Our Consultants

Amanda Fone FIRP – Founder & CEO

Amanda Fone: Over 30 years in recruitment and search for the Marketing & Communications discipline. An irrepressible interest in helping your career and your business and a fierce advocate of the individual. Champion of inclusion, diversity and social mobility. Joint founder of the f1 Back2Businessship programme for returning to work parents & contributed to a House of Commons Select Committee in January 2016 on the Gender Pay Gap. Amanda is co-founder of the #BAME20/20 diversity programme which launched in June 2016 at the offices of Google. Mentor, trainer, coach and determined for everyone to get the best out of their career whatever their level and background. One of the best connected recruiters in London. Fellow of the Institute of Recruitment Professionals and an advocate of driving the agenda for recruitment to be seen as a highly professional and aspirational career path.

amanda@f1recruitment.com

Carlie Walker, Sector Lead – Sports & Entertainment

Carlie Walker has over 18 years of recruitment and sales experience working as a senior recruiter with companies such as LinkedIN, Reed and TotalJobs. She has a wealth of experience advising high level senior decision makers including C-Suite and working with brands such as Battersea Dogs Home, Nandos and Chelsea FC. Carlie has worked with companies advising them about implementing diversity initiatives around returners and the gender pay gap.

Carlie@f1recruitment.com

Jennifer Chapman, Sector Lead – Communications/PR & Influencer

Jennifer is an experienced recruiter specialising in media and marketing. With over twenty years’ experience in the industry covering digital; social; media as well as client and agency sales. After her maternity break Jennifer returned to the industry as Head of Client Sales at Mumsnet. She offers an intuitive deep understanding of the needs of candidates and employers and cares passionately about matching the right individuals to the roles she works on.

Jennifer@f1recruitment.com

 

Megan Strang, Sector Expert PR/Influencer, Sports Marketing & Marketing

Megan started her career in events and experiential. She has over 10 years recruitment experience and has been with the f1 team for seven years.  She progressed quickly from associate to sector expert. Megan is a highly intuitive recruiter; she works fast and accurately and is great at identifying talent.

Megan does a lot of work in Sports Marketing, Consumer PR and Marketing.

megan@f1recruitment.com

Joan Reilly, Sector Lead – Marketing & Digital

Joan’s background is in marketing and advertising. She was a business director at digital agency Blue Hive, part of the WPP group and know known as GTB. She has worked in digital marketing for Save the Children and digital and communications projects for car maker’s Ford’s global business.

 Email: Joan@f1recruitment.com

Vicky Jackson, Senior Associate – Communications, PR & Influencer

Vicky has 10 years of Recruitment and Sales experience. Having spent the last 7 years working with various Adecco Group brands.  Clients she has previously recruited for include but are not limited to; Centrica, Aspen, FSCS, Aviva, Co-operative Bank, Experian, Capital One, Jaguar Land Rover and National Grid.

Vicky has a collaborative and consultative approach to working, supporting clients with diversifying their recruitment strategies and offering help and advice to candidates in their journey to secure the next role in their career. Outside of work, Vicky enjoys spending time with her 8 year old son, going for walks and bike rides. She is also an avid baker, coffee lover and enjoys socialising with friends.

 

Vicky@f1recruitment.com

 

Nick Davies, Associate

Through his love of sport and playing cricket at a high level, Nick embarked on a new career within the recruitment industry. With the skills and experiences learnt during his sporting career, Nick has now transferred these skills to the talent sector.
Nick’s area of focus is working on the permanent side across a variety of sectors on briefs up to Director level covering the whole marketing and comms mix.

Candidates at all levels should contact him for insight into the market as well as hearing about new opportunities.

Nick@f1recruitment.com

 

Declan Wood, Junior Associate

Declan graduated from King’s College London with a BA (Hons) in French and Hispanic Studies in June 2018. He decided to pursue a career in recruitment with a desire to transfer his skills acquired during his university degree and a year spent living in Europe in order to learn and succeed in the industry. Away from work his main hobbies include playing football and tennis.

Declan works on the freelance and contract team.

declan@f1recruitment.com

 

Arabella Kofi, Junior Associate

Arabella graduated from the University of York with BA (Hons) in English and Politics in July 2018. After university, she was a runner for a TV channel but decided to switch to recruitment due to an interest in people instilled by her degree. Outside of work she enjoys reading Gothic literature, as well as watching, writing and performing comedy.

arabella@f1recruitment.com

Julia Ottaway, Accounts and Finance

Julia has worked in Finance since leaving school having trained with British Airways. Following a career in the travel industry and the family building business, Julia has been with f1 for many years, working on the Accounts & Finance side. Outside of work, Julia has a keen interest in Architecture and Interior Design and has recently finished a course of study in this.

Call out to LEADERS in PR, marketing and comms – BAME2020 February event

Leaders in PR, marketing and comms are invited to our next BAME 2020 February event at M&C Saatchi

BAME202 is a non-commercial initiative and is already boosting race diversity.

“Statistics suggest that 49% of the population in Outer London will be non-White by 2041. We need to employ far more people representing this group, and create the right messages that marketing and communications is a rewarding career with a baked in democratic attitude towards promoting all talent. Our industry is under pressure to be truly representative,” Says Amanda co-founder BAME2020.

Yet, according to the most recent research carried out by the Institute of Practitioners in Advertising (IPA), BAME representation in the sector’s C-suite is still only 5.5%. The statistics are slightly better for BAME representation in lower levels, hovering around 12-15%. Women now comprise 32.7% (in 2018) of the sector’s c-suite roles, only slightly up from 31.2% in 2017.

“Overall, these statistics are a long way off the 2020 targets set by the IPA for the sector, which is aiming for 40% of all senior posts to be held by women and 15% of people with BAME backgrounds. It’s also aiming to attract 25% of BAME new starters,” points out Fone

RACE AT WORK

The challenge of attracting more BAME candidates in this sector is partly down to the perception of the industry. “Jobs in marketing/communications aren’t really perceived to be ‘serious careers’ by the BAME community, particularly amongst parents and grandparents. This is because of the lack of professional qualifications needed to enter the profession and the lack of clear career progression opportunities, which has meant that BAME youngsters have not traditionally been attracted to our sector,” explains Fone.

So she set up the BAME2020 movement with Adrian Walcott, MD of consultancy Brands with Values, to challenge these perceptions through a series of events, entitled Lets Be Bold about the Subject of Race. “We have already built up a network of 1200 supporters since our launch in 2016 and more than 60% of people that attend our events are non-White, and of all ages and backgrounds,” says Fone. “They attend our events to discuss the issues they face in this sector in a safe confidential space, without repercussions or reprisals. As we have engaged the BAME community in a very authentic way, we are now recruiting more BAME applicants for companies in our sector.”

The next event, taking place at M&C Saatchi offices in Soho on Tuesday 4th February 2020, focuses on the BAME community engaging face to face with leaders in marketing and PR to encourage them to talk more openly about the subject of race in their places of work. “Attraction and retention are crucial, but to change the status quo leaders need to engage more, listen more and do more to ensure their companies and teams are lev

The 3rd event in our series
‘Let’s Be Bold about the Subject of Race’

2020 is going to be a defining year in our sector for Inclusion and Leaders say they want to know more about ‘Race’ inside their companies.

Using the ’fishbowl’ format we share experiences & insights and agree actionable
steps that can implemented in the workplace. Our events are inclusive, non judgemental and collaborative. Since 2016 we have built a like-minded group of over 1200 industry professionals of all levels who want to create sustainable change.

Please join the conversation whatever your level. You have a voice.

Hosted by Adrian Walcott, Amanda Fone (co founders of BAME 2020) and Sereena Abbassi Worldwide Head of Culture & Inclusion at M&C Saatchi.

Tuesday 4th February M&C Saatchi 18.30—20.30 15 Golden Square, London W1F

f1 Recruitment reinvests 40% of it’s profits into diversity initiatives: BAME2020 and Back2businessship 2020 and it truly committed to TSI (total societal impact).