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In the Food & Drinks Manufacturing Industry

Headed up by Richard Lammie, who has 20 years experience in the Food & Drink industry, Richard's team of business managers and consultants are based across the UK and have been employed as the best at what they do rather than those who are geographically relevant. Read more about the team below…

Meet the Team

Richard Lammie

Managing Director

Biography

Having being involved in the food industry for as long as he can remember, there isn’t much he hasn’t seen.  

Richard studied Food Technology & Microbiology at University and that solid knowledge base has transferred into his recruitment life and now has over 15 years experience recruiting at the highest level.

He has developed many highly regarded recruiters in the industry, many who have gone on to have successful careers outside of recruitment.  Others have followed him back to his latest venture, Blakeney Point Search and Selection which was a revolutionary take on a traditional business, giving people the space and freedom to develop their skills unencumbered by the usual controls in the recruitment industry.  

Whilst retaining the core principle of ‘putting a customer at the heart of everything we do’, Richard has empowered his team to work in a more flexible manner commensurate with modern-day lives.

Blakeney Point is the culmination of Richard’s people management skills and recruitment knowledge – a powerful combination and he continues to enjoy the reaction in the marketplace to his disruptive thinking and challenging the recruitment norms.

Daniel Mather

Associate Director

Biography

After completing his degree in Music Management and then spending a winter overseas playing cricket in Australia, Dan entered the world of recruitment in the summer of 2013. Working within the food industry, he quickly found a niche focusing specifically on meat industry clients and began working closely with a wide range of meat businesses including meat wholesalers, catering butchers and large meat processors. Dan spent the next 3 years honing his skills and becoming a genuine specialist within meat industry recruitment.

In 2016, Dan made the jump over the fence to work in-house for one the UK’s largest meat businesses as their Group Recruitment Manager. He was responsible for designing and implementing a new internal recruitment function from scratch as well as directly sourcing talent for the organisation.

Fast forward to the present day, Dan is now part of the senior team at Blakeney Point and heads up the Protein Division for the business. With his blend of experience on both sides of the recruitment fence, coupled with his in-depth knowledge of the meat industry, Dan is a safe pair of hands when it comes to managing recruitment projects for our meat and seafood industry clients.

Outside of work, Dan is a keen cricketer and plays for his local club in Nottingham, as well as being a key member of the clubs committee. He’s a big Newcastle United fan, has played the guitar since he was 12 and is a big lover of pale ale!

Fiona Pownall

Commercial Director

Biography

Fiona has operated in Executive recruitment for over 15 years, focusing specifically on the food and drinks industry and has an unrivalled knowledge of the chilled food manufacturing sector within the UK.

She works across all role functions, but specialises in Sales and Marketing, recruiting from middle management to Director levels.  She is regularly engaged on confidential recruits for clients looking to strengthen their current teams and leadership structure.

Fiona works with a variety of clients from SME’s to some of the UK’s largest food manufacturing businesses, advising, supporting and recruiting the best talent in the market.  She has a wealth of knowledge, working in a true partnership with both clients and candidates and is always ‘hands on’ with her recruitment. Client satisfaction is of paramount importance to her, as is understanding the candidates and how best to help them manage their careers.

Over the past 5 years, she has focused more on Director level recruitment within Commercial, Operations, HR, Finance and Marketing.   Fiona has a genuine interest in the sector, loves the pace, challenge and diversity and treats every day and an opportunity to learn something new!

Blakeney Point was an opportunity for Fiona to help establish an ethical recruitment business, where clients are valued and put at the core of what we do, consultants are supported, developed and given opportunities to progress in a positive work environment.  She is constantly on the look out for exceptional talent to join the business.

Interests : Running, Yoga, Aerial Sports

Paul Goodchild

Consultant

Biography

Paul has worked in the recruitment sector since graduating with a Business degree from the University of Leicester and has worked across a variety of sectors from Industrial, Logistics, Finance and over recent years Manufacturing.

He specialises in Engineering, Operations and Supply Chain, recruiting roles from the shop floor to Senior Management across the UK.

Paul loves the challenge that each client brings whether they are an SME or a multi-billion pound group and thrives on learning the intricacies of each business in order to provide the best candidates that the market has to offer.

Gaining the trust of both clients and candidates by helping them to achieve the perfect fit for their next role and seeing the results of a successful placement as a candidate fulfils their potential is enormously important to Paul.

After working with different businesses throughout his career, joining Blakeney Point has given Paul the chance to work in a grown-up environment with a strong focus on ethics and the delivery of a truly quality service.

Interests: Cookery, Motorsport, Music

Jessica Board

Senior Consultant

Biography

Jessica’s professional career started in Recruitment. She joined Fiona & Richard and then spent three years working across all disciplines in the Food & Drink Industry.

Jessica has the same level of determination and tenacity that you would expect from someone that had been developed by Fiona for over 3 years.

Due to family circumstances Jessica moved back to Essex where she spent time working in the industry with Mondelez before taking up another senior post within recruitment.

In 2019, Jessica was offered an opportunity to work again with Fiona and Richard and was able to move back to the area to take up the post of Senior Consultant at Blakeney Point Search & Selection.

Jessica and her team cover NPD, Commercial & Marketing across the Food Industry.  Her wide sector knowledge allows her to effectively support other assignments when required.

Having already made a significant contribution to the business on her return, Jessica is now using her experience to develop others in the business as well as broadening Blakeney Point’s customer base.

Betsy Moore

Consultant

Biography

Born in Europe’s biggest food and drink town - Grimsby,

Betsy was always destined to work in the industry.Betsy is a bit of a globe trotter and has lived and worked in such places as Los Angeles and London.

After training as a professional dancer at Urdang Academy in London for 3 years, Betsy travelled the world performing in Hong Kong, Juneau,Tokyo, Vancouver, Victoria, Rome, Malta, Barcelona, St. Kitts, St. Lucia, Costa Rica, Panama and Miami to name but a few!

With her wanderlust satisfied, Betsy found that she could use her interpersonal skills and discipline that she had developed in her dancing career in a her new found love – Recruitment.

Betsy is concentrating primarily on the Drinks industry where she has been able to develop a significant network with her peers.

Betsy continues to add to her growing client list and sees recruitment very much as a career and is looking forward to developing her team in the future.

Michael Coleman

Senior Consultant

Biography

Mick has operated within the food manufacturing recruitment for the last 13 years, working for some of the UK and Europe’ largest food manufacturing companies he has built up a strong reputation as being an effective, ethical recruiter always operating with authenticity and integrity

His core areas of expertise range within all levels across  Manufacturing, Technical, NPD and Engineering, he has developed excellent working relationships across the Chilled, Bakery and Protein sector and is now looking forward to becoming a part of the Blakeney Point team and developing the business further.

Originally from Leeds he located to Wiltshire 3 years ago and decided he liked the Wiltshire air that much he was staying put!

Mick is dad to Jodie and Megan and Grandad to Riley.

When he is not recruiting he enjoys cooking, reading, playing golf and boxing.

Why Blakeney Point?

Our consultants have worked in the industry as well as recruitment and as such are able to deliver a well-rounded efficient service to our clients and candidates whilst being sympathetic to all parties having been on both sides of the fence. We are able to combine traditional quality recruitment practices with a modern approach.

  • Superb reputation with clients and candidates
  • Expertise and knowledge
  • Over 30 years in the industry
  • Specialise in Senior Management Positions
  • An ethical and compassionate recruiter
  • Strong relationships within the UK Market
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