The people behind our financial recruitment services

Meet the Baker Charles Team

Robert Baker

Founder & Managing Director

I founded Baker Charles in 2015 with a view to providing a service to candidates and clients focused on integrity and delivery. I have extensive recruitment experience in industry and commerce, having served as a director at recruitment firm, Goodman Masson and previously as a principal consultant for Finance Professionals. Before becoming a recruiter, I was a BBC journalist and have a journalism degree from City University.

Little known fact about me: I’m trying to beat the record for the amount of Ferrero Rocher ingested in one minute. Currently I’m at six!


Benjamin Hird

Associate Director

I have worked in financial recruitment for 15 years and place qualified accountants in a range of sectors for the newly qualified to CFO level. I have worked across a wide range of companies from FTSE 100 and other blue chip businesses to Venture Capitalist backed start ups and Private Equity owned, high growth businesses. I am most proud of the strong and long-standing relationships I have developed through my career with candidates and clients alike. I enjoy supporting people to fully achieve their career aspirations and helping them to build world class finance teams. When I am not recruiting, I am probably spending time with my family, skiing or visiting a new part of the world.
Little known fact about me: I love skiing and listening to David Bowie!


Lucy Lawton

Associate Director

I am an Associate Director at Baker Charles leading the interim and contract division. I have over ten successful years of recruitment experience in the qualified interim finance market, within leading agencies in London. Working with a wide range of sectors across start-up’s, SME’s and FTSE 100 businesses has enabled me to grow a credible, varied and trusted network. Building long term relationships, integrity and delivery are at the heart of our success.


Orry Gibbens

Senior Consultant

I specialise in technology, media and telco recruitment for Baker Charles. Before this I worked for a tech business but realised I wanted to help people find their ideal roles. I was also a full-time actor and comedian, represented by United Agents.

Little known fact about me: One of the YouTube videos I wrote and acted in got over one million views!


Victoria Fass

Head Of Research

I am the head of research at Baker Charles. Previously, I spent over 15 years working in the property sector. At Baker Charles, I oversee leading and developing our candidate offer plus the internal management of our candidate talent pools.

Little known fact about me: I am addicted to reading, especially on my Kindle. I once read a 600-page book on holiday in one day!


Charlie Pollard


I am a Consultant at Baker Charles specialising in the placement of qualified accountants into the consumer/FMCG and hospitality sectors from start-up companies to large, well-known listed businesses. I have a strong background and passion in hospitality and property prior to joining Baker Charles and love providing a 5-star service to both candidates and clients. I am a taco-holic and love being out and about playing sports.
Little known fact about me: I eat and make tacos 5 times a week! I’m pretty obsessed…


Michelle Smith

Finance Manager

After graduating, I spent the last 25 years working as a Company Secretary and Finance Manager for Property, Charity and Retail organisations. I now work as the Finance Manager for Baker Charles, assisting the Director and dealing with invoicing, payments and administrative tasks.

Little known fact about me: In my spare time, I enjoy baking!

Paul Johnson


I specialise in placing Finance and Accounting professionals into the Technology Media and Telecoms market ranging from Start Ups and SME’s to Blue Chip firms. I have a great drive to make sure both candidates and clients have a positive and unique experience when utilising our services. I am an avid traveller having spent two years visiting 6 of the 7 continents and also a keen sporting enthusiast.


Charlotte Yeabsley


I am currently a researcher at Baker Charles. Having been given the privilege to work at Baker Charles during my industrial placement at university I am gaining invaluable knowledge and skills in placing finance professionals. I love meeting new people and really enjoying broadening my skill set in finance and recruitment.


Joe Harker


I am a Consultant at Baker Charles with my core focus being on the Qualified Interim Finance market. I have worked in London and Sydney as a Consultant across Industry & Commerce for multiple years with my client portfolio spanning across SME’s and large multi-national corporates in a variety of sectors. I am passionate about helping people in their career and building long last relationships along the way.
I’m a big fan of cooking shows and a self-proclaimed half decent home cook myself, whilst being more experienced than I’d like to admit in losing the dog on what are meant to be relaxing walks.


Baker Charles was founded in 2015. Since then, we have forged ahead to become key players in the London financial recruitment services market.

As an agency, we foster a team culture with an emphasis on the integrity of how we operate, the quality of delivery and attention to detail.

The focus is on providing both a first-rate service and a valued experience to our clients and candidates.

We practice what we preach. For us, it’s all about bringing people together to create positive, productive, successful working relationships.

When you need help, our friendly, flexible and knowledgeable consultants are always on hand to help you connect with the right people for your business. 


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