Leadership Team

Julia Meighan, Chair of VMAGROUP

Julia Meighan 

Chair of VMAGROUP 
Julia 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 and the role of communications in business transformation, in particular relating to 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 champions the progression of women into senior executive roles and chairs VMAGROUP’s advisory boards across Europe.

Andrew Harvey, Chief Executive of VMAGROUP

Andrew Harvey 

Chief Executive
Andrew worked as a communications professional in the financial services sector before embarking on a career in recruitment. Since 2005 Andrew has specialised in recruiting communication and marketing professionals into organisations across the Private, Public and Not for Profit sectors. Andrew joined VMAGROUP in 2013 and moved into the position of CEO in 2019. Andrew is responsible for managing and growing VMA Group on an international basis.

Willem de Ruijter, Executive Director, VMAGROUP

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 VMAGROUP in 2012 and now is executive director, heading up operations in Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxemburg and some other European markets, the Middle East and Africa. He focusses on senior level communication and marketing appointments.

Amy Bunyan, Head of Finance, VMAGROUP

Amy Bunyan

Executive Director, Finance and Operations
Amy began her career at EY in Cambridge as part of their external audit team working across a variety of companies varying from large US corporations to small research and tech companies. She previously worked for James Grant Group, a London based media management agency focused on the Entertainment, Sport and Music industries, starting as a Finance Manager and worked her way up to become Finance Director. She joined VMAGROUP in late 2018 where she heads up the Finance team.

Lucy Cairncross

Executive Director, Marketing and Communications
Lucy worked at Condé Nast Publications for six years before moving into recruitment in 2005. Lucy specialised in corporate communications and PR at two recruitment agencies before joining VMAGROUP in 2008 as a consultant within the corporate communications practice. In 2013, Lucy broadened her experience on the operational side of the business, developing her skills and understanding of commercial organisational structure and strategic people planning and now as Executive Director she is responsible for the group's permanent recruitment within communications and marketing.

Andy Macleod, Associate Director, VMAGROUP

Andy Macleod

Associate Director, UK Interim Communications, Digital and Marketing
Andy has 15 years’ experience in internal and change communications, working for Portman/Nationwide Building Society, Lloyds TSB, Bournemouth Council and LV=. Andy then relocated to London and joined VMAGROUP in 2014 as a senior consultant, focusing on senior-level internal and change communications recruitment. He was VMAGROUP's highest performing consultant in 2015, 2016 and 2017, and now leads VMAGROUP's UK interim team, covering all areas of communications and marketing.

Lisa MacMillan, Associate Director, VMAGROUP

Lisa MacMillian

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 the role of Associate Director focused on senior-level searches within Financial and Professional Services Communications throughout UK and Asia.

Maaike Schroeder, Associate Director, VMAGROUP Germany

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 on 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.