Our Executive Search Experts Profiles

Our highly experienced consultants have the extensive expertise and market knowledge to meet and exceed your executive recruitment needs. We take the time to understand how your business works to ensure that we find the best possible candidate for your skill requirements and cultural fit. Our team builds lasting business relationships with clients and candidates, creating an extensive network of contacts that supply exclusive career opportunities and top calibre executives. Moon Consulting is highly active and respected in the business community, working in partnership with organisations to add value to senior managers and executives.


Vanessa Moon BSc (Hons)

VM

Director

Vanessa Moon has over 25 years senior management and board level recruitment experience. She works with a broad portfolio of clients both in the UK and internationally; these range from start-ups, family owned concerns, major banks as well as FTSE Listed businesses. She also has significant experience in the not for profit and charity sectors. She recruits mainly board level roles; covering Non Exec, Chairman, CEO/ MD, FD, Sales, Operations and HR.

Vanessa co-founded Moon Consulting in 2000 perceiving a need for a return to the personal touch in senior level recruitment and is a firm advocate of the company's core values of being distinctive, ethical and approachable in all their undertakings.

She has been a member of the South West Regional Council of the CBI since 2003 and is a member of the Bristol Guild of Guardians. Vanessa is on the Advisory Board of the University of the West of England faculty of Business and Law, on the committee of the Lord Mayor of Bristol’s Children Appeal, on the Regional Board of the Boolean Maths Hub, a Volunteer Committee Member with The Princes Trust South West and a former Trustee of Spike Island.

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Peaches Golding OBE MBA

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Principal Consultant

Peaches Golding OBE is Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of the City and County of Bristol. She is a Non-Executive Consultant at Moon Consulting, having joined as a Principal Consultant from Business in the Community, where she held a number of roles including regional director, deputy director of a diversity campaign, director of special projects from 1996 to 2011. She was the High Sheriff of Bristol 2010 – 2011.

Peaches is Independent Chair of the Bristol Water Challenge Panel which represents the interests of water consumers and assures the industry regulator and is a Trustee of the ss Great Britain. Peaches has held a range of non-executive roles in public, private and voluntary sector organisations including Chair of the ITV Viewer Advisory Panel for ITV West Country, Non-Executive Director of Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust, a Non-Executive Director of North Bristol Hospital NHS Trust and a Non-Executive Director of GWR West Limited. She was a member of the Ethnic Minority Business Forum, the Home Office representative on the Independent Member Selection Board for Avon & Somerset Police Authority, a Governor of the University of the West of England and a Member of the General Chiropractic Council.

Peaches was awarded an OBE in 2009 for services to minority ethnic people in the South West, an honorary MBA from the University of the West of England in 2010 in recognition of her work in responsible business behaviour in the region and a Doctorate of the University in 2017 for her on-going support of the University and its values.

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Simon Quinn FIRP

SQ

Head of Search

Simon is a Fellow of the Institute of Recruitment Professionals with over 17 years of experience in the recruitment industry across commercial, financial and the HR sectors.

Simon began his career in recruitment in the mid-1990’s managing high volume requirements for several key accounts in London, including the Metropolitan Police, before joining a specialist global financial recruiter to manage senior finance positions.

Simon relocated back to the South West in 2003, ran his own business and then joined a private healthcare company as their UK Business Development Manager. In 2006, he set up a regional HR division for a national recruitment agency, successfully growing the business before moving in to an Area Manager position to remotely manage several teams.

Simon relocated back to the South West in 2003, ran his own business and then joined a private healthcare company as their UK Business Development Manager. In 2006, he set up a regional HR division for a national recruitment agency, successfully growing the business before moving in to an Area Manager position to remotely manage several teams.

Simon prides himself on his honest approach to any assignment he undertakes, adding value to the Client search whilst also focusing on the candidate journey.

Other business interests include acting as a Board member for several not for profit organisations. 

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Sandy Hinks FIRP

SH

Executive Search Consultant

Sandy has over 18 years’ experience in the recruitment industry across IT and Financial sectors recruiting at management and executive level, working for both large global and small to medium sized independent recruiters.

Sandy began her career in recruitment in the late 1980’s. In 2006 she worked for a direct sales start-up company as Head of Operations that grew in 5 years to a turnover of £24m.

More recently she has been working for a construction/property development family business, as well as running a successful 140 acre organic beef farm which was set up 11 years ago.

Since joining Moon Consulting in 2016, Sandy has become a registered recruiter and a Fellow of the Institute of Recruitment Professionals, and has been appointed as a member of the Boolean Maths Hub South West regional board.

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Will Cookson

WC

Interim Business Development Manager

Will is the Interim Business Development Manager for Moon Consulting. Will is responsible for supporting business growth at Moon Consulting through assisting them to build new relationships and provide additional services to existing customers. Will has a working knowledge of the wide range of sectors that we work with and can draw upon his experience across the public, private and voluntary sectors in the skills, education, apprenticeships, health and employment sectors.

Will specialises in managing business relationships at all levels and has previously worked in national and regional business development roles providing commercial solutions. Will has a strong track record of developing partnerships with employers from large multi-nationals to entrepreneurs with new start up’s. He has built up a good knowledge of the pressures that organisations face when striving for growth and the challenges that this can bring in terms of building the right senior team. Will has a young family based in Stroud, Gloucestershire where he also promotes music events including the hugely successful annual Block Party as part of the Stroud Fringe Festival.

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Brian Frost BSc (Hons) ACA

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Finance Director

Brian Frost is a graduate Chartered Accountant with over 25 years of Post Qualification Experience.

He has worked for a £60million manufacturing business as Divisional Director of Finance and as head of finance for a medium sized import and distribution business supplying High Street retailers.

He now acts as a business consultant to a number of entrepreneurial enterprising small businesses advising on strategy, performance and bottom line profitability

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Gemma Wilks

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Relationship Manager

Gemma is the Relationship Manager for Moon Consulting. Working closely with our clients and candidates, Gemma ensures that they receive a first-class customer experience. Gemma manages campaigns end-to-end and is responsible for building and developing strong relationships with Moon Consulting customers.

Gemma has experience working with contacts at various levels of seniority and has a diverse background in sales and administration, including an award winning customer service record from Bristol Airport. Gemma is a communications specialist with outstanding organisational skills, and thoroughly enjoys liaising with Moon Consulting’s stakeholders.

Gemma has ACAS qualifications in Human Resources and is also Moon Consulting’s IT specialist.

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Lisa Alcock BA (Hons)

LA

Marketing Executive

Lisa is Moon Consulting’s Marketing Executive and is responsible for all of the marketing activities at Moon, including marketing strategies, social media marketing, website maintenance, E-News and business development.

Lisa enjoys being creative in her role and thrives from keeping up-to-date with local business news.

Her background, spanned across a variety of industries including financial services, manufacturing, health and social care, education, wholesale & supply chain and retail, gives Lisa the ability to quickly adapt to changeable situations.

Lisa is an enthusiastic problem solver with endless motivation for resolving challenges. She is a positive person with a can-do attitude and a proven track record providing an first-class customer experience.

Lisa has a BA (Hons) in Surface Design and Interior Textiles, and out of Moon Consulting hours she runs her lighting company Lumiscopic; specialising in illuminated surfaces and wave-guide lighting.

As well as this, Lisa volunteers as a Farm Hand at her local community farm.

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Abbie Richards

Abbie

Office Administrator

Abbie has a strong background in commercial customer service, having worked within the healthcare and financial services industries throughout her career.

Highly experienced in working in pressurised environments, Abbie’s outstanding communications skills coupled with her multi-tasking abilities has seen her lead several teams in her previous roles.

Abbie has joined the Moon Consulting team as our Office Administrator where she will be responsible for the day-to-day administration of the office, providing executive support to the directors, processing of applications and building strong working relationships.

With extensive SME experience and her DSDM Agile accreditation, Abbie responds well to change and is well-positioned to lead Moon Consulting’s operations whilst ensuring that the recruitment team can deliver superb results for our clients.

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