in Internal and Change Communications, including roles at Portman/Nationwide Building Societies, Lloyds Banking Group and LV=. Since joining VMAGROUP in 2014, he has specialised in the Interim Internal and Change Communications market for the last four years. Following three years (2015, 2016 and 2017) as VMAGROUP’s best performing consultant, he he now leads the entire UK Interim team, covering all Communications and Marketing recruitment requirements.

Lisa MacMillan
Associate Director, Financial and Professional Services Communications
Lisa began her career as a practitioner in communications and marketing, working both agency and client side in London. She then relocated to Australia in 2005, where she took up a career in recruitment. Lisa joined VMAGROUP in 2014, leading the Asia-Pacific team for four years before returning back to London in early 2019 and taking on a Associate Director role focused on senior-level searches within Financial and Professional Services Communications throughout UK and Asia.

Maaike Schröder
Associate Director, Germany
Maaike worked in the legal sector before embarking on her career in search and selection. She joined VMAGROUP in 2013 and has worked across various markets. Maaike is now based in Frankfurt where she leads the German speaking markets focusing senior appointments across all sectors. She holds membership with specialised networks within communications, Bundesverband deutscher Pressesprecher e.V. and the European Association of Communications Directors.

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


Julia Thomas
Managing Consultant

Joanne Watkins
Managing Consultant

Sophie Collins
Head of External Communications

Nisha Darbar
Senior Consultant

Jeremy Vickerman
Consultant

Annaleise Hollis
Consultant

David Milligan
Senior Consultant

Interim Recruitment


Naomi Hamilton
Senior Consultant

Andy Macleod
Associate Director, UK Interim Communications and Marketing

Phoebe Snape
Consultant

Jessica Downie
Consultant

Naimah Omar
Recruitment Coordinator

INTERNAL COMMUNICATIONS

Permanent Recruitment


Andrew Harvey
Managing Director, UK

Sara Tehrani
Managing Consultant

Abbey Bennett
Consultant

Natasha Ebdon
Consultant

Leanne Westcott
Consultant

Crystle Pearce
Consultant

Christina Dimitriadi
Consultant

Interim Recruitment


Deborah Le
Principal Consultant

Matthew Gibbs
Managing Consultant

Scott Andersen
Consultant

Andy Macleod
Associate Director, UK Interim Communications and Marketing

Leila McCausland
Principal Consultant

MARKETING

Permanent Recruitment


Mark Burrett
Principal Consultant

Peter Bush
Managing Consultant - Head of Marketing Practice

Katherine O'Neill
Consultant

Elinor Lara
Senior Consultant

Interim Recruitment


Karl Ramsaran
Managing Consultant - Head of Interim Marketing Practice

Andy Macleod
Associate Director, UK Interim Communications and Marketing

Danielle Hanson
Consultant

Hayder Al-Mazraqchi
Consultant

AGENCY


Lucy McCulley
Head of Agency

UK NORTH & MIDLANDS


Julie Mazzei
Principal Consultant

EUROPE


Kim Johnson
Head of France

Ruben van den Boer
Senior Consultant

Inele Donat
Team Assistant

Willem de Ruijter
Executive Director, Head of Benelux and European Regional Development

Borbala Kempelen
Researcher

Jana Pillmann
Coordinator

Naomi Brown
Project Co-ordinator

Support Team


Andy Chaston
Business Development Manager

Lucy Cairncross
Head of HR & Operations

Nicky Seymour
Head of Talent

Gary Wheate
IT Support

Clare Hayes
Head of Reception / Facilities

Dani Reeves
HR Assistant & EA

Tania Phayre
Head of Marketing

Reid Cordelle
Business Development Executive

Amy Bunyan
Head of Finance