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).
PA & Project Manager
Jenny HoltzhausenPA & Project Manager
Jenny is our PA and project manager at Cesium Group. Facilitating meetings and co-ordinating schedules including project co-ordination, client liaison, our events schedule and credit control management.
Prior to joining the team, Jenny successfully organised cross-functional teams managing various projects within the high end retail, fashion and luxury sectors as well as working for a number of marketing agencies in an account management capacity.
Jenny is passionate about health and fitness and is also a qualified Pilates instructor (trying her best to keep the team fit and healthy!) She spends much of her free time taking Pilates classes and walking her dogs.
Kyle OvensPrincipal Consultant
Kyle is an executive recruiter with a strong foundation in the hospitality food and beverage sector. With over 15 years global recruitment experience including sourcing corporate level leadership for new launching cruise lines and international hotel groups.
He started his career in hotels working for luxury hotels and cruise lines with focus on restaurant and food and beverage operations. Moving over to the recruitment sector in 2004 as founder in a leading hospitality search firm.
Kyle lives in Knysna on the Garden Route of South Africa. He loves the outdoors with a passion for fly fishing in locations off the beaten track, fly-tying, avid bird watcher and dj’ing electronic music.
Country Manager - South Africa
Geraldine LeiteCountry Manager - South Africa
As a Researcher in the executive search research arena, Geraldine’s specialty is researching scarce-skill candidates by using Boolean search as well as; telephone sourcing, (including approaches and appointments on behalf of the Headhunter) and other creative research methods.
The past 4 years with Cesium Group has had her managing senior search projects globally within the Beers, Wines & Spirits industry. She also supports the consultants in executive search research, talent maps as well as assisting in the building of our talent management system.
At home, she enjoys spending time with her small family & 2 cats. She’s inspired by and loves creating countless forms of art, reading, doing yoga & pilates, going to the beach, and researching topics of interest.
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!).
(CDO) Chief Dog Officer
Max(CDO) Chief Dog Officer
Max is a 4 year old working fox red Labrador and our CDO (Chief Dog Officer). Max focuses on keeping the team entertained / happy and making as much noise as possible when the team are on conference calls.
Max lives with Paul our MD and spends his spare time in the countryside, swimming at every given opportunity and occasionally getting out in the field.
Join our team
Join our team
Come and join our team! We’re looking for driven, enthusiastic and communicative people to join The Cesium Group. We’re an energetic and hard working team working in a fun and rewarding environment.
Contact us and tell us why you think you should join our team