A different approach to others

We’re pleased to introduce our senior team, you will always work alongside one of our founding partners during the search and selection process. We work with a transparent, open approach and in addition to introducing ourselves, we look forward to getting to know you better.

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    Alison Cannon

    Founding Partner

    Alison Cannon has held Board level positions as Sales & Marketing Director within blue chip organisations including Patak’s Foods and Grampian Country Food Group ...

    Alison Cannon has held Board level positions as Sales & Marketing Director within blue chip organisations including Patak’s Foods and Grampian Country Food Group. This experience at both client and candidate level drives her absolute focus on candidate care, and ensures that she really understands our clients’ business needs.

    Alison also has over eight years’ experience within search and selection, with clients valuing her honesty, clarity and the success she brings to the process. In addition, candidates value her communication and warmth. Please read our client and candidate recommendations for more details.

    Alison’s clients include FMCG and pharmaceutical manufacturers, retailers and housing associations. She has significant experience placing Executive and Non Executive Directors. In addition, Alison is also a Board Trustee for two charities.

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    Martin Thayne

    Founding Partner

    Martin has a broad background in a range of business sectors, including academia, engineering and consumer products ...

    Martin has a broad background in a range of business sectors, including academia, engineering and consumer products. After launching his career as a researcher at Birmingham University, Martin then moved on to designing suspension systems for Land Rover and working for a major 1st Tier Automotive Supplier.

    After gaining valuable experience in various sectors, Martin moved on to join Kimberly Clark – the makers of Andrex® and Kleenex® – holding a range of senior positions in research and development, operations and sales. Martin’s previous experience continues to be particularly useful within his search and selection career.

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    Therese Engall

    Founding Partner

    Therese brings over 15 years’ experience working within leading retained recruitment consultancies, providing a wealth of knowledge and expertise ...

    Therese brings over 15 years’ experience working within leading retained recruitment consultancies, providing a wealth of knowledge and expertise in a wide range of sectors. Her specialisms include fulfilling senior site management, supply chain, manufacturing/operations, engineering and technical roles in the FMCG arena, specifically in high volume food and drink manufacturing.

    Over the last 15 years, Therese has built up a strong reputation in her own right and developed excellent relationships with key leaders within the FMCG manufacturing arena. In addition, she has extensive experience in the agrochemical sector, including 13 years working for the global company Union Carbide and Rhone-Poulenc in international sales.

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    Catherine Salkeld

    Non-Executive Director

"Resonate conducted a search for BFFF after their own extensive efforts had failed to find a credible shortlist. They delivered a quality shortlist with 3 appointable candidates being found. Throughout the process Resonate kept us well informed and consulted effectively at every stage. I would have no hesitation in recommending their services or using them again".

Brian Young, Chief Executive - British Frozen Foods Federation

"Alison Cannon handled the process with professionalism and the utmost discretion throughout…presented a fantastic shortlist that provided real choice…challenged our thinking by demonstrating a real understanding of our business needs".

Debbie Robinson - Managing Director, Spar UK

"I have worked with Therese for many years now and can categorically say that Therese is in the top three of Senior Search and Recruitment professionals I have ever had the pleasure of dealing with".

Bob King - Compliance & Operational Excellence Director – Hovis Ltd

"We have used Martin on many occasions for our most senior appointments. He is well connected, really understands our business and manages relationships well".

Julian Bell - HR Director at Muller Wiseman Dairies

"I have worked with Alison and Therese and known them for several years. Recently I worked with them on my current role. They stand out amongst head-hunters for their warmth, engagement, VALUES and understanding of the process".

Jason Kelly - Supply Chain Director - Chingford Fruit Ltd

"Therese worked with me to achieve a successful placement in a senior operations role within the food industry. Her first rate knowledge of the industry and her capability to quickly align my career aspirations with the needs of her client were instrumental in this process".

Steve Wood - Operations Director – Tulip Ltd

"I found Martin extremely expert at working out exactly what we wanted and also having the strength in depth of aligning our needs with the right individuals".

John Sharkey - Chief Executive Officer - SEC Ltd