PRESS RELEASE: Nakama London prepares for growth with three new hires

Data and Events Marketing hires ensure Nakama London’s future growth plans

 

Nakama Group plc (AIM: NAK), the AIM quoted international recruitment consultancy providing staff for the Web, Interactive, Digital media, IT and Business Change sectors, has appointed three new consultants to the London office across their Data and Analytics and Events Marketing teams. The new hires are a timely response to the strong growth the Group has seen both in these markets and across their London and recently launched New York offices.

Experienced recruitment consultant, Mark Stevenson, joins Nakama London from Salt Recruitment and has been appointed to the position of sales manager. The team also welcomes Samuel King, joining from the consultancy firm Datatech, as a senior consultant. Samuel will be working closely with Mark recruiting for data science and analytics roles across both the London and New York offices. Both new consultants possess a wealth of experience in building data teams both nationally and internationally.

Mark Stevenson commented: “Data is big. It is influencing and disrupting our cities, businesses; transforming the way organisations speak to their customers and to each other. We are able to draw parallels between the London and New York recruitment scenes. Clients here and abroad share the same vision for their data and analytics teams and we are able to connect them with experienced specialist candidates.”

“I totally agree with Mark”, added Samuel King. “The market is experiencing a boom; the world of data science is buzzing and it’s an exciting time to be a part of it. For candidates looking to make the move, there are some truly interesting opportunities emerging across a raft of new industries.”

 

Fiona Craig, also joins the London team from Stopgap, where she will be focused on growing the events marketing and digital marketing roles within the creative agency sector.

“Effective campaigns encompass a multi-channel approach, integrating the online and offline experience”, Fiona added. “I’m excited about joining the

Nakama business as it looks set to further expand from its strong digital heritage within the experiential environment”.

Paul Goodship, Managing Director Nakama London commented:

“Our vision is clearly set for growth. I am very pleased to welcome these new senior hires who will enable Nakama to scale our digital recruitment service lines both in London and New York.”

 

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If you’d like further information on this release or you would like to arrange an interview with Nakama London Managing Director, Paul Goodship – Contact Courtney Walker – Marketing Specialist Nakama London and New York 07505 418 0234

About Nakama Group plc:

Nakama Group plc is a recruitment group of two branded solutions placing people into specialist and management positions:

Nakama operates in the digital, creative, media, marketing and technology sectors all over the world from offices in the UK, Asia, Australia and North America.

The Highams brand specialises in the Financial Services sector, specifically Business Change and IT in Insurance and Wealth Management currently in the UK and Europe.

Nakama Group plc was created in October 2011 through the acquisition of Nakama Ltd UK and its subsidiaries in Hong Kong, Sydney, and Melbourne by AIM listed Highams Systems Services Group plc.

Since forming in 2011, the Group has opened an office in Singapore and New York for Digital, Creative, Media and Marketing.

Our aim is to offer all our services from both our brands in all our locations.

Nakama London is growing! Meet Max Coltart – Resourcer Engagement Marketing

Max Coltart

Our London team is growing and we want to introduce our newest member of the Nakama team Max Coltart – Resourcer for Engagement Marketing

What are you known for professionally? Coming from a background working in Michelin star restaurants, I’m known for my work ethic and working in an intense, high-pressured environment with a close-knit team. I can also fry a pretty decent egg.

What do you love about recruitment? The dynamic nature of the industry, there’s always something going on! Also the diverse nature of the people you meet in digital, helping people take the next step in their careers.

What intrigues you about the world of Social Media and working with people who are in the field? Looking at how much social media has changed how we communicate in the last 5-10 years, I’m excited to see what the future holds, and to be a part of that change.

What’s the coolest thing you’ve done while being in London? Serving up culinary experiences for a few A-listers. The cast of the Big Bang Theory, and the English Football team, Gary Lineker, Trevor McDonald to name a few.

What would be impossible for you to give up? Restaurants! I can’t resist a new pop-up or restaurant opening. My favourite at the moment is City Social and Somsaa

What is your social media channel of choice and why? Instagram, it’s simplicity, personalised content and the ability to get up to date imagery from events, curators, brands is incredible, not to mention the bloggers. It gives you a ‘noise’ free behind the scenes glimpse into your interests. I’m also getting really into Periscope, a live feed to contributors and content creators around the world, who could resist?

Any hidden talents you want to let us know about? I was a chef for 5 years, so my BLTs aren’t too shoddy.

If you’re looking for a role in Social Media, Content & Editorial speak to Max at Nakama London by emailing mcoltart@nakamalondon.com

Meet Holly Cook, our new Resourcer for Digital Marketing

Holly Cook

Name: Holly Cook

Title: Resourcer – Digital Marketing

What do you recruit for? I resource for the Digital Marketing Team – working on roles for CRM Managers, Web Analysts, PPC, SEO and Biddable Media and eCommerce.

What are you known for professionally? I’m a real people person and can talk to anyone! This has always driven me to take on positions that have given me the opportunity to meet new people. It makes no two days the same!

What do you love about recruitment? Talking to people, hearing about their careers especially in the constantly changing digital marketing industry – the candidates I speak to have worked in some really interesting roles, but also hearing about their lives outside of work – it makes your world a lot smaller. In my first week, I learnt one of my candidates lived in my area!

What intrigues you about the world of Digital Marketing? I’m fairly new to the world of Digital Marketing, but it’s so fascinating. Everything from the emerging digital channels that weren’t available five years ago to the data available and the people behind the scenes analyzing it. It’s constantly evolving and that’s exciting.

What’s the coolest thing you’ve done while being in London? I once spoke at Wembley arena in front of 8,000 people at a youth conference! I was really nervous and at the last minute I was asked to join the dance procession – luckily I didn’t have to dance just hold a giant glowing ball. Also, the change rooms we had 1Direction had previously used – I was pretty excited about that.

What would be impossible for you to give up? The TV show – Don’t tell the bride and Grapefruit squash! (I’m addicted).

What is your social media channel of choice? Instagram – I love that you can explore the world in real-time through images and I like to post shots – mostly of food, family and my cat.

Any hidden talents you want to let us know about? Well it’s a talent I don’t have! I can’t wink… and I used to be a ballerina – the wooden block shoes were painful!

If you’re looking got a role in Digital Marketing speak to Holly if you’re free! P: 0203 588 4569 E: hcook@nakamalondon.com

Getting to know Annabelle Cordingley – Nakama London’s Project Management Consultant

Annabelle Cordingley

Name: Annabelle Cordingley

What area do you recruit for? Project Management – Contract and Perm positions

What do you love about recruiting for Digital Project Managers? I’ve got a great network of candidates who I love working with; Project Managers are natural problem solvers and great relationship builders and being in the digital sector means I’m working with clients who have requirements for exciting projects.

What major projects have you been involved in recruiting for? I’ve placed Project Managers in major campaigns for a UK airport runway through to internationally recognised FMCG brands, as well as more unique projects for VOD platforms and complex back-end website and app build projects.

Market trends: Project Managers looking for permanent roles are in hot demand and we’ve got loads of exciting perm roles on at the moment so get in touch if you’re free! On the freelance side, it was a little slow to start this year but is certainly picking up now so please reach out if you’re available or due to be soon.

What are your five tips you can give to candidates looking for a role in project management:

  • Keep your CV short and concise, as a guide no more than three pages.
  • Don’t be shy on detail around relevant positions to the role you are applying for! It’s always good to know as much about your role in a previous project as possible.
  • Don’t miss an opportunity because you don’t tick all the boxes in a job spec. A spec is often the ideal candidate and clients might be flexible on some aspects of a role.
  • Project Managers transitioning from a permanent position to freelancing – Good time-keeping is really important, a lot of people switch to freelance for flexibility, but bare in mind you still have to keep an open channel of communication with your manager about your hours, especially when interviewing for your next role- they’ll expect you to be looking if your contract is coming to an end so let them know and you can arrange to be out at the best time for everyone.
  • Always be wary of your reputation! As a freelancer you move around a lot and London is a very small circuit so it’s important you’re flexible, respectful and excellent communicator – deal with issues in an adult way. Of course- if it’s genuinely terrible get out of there! So long as you have solid reasoning people will

What do you find most interesting about recruitment? Definitely building amazing relationships. My job requires me speaking to people all day, and sometimes the conversations veer from briefing on a role to hearing about their weekends, families and next travel adventure – You really get to know and love your candidates!

What’s your quirkiest obsession? Headstands, knitting and baking, I love the challenge of an improvised ingredient cake! …. And Foxes Extremely Chocolatey Cookies! If you’ve not tried them yet get involved!

Your favourite spot in London?  Federation of Coffee in Brixton! They have an amazing Soy Latte and it’s a brilliant spot to people watch.

If you’re free and would like to speak to Annabelle about a role email acordingley@nakamalondon.com or call on 0203 588 4569

Innovative digital technology used to deliver powerful domestic violence campaign message

Image Credit: WCRS

The power of advertising, can you see the effect? The innovative campaign launched by WCRS and Ocean Outdoor for domestic violence charity Women’s Aid, saw the importance of not turning a blind eye to domestic violence but also how the power of advertising can make a difference by engagement.

The campaign coincided with International Women’s Day, a powerful launch date that aimed to strike hard encouraging effective action for advancing and recognising women. WCRS used images of models that had been beaten and bruised on large digital outdoor screens; photographed by Ian Rankin these already shocking images are combined with a caption stating ‘Look at me’.

Do you look or do you turn a blind eye?

Women that have been affected by domestic violence usually try to hide their bruises and feel unable to tell anyone about their suffering, fearing that they won’t be believed or people won’t understand. The screens use digital facial recognition to detect passers-by, as long as people ignore the images the bruises do not go away and the posters remain the same. However, once people start to notice and recognise the issue the bruises begin to fade and the women’s faces become completely healed. A direct translation of how advertising can be measured, this campaign is the first instance in the UK where technology has been used in combination with outdoor screens to show the cause and effect.

Ross Neil, creative director at WCRS, added: “The simplicity of the advert’s wording and image implicates passers-by in their inactivity before the advanced technology demonstrates how they personally can make a change in the fight against domestic violence by engaging with it.”

To encourage interaction passers-by receive push notifications drawing their attention to the screen, offering more information and providing a link to a microsite where donations can be taken. This also allows for the campaigns effectiveness to be measured. Through the use of simple advertising and dynamic technology, WCRS have managed to deliver a campaign that illustrates an effective solution that encourages us to make a positive change. We can all make a tangible difference if we work together and this can be seen visually within this campaign; the more people that look at the posters the quicker the bruises fade and a change is made.

Taking notice is more powerful than turning a blind eye.

Sian recruits for temporary and permanent digital design and creative roles here at Nakama London. If you’d like to speak to Sian about a role email ssidaway@nakamalondon.com LinkedIn or Phone: 0203 588 4567