MANAGEMENT TEAM

MIKE BOWER

GROUP MANAGING DIRECTOR, KENTON BLACK GROUP

Mike brings over 30 years of recruitment and executive search experience, leading the UK’s most successful and prestigious organisations. Mike manages Kenton Black Group and our subsidiary companies. Mikes’ specialisms include construction, infrastructure, finance, scientific, engineering and manufacturing, supply chain, mining, international, FMCG and facilities management. 

AARON CRABTREE

DIRECTOR, KENTON BLACK CONSTRUCTION, PROPERTY, DESIGN & CORPORATE SERVICES

Aaron has 20 years of construction recruitment experience, having previously worked as a Surveyor for one of the world’s largest engineering companies. He has since specialised in senior recruitment within construction, infrastructure and rail across the globe, managing teams and business units for some of the world’s biggest blue chip recruiters. Aaron also leads the corporate services division across the Kenton Black Group including finance, science and international.

WILL FROGGETT

DIRECTOR, KENTON BLACK CONSTRUCTION & DESIGN

Will began his career in the recruitment sector 22 years ago. Over the years he has established himself as a respected and trusted name within the construction, infrastructure and build recruitment marketplace. Will’s reputation has been built on a no-nonsense, no-fuss approach to interaction with clients and candidates alike stating, “treat others as you wish to treat yourself” and “recruitment doesn’t have to be too complicated!” His team of northern recruitment consultants cover all aspects of recruitment within the build environment and stand by the same hardworking and upright values. 

JAMES BARKER

DIRECTOR, ARCHITECTURE & DESIGN, KENTON BLACK GROUP

James has spent over a decade working in recruitment. Initially within the technical side of Oil & Gas where he had the pleasure of working with clients in Europe, Middle East and the USA. In 2015 he entered the exciting world of Architecture and Design and has remained there ever since. With an excellent reputation and a growing network, he intends to retain a strong presence in the sector for many years to come. 

DR RAMALINGHAM ELANGOVAN

DIRECTOR, SCIENCE & ENGINEERING, KENTON BLACK GROUP

Responsible for the Science and Engineering division throughout the UK and Ireland. Elango is well versed in utilising his 20+ years of experience with a strong network gained to assist both candidates and clients in finding suitable career opportunities. His key area of expertise is in offering targeted Search and Selection products. Elango’s strengths lie within the following sectors: Testing, Inspection and Certification; Pharmaceutical, Biotechnology and Chemicals.

JASDEEP PANESAR

DIRECTOR, SCIENCE & ENGINEERING, KENTON BLACK GROUP

Divisional Manager for the Scientific & Engineering Division. Jas has over 10 years of experience within the scientific recruitment industry. Degree educated, BSc (Hons) Pharmaceutical & Cosmetic Sciences, Jas has spent 5 years working in the Pharmaceutical and Medical Device industry before moving into recruitment. Experienced in working with a variety of clients, offering a consultative approach, understanding the needs of the business, skill sets and culture fit. Prides himself on quality over quantity, offering a tailored and flexible service. Including permanent, contingency, retained search and selection assignments as well as full managed services.managed services.

MARK BUSTOS

DIRECTOR, SCIENCE & ENGINEERING, KENTON BLACK GROUP

Operations Director for the Scientific & Engineering Division Mark has over 15 years’ experience within the scientific recruitment arena. A Chemistry graduate with an excellent network within the Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology sectors, Mark has spent the last 10 years leading and developing teams of specialist recruitment consultants. Providing recruitment solutions for a wide variety of clients Mark has experience in implementing recruitment projects including permanent, contingency, high volume temporary assignments and full managed services.

DAVE BUTLER

DIRECTOR, INTERNATIONAL & HSEQ, KENTON BLACK GROUP

Dave oversees the Groups International Division. He has spent the last 20 years managing teams and assignments that have taken him across the globe and his teams have been responsible for key hires on some of the highest-profile projects in countries across the EMEA and APAC regions. Never one to miss exciting industry trends, Kenton Black International is currently working with industry-leading clients, contractors, and consultancies on complex developments in the data centre, pharmaceutical and semi-conductor sectors.

HELEN FRANCIS

MANAGING DIRECTOR, KENTON BLACK FINANCE

Strategic responsibility, directorship and founder of Kenton Black Finance across the UK. Helen has over 20 years’ experience within specialist financial recruitment, having initially worked in finance. She is incredibly passionate about making any project she embarks on successful and believes in investing in people to attain results. Her career has grown from operating as “highest company biller” generated from establishing excellent candidate and client relationships, to successful management and directorship for leading brands in the market. Helen has competently managed large account campaigns and is used to servicing SME and PLC clients alike.

DARREN CADMAN

REGIONAL MANAGER, COMMERCE & INDUSTRY, KENTON BLACK FINANCE

Darren has over 15 years’ experience of specialist financial recruitment, with proven delivery in the attraction and appointment of qualified finance professionals across local areas as well as bespoke head-hunt delivery for national and international clients. Throughout his career Darren has partnered for boutique and global recruitment businesses, whilst building successful teams and delivering bespoke recruitment solutions across the region. Darren is very well networked across senior finance, providing a tailored partnership to organisations in both the private and public sector from SMEs to PLCs.

LAURA BANKS

REGIONAL MANAGER, PUBLIC PRACTICE, KENTON BLACK FINANCE

Laura is responsible for the development and delivery of public practice services, bringing 25 years’ of specialist financial recruitment experience within the professional practice arena. She’s well known and recognised in her field as a leading expert. Her network of candidates is extensive and built on years of relationship building, ensuring many of her candidates work with her exclusively. Her reputation is second to none and she is known for providing a true quality service across her client base with educated, informative and honest advice and she is truly passionate and dedicated to each client assignment. She is a great leader of people and instils loyalty and longevity in her team members.

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