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Jim Richardson

Jim Richardson

Director

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Nick Lewis

Nick Lewis

Director

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Jess Storer

Jess Storer

Office Manager

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Matt Thompson

Matt Thompson

Associate Director

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Steven Hill

Steven Hill

Associate Director

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Mikaela Rabaiotti

Mikaela Rabaiotti

Associate Director

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Amir Gharaati

Amir Gharaati

Team Leader - Engineering and Environmental

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Matt Fraser

Matt Fraser

Office Manager

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Jordanna Jenkins

Jordanna Jenkins

Lead Consultant - Environmental

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Russ

Russ

Office Manager

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Harriet Allan

Harriet Allan

Sales Manager

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Jim Richardson

Jim Richardson

Director

Jim graduated in 1989 from Birmingham University’s Department of Civil Engineering . Following a career in sales across a broad range of sectors Jim moved into recruitment in 1999 and progressed rapidly as consultant, sales manager and sales trainer. In 2004 Jim teamed up with fellow consultant Nick Lewis to set up Penguin Recruitment with the objective of creating a company both hard working and energetic but also supportive and fun. The name Penguin was chosen as an embodiment of our ideals – hardy, brave, dependable and fun.

Jim’s specialist recruitment areas are Civil, Geotechnical and Geo Environmental engineering. Outside of work Jim is a keen surfer and has represented Great Britain and Wales in international Stand UP Paddle Surfing Championships.  Jim owns three large dogs who like to bark.

Nick Lewis

Nick Lewis

Director

After graduating in 1996 in Leisure Management, Nick started his sales career in advertising sales before relocating to the Midlands and turning his career to recruitment. Rising through the ranks into a management position, Nick established himself as a top performing consultant and with his advanced business development skills, created and developed numerous new markets, passing on his recruitment experience to new members of the company.

Nick is a keen sportsman, currently playing competitive hockey, he has completed the London Marathon twice and the Great Run Events over 30 times including leading the Penguin Running Team to 1st and 2nd place in the Birmingham 1/2 Marathon Business Challenge. Nick owns a Tibetan Terrier and is married with 2 children.

Jess Storer

Jess Storer

Office Manager

Jess graduated in 2012 with a BA Honours degree in Business and Finance from Swansea Metropolitan University and joined Penguin Recruitment in 2013 as the Office Manager. Jess covers most administrative duties for Penguin ensuring both offices run smoothly as well as credit control and after placement care of all candidates. Jess.Storer@penguinrecruitment.co.uk

 Outside of work Jess enjoys keeping fit and is an avid jet setter having travelled around America, Australia and Thailand. Whilst at university, Jess joined Camp America to work with children on a horse camp for the summer.

Matt Thompson

Matt Thompson

Associate Director

Matt has been with Penguin for over 4 years and in that time has developed excellent relationships with clients ranging from international multidisciplinary consultancies, SME’s and specialist engineering contractors. Matt offers a proactive and personable approach and as a result he has an advanced candidate and client network across the Engineering market in particular within Geotechnical, Contaminated Land, Remediation, Hydrogeology and Hydrology sectors.

Having been deeply involved in sport since a young age Matt will compete at anything whether it’s a charity golf day or a cracker eating contest in the office! Matt is torn when it comes to his greatest sporting achievement – it’s either be playing football at professional level in a European cup match or currently holding the 2014 Penguin Office Golf Trophy!

Stephen Hill

Steven Hill

Associate Director

Steve joined Penguin in 2007 and quickly established himself as a top performing consultant. Having risen from Consultant to Manager in the IT Sales Sector, he moved on to set up the Search and Selection division at Penguin in 2014.

Steve is passionate about delivering a great service and forging lasting relationships with both clients and candidates. He has developed and manages large multi-national clients, with turnovers ranging from £500 million to in excess of £30 billion.

Recruiting across the IT sector, specialities include:

  • IT Sales
  • Project, Programme and Bid Management
  • Software Licensing and Asset Management Consultancy
  • IT Audit, Risk & Analytics

Outside of work Steve enjoys playing golf, keeping fit and reading.

Mikaela Rabaiotti

Mikaela Rabaiotti

Associate Director

I graduated from Cardiff University in 2011 having gained a degree in Business Management and Accounting and have been working in recruitment ever since, working my way up from Trainee Consultant to Associate Director level. Outside of work I enjoy regularly socialising with my friends and family. I enjoy frequent travel abroad and have visited many countries in Europe and further afield like the Middle East or Asia. When I am not in work, I can usually be found enjoying long walks around the wonderful beaches of Gower with my two dogs Dave and Frank (a Pug and a Labrador).

Amir Gharaati

Amir Gharaati

Team Leader - Engineering and Environmental

Amir joined Penguin Recruitment in 2012 as a Recruitment Consultant and has successfully progressed to Team Leader. He now manages a team of Consultants that cover a range of Engineering and Environmental disciplines. Amir personally specialises within the Noise and Vibration, Air Quality and Emissions markets across the UK.

In his spare time Amir competes across the country in Kick Boxing tournaments and when he’s not busy competing in sport, he can be found on long country walks with his lively Springer Spaniel named Ruby!

Matt Fraser

Matt Fraser

Matt joined Penguin in 2015 to help develop the Town Planning team, a rapidly growing sector in the industry. He came from a recruitment background having worked for one of the industry’s leading providers of Healthcare Professionals to the NHS for 13 years, rising to Divisional Director. Matt brings a wealth of recruitment experience to the table that helps his colleagues provide the highest levels of service to their clients and candidates.

Outside of work Matt enjoys all manner of sports and fitness, is actively involved in his local church and loves food (appreciating both quality and quantity, depending on the mood!).

Jordanna Jenkins

Jordanna Jenkins

Lead Consultant – Environmental

Jordanna Graduated in 2011 with a BA Honours in Human Geography from Swansea University and joined Penguin in July 2013 following a role as a Lettings Negotiator.

Since joining the team in 2013, Jordanna has developed strong relationships with Clients in the Water Industry from both UK based and International Consultancies and she now specialises in Flood Risk, Hydrology and Drainage Engineering Recruitment.

Jordanna offers a friendly and enthusiastic approach to recruitment and she is happy to discuss Hydrology, Flood Risk, Drainage or Hydraulic Modelling at any time!

Outside of Penguin, Jordanna enjoys keeping fit, travelling around Europe (tasting all the different traditional food and wine) and looking after her ginger tom cat called ‘Rusty’.

Russel Cleverley

Russel Cleverley

Sales Manager

15 years Technical Recruitment experience within Engineering, proven track record of effective recruitment partnering,

Account Management and building long term client and candidate relationships. I get great satisfaction from helping professionals develop their careers and assisting companies with quality employees who give them true long term value.

Harriet Allan

Harriet Allan

Sales Manager

Harriet has over ten year’s recruitment experience, she started her Penguin career by helping to build and expand the Sustainability function which she still heads up. She also helps to run the Town Planning team, which includes building, maintaining and improving relationships with clients and candidates, supporting consultants to hit targets and training new members of the Penguin team.

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