Nakama Afterhours: Natasha Eyles – Business Support at Nakama London

Get to know what the team at Nakama Global do after 5pm!

Name: Natasha Eyles

Day Job: Business support at Nakama London

What do you get up to afterhours?

After hours I like to dabble in all sorts of new things! My persuits include archery, power-hooping and acting. I’m sure there will be more to add to the list soon (I can also be found at Stickman Cartel gigs after hours and now consider myself a full blown groupie – “Wooh Greg!!”)

How long have you been doing film/theatre – what was your first role?

I have been doing the odd bit of acting for just over a year now. My first short film was a little murder mystery called ‘The strange case of the theatre murder’ – being a huge fan of ‘Murder, She Wrote’ I was thrilled to be cast as Rosie in his little piece.

What got you into doing film and theatre? 

Sitting at home one cold December, bored and browsing the Internet I came across a website called City Academy. They do all manner of classes from script writing, dancing, singing lessons, burlesque and acting. So, I put myself out of my comfort zone and clicked on the 6-week acting course that was to be held every Saturday at the Saddlers Wells theatre in North London!

What productions have you appeared in? 

So far I have been in two short films with the Reading Film and Video Club (all amateurs). The first one as mentioned earlier and the second film is called ‘The 12.15 to nowhere’ (in production).

How do you get over the stage fright?

While doing my acting lessons we had to act out a couple of scenes, one of which meant I had to stand-up on my own, in front of the rest of the group and recite the lines I had to learn and it took me completely out of my comfort zone. To say I was nervous is the biggest understatement of 2015! But I did it! I had sweaty palms, a dry mouth And a heart rate equal to that of an Olympic 100m sprinter! It made me realise that theatre is not for me and I’m better suited to TV/Film.

Where can we see your films? 

Here is the link for my first film, all done as a hobby and we have a laugh so don’t expect a performance worthy of an Oscar https://youtu.be/zXOPWHs9Gz4

Are you working on anything at the moment?

I’m not currently working on anything at the moment, but I know there will be another phone call when they have a script ready for action! Who knows…one day an Oscar may well be sitting on my sideboard (if not I’m sure you can buy one on eBay).

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Nakama London is Growing! Meet Eimear – Resourcer – Technology

Eimear Walsh

Name: Eimear Walsh

Title: Resourcer – Technology 

Sector you recruit for: Technology

What are you known for professionally? Coming from a Speech and Language Therapy background, I’m known for my strong communication skills!

Why did you want to pursue a career in recruiting for the Technology sector? I’ve always had a keen interest in Tech and also in people. As such recruitment with in the Tech sector is a ideal marriage of these two interests.

What intrigues you about the world of Digital/Techology? Everything!! I’ve always had a keen interest in the area but now that I’m becoming more immersed and I’m learning more, my intrigue has been heightened to new levels.

What’s the coolest thing you’ve done while being in London? My sister managed to wangle some VIP tickets for the Alexander McQueen exhibition in the V&A which was pretty amazing! 

What would be impossible for you to give up? Coffee…. I’ve tried and failed! 

What is your social media channel of choice? Instagram

Any hidden talents you want to let us know about?  I’ve been know to pick up a guitar and attempt some bad covers… But what I lack in talent, I make up for in enthusiasm.

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

Meet Nakama London’s new consultant – Toby

Welcome Toby


Name: Toby Boggans

Title: Consultant – Project Management

Sector you recruit for: Digital Project Managers (Perm)

What are you known for professionally?
I have always been a go-getter type of person. If I want something, I will do everything within reason to achieve it. I’m always setting myself personal goals to achieve, whether that financial goals or the odd luxury goal – once I’ve obtained my goal, the sense of achievement is hugely rewarding.

What do you love about recruitment?
Having been in recruitment for three years now I think the main aspect I love about it is the interaction with both clients and candidates. Being able to show my values/expertise to a client, finding candidates for their roles and on the other side placing candidates in a role they love is always nice to see.

What inspired you to get into the world of Digital Project Management?
I kind of fell into Digital Project Management recruitment, I started working in digital recruitment about three years ago and recruiting for various roles within the ad agency space; Client Services, Social Media and a few Project Management roles but never really concentrated on it solely, that was until I joined my previous company and focused on specialising in the sector and took a liking to it right away.

The people are really cool and I always got on with them on a professional level as well as a personal level too, which is always nice. I now have an established network of Project Managers from Junior to Head of PM level, growing my network everyday.

What is your social media channel of choice?
This changes from time-to-time, but at the moment it has to be Instagram.

Where can we find you when you’re not working?
Probably in The Beehive (my local pub) or in The Matthew Harding Upper stand at Chelsea cheering on the might Chels!

What would be impossible for you to give up?
Pie & Mash and Football.

Any secret/special talents?
I have a few secret talents, but if I told you all they wouldn’t be secret any more would they!

Follow Toby on LinkedIn or if you’d like to chat with him about a role, email tboggans@nakamalondon.com or call P: +44 (0) 203 588 4581 M: +44 (0) 7842 722 591