68%of the work Cesium completed in 2015/16 was international
70%of customers chose us because of our industry knowledge and expertise
Meet the team
Paul HaslamManaging Director
Paul has more than fifteen years’ experience setting up and managing search businesses in the UK, Middle East and Africa. He started his career in 2000 and has worked for a wide range of businesses from start-ups to large multi-nationals, having set-up and managed businesses located in the UK, UAE and South Africa. He moved back to the UK in 2009 and formed the Cesium Group with two high profile business partners/former colleagues before completing an MBO.
Paul brings to the table a wealth of experience building high performance teams and a track record of delivering on high profile international search campaigns and whole company set-ups. Paul was sponsored by Goldman Sachs to undertake an Entrepreneurs MBA at UCL via the 10ksb program in 2015. He lives in Hampton and enjoys clay pigeon shooting, sailing, classic cars, music production, DJ’ing and playing golf (badly).
Sales and Marketing Director
MICHAEL SCHUMACHERSales and Marketing Director
With over 17 years experience working in the consulting industry and dealing in the business intelligence and data analytics sector Michael brings a wealth of experience in both consulting and events.
He has worked with clients across Europe and North America working for some of the largest independent analyst and consulting firms.
Having already established himself as a key part of the team Michael will be working across the organisation focusing his energy on bringing a new and energised perspective to Cesium’s growing sales and marketing function.
Michael has two sons and if not at work is most likely to be found in the gym!
Principal Consultant, Search Practice
Ben BondPrincipal Consultant, Search Practice
Ben brings over 13 years of global headhunting experience to Cesium Group, gained across the FMCG and financial services industries in Europe, North America and Asia Pacific. After successfully building a global in house recruitment function for one of the world largest payment services companies, Ben is keen on continuing to offer a professional, transparent and efficient candidate experience here at Cesium. During his time, Ben has predominantly worked on a retained, research driven basis for global search firms and UK focussed recruitment organisations alike.
After two years of studying, Ben recently qualified as a professional chef from Westminster Kingsway College fulfilling a long time ambition. Ben spends his free time with his two sons and occasionally in the gym, running and trying to relive former swimming glory in the pool.
Principal Consultant, OE Practice
Christopher MacePrincipal Consultant, OE Practice
As the lead for our Organisational Effectiveness practice, Chris is passionate about helping businesses stay one step ahead of their competition by driving up employee engagement and strengthening their capability. Chris is an ex-Vice President, Organisational Development at Constellation Brands and has over 30 years experience working in operational, marketing, generalist HR and OD/OE roles in a variety of sectors including wines & spirits, FMCG, telecommunications, leisure & hospitality, not for profit and retail. His roles have been for global businesses as well as for organisations based in the UK and he joined the Cesium Group in late 2014.
Chris has a first degree and is a Chartered Member of the CIPD. He lives in a small village in Hampshire – where he has taken an active interest in his local community by being chairman & Parish Councillor for 10 years and enjoys spending time with his wife and two teenage daughters as well as running in Alice Holt forest, gardening, shooting and travel.
Alison DaymondHR Director
As our lead on generalist HR, change management and performance management, Alison has a progressive hands-on approach working in diverse organisations from start-ups to industry leaders with revenues of up to $2.6 billion across European and Global organisations. As Ex UK & Ireland HR Director Beam Global (#3 spirits business worldwide) Alison has 20 years’ experience in leading HR and Training teams, mentoring and coaching managers and employees alike; a strong networker building key relationships with stakeholders both inside and outside organisations and proven expertise in a wide variety of companies and industry sectors including wines & spirits, holidays, hospitality and the airline industry.
A passion for advising clients on employee relations, recruitment, performance management, cultural change, organisational restructures, change management, training, coaching, and creating policy and procedures with demonstrable success.
Alison loves boating and spends pretty much every weekend from May to September out on her boat messing about on the water. She is also a Zumba and Yoga addict!!
Prior to moving into consulting, Mark had a successful career with a some significant Blue Chip FMCG businesses including Northern Foods, Philips (where amongst other roles, Mark was a Six-Sigma Black Belt), Unilever, Shell and the ABF group in a number of commercial and strategic roles. He has also been a Channel Sales Director within an MBO of a £4bn wholesaler.
Mark started his consultancy career in 2015 as he has a passion for purposeful organisation and Leadership development, and in particular is proficient at delivering capability improvement in commercial teams. He is a mentor for an Entrepreneurial accelerator program, is a licenced practitioner of Insights, and has appeared as an expert witness in the High Court!
Mark lives in a small village in West Sussex with his young family and over-energetic dog, and enjoys sailing, cycling and running (mainly after the dog!).
Jennifer van Riet
Head of Research & Resourcing
Jennifer van RietHead of Research & Resourcing
Jennifer has a passion and a flair for research which has been developed through a combination of a 15 years corporate experience and two mentorships; one in Forensic Research and another in Executive Research and Boolean Search Methodology. She has focused on Executive Search Research and Market Mapping in the following geographical areas: South Africa, The United Kingdom, Nigeria, DRC, Angola, Ghana, Germany, and the USA.
When not working, Jennifer enjoys spending time reading or else you will find her tending her garden or enjoying a walk in the estuary or on the beach with her family and her dogs. Her greatest joy comes from whipping up taste bud bending food for her love-ones to enjoy
Personal Assistant to MD
Geraldine LeitePersonal Assistant to MD
Senior level PA with over 15 years experience working in a variety of sectors; including Corporate PA at two international firms. Sector experience includes entertainment, printing & advertising, tourism, housing and IT. She has a keen eye for design along with a passion for events and marketing. Geraldine is based in our Cape Town office.
She has a love for a wide range of arts, including music, painting, crafting & reading.