Founding Partner & Financial Director
A History of Design graduate, Tessa has a deep appreciation for culture and organisation. She believes that the effectiveness of any team is based on the personal chemistry of its members. Early in her career Tessa thrived as PA to a senior director. It is this understanding that provides the guiding philosophy to the RMS brand of recruiting. In Tessa’s opinion the reason for the success of RMS, and the extraordinary client loyalty it enjoys, is the particular care taken to match client and candidate. As a young recruiter Tessa worked for one of the market leading London consultancies and was exposed to a wide spectrum of responsibilities that prepared her for a senior management role. Once given commercial responsibility, initially for a failing division, Tessa proved her business development credentials by turning the practise to profit within her first few months of operation. This success led to further professional development and qualification with additional responsibility for staff training in the disciplines of: Recruitment Law, Financial Targeting and Sales.
A short spell outside the recruitment industry followed as Tessa joined a US based, high growth, consultancy, where she was responsible for finance and company secretarial matters including HR and senior consultant recruitment. The operation grew from a satellite office to a mid-sized leader in its field within two years.
In 2000 Tessa partnered with former colleague Kate Rawlings to form RMS Recruitment where her business acumen balanced well with Kate’s business development and client relations credentials.
Founding Partner & Consultancy Director
Kate launced her career in France working for Moët, the exclusive champagne house, which she followed with a spell at a top West End fashion house. Great charm and highly developed social skills have propelled Kate to becoming an exceptional networker and client account director.
In her first recruitment role at a leading secretarial consultancy she became the top fee earner. She progressed to manage a team of six consultants and develop an exclusive and enviable client base.
As an experienced recruiter, Kate took up the opportunity to live and work in Budapest. At a major search and selection company she used her ‘English charm’ to successfully recruit and place middle management despite a significant language barrier in a fiercely tough recruitment market.
On returning to the UK, Kate worked as a senior consultant recruiting for the recruitment industry. After two successful years Kate decided to apply her skill and contacts to strike out on her own. It was then that Kate caught up with and partnered Tessa, whom she had worked with for four years previously. The combination of her exceptional success with client relationships for recruitment and Tessa’s operational expertise has proved to be a winning formula.
BELLA WATTSTemporary Consultant
Bella has been with RMS for nearly two years. She originally registered for a secretarial role but fell in love with the company and couldn’t shake the idea of joining their team. Bella graduated with a degree in English Literature from Reading University and did a graduate scheme within recruitment, equipping her with a sound understanding of what it involves and exposing her to a large corporate environment. After a couple of years working part time as an Office Manager for a property firm to fund a Masters in Addiction Psychology, Bella decided to take some time out before returning to this very emotionally demanding degree, which is when she met the RMS team. She now sees herself building a long term career with RMS and continues to build strong relationship with candidates and clients and thriving in the small, supportive environment. In September 2011 Bella set up a new office in Knightsbridge alongside Zara Saunders and now focuses on business development in West London.
SARAH HOLDENTemporary Consultant
Sarah graduated from Oxford Brookes University in 2004 with a 2:1 after reading History of Art. After working for a prestigious Interior Design company in Chelsea, Sarah worked as a PA for a Private Art Gallery based in the Gherkin. Sarah is an experienced Consultant having been with RMS for the past four years where she is now responsible for developing the busy Mayfair Temporary desk. Sarah is proactive and a real people person and has an ability to make clients and candidates feel assured and at ease almost instantly.
OLIVIA PILCTemporary Consultant
Olivia is a Consultant on the Temporary team who has been at RMS for nearly 18 months. After graduating from Reading University with a 2:1 BA Hons in History of Art, Olivia went on to work at various prestigious art institutions including Bonhams and Sotheby’s Institute before winning a placement on the competitive Guggenheim internship based in Venice. Although she thoroughly enjoyed working in the art world she decided that she wanted a role that gave her more chance to interact with people on a daily basis and after working at Yacht brokers Camper and Nicholson she found her happiest home at RMS.
JO BRADBEERPermanent Consultant
Jo Bradbeer has been a Permanent Consultant at RMS for two years. Prior to this she specialised in marketing and events having worked at Earls Court for three years and as an Account Manager at a Marketing Agency for two. Jo graduated from Newcastle University in 2003 having read Psychology and English after boarding at Cranleigh School where she studied her A' levels. She spent a year in Africa after University managing a safari bush camp in the depths of the Zambian bush.
NATASHA WEBBPermanent Consultant
Natasha joined RMS as a Consultant in July 2010 from Financial PR Consultancy, Tulchan Communications. Natasha had been with Tulchan for more than 8 years as an Account Administrator where she was responsible for the coordination of client account teams and logistical support surrounding companies’ public announcements and senior management media programmes. Natasha was at Weber Shandwick for two years before that and had been a client and candidate before joining RMS as a Consultant.
ZARA SAUNDERSPermanent Consultant
Zara Saunders has been a Permanent Consultant at RMS for a year. In this time she has set up the Knightsbridge office and built solid, long-standing relationships with many clients. Prior to this she worked as a PA/Gallery Manager for Morton Metropolis, which led her to work with some of the most influential people in the Art & Music world along with daily interaction with celebrities and innovative contemporary artists from Britain and abroad. Zara started out her career in 2006, working in the City as a PA. This first hand PA experience has equipped her with the requisite skills for understanding and sourcing top candidates within the secretarial market.
MARYANNE BOWENPermanent Consultant
A former colleague of Kate and Tessa, Maryanne has spent over 21 years in recruitment including secretarial, high level PAs, PR & Marketing. Originally a History & Italian graduate, Maryanne moved into recruitment after working briefly as an MP’s Researcher and in PR. She worked for 17 years for a leading secretarial agency, where she set up a new division specializing in sourcing top end PAs for entrepreneurs, VIPs, CEOs & Senior Directors. In 2007 she was approached by another former work colleague and became a Partner in a smaller boutique agency, concentrating on recruiting for PR agencies, in-house PR, events & hospitality, sport and marketing roles. Maryanne has now moved to RMS, to combine her expertise in secretarial recruitment with working for a niche, high end consultancy as a Senior Consultant.
SALLY TEGGINPermanent Consultant
Sally is the newest member of RMS, joining the Permanent team in September of 2011. Prior to this Sally has had a wealth of PA experience spanning over five years. This began as PA to the MD of a luxury furnishing start-up company, moving on to support an MD in a busy marketing agency, to eventually working as an Executive Assistant to four directors in a private equity fund investing in the Energy Industry. She graduated from Loughborough University in 2005 with a 2:1 in History of Art then decided to extend her education by spending a few months at the Institut Linguistique in Montpellier, France, learning French.