UK Team

Meet the amazing people that make up the Vallum Associates UK Team!

MEET THE BOARD

Our Board of Directors steer the Vallum ship and have a collective 100+ years experience within the Recruitment industry and across our areas of expertise. 

Malvin Kamara, Recruitment, Energy recruitment, energy jobs

MALVIN KAMARA

CEO

Malvin founded Vallum Associates in 2015 off the back of his extensive knowledge and network within the Energy and Utilities industry.

This deep knowledge of the Energy industry has not only seen Malvin asked to recruit for some of the biggest industry names but has also seen him acting in an advisory capacity, helping define end-to-end solutions and approaches to transformation.

Malvin is a dynamic and driven leader with the ability to inspire and motivate his team and is a true believer in leading from the front. Malvin invests in building strong relationships with clients and candidates and works tirelessly with the rest of Vallum’s Board to ensure Vallum continues to exceed industry expectations.

Before stepping into recruitment, Malvin was a professional football player and this time spent in professional sport has ingrained a strong desire for perfection and a commitment to excellence that forms the backbone of Vallum Associates. In 2022, Malvin was appointed a board member for The London Youth Games, an incredible initiative which helps London Youths gain access to sports and get the positive life lessons that have helped him so much personally and professionally.

Michael brings a wealth of experience to his role as Chairman of Vallum Associates having spent 28+ years in Talent Acquisition working across the industry from growing small start-ups to sitting on the board of large talent firms.

Michael has dedicated his recruitment career to Banking and Financial Services, identifying and securing the best talent for his global clients, ranging from large multinational banks to boutique financial institutions in the UK, North America and APAC.

Specialising in Exec Searches, Michael’s experience spans the Banking and Financial Services industry including Wealth Management, Investment Banking, Hedge Funds, Asset Management and Trading Firms.

Within the industry, Michael is known for his work towards promoting diversity and inclusion in the workplace. As Co-Founder of the Centre of Inclusive Leadership Michael is dedicated to identifying and placing the best senior leaders from under-represented minority groups for some of the world’s leading Investment Banks and Professional Services firms.

Michael Petrie, Vallum Associates, Financial Services recruitment, executive search

MICHAEL PETRIE

CHAIRMAN

Kang Shik Kim, Cloud Automation, Recruitment agency

Kang Shik Kim

COO

Kim has 20+ years of experience in recruitment having spent the good part of 11 years specialising in working with individuals within Prime Services, Risk Management and Hedge Funds.  He has spent the latter part of 10+ years working with clients to help them with their IT and Change Management programmes.

Kim has extensive experience within the UK, Europe, North American and Pan-Asian markets.

Phil joined Vallum with over 20 years’ experience within Financial and Commercial Business, with a focus on recruitment and staffing.

Phil has earned a comprehensive knowledge of the market stemming from his experiences across the board; from working with entrepreneurs at rapidly growing start-ups, large-scale companies both within the UK and American markets, and via his own consultancy business.

Phil Bland, CFO, Recruitment Finance

Phil Bland

CFO

Malvin Kamara

CEO & Founder

Malvin founded Vallum Associates in 2015 on the back of his extensive knowledge, network and experience within the Energy & Utilities industry…

Malvin Kamara, CEO & Founder

This deep knowledge of the Energy industry has not only seen Malvin asked to recruit for some of the biggest industry names but has also seen him acting in an advisory capacity, helping define end-to-end solutions and approaches to transformation.

Malvin is a dynamic and driven leader with the ability to inspire and motivate his team and is a true believer in leading from the front. Malvin invests in building strong relationships with clients and candidates and works tirelessly with the rest of Vallum’s Board to ensure Vallum continues to exceed industry expectations.

Before stepping into recruitment, Malvin was a professional football player and this time spent in professional sport has ingrained a strong desire for perfection and a commitment to excellence that forms the backbone of Vallum Associates. In 2022, Malvin was appointed a board member for The London Youth Games, an incredible initiative which helps London Youths gain access to sports and get the positive life lessons that have helped him so much personally and professionally.

Michael Petrie the Chairman of Vallum Associates
Michael Petrie

Chairman

Michael brings a wealth of experience to his role as Chairman having spent 28+ years in Talent Acquisition working across the industry from growing small start-ups to sitting on the board of large talent firms…

Michael Petrie, Chairman

Michael has dedicated his recruitment career to Banking and Financial Services, identifying and securing the best talent for his global clients, ranging from large multinational banks to boutique financial institutions in the UK, North America and APAC.

Specialising in Exec Searches, Michael's experience spans the Banking and Financial Services industry including Wealth Management, Investment Banking, Hedge Funds, Asset Management and Trading Firms.

Within the industry, Michael is known for his work towards promoting diversity and inclusion in the workplace. As Co-Founder of the Centre of Inclusive Leadership Michael is dedicated to identifying and placing the best senior leaders from under-represented minority groups for some of the world’s leading Investment Banks and Professional Services firms.

Kang Shik Kim, the COO of Vallum Associates
KANG SHIK KIM

COO

Kim has 20+ years of experience in recruitment having spent the best part of 11 years specialising in working with individuals within Prime Services, Risk Management and Hedge Funds… 

Kang Shik Kim, COO

Kim has spent the latter part of 10+ years working with clients to help them with their IT and Change Management programmes.

Kim has extensive experience within the UK, Europe, North American and Pan-Asian markets.

Phil Bland, the CFO of Vallum Associates
Phil Bland

CFO

Phil joined Vallum with over 20 years’ experience within Financial and Commercial Business, with a focus on recruitment and staffing…

Phil Bland, CFO

Phil has earned a comprehensive knowledge of the market stemming from his experiences across the board; from working with entrepreneurs at rapidly growing start-ups, large-scale companies both within the UK and American markets, and via his own consultancy business.

Meet the leadership Team

Meet the consultants and back office teams that make up Vallum Associates.

Paul Isaacs, sales director
Paul Isaacs

Managing Director

Paul is a seasoned recruitment leader with a noteworthy history of successfully acquiring specialised IT talent for various clients on a global scale, spanning the UK, Europe, and the Middle East.

Possessing two decades of hands-on leadership experience, Paul has contributed his expertise to renowned recruitment entities such as Modis (the Adecco Group) and specialized IT agencies.

Notably, he also established his own business, where he played a pivotal role in expanding it to include 30 fee-earning consultants. Paul’s extensive qualifications and proficiency underscore his effectiveness in navigating the dynamic field of recruitment.

Matthew Arrowsmith

Head of Learning
& Development

With over 10 years of experience specialised in Technology and R2R Recruitment, progressing from Consultant to Director level, Matthew has mastered his craft at all levels.

He now plies his trade heading up Learning & Development, where he will develop and support the future top billers and leaders of Vallum Associates.

Insurance jobs, insurance recruitment, Lloyd's of London
Dominique Pitt

Director of Insurance Practices

Dominique has been working in the insurance market (specialising in General Insurance, Speciality Risk and Life and pensions) for the past 10 years, recruiting for some of the biggest names within the industry.

Dominique has the network and support to quickly actualise both company and candidate needs.

justin cheung, Engineering, renewable energy, solar, wind energy, EV
Justin Cheung

Director of Renewables & Engineering

Over the past 12 years, Justin has sourced and led teams for some of the biggest Energy projects across Wind, Solar, Oil & Gas, Marine, and EV.

Having worked solely within Engineering & Renewables for his entire recruitment career, Justin has entrenched himself within the market creating an extensive network across the Engineering value chain.

Justin has built close relationships with clients to determine the exact talent specifications needed for the most efficient and cost-effective project deployment

Honey Hassan, Recruitment agency, energy recruitment, executive search

Honey Hassan

Associate Director, Client Engagement Manager

Honey supports our Major Accounts here at Vallum, ensuring that we meet our client’s needs quickly. Honey has extensive experience working in IT recruitment.

Elliot Dryden, trading services, commodities, trader jobs, trading tips, commodities jobs
Elliot Dryden

Associate Director, Head of Trading Services

Elliot leads the Trading & Commodities team at Vallum Associates and is responsible for developing our global commodities client portfolio.

A determined and ambitious Consultant, Elliot has placed candidates across Asia, Australasia, Europe and the United States

Ed Jacob Energy & Utilities, Energy Recruitment, Telecoms jobs, energy retail

Ed Jacob

Associate Director, Head of Energy & Utilities

A resourceful recruiter with a strong background across the Energy & Utilities sector, Ed leads Vallum’s Energy & Utilities Desk. His passion for building strong relationships with both clients and candidates alike makes for continuous successful and long-lasting placements.

Cosima Tibbles, Solar jobs, solar energy
COSiMA TIBBLES

Associate Director, Head of Renewables & Engineering

Cosi has been working in the  Renewable Energy space for the past 5 years and has built an impressive network across the Wind and Solar lifecycle working with both boutique and large companies across the market. 

Meet the Consultants

Jamie Ferguson

Head of Sustainability & ESG

With six years of experience in recruitment, Jamie is experienced in identifying clients’ needs and finding the best talent to fit their requirements and company culture.

Jakub Kuba Tomasik, engineering jobs, renewable energy jobs, renewables, offshore wind
Jakub (Kuba) Tomasik

Senior Consultant

Kuba worked in Insurance before making the move to Vallum to follow his interest in Renewable Energy. Now Kuba works with the Engineering & Renewables team and specialises in Electrical Engineering.

Leanna Noel, solar jobs, renewable energy jobs, renewables, solar
Leanna Noel

Consultant

After studying Economic Development at University Leanna wanted to explore the world of Business Sustainability and ESG further as part of our Renewables team. 

Sam Jinks, Recruitment consultant, engineering jobs, renewable energy jobs, renewables, offshore wind
sam Jinks

Consultant

Sam worked in Tech recruitment before making the move to Vallum to follow his interest in Renewable Energy. Now, Sam works with the Engineering & Renewables team and specialises in Off-Shore Wind and Solar.

Harry Callagher

Senior Consultant

Harry has been in recruitment since 2016 during which he has built an impressive network within the Energy and Energy Trading markets. 

Ethan Brown

Consultant

With a year of experience in Recruitment, Ethan has joined Vallum to sit on the Commodities & Trading desk. Ethan enjoys building and maintaining relationships with candidates and clients. 

Gael Samuna

Senior Consultant

Gael sits on the Technology team and specialises in Data & AI. 

Joe Williamson

Consultant

With over 3 years experience in recruitment, Joe now sits with our technology team and specialises in Data & AI. 

Ruby Jolliffe, Energy & Utilities, Energy Recruitment, Telecoms jobs, energy retail, water jobs
RUBY JOLLIFFE

Senior Consultant

Ruby sits with the Energy & Utilities team and has a specialism in Water and Telecommunications.

Ruby loves music and can sing every word to every Harry Styles song! Whilst studying Ruby was the Vice President of the University Choir Committee.

Sam Krueger, Energy & Utilities, Energy Recruitment, Telecoms jobs, energy retail
SAM KRUEGER

Consultant

Sam sits within the Energy and Utilities team at Vallum, and is focused on our well-established and growing UK & European client portfolio. 

Louie York

Consultant

Louie started his recruitment career when he was only 16 with a specialism in the Insurance industry. Since then he has built up an impressive pipeline and knowledge about the industry. 

James O'Brien

Consultant

With previous experience working in the Insurance industry James decided to make the jump into recruitment, first focusing on IT and now specialising in Insurance.  

ERION BERISHA

Consultant

Erion started his recruitment career just over a year ago. Before that, he spent 6 years in hospitality at senior level. He now sits with our Insurance team in our UK office.

Anuj Kaushik, wipro, delivery
Anuj Kaushik

Head of Delivery, Major Accounts

Anuj heads up our delivery team for our Major Accounts. He is a seasoned technology professional with 20 years of experience quickly scaling teams and creating eco-systems that support growth.

Charlie Junks, recruitment consultant, Recruitment agency, energy recruitment, executive search
Charlie Jinks

Team Lead

Charlie has worked in tech recruitment for the past 10 years specialising within the European and US markets.

Charlie’s key areas lie within Engineering, Product, Cyber Security and Leadership roles.

Jigar recruitment consultant
Jigar Sutariya

Delivery Team Lead

Jigar has specialised in technology recruitment for the past 10 years both in the UK and US markets. 

Each of our delivery consultants specialises within their specific industry areas. As the Delivery Team lead, Jigar ensures that the right consultants will always be working on your roles, meaning that every role has a team of industry knowledge sourcing for them.

Lokesh Chilakuri

Senior Consultant

Lokesh specialises in IT and change Management talent sourcing and has worked extensively within the UK and US markets for the past eight years.

Arti Bahuguna

Consultant

Arti’s 10+ years of experience recruiting tech talent and her understanding of the technology landscape have made her adept at identifying exceptional professionals within the industry.

Pratham, IT recruitment, recruiter
Pratham Rathode

Consultant

Pratham has worked in recruitment for the past 3 years both in the UK and the US markets, but always specialising in tech recruitment.

Suresh recruitment
SURESH PULIMAMID

Senior Delivery Consultant

Suresh supports the Renewables team to quickly source experienced candidates for our clients.  An experienced Information Technology Recruiter, Suresh has worked in the US market for the past five years. 

Priyanka Sharma
Priyanka Sharma

Senior Delivery Consultant

Priyanka is an experienced Technical Recruiter who has worked in the UK, EU, and US markets. Her experience encompasses IT, Banking, Insurance, Telecom, Oil & Gas and Retail.

Priya Srivastava
Priya Srivastava

Senior Delivery Consultant

Priya has has an overall experience of 4 years into UK/EU markets and specialises in filling technology roles. 

SAUGAT SINGHA

Senior Delivery Consultant

Saugat is a seasoned Recruitment Consultant with over 3 years of expertise in recruiting across the UK, US, and EU markets.

Mehak Jain, Senior Delivery Consultant
Mehak Jain

Senior Delivery Consultant

With over 5 years of experience in recruiting within both IT and non-IT segments, Mehak has joined our UK Delivery Team to bring her wealth of expertise, particularly within the Financial Services industry.

Pritam Satpute, Senior Delivery Consultant
Pritam Satpute

Senior Delivery Consultant

Pritam is a passionate recruiter with over 5 years of experience. With a keen interest in biking and car racing, Pritam thrives in a fast paced environment, making him the perfect fit for our Delivery Team. 

Back Office Team

Amira Richardson, customer care
Amira Richardson

Contractor Care Manager

Starting her career in the US, Amira moved over to the UK and now assists Elliot in building our commodities desk both within the UK and North America. 

MOH KALHORO

Operations Manager

The beating heart of our business and with over a decade industry experience, Moh is an expert in operations and providing the back office support that allows Vallum to provide the best service as possible.

Charlotte Burt, Recruitment Marketing, Recruitment Website
Charlotte Burt

Marketing Manager

With a background in marketing and merchandising, Charlotte’s aim is to assist in activating projects and opportunities allowing Vallum to reach out to new people and continue their dialogue within the market.

Eden Ashworth-Finn, Interim Marketing Manager at Vallum Associates
Eden Ashworth-Finn

Interim Marketing Manager

Eden studied English at university before graduating to pursue a career in Marketing. A content-creating whiz, Eden is helping the team produce valuable content around the markets they work in.

John Swanepoel

Financial Controller

John has worked within the recruitment industry for the past 11 years and brings a wealth of experience to his role as Financial Controller. 

Cheryl Mann

Management Accountant

Cheryl has worked in the recruitment industry for over 10 years supporting recruitment agencies with the financial support they need.

Jillian Carr-Carolus, Recruitment back office
Jillian Carr-Carolus

Compliance & Contracts Administrator

To ensure our contractors have the smoothest onboarding possible, Jillian Carr-Carolus has joined the Back Office team as the Compliance & Contracts Administrator. Jillian has worked within back office finance for recruitment agencies for the past three years and has the expertise and knowledge of the industry to ensure the best contractor experience.