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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, 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
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 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.

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


Julia Thomas
Managing Consultant

Joanne Watkins
Managing Consultant

Sophie Collins
Principal Consultant

Nisha Darbar
Senior Consultant

Jeremy Vickerman
Consultant

Annaleise Hollis
Consultant

David Milligan
Senior Consultant

Interim Recruitment


Jennifer Bowles
Managing Consultant

Naomi Hamilton
Senior Consultant

Phoebe Snape
Consultant

Jessica Downie
Consultant

Naimah Omar
Recruitment Coordinator

INTERNAL COMMUNICATIONS

Permanent Recruitment


Andrew Harvey
Executive Director, UK

Sara Tehrani
Managing Consultant

Mark Burrett
Senior Consultant

Abbey Bennett
Consultant

Natasha Ebdon
Consultant

Leanne Westcott
Consultant

Crystle Pearce
Consultant

Interim Recruitment


Andy Macleod
Associate Director, UK Interim Communications

Deborah Le
Principal Consultant

Matthew Gibbs
Senior Consultant

Scott Andersen
Consultant

Leila McCausland
Principal Consultant

Fifi Kara
Recruitment Coordinator

MARKETING

Permanent Recruitment


Peter Bush
Managing Consultant - Head of Marketing Practice

Katherine O'Neill
Consultant

Adam Tivey
Senior Consultant

Elinor Lara
Senior Consultant

Interim Recruitment


Karl Ramsaran
Managing Consultant - Head of Interim Marketing Practice

Danielle Hanson
Consultant

Hayder Al-Mazraqchi
Consultant

AGENCY


Lucy McCulley
Head of Agency

UK NORTH & MIDLANDS


Julie Mazzei
Principal Consultant

EUROPE


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

Maaike Schröder
Head of Germany

Kim Johnson
Head of France

Ruben van den Boer
Senior Consultant

Inele Donat
PA / Team Assistant

ASIA-PACIFIC


Lisa MacMillan
Executive Director - Hong Kong

Anthony Chan
Consultant

Grace Cho
Consultant

Support Team


Andy Chaston
Business Development Manager

Lucy Cairncross
Head of HR

Nicky Seymour
Head of Talent Acquisition

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