Meet Our Team

Meet Our Team

Our success is built on the expertise and contacts of our Directors, Managers and Senior Consultants.

Our Leadership team delivers complex and challenging Retained Search Assignments and they act as Account Directors for all of our best clients. They know the market and have good contacts in senior roles across their industry. They can advise and guide and are well placed to deliver results in a competitive, difficult and rapidly changing market. Our Consulting Team are market experts and focus on finding and attracting the best candidates in the market, delivering against demanding schedules and programmes. They work with our Key Clients across the full range of services including Search, Retained Campaigns, Permanent Recruitment and Freelance & Interim appointments.

Our Board has an average of over twenty five years’ experience in recruitment in Construction and Property, our Managers average over twelve years in their specialist fields and our Consultants average over ten years. 

We have a current team of around 40 successful recruiters working from three offices; Twickenham, Monument EC4 and Manchester.

Matthew Evans

Director

Phone: 020 7959 2368

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Matthew leads MRG’s Real Estate Advisory and Project and Cost Management business units, working with a range of organisations in order to provide tailored recruitment solutions and aligned services.

Having joined MRG in 2013 he has successfully grown both the Real Estate Advisory and Project and Cost Management teams.

He graduated from The University of Reading and started his recruitment career as a Researcher within an executive search company progressing to the Head of Real Estate Practice. In 2009 he joined a Real Estate and Construction search business as a Principal before joining MRG.

Matthew predominately operates at a senior level working with a number of organisations to make key strategic hires across the property industry. Being trained in a number of human capital tools, he is comfortable consulting on a range of matters which may affect the recruitment and selection process.

    Simon Cheshire

    CEO

    Phone: 020 8892 0115

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    Simon has worked in specialist management recruitment since 1986. He was previously with an international recruitment consultancy holding senior roles in the UK, Australia and Europe running and developing large scale recruitment operations as well as starting up green field sites. He has extensive experience in search at Director level, multiple hire campaigns, international resourcing campaigns and outsourcing.

      Ben Duffill

      Deputy Managing Director

      Phone: 020 7959 2368

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      Specialising solely in recruitment management consultancy at middle to senior and executive management level, Ben has successfully planned and executed recruitment campaigns across the higher education, scientific research, local and central government, NHS, public landmark attractions, charity and social housing sectors.

      Ben has developed a strong track record of working with organisations from the above sectors over the last 10 years and since joining MRG in 2008 have managed over 300 successful recruitment campaigns in these areas. He places a particular emphasis on identifying ‘industry leading’ professionals from both the private and public sectors and work to engage and attract these individuals into education, science and public sector property leadership roles.

      Ben has been a member of the MRG Management Team since 2011, a Board Director since 2014 and was appointed Deputy Managing Director from 2017.


        Michael Hewlett

        Director

        Phone: 020 8892 0115

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        Michael joined MRG in early 2008 to launch a public sector division specialising within Estates and Facilities Management. He personally delivers Senior Management / Director level campaigns across all aspects of Operational FM including Campus Services, Maintenance & Engineering, Sustainability and Student Residences.

        After graduating from the University of Leicester in 1997, Michael joined an international recruitment consultancy managing the ‘non-profit’ teams and has spent his entire career within estates & facilities management.

          Howard Bridgwater

          Finance Director

          Phone: 020 8892 0115

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          A Chartered Accountant, Howard has 25 years experience at plc board level including 10 years as UK Finance Director with a FTSE 250 recruitment business. He has held FD roles at a major quoted housebuilder and a leading logistics provider. With a wealth of experience in the UK recruitment market, he is an executive committee member of the Association of Recruitment Consultancies.

            Sian Gardiner

            Head of Research

            Phone: 020 8892 0115

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            Sian is Head of Research within our Public Sector Estates and Facilities Management Practice and joined the business in 2011.

            She is responsible for coordinating research and programming the delivery of our retained assignments.

            Sian has 18 years’ recruitment experience, and started her career at a specialist recruitment consultancy in 1999. She spent over 12 years with the organisation and was responsible for managing recruitment campaigns across both the public and private sectors, specialising in the recruitment of town planning professionals at all levels.


              Nick Frost

              Regional Manager

              Phone: 0161 638 0936

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              Nick is a Regional Manager at MRG and joined the business in 2015. Based in the Manchester office, he heads up MRG’s Northern Region covering the Midlands and the North.

              He has 18 years recruitment experience, with over 10 years focussed on the residential development sector.

              He specialises in Board appointments, as well as Directors and Senior Managers across Land, Technical, Commercial, Build, Sales & Marketing disciplines within residential development and construction.

                Colin Fairbank

                Sector Director

                Phone: 020 8892 0115

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                Colin is the Business Sector Director for the Bids business at MRG. Colin personally delivers all Senior Appointments and Search assignments on behalf of our key clients and plays an active role in managing complex and difficult to fill vacancies.

                He spent 2 years in sales and marketing working with News International after graduating from the University of East Anglia, before moving into recruitment at HAYS and after four years he became a founding Director of a specialist recruitment business within the built environment.

                He joined MRG in March 2014 and has recently completed assignments for a Head of Bids, Business Development Director, Key Account Director, Solutions Designer and roles in editorial, design and financial modelling.

                  Paul France

                  Business Sector Director

                  Phone: 020 8892 0115

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                  Paul has recently joined MRG to head up their Civils and Construction division. Since graduating, he has over 25 years recruitment experience, all in Construction & the Built Environment.

                  He specialises in recruiting Managers & Directors into the Civil and Infrastructure sectors. He is adept at senior level and executive recruitment, as well as large scale and volume campaigns.


                    Nick Hamilton

                    Marketing Manager

                    Phone: 020 8892 0115

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                    Nick joined the MRG Team at the beginning of 2016 having completed successful projects such as developing, launching & implementing new sub-brands, re-branding an independent group as well as launching new web platforms. He graduated in 2005 with a BA (Hons) in Marketing and has over 8 years' experience in Sales and Marketing across multiple sectors.

                      Sarah Bailey

                      Operations Manager

                      Phone: 020 7959 2368

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                      Sarah returned to the UK after two and a half years in Canada to join MRG’s London office to oversee business performance and ensure growth through operational excellence, standards improvement and systems management. She started within the recruitment industry in 2005 in the Defence and Aerospace sector before moving onto recruiting complex Petrochemical and Construction Projects across the EMEA regions. Sarah then transferred to Calgary, Canada looking at operational process and delivery, with a key focus on business improvement.

                        Robert Smith

                        Chairman

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                        A Fellow of the Institute of Recruitment Professionals, Robert has worked in recruitment since 1978 and was Managing Director of the UK’s largest construction and property recruitment business for nearly 20 years. He is a Trustee of the Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity, a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Constructors and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.