meet the





Malvin founded Vallum Associates on the back of his extensive knowledge and network within the Energy & Utilities industry.

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



Michael brings a wealth of experience to his role as Chairman having spent 27+ years in Talent Acquisition, working across the industry from growing small start-ups to sitting on the board of large talent firms.

Michael has worked with some of the biggest names in Banking & Financial Services both in the UK, and the North Americas. 



Kim has 20+ years experience within 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 that latter part of 10+ years working with clients to help them on their IT and Change Management programmes.

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

Phil Bland


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.

Meet the Team

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Justin CHeung

Director 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 Renewables & Engineering for his whole 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

Dominique Pitt

Director Insurance

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


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

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Dami Afolabi

Associate Director, Senior Strategy Account Manager

With over eight years of experience in recruitment, Dami has the professional network and market experience to source the best talent.  With a background predominantly within the financial services and fin-tech space, Dami specialises in leadership and C-level recruitment strategy.

Ed Jacob

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 successful, long lasting placements.

Elliot Dryden

Head of Commodities

Elliot leads the Energy and 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



Each of our delivery consultants specialise within their specific industry areas. As the Delivery Team lead, Honey 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. In addition to managing, Honey has extensive experience working in IT recruitment.

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Cosmia Tibbles

Head of Renewable Energy

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. 

Karl Cunningham

Senior COnsultant

Over the past couple of years Karl has successfully placed a number of candidates within the commodities space across the UK, Europe and North America.  

Jason Petelin

Principal Consultant

An established Recruitment Consultant with over ten years’ experience in Sustainability and ESG, delivering into Fortune 500 companies, Financial Services, Engineering, Consultancies and Start-ups.

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.

Dean Carpenter

Senior COnsultant

Dean has 8+ years of work experience in recruitment specialising within the Banking & Financial Services sector. He’s worked with some of the biggest industry names and sits on the Delivery Team at Vallum.

In his spare time, Dean is part of a team that owns and runs an annual festival that attracts around 6000+ people!

Amira Richardson


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. 

Nikala Galabova


From her experience in client services, Nikala is adept in quickly identifying clients’ and candidates’ needs and delivering on them. Nikala sits on the Renewables and Engineering desk and specialises in Sustainable Development.  

Chloe Guy


A determined and driven recruiter with a background in customer service, having previously worked for British Airways, Chloe works within the Delivery team to source the best candidates for your roles.

Sam Bishop


Sam has seven years experience as an investment broker and three years as a tech recruitment consultant. Sam joins Vallum to sit on the Delivery team, specialising in tech roles. 

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Sam Krueger


Sam comes from a sales background where he led and trained his own team. Sam now joins Vallum to sit within the Delivery team.

Leanna Clio Noel


After studying economic development at university Leanna wanted to explore the world of business sustainability and ESG further as part of our Renewables team. 

George Whalley


During his studies at Nottingham University, George carried out work experience at a Brokerage and Corporate Branding. Now George joins Vallum to sit within the Delivery team.

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Ben branch


Ben sits with the Commodities and trading team specialising in the UK and European markets. 

Louisa Boaten


Louisa is an experienced recruiter within the Insurance space. An excellent judge of character, Louisa has an aptitude for seeking out the right candidates for a role.

Maev Moriarty-smith



Maev has worked in a sales environment for the past 3 years and has a knack for building and maintaining great relationships and decoding clients’ and candidates’ individual needs.

Jakub (Kuba) Tomasik


After finishing his university studies, Kuba joined Vallum to sit within the Renewable Energy desk to support the team.

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Ruby Jollo


Michael has been in sales since 2014, working in the FMCG, Construction and Health-tech industries. Holding a degree in Chemistry and a professional diploma in Project Manager, Michael has strong organisational skills that have successfully transitioned into him delivering top candidates in the Insurance space.
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Jane Keenleyside


Jane graduated from Oxford University where she studied English Language and literature. Since graduating, Jane wanted to know more about business and decided to enter the world of recruitment where she can learn directly from professionals in their field.


Michael Akwa-Mensah


Michael has been in sales since 2014, working in the FMCG, Construction and Health-tech industries. Holding a degree in Chemistry and a professional diploma in Project Manager, Michael has strong organisational skills that have successfully transitioned into him delivering top candidates in the Insurance space.
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Solomon Taiwo

Senior Consultant

Solomon is an experienced recruiter within insurance and financial services, specialising in technology roles within these spaces.

Emily Rakel

Emily Rakeltaite


Emily has worked in tech recruitment for the past two years and specialises in energy & Utilities and Trading Technologies.

Cheryl Mann


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

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.

Saima Waqar

Internal Recruiter

Saima works to fill our internal teams across our UK and US offices. Before stepping into recruitment Saima worked in events working on some of the biggest parties in Bollywood and Lollywood.

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

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.

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Eden Ashworth-Finn

Marketing Assistant

Eden studied Creative Writing 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.