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Our Leadership Team

David Hopley

David Hopley
Managing Director

David began his career with Millbank in 1989 having served his electrical apprenticeship with Rio Tinto Zinc and spending eight years as an Electrical Engineer with ICI and the Bowater Paper Company. David initially joined the group company Priory Design Limited working along side a small team specialising in all levels of Electrical and Instrumentation disciplines across all industries. The business model and its delivery was well received by clients and several key contracts were awarded for major projects within the oil & gas, energy and nuclear industries.

David was promoted to Director in 1994 to develop new strategies for the company and build an investment plan to offer diversity and growth. In 1995 the Millbank Group was born from two acquisitions - MDA Group (Technical & Engineering agency) and Aughton Automation (E, C & I hire company). In addition new business divisions were developed within the rail and automotive industry, which led to major opportunities on large projects throughout the UK. David was appointed Group Managing Director in 1999 and continues to work with his leadership team to deliver excellent quality driven services to Millbank clients.

James Leon

James Leon
Operations Director

James joined Millbank in 2011 having held some senior positions in the Recruitment industry and has developed his career since joining the industry back in 1992. He holds the position of Operations Director and is fully engaged and supports the sector specific Business Managers in all matters concerning sales development, compliance, commercial matters and contracts and ensuring Millbank delivers the right candidate into the right job.

Owing to Millbank’s relationships with some global clients, he has also had the opportunity to utilise his languages in French and Spanish with some of Millbank’s existing and new relationships since he joined and is always keen to lead from the front.

Melanie Lunt

Melanie Lunt
Finance Manager

Melanie brings with her a wealth of experience in the development and management of financial systems and processes including reporting and analysis, budgeting and forecasting, due diligence and presentation of information to support decision making. With nearly 20 years of experience, Melanie became an associate member of CIMA in 2005 and went on to work in leading financial positions within a number of companies that served clients in a variety of sectors including; nuclear energy and security, chemical, utilities, pharmaceutical research and development, FMCG and security and surveillance.

With a passion for the development of internal financial systems that best suit the needs of the business teams and stakeholders, Melanie is an excellent communicator with a proven ability to build and foster financial awareness across the organisation.

Nigel French

Nigel French
Business Manager - Technical & Engineering

Nigel joined Millbank in 1990 having worked as an Electrical Engineer with ICI for a number of years. Seeking a challenge and having an affinity to develop his skills he entered the recruitment industry at a very important time when recruitment agencies were in their infancy and the UK was undertaking many major engineering projects. Nigel utilised his engineering knowledge and experience with both clients and candidates to deliver and communicate career opportunities throughout the UK.

Nigel over his career has worked on some of the UK’s most iconic projects for the supply of professional and engineering staff. He works across multiple industries and has a reputation for his honesty and integrity both with clients and candidates. Nigel’s primary skill sectors include EC&I and Automation disciplines, where he has directed his knowledge for Systems, PLCs, SCADA, DCS, Telemetry, F&G etc, now being recognised as one of the UK’s leading recruitment professionals in this area.

Alan Johnson

Alan Johnson
Business Manager - Automotive

Alan joined Millbank in 1999 having worked as a Computer Engineering Manager with a number of blue chip IT companies. Alan has an affinity and comprehensive knowledge with both clients and candidates, to discuss and deliver career opportunities in IT, technical and engineering sectors throughout the UK.

Alan has worked on large engineering design and manufacturing projects throughout the UK and Europe for the supply of professional staff across all disciplines. For the past ten years he has expanded his delivery into the automotive industry, securing several major F1 sports and luxury sports car companies as clients. The services delivered have ranged from a full managed resource service to high end head hunting. Alan manages a well experienced and diverse team of consultants who cover all aspects of automotive engineering design and production. Alan continues to deliver to the needs of his clients and this includes the recruitment of niche skills within the evolving electrical vehicle marketplace.

Andrew Newton

Andrew Newton
Head of Rail

Andrew joined MDA Rail in 2014, bringing a wealth of Rail Recruitment experience within day to day operations including production of yearly/quarterly budgets, accurate monthly/quarterly forecasting and general recruitment activity.

Andrew now oversees the Rail business as Head of Rail, specialising in searching and placing Engineering professionals into temporary and permanent roles within some of the UK’s leading Rail and Civil Engineering Organisations, in addition to daily Management of the NSAR Gold Accredited Training team. Andrew has built long term relationships with both clients and candidates who describe him as trustworthy, committed and a true professional.

Sean Boswell

Sean Boswell
Business Manager - Built Environment

Sean joined Millbank in 2016 to head up our Built Environment and Infrastructure team. Using his extensive experience of Technical Engineering and Construction Recruitment, Sean utilises his knowledge to support Millbank’s current clients, as well as offering services to new clients across multiple industries.

Sean has been fortunate enough to work with and account manage some of the largest engineering and construction companies in the UK providing them with advice and the best talent in a fully cooperative and compliant manner. He is known for his energy and tenacity, putting the client’s and candidate’s needs at the heart of everything he does. Sean has specialised in Process Engineering, but also focuses on Civil/Structural Engineering and Site/Construction Management. He is Millbank’s GDPR champion and assists with managing & training the next generation of consultants within the business.

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