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Ian Simkins

Managing Director / Owner

Ian Simkins

A bit about me:

I’ve been recruiting in the food and drink sector for a while – since 1996 to be truthful! I can still remember faxing CVs, and having to wait for the advert response to arrive by post. Those were the good old days!! I set up Silven from my kitchen and still can’t believe how far […]

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Jez / Jeremy Pierce

Sales Director

Jez / Jeremy Pierce

A bit about me:

I absolutely love recruitment. AND the food industry. Most of all, I love it when I meet someone who blows me away. I love picking up the phone to people who might be able to use that kind of skill set, and getting through to them as they just happen to need someone. I also […]

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John Pollard

Recruitment Manager

John Pollard

A bit about me:

As one of the founding team members at Silven, I manage the permanent recruitment team. With more than 20 years in the industry – 15 of these in food and drink – I have a vast network of candidates and clients alike. I used to recruit for IT sales but I wasn’t passionate about it. Food, […]

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Chris Wright

Office Manager

Chris Wright

A bit about me:

Some might say I’m the glue that sticks Silven together. Basically, I run the office and look after everyone! From invoicing, accounts and credit control to IT, telephony and databases – I’ve also been known to try my hand at the odd bit of office DIY. 

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Carole Hearn

Executive Consultant

Carole Hearn

A bit about me:

I’ve been in recruitment for over 16 years. And still to this day, I can say that I love my job and that it never gets boring. Outside of work, I’m a big gym-goer and enjoy a mix of weights and HIT. Working out means that I can indulge at the weekends (which is another […]

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Max Cable

Executive Consultant

Max Cable

A bit about me:

I’ve been at Silven since the beginning and can safely say that I still love what I do, even after all these years. Having worked for a large corporate business before, I love the flexibility that Silven offers – including working from home in Norfolk. To relax, I enjoy gardening and spending time outside.

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Amy Griffith

Managing Consultant

Amy Griffith

A bit about me:

When I started at Silven I didn’t for one minute think I’d achieve what I did in my first year. There were highs and lows, but it’s made me into the person I am today. Numerous boozy lunch clubs and three promotions later and I can honestly say joining Silven was the best decision ever. […]

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Harri Walker

Recruitment Consultant

Harri Walker

A bit about me:

I’m a bit of a country bumpkin but not afraid of a party in the city. I’m also lucky enough to own a horse who I compete, and two dogs called Boris and Freddie. I commute a long, long way into work and although recruitment isn’t something I’ve wanted to do since I was little, coming […]

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Adam Tilbury

Recruitment Consultant

Adam Tilbury

A bit about me:

I began my working life in teaching and quickly realised it wasn’t for me. Since starting at Silven in 2019, I haven’t looked back. As an avid sports fan, I’m naturally competitive, which is great when it comes to sales and recruiting. I’m also a lifelong Manchester City supporter but it’s got to be said, […]

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Bobby Fiddaman

Recruitment Consultant

Bobby Fiddaman

A bit about me:

I’m crazy for music – in particular music in Manchester, which was a major factor in me making the move to the city. I love my job, like most people I didn’t grow up wanting to be a recruiter but now I couldn’t imagine doing any other Job.

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Moin Ahmed

Managing Consultant – Interim

Moin Ahmed

A bit about me:

I recruit interims into food manufacturers across Operations, Supply Chain and Engineering. Using the primary school football analogy, I know which interims get picked first and which are left on the bench! When I’m not doing business, I’m at home with my wife and beautiful, super-active daughter who has been described as a mini-Moin. I’m honest, […]

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Gilbert Gregory

Recruitment Consultant

Gilbert Gregory

A bit about me:

In work, I’m a specialist: Technical and NPD in the North West. Out of work, I’m a jack-of-all-trades: acting, tennis, local politics etc. I excel at none of them, apart from arguing on Twitter, which I remain unbeaten at.

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Keeley Grindrod

Recruitment Consultant

Keeley Grindrod

A bit about me:

When I was 22 I went on holiday for two weeks… and stayed for 10 years. My time in Spain made me fall in love with food and cooking (and I’m partial to the odd glass of wine too!). At Silven, we talk about food all day – this job was literally made for me!

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Emma Hanson

Managing Consultant - Permanent

Emma Hanson

A bit about me:

One of the founding team at Silven, Emma has extensive experience in the food and drink recruitment space. For over 14 years, she has been specialising in middle and senior management roles. She says, “It’s great that we can continue to work with brands/clients we respect and to keep learning and evolving. I want to […]

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Dominic Jones

Recruitment Consultant

Dominic Jones

A bit about me:

Ops, Engineering and Supply Chain are my meat and drink (pardon the pun). Yorkshire (God’s own country) and the North is where I apply my trade. Being from Yorkshire myself helps, a calming accent often means that clients and candidates come out of their shell!

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Lydia Thomas

Interim Operations and Supply Chain – Recruitment Consultant

Lydia Thomas

A bit about me:

I look after Interim recruitment at Silven and enjoy the fast pace of contract work and building very close relationships with candidates. I’m quite the adventurer and spend most of my spare time outside. You’re most likely to find me with a picnic on the beach or in a botanical garden.

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Holly Shaw

Recruitment Consultant

Holly Shaw

A bit about me:

After spending two years travelling around Australia and New Zealand, I then took on a job doing direct sales. Silven is my first office-based job! Travelling is a huge passion of mine, so I look forward to the flexibility and travel opportunities Silven can offer me.

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Kate Mason

Recruitment Consultant

Kate Mason

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Sam Hassan

Engineer Recruitment Consultant – Interim

Sam Hassan

A bit about me:

I’m a proper Manchester lad. I might be ambitious and hardworking but I’m also hugely spontaneous and love to travel. Last Summer I went to Italy for a four-day trip with a friend which ended up with me in Spain six weeks later. Alone. Another time, I woke up and booked a one way ticket […]

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Hannah McGrail

Recruitment Consultant

Hannah McGrail

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