Our People

Ray Connolly

Founder and Director

As founder and managing director of Fawkes and Reece, business development and successful service delivery are key areas that I have valuable experience in. I have extensive experience in executive head hunting and I am equally as strong in account management, advising clients on strategic appointments and large recruitment programmes. My experience around employee training and development have played a big part in the success of the company. I know how to shape and develop people, launch, structure and set up successful teams. I have a proven track record in managing the highest profile appointments across the construction sector and also play a key role in delivering recruitment programmes for the most respected brands on the UK’s largest construction projects.

My approach is something that has influenced and defined the culture of the business and our values. I am personable, hands-on, hard-working and driven by results. I like to focus on detail, can be quite direct when managing key projects and tend to leave nothing to chance. I have high expectations but lead my team from the front and in doing so we adopt a collaborative approach. Most importantly I enjoy what I do and this helps me to operate with energy and enthusiasm.

Graeme Lingenfelder

Director - Permanent Division

Originally schooled in architecture before moving into recruitment, my experience now spans 15 years and I specialise in construction & the built environment, across both consultancy and main contracting in the UK & abroad. My experience and skillset covers all areas of recruitment; from desk level through to board level, encompassing sales, business development, key client/account management, talent attraction, training & development, team management, strategy and profitability

I always adopt an honesty first approach whether it be with clients, candidates or my own team thereby managing expectations, ensuring clear communication with all parties and highlighting key responsibilities to guarantee the best possible outcome. I appreciate the values of hard work and loyalty. I am also a firm believer that the ‘devil is in the detail’ and as such, I pay specific attention to all aspects of whatever the brief may be, ensuring an efficient and seamless service delivery. I take a hands-on approach and act as an account manager on a number of our high profile accounts keeping me in tune with the market conditions, which in turn enables me to guide the delivery teams to provide efficient, effective and timely solutions.

Russell Otter

Director - Contract Division

Since starting my recruitment career in 1988, I have worked across various sectors of the industry, with considerable expertise in all areas of engineering: including rail, civils, oil and gas and marine. I have worked with some of the most respected companies in the industry, growing teams and revenues to generate annual turnover in excess of £100 million. Throughout my career I have worked on major freelance and permanent recruitment projects and initiatives from sale to delivery. I have worked in Singapore, the US and Spain and have experience placing internationally and domestically with some of the biggest names in their respective industries. 

I consider myself a student (and teacher) of people and look to manage business relationships effectively by understanding the needs and drivers of my partners and delivering on expectations. I like to challenge tradition and seek change in every aspect of my work life and feel strongly that ‘if you always do what you always did you will always get what you always got’. Small changes in multiple areas lead to large impact through the aggregation of marginal gains.

I believe that anyone can deliver good news and praise success, the real skill in management is how you cope with adversity. I work agilely; always looking for the opportunity to recalibrate an approach to ensure every situation has the maximum opportunity to succeed. 

John Morgan

Finance Director

I am a CIMA qualified accountant with over 13 years’ experience in multi-sector recruitment companies ranging from medical recruitment to construction. I fully understand both the financial, regulatory and legislative requirements of working in the recruitment industry and my experience includes M&A activity, corporate financing, HR, operations and IT and company systems.

My approach has always been to provide the business with quality timely information to make informed decisions. To ensure that at all times the right systems are in place to cope with our rapid expansion, I take a proactive view and stay up to date with new legislation. As a member of the board of directors I act as a key business partner to the management team, but above all I appreciate the values of the business and help to ensure the environment in which we all work is fun and enjoyable.

Keeley Davis

Training & Development Manager

My recruitment career spans across 13 years, all of which have been with Fawkes & Reece. I have recruited across various sectors, predominantly specialising in senior management and director-level positions within civils, building and house building. The training I personally received enabled me to not only become an award-winning, top permanent billing consultant but to progress from being a trainee consultant to team leader and divisional manager running a division of 20 consultants. In my current role my objective is to support the business and ensure that, along with managing our internal talent and training programme, every member of staff receives the same opportunities and guidance that I did. I try to share this experience and offer inspiration to those who are aiming for the next step in their career.

My approach has always been the same in every role I have had with the company - be open, honest, passionate and straight talking. I like to work closely with my fellow managers and directors as well as every new and existing member of staff in the company. The values of the company are built upon offering a high quality service and taking ownership. I help our new employees of all levels and those who come into our academy to understand the values of the business and progress; starting from inductions, training workshops, structure and weekly planning to mapping out career development plans.

Aaron Gonsalves

Head of Talent

I have over 6 years’ recruitment experience, working as both a 360 recruiter before transitioning to talent acquisition. I have worked across IT and construction sectors and have experience of assisting candidates in finding their next opportunities from graduate level through to senior management.  I have excellent experience in managing the full recruitment process from sourcing passive candidates, conducting interviews, managing the offer stage and retention of staff. My current position as Head of Talent allows me to build a strategy around growing our recruitment team and retaining top talent in our businesses.

I’m a people’s person who enjoys building long lasting working relationships with passive candidates in the market. I am honest and consultative in my approach and work very closely with our directors and hiring managers to fully understand the needs of our business. Whether it’s running a graduate assessment day through to sourcing a senior level candidate, I am always professional in my approach and give detailed information and feedback throughout the entire recruitment process. The welfare of candidates I work with is paramount, even after an individual is placed I will continue to support them throughout their journey here at Fawkes & Reece.

Lydia Lewis

Head of Contracts & Compliance

After graduating with a degree in law I started my career at a large global energy recruitment company and spent five years developing my legal and compliance skills before moving to Fawkes and Reece to bring a new level of expertise to the business. I am experienced in commercial contracts, employment contracts and employment law, HR and training, operational management and all aspects of compliance and regulatory and recruitment industry legislation. I also manage the company’s health and safety requirements, our corporate responsibilities and all aspects of our environmental awareness and sustainability commitments.

I take a harmonised approach to managing risk whilst maintaining a high level of customer service. I am driven by finding efficient resolutions to any issues and using my judgement in difficult situations to assess the correct course of action. I take a proactive and innovative approach to the way the company operates and believe it’s important to add value to each of our internal teams and all of our customers.

Matt Watson

Marketing Manager

Over 10 years working in marketing with experience covering retail, B2B, digital and for the last five years in recruitment. Changes in the way people look for work makes marketing an important component of the recruitment process. I bring a rounded experience in recruitment marketing and a track record of delivering strong candidate attraction initiatives across a diverse mix of sectors and locations. Attracting and engaging with candidates remains a challenge for recruitment businesses, so supporting the development of a pipeline of top talent is a key part of my role.

I’m passionate about recruitment and enjoy sharing my marketing knowledge working both internally and externally looking to add value and improve the quality of outputs for everyone. The key is to work in a consultative manner, taking the time to understand the core objectives and always being upfront and honest about what needs to be done to make it happen.

Alan Emmerson

Credit Control Manager

I operate as the Credit Control Manager within the company and I am responsible for the day to day operation and management of the credit control function. Having worked within the recruitment industry for 8 years within back office operations, I have developed an extensive knowledge of finance within the recruitment sector and have gained the understanding and importance of relationship building and getting to know our customers.

My approach is naturally friendly and I take great pride in being efficient. I like to focus on and deal with detail whilst being professional, polite and working to clear deadlines. I have always found that traditional values such as delivering on promises and being helpful go a long way and never forget that every client is a customer!

Roz Coelho

Payroll Manager

I have worked in the recruitment industry for 18 years in various sectors. Before joining Fawkes & Reece I was an office administrator in a finance team before working my way up to becoming a payroll administrator and progressing to my current role as payroll manager at Fawkes & Reece.

I work closely with the consultants to make sure that payroll deadlines are always met and ensure that all relevant regulations and legislation are followed at all times. I take great pride in accuracy and being efficient, whilst taking the view that my primary objective is to get our candidates paid precisely and on time. Each and every week I set out to go the extra mile so that anyone that can be paid, will be paid.