Our people

David Rooney
Founder & CEO

Over 20 years experience in the recruitment sector, David started life as a financial recruiter at one of the UK’s top names for mid-market finance.  He joined that business when it had 7 employees and was instrumental in driving its growth to 135 people, eventually rising to become MD and leading the business through its sale to a PE-backed business in 2007. Subsequently he became the EMEA CEO for The FiveTen Group during their acquisition phase of 2007/2008.  David set up Finatal in 2010 wanting to again build a great business only this time better than the first.

In his colleagues’ words:
Motivational, charming and a natural leader. A ‘morning person all day long’.  We are not sure what that means but he likes it.

Paul Blant
Director

Paul entered the world of recruitment direct from graduating from Southampton University.  He worked in one of the most highly regarded finance search businesses in London setting up their Interim division and enjoyed huge success representing clients in both commerce and industry and financial services.  He has a large network of CFOs from whom he gets respect and huge loyalty as he is always extremely committed to helping customers whether candidates or clients and will not give up a search until he gets the right result for them.  Paul joined Finatal as a Director in 2011 and oversees all UK consultants in addition to driving our strategy for PE clients.

In his colleagues’ words:
Tireless, expert, revered by clients and smiley. However, ‘doesn’t suffer fools’. You were warned.

Mark Sattin
Director - Interim

Mark started his professional career working with Simon Korn commercial, before going travelling around Central America for 5 months. He joined Finatal in its infancy in 2010 and was tasked developing Finatal Technology. The sector grew fast and worked with a number of VC and PE backed companies. After 5 years, he was promoted to lead the Interim business, where they are focused on working with the best Interim Finance talent across the VC and Private Equity backed companies.

In his colleagues’ words:
Methodical, tenacious & thorough.  Also dynamic and straight-talking. We weren’t expecting ‘father figure’ and ‘paternalistic’.  Give us a hug, Mark.

Anne Wilkinson
Manager - Brazil

Anne has been with the business since its inception and has led our Brazil team since 2012.  She was responsible for building the Brazil business from scratch and she covers senior finance hires across PE but also other sectors including retail, mining, consumer goods and agro-business.  Predominantly focused on Sao Paulo, Anne also assists clients on CFO and Controller hires in Rio, Minas Gerais & Curitiba.

In her colleagues’ words:
Friendly, feisty, committed and she perseveres.  We also got ‘zestful’.  We like zestful.

Caspar Benson
Interim Manager

Caspar joined Finatal in June 2015 and works on the interim desk, specifically looking after the Interim Management/CFO practice. Coming from a recruitment background, Caspar previously worked for Randstad and Trillium Associates in his earlier career.

In his colleagues’ words:
Articulate, analytical, focused, decisive and precise.  He is also ‘mature like a nice cheese’. 

Jamie Irwin
Manager

Jamie joined Finatal in 2017 bringing with him over 5 years’ experience of recruiting in London’s accountancy and finance market. He has operated at the qualified end of the market on both an interim and permanent capacity, priding himself on delivering genuine consultancy to both clients and candidates. This approach has resulted in valuable long term relationships with senior finance professionals across SME and FTSE businesses.

Dawn White
Executive Consultant

Dawn joined Finatal in November 2016. She has twenty years of experience recruiting finance professionals and has worked with some leading names in the market.  Clients have ranged from SME and start up to large private and public international companies recruiting key finance roles across all commercial sectors. Her passions are food, music and West Ham United. She describes herself as a super star DJ in disguise as an executive recruiter.

David Hanison
Senior Consultant - CFOs

David has 17 years experience of placing senior finance professionals having previously trained as a chartered accountant with PricewaterhouseCoopers. Clients have ranged from multinational listed plcs and PE-backed businesses through to private companies and SMEs mainly UK-based as well as some overseas (Europe, Middle East and Asia).

In his colleagues’ words:
Lateral thinker, diplomatic & humorous. Always looking to help.  Our favourite though: ‘a great left foot’.  We think this is football-related.

Chris Benstead
Senior Consultant – Interim

Chris has always had a very keen interest in how and why people behave the way they do and in turn completed a 1st Class Degree in Psychology from Birmingham City University. After University, Chris spent some time travelling to Sri Lanka and Brazil and then joined Finatal as a graduate in our Interim team. Chris counts himself as a keen sports person having played football and water polo to a high level in the past!

Matthew Humphreys
Consultant - Interim

Matthew was brought up in East Yorkshire where has just completed two successful years in financial recruitment. He has since made the big move and relocated to London where he has joined us within the Finatal Interim team.

As another keen sportsman in the office, Matthew plays rugby union and tennis and counts himself as a big car enthusiast!

Phoebe Hennell
Consultant - Interim

Phoebe has recently joined the Finatal interim team. She has made the transition from a sales background in the private equity sector to a recruitment-orientated involvement in the same sphere. The reason for this was wanting to be involved with people on a day-to-day basis. Prior to this, she was studying a medicine degree before discovering that her true preference lay in business. However, she has retained the instinct to act with people’s best interests at heart, coupling this with drive and ambition. Outside of work, Phoebe is keen on health and fitness, loving running and smoothies but also loves a glass of prosecco and is addicted to chocolate.

Jack Lane
Consultant - Interim

Jack joined Finatal’s interim team in 2017. Jack was a lighting-solutions consultant for a year but decided to pursue a career in recruitment so he could engage in a more challenging, specialised market.

He is a graduate of University of Nottingham with a First-class degree in English and Philosophy - specialising in Advanced Metaethics, Freudian Psychoanalytics and Dystopian Fiction in his final year. Jack has a pending publication on Aldous Huxley and William Blake. When he wasn’t busy being a nerd, Jack was a white-collar heavyweight boxer and a 1st team prop in Rugby League… Weird mix.

Cameron Sondhi
Consultant

As a Business and Management graduate from The University of Lincoln, Cameron started his career as a Researcher at Bailey Fisher Executive Search supporting the Partners on a range of C-suite and board level roles in Technology, Life Sciences, Healthcare and Finance. Cameron brings this experience with him and joined the Finatal team as a Consultant on our permanent side of the business. He is also a keen sportsman and qualified tennis coach!

Christina Tang
Consultant

Originally from Newcastle, Christina moved to Tokyo after graduation and worked as a specialist Recruitment consultant covering the Japan and APAC regions. Upon return to the UK she joined Finatal working on the permanent Finance desk. Christina has experience working with large multinational companies as well as small business’. Christina is a keen traveller and in her spare time enjoys volunteering for animal welfare organisations.

Thomas Hilling
Consultant

Tom joined the team in June 2017 and works on the permanent desk. He graduated from Newcastle University in business management. Tom has experience working with venture capitalists and running his own business whilst at university. Tom is a keen golfer and enjoys travelling off the beaten track. He has now relocated to London and is looking forward to starting a career in recruitment.

Elizabeth Willoughby
Consultant

Whilst studying French and Spanish at the University of Exeter, Elizabeth spent a year living and working in a small town on the outskirts of Valencia. In her final year she completed her dissertation focusing on the lost periods of history in Spain’s past, using literature to understand a narrative controlled by censorship. She has now relocated to London and is working in the permanent Finance team as a recruitment consultant. Prior to this, she worked in Paris, Madrid and London gaining experience wherever she could. Elizabeth is keen on playing sports such as tennis and korfball, and is always looking for something new to try. Although her passion is travelling to far off places, meeting new people and tasting as much different food as possible.

Dominic Mellett
Consultant

Dominic joined Finatal in July 2017 and works on the interim team with a focus on interim management / CFO roles. Prior to joining Finatal he worked for an investment bank boutique where he worked on M&A in the U.K & Germany. Dominic is a Business with Economics graduate from the University of Brighton and graduate in 2016.

Outside of work Dominic enjoys skiing, squash and plays competitive hockey

Adrian Callendar
Training Manager

Adrian qualified as a Teacher but decided he didn’t like other peoples’ children so moved into Recruitment as he preferred the company of other adults. He has a background of working in specialist recruitment mainly within the construction sector and has held every role from Consultant to Director during his long career. In 2009 he took his CITD/CIPD qualification and moved into Training and Development within the Recruitment Industry. Joining Finatal in 2015 his role is to maximise the potential of all Consultants and Managers in the business through individual Training and Coaching plans, including a comprehensive induction programme for new starters. Adrian enjoys his work and says he came for the opportunity and stays because of the people. In his spare time he likes doing crosswords, studying military history and listening to Punk rock.

Kasia Jursa
Accounts Assistant

Kasia joined the business in 2012.  She organises the smooth running of the office in addition to supervising our admin team in India and also oversees the financial aspects of the Interim business. 

In her colleagues’ words:
Efficient, organised, phlegmatic and a great multi-tasker.  ‘Finatal’s engine room’. And also a polyglot to boot!  Not bad, eh?

Lídia Ruiz
Marketing Executive

Lidia is a Marketing and Communication professional from Barcelona who joined us in 2017 right after she moved to London.  Recently graduated in Autonomous University of Barcelona but with already experience in online marketing, event organization and communication strategy, she is passionate about people, helping others and working, as well as volunteering, on valuable projects such as TEDxBarcelona. Lidia loves to work and learn, and since the very first day she proved an active and motivated attitude to improve the company marketing strategy in both internal and external way. She is very keen on travelling, art, rock music and climbing!

Sarah Doyle
PA

Sarah joined us in 2017, after managing an office independently for 2 years previous. Sarah joined the team as the PA to our CEO, David Rooney and is important in keeping the office running smooth and efficiently.

Sarah is keen to continue to learn daily and always wants to help the team whenever needed. She has a passion for food (mainly eating it) and regularly tries to master new recipes. 

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