Our People

Group and Central Management Team:

Ray Connolly

Founder and Group Managing Director

As founder and managing director of Fawkes & 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, 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. My team shares the same high standards as I do and we adopt a collaborative approach. Most importantly I enjoy what I do, I am proud to work with such a great bunch of people and this helps me to operate with energy and enthusiasm.

John Morgan

Group 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.

Jasmit Kalra

Managing Director - London

With over 25 years’ experience working for two market leading businesses, my experience plays a key part in the development of the people I work with and the level of service my team and I are able to deliver to our candidates and clients.

I am proud to be able to say I have track record for recruiting, training and developing people to become highly capable and professional consultants and I have extensive knowledge in building and managing teams across the UK.

Joining the industry as a Trainee Consultant and working through the ranks, I appreciate the value of hard work, commitment and going the extra mile for the customer, colleague and company you work for.

My approach is one of working both with integrity and as a team. My team and I work closely with open channels of communication which I hold in high regard and in turn creates a better experience for our customers.

I ensure the team is focused on detail, accuracy and works with urgency. The objective is to deliver a service, fitting of a market leading business and this requires every member of the team from our resourcing function to our accounts department to operate as a united and professional service provider.

Cameron Berry

Managing Director - Midlands and North

I have worked in recruitment for 17 years, starting back in 2006 with no experience but with a plucky attitude. My hard work, determination and some great personal results lead to me gaining promotions from Trainee Consultant, through to Manager and then Director. In my current, which I’ve held for 8 years, I focus on hiring and developing the best Consultants, working with clients who appreciate how a great Recruitment Agency can add to their business, and managing the operations of Fawkes & Reece (North).

My approach to clients is always led with being honest straight talking, fair and trusting.  I like to get to know my clients business inside and out to enable me and my team to offer them best recruitment process which is align to the business they are recruiting for.  I’m always looking for clients who are after a recruitment partner where we have mutual respect and can grow together.

One of my biggest joys in recruitment is watching my staff’s personal and professional development, and over the years I have had the privilege of assisting and developing a number of trainees who are now working in senior roles within the business.  I also take great pride in the number of staff members who have worked with me for such a long time.

Keeley Davis

Director - London

My recruitment career spans over 19 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 now Director running a business unit of over 50 consultants. In my current role my objective is to lead the white-collar division, heading up numerous key accounts and leading our executive search division.

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.

Chelsey Nuttall

Director - North

I have been with the business for over 10 years progressing from being a Recruitment Consultant to now Sales Director. In my role I help identify new business opportunities and head up a variety of our key accounts. Building relationships with our customers is my primary focus aligned with helping our team to deliver the highest level of service. I have successfully led winning strategies for new customers and overseen the onboarding and mobilisation of some our largest accounts who have been the most respected house building and construction companies in the UK. I am proud of the hard work my team put in to ensure our relationships with our customers are successful and long term.

My approach you could say is direct and to the point but is built around strong values. I work very closely with my team and customers to ensure there is close attention to detail and we aim to deliver a service we can be proud of. I am lucky to have a team around me that shares in precisely that and having such a strong and committed team allows me to personally strive even further. My approach is also reflected by my team - motivated, positive and solutions led.

Hannah Lever

Director - North - Permanent Recruitment

I am a specialist construction recruiter with a 20-year career history in working with some of the UK’s leading organisations. Over the years, I have built up an extensive customer base & talent pool working closely as a dedicated recruitment partner within the construction and built environment.

In my current role, I head up permanent and executive recruitment operations across our Northern offices collaborating with our key customers to support them with their annual recruitment programmes with a strong focus on the sourcing and selection of the most talented construction professionals in the industry along with providing the highest level of service.

Our team and I are extremely passionate about partnering by providing a collaborative, honest and transparent service built on truly listening to our customer needs and providing an exceptional customer experience. Our recruitment approach is always “quality” centric. We pride ourselves on examining the finer details ensuring that we conduct thorough sourcing, vetting and selection which closely matches individual needs to requirements. We carry out regular service level review meetings, are flexible and adaptable to changing needs or shifting market conditions and therefore are always in a position to act quickly and effectively to assist and support our customers to build talented teams as required.

Richard Whale

Director - Midlands & South

I have been in recruitment for nearly 20 years and had various roles covering the Midlands and the South of England. I have also had 4 years based in the UAE covering the Middle East and North Africa.

My mantra for recruitment has always been based on partnering with clients and collaboration. Our clients do what they do well, and we do what we do well. It is all about transparency and delivery.


Gareth Richardson

Head of Client Solutions

Having started my career in recruitment, I have been fortunate enough to work in senior HR roles, where I have been actively involved in growing, developing and nurturing teams of professionals. The majority of my career has been within the Real Estate and Construction industry and understand what it takes to build a successful team in such a competitive market. I was a previous client of Fawkes & Reece, so I know the business well and look forward to seeing how much further this business can go.

My approach is all about collaboration. I thrive working with teams of people and sharing ideas to create successful partnerships. I have joined Fawkes & Reece to work closely with clients and give them a unique approach to recruitment. I have sat the other side of the table for the past 6 years and understand how important a solid recruitment partnership can be.

Joanna Whyms

Head of Credit

Ruth Berry

Group HR Manager

I have been working for the Fawkes & Reece group of companies (predominately at Fawkes & Reece (North), which was formerly Bromak) October 2011. I started in recruitment before moving in to HR in November 2014.

I completed my CIPD in the evenings and by the summer of 2016 I had been awarded Level 5 Certificate in Human Resource Management, and became an Associate member of the CIPD.

Going beyond the administrative tasks, my role focusses on employee engagement, operational efficiency, and generally supporting the business in achieving its goals.

It’s really important to the group’s Directors that all employees, regardless of role or which division of the group they’re working for, have the same employee experience.

Stephen Solarin

Talent Acquisition Manager

Tanya Tilley

Compliance Manager

I had worked as a Medical Compliance Officer since 2010 including at Framework Level , during which time I was trained as a Phlebotomist and a BLS Instructor (Basic Life Support), after 7 years I had worked my way up into Management in 2017,

Prior to the above I had always worked within a Recruitment Agency in various administrative roles such as front of house, PA and Office Manager, helping me to grow and adapt to this environment.

My approach is to be flexible but efficient whilst protecting the business from potential risks whilst regularly working on building new and perfecting existing processes.