Our People

Ray Connolly

Founder and 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

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

Group Operations Director

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.

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.

Hugh Romans

Account Director (Trades & Site Services)

For over 25 years I have been working with construction companies and house builders, large and small, to provide the optimum level of site staff possible. My Account Management experience has won and retained business and turned prospective companies into long term customers. This experience and knowledge of the sector, detailed awareness of all forms of construction, sub-contractors and general market intel, ensures we deliver a consistent and high level of service.

Adopting an Account Management approach says a lot about how we work with our customers. Each company we work with and the candidates we supply are dealt with the upmost respect. Life on construction sites moves fast and is never easy, so dealing with detail, professionalism and a collaborative approach allows all parties to achieve their goals. I feel our customers appreciate what we do, and the way we deliver trades and site operatives.

Warren Kingham

Divisional Manager (Head of Rail & Infrastructure)

I have been working in Rail for over 19 years, gaining in-depth knowledge on every aspect of the industry, from the organisations involved to what a quality candidate looks like! As the first point of contact for our clients, we can deliver large scale requirements of highly skilled and professional staff. As the Account Manager, I attend weekly client meetings and have full responsibility for the team, delivering safe candidates through a stringent compliance process. I also manage the administration and payroll team to help ensure our workers are set up properly and paid accurately and on time.

Detail, honesty and no shortcuts. I care about the industry and what we do, so I make sure I know our clients, build a rapport and ensure that my team is committed and ready to perform.

I spend time with my clients on the projects, whether that’s inducting new workers or helping our client to plan their recruitment programmes. I focus on detail, plan ahead and know what is expected. From the feedback I get from the clients I am proud to say they like my approach and I work hard to make sure that remains the case.

Alex Marshall

Head of Contracts & Compliance

I have almost a decade of experience with contracts and compliance within the recruitment industry, where I have worked with start-ups and multinationals across a wide range of sectors including oil and gas energy and IT.

I'm a firm believer in good communication, honesty and managing expectations, all of which makes for a good team environment and ensures happy candidates and clients.

I like clear processes, efficient systems and I have a great eye for detail which comes in handy when you have to read as many contracts as I do!

Keeley Davis

Executive Search and Client Account 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.

Stephen Solarin

Head of Talent

My experience within recruitment spans 5+ years with a mixture of high street recruitment and rec2rec, placing recruitment consultants across the UK into many different recruitment environments.

In my current position, my objective is to always explore and find the best and most suitable talent for the business but to also try and help the business grow and reach our overall objectives.

My approach has been the same throughout my life - treat everyone with respect, be honest and straight talking. I’m always keen to gain knowledge from others within the business, and equally enjoy training new staff and helping them to develop within the company.

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.