Birchwoood Knight

Meet the Team

 

Passionate. Knowledgeable. Diligent.

 
WAYNE REYNOLDS   FOUNDER & MANAGING DIRECTOR  Wayne isn’t just tall. He’s also the founder of Birchwood Knight, which celebrated its tenth birthday this year. Seeing an opportunity to prove that corporate affairs recruitment could be delivered  differently  and  better , he set up the business from his kitchen in 2009 to do just that. Although things have changed, and there’s no longer an oven next to the in-tray, Wayne is as committed as ever to doing things differently and better.  Many of our candidates have grown with the business; recent graduates who we placed in 2009 are now competing for senior leadership roles. This means Wayne has an eye for spotting tomorrow’s corporate affairs talent today, not just looking at those who have ‘made it’ but at those who will make it.  Wayne has a passion for all things aquatic (his first job was selling sailing boats) and he continues to spend as much of his spare time as possible on, in or by the water with his family.   wreynolds@birchwoodknight.co.uk   +44 (0)20 3435 7263

WAYNE REYNOLDS
FOUNDER & MANAGING DIRECTOR

Wayne isn’t just tall. He’s also the founder of Birchwood Knight, which celebrated its tenth birthday this year. Seeing an opportunity to prove that corporate affairs recruitment could be delivered differently and better, he set up the business from his kitchen in 2009 to do just that. Although things have changed, and there’s no longer an oven next to the in-tray, Wayne is as committed as ever to doing things differently and better.

Many of our candidates have grown with the business; recent graduates who we placed in 2009 are now competing for senior leadership roles. This means Wayne has an eye for spotting tomorrow’s corporate affairs talent today, not just looking at those who have ‘made it’ but at those who will make it.

Wayne has a passion for all things aquatic (his first job was selling sailing boats) and he continues to spend as much of his spare time as possible on, in or by the water with his family.

wreynolds@birchwoodknight.co.uk
+44 (0)20 3435 7263

LAUREN TARBIT
CLIENT SERVICES DIRECTOR

With extensive industry and sector experience through 14 years in recruitment, Lauren’s been with Birchwood Knight since 2011. We asked her why Corporate Affairs in particular? Her answer: ‘Because I’m a total politics nerd and a news junkie.’ Her words not ours! Her passion shines through. She’s exceptionally gifted at matching candidates with company cultures and client expectations.

Surrey-based with her husband, daughters and a blind cat called Violet, she enjoys renovating houses last decorated in the 1970s. She sees this as a valuable public service: ridding the country of shagpile carpets and Artex ceilings, one house at a time.

Lauren’s away on maternity leave at the moment so, in her absence, please contact Wayne.

MADELEINE BURTON
MANAGING CONSULTANT

Maddie came to Birchwood Knight via a marketing communications role. However, she’s a natural at executive search. It’s hard in just a few lines to describe the energy that she brings to our executive search processes. She gives every mandate the same, absolute focus and - in five years at Birchwood Knight - has developed a deep, broad and refined knowledge of the corporate affairs market. It’s fair to say Maddie totally ‘gets’ candidate and client needs. Using her market insight, she consistently builds shortlists that hit the mark.

Passionate about doing the right thing well and really getting under the skin of what motivates people, Maddie also loves planes, travel and pretending not to enjoy doing up her bathroom at home.

mburton@birchwoodknight.co.uk
+44 (0)20 3435 7269


ELIZABETH CURRIE
MANAGING CONSULTANT

Unbelievably, Elizabeth worked in a time before the internet and LinkedIn existed. She draws on her experience of this mythical analogue era (when the candidate world wasn’t just a click away) - as well as deep, varied sector experience in search that includes financial services and pharmaceuticals - to bring an ever-evangelical, fresh and creative approach to Birchwood Knight’s search processes.

Sharing this hard-earned, quiet wisdom with colleagues, Elizabeth is also a stickler for standards and exemplifies the ‘Diligence’ of our values. Gramm’r and spolling slobs beware.

Now surpassed in her chosen sporting pursuits (tennis, skiing) by her children (grown up, not pre-school), Elizabeth still excels at reading novels.

ecurrie@birchwoodknight.co.uk
+44 (0)20 3435 7272

SERI DAVIES
RESEARCH & OPERATIONS MANAGER

Seri is the calm centre of the storm. With an uncanny knack for seeing the critical path through the busiest of days, she is the quiet, authoritative voice that ensures that every ‘i’ and every ‘t’ gets the necessary attention, while also delivering every client deadline (often ahead of time). Her eye for detail is matched only by her encyclopaedic knowledge of the candidate pool.

Seri is surprisingly upbeat for an Arsenal supporter but begged us not to mention her terrible performances as a contestant on both Impossible! and Pointless. We won’t.

sdavies@birchwoodknight.co.uk
+44 (0)20 3435 7264

JOHN MORIARTY
RESEARCH CONSULTANT

John came to Birchwood Knight, and to the world of search, from financial PR. Consequently, he has first-hand experience of what a good communications practitioner looks like, with a deep understanding of the comms requirements of everything from Initial Public Offerings and Mergers & Acquisitions to crises and issues.

John claims that consuming (vast quantities of) business news is how he relaxes. We’re not so sure, although he is very relaxed and has great understanding of the business landscape in the UK and beyond. Luckily, unlike his namesake, John uses his genius for search, not crime.

jmoriarty@birchwoodknight.co.uk
+44 (0)20 3435 7266


 

CHLOE OLADIPO
RESEARCHER

Chloe joined Birchwood Knight as A Researcher this year. New to search, she recently graduated in Business Management and Marketing. She did bring with her some temp experience working in luxury retail. You know the kind of thing: ‘Would you like gold leaf on your taps? Marble or platinum sink?’ She was good at that, and she’s good at this too.

With an eye for detail and a passion for making sure things run seamlessly, we’ve literally thrown the whole lot at her. Scheduling, databases, office management and research. Multi-tasking? Absolutely; Chloe’s been contemplating whether to enter Britain’s Got Talent as a professional juggler. She’d be great at that too!

coladipo@birchwoodknight.co.uk
+44 (0)20 3435 7272

CHARLOTTE MULLEN  NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR  True to the classic Non-Executive Director brief, Charlotte asks all the tough questions we don’t think of.  With 22 years as an HR professional and now running her own perfectly named consultancy, ‘Small Wonder’, Charlotte brings much to our operational and strategic discussions: passionately working with us to further develop a supportive, customer focused culture; helping us to develop our people; assisting with the adoption of innovative recruitment techniques; assuring good governance; and inspiring constant improvement in all we do.

CHARLOTTE MULLEN
NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

True to the classic Non-Executive Director brief, Charlotte asks all the tough questions we don’t think of.

With 22 years as an HR professional and now running her own perfectly named consultancy, ‘Small Wonder’, Charlotte brings much to our operational and strategic discussions: passionately working with us to further develop a supportive, customer focused culture; helping us to develop our people; assisting with the adoption of innovative recruitment techniques; assuring good governance; and inspiring constant improvement in all we do.