We'd like you to know something about each of us and to feel welcome to contact any of us any time.
LESTER FERNANDOLESTER FERNANDO
GAYLE DAVENPORTGAYLE DAVENPORT
BEN LANEBEN LANE
NICOLA BROOKSNICOLA BROOKS
JAMES ALLENJAMES ALLEN
LIAM FARNCOMBELIAM FARNCOMBE
BETH YOUNGBETH YOUNG
DARREN DE WETDARREN DE WET
NICOLE MORRISNICOLE MORRIS
ALEX EVANSALEX EVANS
STEVE McKENZIESTEVE McKENZIE
TESSA ADDISONTESSA ADDISON
DAVID GODFREYDAVID GODFREY
MAURICE GOLDSTONEMAURICE GOLDSTONE
PETE MARSHALLPETE MARSHALL
ADRIAN WATTSADRIAN WATTS
KATHARYN NATYNCZUKKATHARYN NATYNCZUK
Andy ThomasAndy Thomas
Kate AndersonKate Anderson
Chris StokesChris Stokes
Stephanie BakerStephanie Baker
Charlotte SmithCharlotte Smith
Hannah JacksonHannah Jackson
Lester is a law & psychology graduate who has spent over a decade recruiting into the London finance market. After a successful 6 years with Michael Page, Lester was the first one to take the plunge and join Allen Lane in 2005 and has never looked back. Lester is a Director within Allen Lane and he specialises in Government and Industry finance.
Known in the office as: Thrifty
Unofficially: Lester loves his cricket and once accidentally hit Courtney Walsh for 6 and he has also run out two former Test cricket captains whilst batting with them. Lester can't swim or drive. Lester is also renowned for his trousers which are always too short. Keep an eye out for this.
Gayle graduated in corporate communications majoring in public relations and industrial psychology in South Africa. She joined Allen Lane in 2005 and is fundamentally involved in ensuring that both candidates and clients of Allen Lane receive the best levels of service at all times.
Known in the office as: Gayley
Unofficially: Gayle keeps everything together in the office and is always missed when she's away. At karaoke, Gayle will always be seen holding the mike but never a tune. Only she has ever heard herself hit the right note (once).
Ben is an economics & politics graduate and trained as an accountant with BDO Stoy Hayward. Ben went to register with one of the largest global recruitment firms as an accountant and was snapped up to become a recruitment consultant. After becoming their youngest ever manager, Ben jointly set up Allen Lane in 2004 and he even holds the accolade of youngest ever director of Allen Lane!
Known in the office as: Lano
Unofficially: Ben once played international tennis and his squash record against his business partner is something like 192-1 in his favour. A notorious workaholic, he often logs-in on weekends and when he can't sleep at night. He even logged-in everyday when he was on his honeymoon!
Nicola is a German and business graduate and has spent over 10 years in recruitment. Initially based in her homeland of Scotland, Nicola moved to London and joined Michael Page in 2000. After 6 years with them, including 3 years as a senior manager, she joined Allen Lane in 2006.
Nicola concentrates on interim NHS finance appointments and leads the Allen Lane finance and human resources businesses.
Known in the office as: Buddy / Brooksy
Unofficially: Nicola's sister has played the lead role in Les Miserables but Nicola is anything but miserable. Famed for her positivity and energy, Nicola is definitely a 'glass is half full' type of girl which is what she says when it's her round!
James is a sociology graduate and after university, he immediately moved into recruitment joining Michael Page Finance on their graduate training programme. After seven very successful years with the public sector team, culminating in senior management, James parted company to jointly set up Allen Lane in 2004. James has always specialised in senior permanent resourcing and has established an excellent network of people across public sector finance.
Known in the office as: Jim / Jimmy / Jimbo
Unofficially: James has often been mistaken for Easyjet's founder but assures us that he has no Cypriot heritage and insists he's more Robbie Williams than Stelios. He loves his football and often makes the bench for Kingston Academicals.
Graduating in history and politics, Liam worked for American Express in credit analysis for two years before moving into financial recruitment in May 2000. He played a key role in developing the Venn Group's financial services team before leaving them in 2005 to go travelling. He joined Allen Lane in 2006 and is now leading the local government, education and housing teams.
Known in the office as: Farnky
Unofficially: Liam is passionate about Billy Joel, scuba diving and clothing. Regarding himself as something of a fashion icon, his ideal job would be to model for Abercrombie & Fitch but they tend to take on a slightly different calibre of model. In spite of this, Liam will always be seen strutting in the hope that he gets talent spotted one day.
Beth is a history graduate and entered the world of recruitment immediately after university, joining Badenoch & Clark's interim finance division. After seven years with B&C, including five as senior manager, Beth went travelling before joining Allen Lane in 2007. Beth leads the charities division within Allen Lane covering all financial and human resources appointments.
Known in the office as: Betty
Unofficially: Beth plays the classical guitar and has an intense fear of heights after being stuck at the top of a rollercoaster ride for over an hour before being rescued. Beth is the sarcastic one in the office.
Darren graduated in human resource management before a post grad marketing management qualification in South Africa and a Prince 2 qualification in the UK. He moved to London in 2006 and worked in various project roles before joining Allen Lane in the spring of 2008 as a Project Analyst to provide support to the team.
Known in the office as: Dazza
Unofficially: Darren is the Switzerland of the company, never wanting to get involved in stitch ups and always keeping his nose clean. He is also the muscle man of the office and keeps trying to get a gym installed on the premises.
Nicole is a sociology graduate and after working in event management following university, she travelled around Thailand before joining Allen Lane in 2007. Nicole specialises in temporary NHS recruitment. Her previous experience in event management ensures her commitment to outstanding customer service with candidates and clients alike.
Known in the office as: Princess / Mozza
Unofficially: Nicole has lived in London all of her life but she has never been south of the river. Nicole is famed for her 'Nicoleisms' and has won the title 'Most Inquisitive Person on the planet' several years running.
Alex graduated in agri-business management before moving into recruitment, joining Witan Jardine in 1999. After five very successful years with them, he left to travel and work in Australia where he continued his recruitment career before returning to London and joining Allen Lane in Spring 2008. Alex specialises in the NHS where he recruits senior interims.
Known in the office as: J.R. Hartley / Lex
Unofficially: Alex loves his museums and geographical excursions and is a National Trust member. He is also an avid photographer coming second in a national amateur competition. Alex has been sung to by the lead singer of the Lighthouse Family and when wearing a hat has been mistaken for Woody from Toy Story.
Steve was instrumental in establishing the public sector recruitment businesses for ECHM and Synergy where his focus was recruiting mainly qualified accountants. Having built a strong customer focused reputation in the sector with both candidates and clients over 6 years, Steve was recruited by Allen Lane in summer 2008 to focus on senior interim and project management recruitment within the Local Government team.
Known in the office as: Stevo
Unofficially: Steve used to work as an air steward and once served Princess Margaret on a KLM flight. Steve has a vast collection of hotel garments.
Tessa is a human resources graduate from South Africa and also holds a post graduate diploma in teaching. Tessa joined Allen Lane in summer 2008 as a Research Consultant to provide front line support to the recruitment team. Tessa's is the first Allen Lane voice that many prospective clients and candidates will hear when contacting Allen Lane.
Known in the office as: Tess
Unofficially: Tess is the most reserved person in the office never letting her feelings be shown but we did discover that she is a big fan of Denzel Washington and South African cricketer AB DeVilliers
David is a business management graduate who joined the Allen Lane team in spring 2009. He spent three years at Hays Accountancy where he specialised within the public sector and became one of the most successful consultants within the division. He maintains his focus on permanent qualified recruitment across the public and not-for-profit sectors.
Known in the office as: Godders
Unofficially: David used to earn his living as a poker player and his mother once played bass guitar in a band with Worzel, former lead guitarist of heavy metal rockers Motorhead.
Maurice joined Hudson's London office in October 2005 to set up the permanent public sector team before gaining additional responsibility for the qualified commerce and industry permanent function and latterly the temporary public and not for profit team managing around 9 staff. He joined Allen Lane in September 2009 as the head of permanent recruitment.
Known in the office as: Maureece (which he detests), Norris, Doris and occasionally Mo (which he likes).
Unofficially: Maureece is a sports nut, a regular dislocator of [both] shoulders and is that rare breed of Mancunian Manchester United fan. Before recruitment, Maureece lived in Argentina for a year and flirted with a career in TV production which included 6 months on Popstars:The Rivals persuading Louis Walsh that a young Cheryl Tweedy really would be a success in Girls Aloud.
Pete joined Michael Page on their graduate scheme in 2007 and after helping establish their Public Sector Health and Social Care Division, he joined Allen Lane in early 2010 to head up the NHS HR team where he specialises in senior interim assignments.
Known in the office as: TP - Tiny Pete!
Unofficially: Pete is a big sports fan, supporting the 'mighty' sky blues (the world famous Coventry City). He has toured Australia and Ireland 'playing' rugby (although we are sure it was as the mascot). He is also the first Allen Lane employee who went out to buy a new shirt and tie combination for his website photo! If you've seen his wardrobe, you can understand why (he wore a dress shirt to work on his first day).
Adrian is a Marketing graduate who joined Michael Page on their graduate scheme. Specialising in the public sector permanent market for over 3 years, Adrian developed a glowing reputation for delivery, customer service and a long term commitment to the careers of finance professionals in the sector. With a proven track record and specialism established, he joined Allen Lane in early 2010 to specialise in senior permanent NHS assignments.
Known in the office as: Puds, Wattsy
Unofficially: Adrian believes his life to have been uneventful in spite of being accident prone. He joins the Allen Lane Spurs supporters club (which has now grown to three) and has in the past pipped former Manchester United's Luke Chadwick to a Man of the match award when they played at primary school - winning a pound in the process! Chadwick got his own back when he beat Adrian in a 'beauty parade'.
Graduating from Newcastle University with a degree in History, Katharyn is from a small village in Worcestershire, and never gets tired of explaining to people where it is, or how to pronounce her surname. After trying her hand at Landscape Architecture (no one knows what this is either), and working for a small production company, Katharyn is excited to join the growing team at Allen Lane.
Known in the office as: KitKat
Unofficially: Despite achievements such as being able to touch her nose with her tongue, having a canal boat named after her and owning a metre of the moon, Katharyn remains grounded and is not big headed in the slightest.
Andy is Allen Lane's second graduate from the University of Wales, Swansea. A Devon lad, he moved to London following graduation and joined Morgan Hunt, where he specialised in finance recruitment into the Not-For-Profit sectors. Following a successful 18 months there, he joined Allen Lane to build on his knowledge and reputation as a dedicated and passionate recruiter and specialise specifically in recruiting to the Housing and Education sectors.
Known in the office as: Buble
Unofficially: Andy's joining has made a serious challenge to Pete's assertion that he is the office's best footballer, having played at the old Wembley in his early 'career'. He likes to think of himself as pretty active despite spending more time talking about the gym than actually going, although this has changed recently when he realised he was starting to look like a pudgy version of Michael Buble. Andy also has a fear of karaoke, which probably wasn't the most sensible thing to tell us...
Kate graduated in Psychology & Business Administration from the University of South Africa. Prior to this she spent a year working as a live-in au pair in New York giving her the opportunity to travel extensively around the USA. Kate joined Allen Lane in early 2012 having worked for several years in a number of administrative roles. Kate brings the total number of South Africans in the office to four.
Known in the office as: Monty
Unofficially: Kate's wish list involves; meeting Elvis Presley, being Henry VIII's seventh wife and to visit every beach in the world. Additionally Kate's hobbies include deep sea diving and going to the gym but she has no gym wear here in the UK yet.
Chris graduated from Kings College London in Computer Science and Maths and before joining Allen Lane worked for Barclays, Fujitsu and Methods Consulting. Chris specialises in all aspects of public sector bidding, and supports the account teams by ensuring customers can engage our candidates through frameworks, preferred supplier lists and through master vendors. Chris also provides commercial and legal support to the team.
Known in the office as: Rocky, Stokesy
Unofficially: Chris was born on 1st April and so his reputation as a bit of a practical joker is very fitting. He is also deadly serious about winning business, having once spent 96 hours straight working on a major bid. Outside work, Chris plays guitar, preaches at his local church and likes to spend time at his holiday home in Turkey.
The half-French Stephanie Baker/ Boulangère graduated in Spanish and French in London before spending a year teaching English in Mexico. Her true vocation was discovered when she joined the graduate scheme of Hudson in 2007. After a successful few years with them, she went on to travel through South America before joining Allen Lane in 2012, continuing her financial recruitment career specialising in the London Commerce & Industry market.
Known in the office as: Steph, Steffi, Estefania
Unofficially: Stephanie is a keen, but rusty swimmer and a lover of skiing, with après-ski being a particular strength. Her real passions are to travel (she had an accident on Bolivia’s ‘Death Road’ resulting in a still broken jaw) and music and she can be often seen at live music festivals and gigs around London – particularly the Allen Lane Karaoke nights.
Charlotte is Law graduate from the University of Manchester. Having previously worked in customer service and event management, she decided a career in recruitment was well suited to her inquisitive and driven nature. Charlotte joined Allen Lane in late 2012 and specialises in recruiting NHS interims.
Known in the office as: Charles, Smithy, Lottie
Unofficially: Although Charlotte has been part of award-winning sports and music teams; once being asked to perform for Prince Charles, she feels her biggest achievement was winning a custom made ‘Tony Blair’ award –for her habit of talking with over-emphasised hand gestures.
Hannah studied Psychology at Josephine Butler College, Durham University. After graduation, she spent a year teaching English to primary school children in Southern France and then undertook voluntary work before moving to full time office employment as an Administrator for a London engineering firm. She joined Allen Lane’s Operations Team early in 2013 to work on customer administration.
Known in the office as: Montana, Jacko, ‘Spannah’
Unofficially: Hannah loves travelling and languages and her affinity with all things French and Italian is used as justification for her love of food and wine. She also has many stories of cultural faux pas from her adventures in different countries and cannot escape the inevitable blonde moments that come her way. With a Psychology degree and an ability to teach the most immature of minds, Hannah is well placed to influence her Allen Lane colleagues.