Meet the Baker Charles Team

Robert Baker

Founder & Managing Director

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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

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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

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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

Executive Consultant

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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

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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!

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!

Jack Rabin

Consultant – USA

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I am currently a consultant at Baker Charles. Having recently graduated from university with an electrical engineering degree, Baker Charles is proving to be the ideal nurturing environment for my induction into the working world. I’m constantly acquiring new skills and valuable experience that’ll help mould me into the professional I aspire to become.

Little known fact about me: I did a 5k swim for charity and aim to one day swim the channel

Rajinder Chhokar

Senior Consultant

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I specialise in placing Finance and Accounting professionals into Technology, Media and Telecoms at Baker Charles. Recruitment is something that I am extremely passionate about after being in the industry for over 10 years. Ensuring both candidates and clients have a professional, positive and sincere experience is key when utilising our service here at Baker Charles.

Fun fact about me: I was a superb bowler in my teens and played cricket to County level.

William Ross

Consultant

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As a Consultant at Baker Charles, I specialise in supplying my clients within the Real Estate and Construction sector with high caliber talent and the best candidates in market. After three years at Cardiff University, graduating with a Mathematics degree, I felt most comfortable establishing connections with people and building fruitful relationships. Baker Charles provides me with the ideal platform to achieve this as well as gaining new skills to advance my career as a recruiter.

Little known fact about me: I am a very keen racegoer and own a horse in-training, with some friends – she’s named Miss Galiway.

Ella Walsh

Researcher

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As a researcher at Baker Charles, I source high calibre finance talent for the permanent team. Having recently graduated from University with a Psychology degree, I wanted to be part of an environment that would continue to develop my social, communication and analytical skills further. Baker Charles supports and encourages me to build meaningful relationships as well as providing me with invaluable in-depth knowledge of Finance and Recruitment.

Beth Gooding

Researcher

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In my role as a Researcher at Baker Charles I support the interim team to source high calibre interim finance professionals. I have experience in Human Resources for a Fin-Tech scale up and a global Insurance Firm, focusing on onboarding, employee engagement and learning and development. Before joining the world of work, I studied at the University of Liverpool. I am a very sociable individual and am eager to learn, network and grow my career at Baker Charles. Little known fact about me: Before University I lived in France for 5 months and worked as a Chalet Host. I got to ski every day!

Sanjeev Sibal

Executive Consultant

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I have over 15 years of experience within senior finance recruitment and have worked across the UK in Leeds, Manchester and London. I focus on placing senior level finance professionals within consumer focused industries (Media, Retail, Hospitality & Leisure, Telecoms, Technology, Healthcare and Pharma). I have worked with a wide range of different businesses including high growth owner managed, PE/VC backed and FTSE/AIM listed companies. During my 15 years in recruitment I have built a strong network of clients and candidates that I have worked with and have developed a strong understanding of the markets I cover.

Little known fact about me – I am a massive Liverpool fan and I once owned my own sandwich shop in Leeds aptly named SANJWICHES!!

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