Amanda Fone
Amanda Fone
Founder and CEO of f1 Search
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Amanda Fone has 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 / Starcom Back2Businessship programme for returning to work parents & contributed to a House of Commons Select Committee in January 2016 on the Gender Pay Gap.  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.

 

Carlie Walker
Carlie Walker
Sector Lead - Sports & Entertainment
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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 Tottenham Hotspur, SKY, SAMSUNG and Arsenal. Carlie has worked with companies advising them about implementing diversity initiatives around returners and the gender pay gap.

Gary Allen
Gary Allen
Sector Lead – Marketing, Digital & Technology
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With over 25 years’ experience in recruitment and sales, Gary’s breadth and depth of sector knowledge in Marketing, Digital, eCommerce & Tech, has proven invaluable for the international franchise partners of leading brands including M&S, H&M, Harvey 

Nichols & Starbucks as well as global technology players like Dell EMC.

Having placed specialist and executive talent in the UK, Europe and Emerging Markets, Gary has developed a unique understanding of the positive effect on culture and performance that diversity can have on a business.

Gary is the Sector Lead for Marketing, MarTech and Digital helping f1 Recruitment clients to build diverse, high performing teams that enable change and transformation. His passion for driving excellence in candidate and client experiences ensures a constant focus on delivering the highest quality recruitment outcomes.

Sally Wells
Sally Wells
Non Executive Director
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Sally has enjoyed a varied and exciting career both as an entrepreneur and in a more corporate setting. She has managed hundreds of people and been CEO/MD of businesses in a variety of different sectors including logistics, education, recruitment, psychometric profiling and publishing. Over the last 12 years she improved the profitability of an international recruitment company by 500%. She then sold her share in the company to explore a new start up in education – subsequently sold to a psychometric profiling organisation.

Her experience includes mergers, strategic planning, people development – creating effective senior leadership teams, start-ups, business planning, and equity sales.

Sally joined Vistage in April 2015 and chairs London based groups of business leaders. The Groups consist of MDs and Business Owners of all types of companies, with a turnover typically in excess of £3 million. She has recently taken on the role of Best Practice Chair, helping other Chairs reach their potential.

She is also a Coach, Non-Exec Director and adviser to a huge range of clients throughout the UK. She joined  f1 recruitment & search as a Non Executive Director in April 2021.

Padma Knowles
Padma Knowles
Senior Associate
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With over 20 years experience in the recruitment and search space, covering a range of specialisms but with the last few years predominantly focused on the Marketing & Digital sectors.  Padma has worked in Senior Management roles, as well as Senior Recruiter roles, both from an inhouse and agency perspective, with large corporates right through to start ups.  Years of experience working alongside business leaders and determined to drive conversations forward about Diversity and Inclusion.

Passionate about giving the best experience to both clients and candidates alike and has a genuine focus on both skills and values alignment.

A recognised national coaching champion for the incredible Smart Works Charity.

Nick Davies
Nick Davies
Sector Lead Designate – PR & Influencer
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Through his love of sport and playing cricket at a high level, Nick embarked on a new career within the recruitment industry in 2016. With the skills and experience learned  from  his sports career –  high quality performance, attention to detail and resilience, Nick transferred these skills into the talent sector.
4 years on Nick is a Senior Associate at f1 working across PR, communications, marketing and sports marketing briefs at the mid to senior level.  Nick has been an active advocate of BAME2020 and the f1 diversity and inclusion programmes. He works with the leadership team on No Turning Back 2020.

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