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Abbey Bennett

Consultant, Internal Communications

My background

After graduating from the University of Leeds with a joint honours degree in Geography and Sociology and not knowing exactly what I wanted to do, I was attracted into recruitment.

I immediately landed a researcher role with Guy Roberts at Pelham International, one of the top five banking search firms in London. I was fortunate enough to be mentored by this industry leader, and gained invaluable experience working on senior-level roles with Tier 1 global banks.

When Pelham launched Pelham Legal as their first foray into the legal private practice market, I was chosen to help launch this new practice, and I made several successful placements in a short space of time.

I progressed into a significant and successful stint in legal search: I helped build up the finance practice for a number of years with Rachel Compton and David Crocker at Montresor Legal, the boutique pure legal search business.

In 2016, I joined VMAGROUP as a consultant as part of the largest Internal Communications and Employee Engagement recruitment practice in the UK, where I have finally found my calling.

My specialisms

I focus on internal communications roles at all levels for the South-West of England, where I am originally from, and mid-level internal communications roles in London. I recruit for internal communication roles across all sectors from Legal, Banking, Technology to Consultancy.

As a recent addition due to the success of my placements with global US brands, I am also leading on our work in New York, with senior internal communications roles on retained searches, an area we have not previously operated within.

My recent projects 

Some of the roles I have recently filled include:

  • ​Senior Internal Communications Manager at a National Retail Company
  • Internal Communications Executive at a Global Fintech Company
  • Head of Internal Communications at a National Charity Organisation

What my clients and candidates have said about me

Client

"When recruiting for my backfill, Abbey took time to get to know the business, its challenges and culture so that she could provide a shortlist of people who a) had the right skills, and b) would be a good fit. 
Abbey met with candidates first and briefed them fully – meaning that the shortlist was difficult to criticise. Abbey provided me with insight into the current market, trends, and gave very open and honest feedback through the process. I unreservedly recommend Abbey for your recruitment needs, whether you are a client/ hiring manager, or a candidate looking for your next role." 

- Luke Murdoch, Internal Communications Consultant

Candidate

"Abbey was a really conscientious recruiter. Her biggest strength was showing care for her candidates, she regularly kept me up to date with progress and provided reassurance when I needed it. Abbey also prepared me well for my interviews and made sure I was in the most confident frame of mind."
- Farrukh Tariq, Internal Communications Manager at Royal Mail

"Abbey is a proactive and communicative recruiter; she was supportive, professional and energetic throughout the whole interview process, and always available for any questions or concerns I had. She is genuinely passionate about her clients’ needs, as well as her candidates. I’m now working for a great company in an interesting role and Abbey was instrumental in making that happen – thank you Abbey."

- Will Baxter, Innovation & Efficiency Communications Advisor at Linklaters

"Abbey was a great help when placing me at my new company. She really listened when I told her about my skills and experience and what I was looking for in my next challenge. She also took the time to check in with me several times both before and after I started my new role, making the transition really nice and easy. Thank you!"
- Jennifer Ferreira, Internal Communications Manager at ELEXON

"It was an absolute pleasure working with Abbey to secure my current role. She was both professional and supportive during my job search. I would highly recommend Abbey and her peers at VMA as the go-to comms recruitment specialists."
- Tasneem Yahya, Global Intranet Coordinator at IFS

"I had a fantastic experience working with Abbey to secure my current role. She was efficient, timely and full of knowledge about the role, the company, and was able to give great insight to help me with my decision-making. As someone who hadn’t gone through a recruiter before, I felt completely at ease with the whole process with Abbey’s guidance. I would recommend Abbey to anyone who asked!"
- Millie Miller, Internal Communications Co-ordinator at Clifford Chance

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