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Senior Management

James Rigg

Recruitment Delivery Manager - USA

James, our Recruitment Delivery Manager in the USA, is responsible for leading the delivery team in collaboration with our Directors. With 15 years of industry experience, he has a proven track record of building high-performing teams and maximizing revenue for some of the world's largest energy clients.

Steven Rawlingson

Group CEO

Steve is a seasoned leader with a proven track record in global corporations across STEM solutions, project manpower, and executive search for renewable energy. With 20+ years' experience, he excels in building and funding fast-growing specialist international project solution companies in the renewables sector. His expertise and vision drive innovation and sustainable growth in the industry.

Carl Moffett

Group CFO

Carl brings with him a wealth of financial planning experience and a strong background within acquisition and commercial strategy to Samuel Knight. 

Having worked in corporate finance for over 20 years, Carl began his career as a Chartered Accountant before moving on to work for several other global companies.

Paul Kaiser

Chairman

Paul, a former North East Insider Deal Maker, brought over 30 years of experience when he joined Samuel Knight, having advised on mergers and acquisitions, disposals and private equity sponsored transactions. 

Paul also has a track record of supporting businesses in building shareholder value.

Lisa Whitwell

Finance Director

Lisa Whitwell, the Finance Director at Samuel Knight, leads financial operations with expertise in strategy, budgeting, forecasting, and risk management. She ensures compliance, fosters cross-functional collaboration, and drives the company's growth.

Dan Kerr

Managing Director of Energy

Dan is one of the original founding members of Samuel Knight, and now sits as the Managing Director of Energy for the company. 

With 10+ years’ experience in delivering complex global contract/ project solutions within the Energy sector, Dan is an expert in dealing with key stakeholders.

Rob Enright

Managing Director of Rail

As a seasoned professional in the rail industry, Rob is entrusted with leading and overseeing the entire rail sector within the company. With his extensive expertise and deep understanding of the industry, Rob formulates and implements strategic initiatives to drive growth and success. 

Jorel Bautista

Director of Tech

Jorel leads the SK Tech division, overseeing its growth and success. He plays a key role in business development across the EMEA and US regions, forging strategic partnerships and expanding the company's presence in the market. Jorel specializes in permanent recruitment for a wide range of roles, including IT, Research & Development, Finance & Operations, Marketing, Sales, and HR. 

David Allen

Managing Director of Energy USA

David Allen is the Managing Director of Energy USA at Samuel Knight International. With his extensive leadership experience and industry knowledge, David drives the growth and expansion of all Samuel Knight International brands across the United States. As the Managing Director, he sets strategic goals and ensures their successful implementation, driving the company's presence and market share in the energy sector. 

Kenzie Morris

USA Director - Renewable Energy - Wind & Solar

Kenzie has 7+ years of recruitment experience working within various industries across Canada and the United States. 

Kenzie joined Samuel Knight in 2021 and now manages a team working directly with some of the top solar and wind companies across the USA and Canada. 

Jack Roberts

Business Development Director - USA Energy

Jack serves as a dynamic and driven Business Development Director, with a primary focus on our US office. With a passion for creating a brighter future, he takes a proactive approach to identify and capitalize on new business opportunities within the region. Jack leverages his extensive knowledge of the industry to build strong partnerships and foster lasting relationships with clients and key stakeholders. Committed to making a positive impact, he strategizes and executes innovative business plans that align with Samuel Knight's mission of driving progress and contributing to a greener future.

Sam Forrest

Global Business Development Director

Sam is responsible for delivering Samuel Knight's service portfolio, exclusively for the renewable energy market. 

Bringing with him over a decade of industry experience, Sam is extremely well placed to support Samuel Knight’s global energy network.

Andy Roper

Operations Director of Rail

With his extensive experience and expertise in the rail industry, Andy is responsible for running the day-to-day operations of the rail division. He oversees the shop floor activities, ensuring efficient and effective processes. Andy specializes in billing white-collar positions within the UK, Middle East, and USA rail sectors, specifically focusing on permanent placements. 

Ben Townsend

Head of Energy - EMEA

Ben Townsend, Head of Energy EMEA at Samuel Knight Energy, brings a wealth of knowledge and a proven track record in identifying and placing top talent within the ever-evolving energy sector. Ben oversees a team of dedicated recruiters, shaping the our strategy to meet the evolving needs of energy clients worldwide.

Mike Rice

Head of Service & Projects EMEA

Mike Rice, Head of Service & Projects at Samuel Knight Projects, specializes in global onshore and offshore wind farm solutions. He oversees projects from inception to completion, collaborating closely with clients and stakeholders to optimize operational performance and achieve project objectives. Safety, quality, and sustainability are his strong focus as he leads his team in delivering innovative solutions for the global growth and success of wind farms.

Alex Butler

Operations Manager

Alex plays a pivotal role in overseeing and managing various operational activities within the company. He is responsible for coordinating and streamlining processes across different departments, ensuring smooth workflow and effective resource allocation. 

Katelyn Young

Head of Marketing, Brand & Communications

With a wealth of expertise in marketing and communications, Katelyn oversees and manages all aspects of marketing strategies and communications across the Samuel Knight portfolio. 

Team Members

Adam Cammiss

Group Management Accountant

Natasha Dodds

Finance Officer

Toni Speight

Finance Officer

Alison Clennell

Operations Administrator

Joel Rawlingson

Recruitment Consultant

Collaborating extensively with the T&D team across EMEA regions, Joel specialises in identifying top-tier T&D talent. He closely partners with DNOs, IDNOs, ICPs, and Consultancies with a focus on Project Management, Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, and Substation 11KV - 400KV roles.

Robert Burn

Principal Consultant - Energy

Robert Burn is a highly experienced Principal Consultant specialising in providing global project manpower solutions within the energy sector. With a particular focus on the Planning, Construction, Operation, and Maintenance areas, Robert excels at identifying and delivering the right talent for energy projects worldwide. His extensive knowledge of the industry enables him to understand the unique staffing requirements and challenges that arise during different project phases. Robert is well-versed in recruiting professionals with diverse skill sets, ranging from project planners and construction managers to operation and maintenance technicians. He possesses a deep understanding of the energy sector's dynamics, including renewable energy, oil and gas, and power generation. 

Deyin Turna

Head of Delivery - Energy

Deyin Turner is our Head of Delivery for Samuel knight Energy, specializing in delivering global project manpower solutions within the energy sector. With a specific focus on the Planning, Construction, Operation, and Maintenance areas, Deyin excels at providing comprehensive staffing solutions for energy projects on a global scale. With extensive experience in the industry, Deyin possesses a deep understanding of the unique challenges and requirements faced by energy projects throughout their lifecycle. From identifying and recruiting skilled professionals to ensuring seamless project execution, Deyin's expertise covers a wide range of roles, including project planners, construction managers, engineers, technicians, and operations and maintenance personnel. 

Rickelle Bettinelli

Account Manager - Energy

Rickelle Bettinetti is a highly skilled Account Manager specializing in delivering global project manpower solutions within the power sector. With a deep understanding of the industry, Rickelle is well-versed in the unique requirements and challenges faced by energy projects throughout their lifecycle. Rickelle works closely with clients to assess their specific needs and source skilled professionals, including project planners, construction managers, technicians, and operations and maintenance personnel. Rickelle's strong communication and relationship-building skills enable them to effectively manage client accounts and ensure client satisfaction. 

Ben Simpson

Senior Consultant - Energy

Ben Simpson - Senior Recruitment Consultant at Samuel Knight International, specializing in supporting leading Owner/Operators, EPC Contractors, OEMs (Original Equipment Manufacturers), and Service Providers in providing specialist wind staffing solutions on both a permanent and contract basis. With a keen understanding of the industry, Ben plays a crucial role in identifying and attracting top talent with specialized skills required for various projects and roles within the energy sector. His expertise in recruitment, coupled with his strong industry network, allows him to connect organizations with the right professionals to meet their specific staffing needs. 

Justin Morris

Safety Critical Manager - Rail

Justin Morris is responsible for overseeing the South Wales team and managing all aspects of safety-critical and labor staffing in the rail industry. With a deep understanding of rail operations, Justin plays a crucial role in ensuring the smooth and efficient functioning of rail projects in the region. He is dedicated to upholding safety standards and ensuring the availability of qualified and skilled staff for critical roles within the rail network. Justin collaborates closely with clients, stakeholders, and industry professionals to identify staffing requirements and effectively match them with suitable candidates. His expertise in managing labor resources and safety compliance contributes to the successful and reliable operation of rail services in South Wales.

Clive Lawrence

Site Representative / Assessor - Rail

Clive Lawrence is a dedicated Site Representative/Assessor with expertise in client liaison, candidate liaison, staff assessment, and upskilling. In his role, Clive serves as a vital link between the client, candidates, and the site operations. He works closely with clients to understand their requirements and ensure their needs are met throughout the project. Clive also interacts with candidates, providing them with guidance, support, and facilitating their integration into the site's operations. Additionally, he is responsible for assessing staff performance, identifying areas for improvement, and implementing upskilling initiatives to enhance the capabilities of the workforce. Clive's exceptional communication and organizational skills, combined with his ability to foster positive relationships, contribute to the efficient and successful execution of projects on-site.

Cullan Alexander

Recruitment consultant - Rail

Cullan Alexander is a dedicated Recruitment Consultant specializing in hiring permanent white-collar professionals within the rail industry in the USA for Samuel Knight. With a deep understanding of the rail sector, Cullan plays a vital role in sourcing and attracting top talent to fill key positions. Cullan collaborates closely with clients to understand their specific staffing needs and requirements, ensuring the recruitment process aligns with their organizational goals. Through an extensive network and industry knowledge, Cullan identifies and engages with qualified candidates, assessing their skills and experience to match them with suitable roles. His commitment to delivering high-quality recruitment services enables him to contribute to the growth and success of the rail industry in the USA by connecting talented professionals with rewarding career opportunities.

Lewys Howard

Senior Consultant - Rail

Lewis Howard is a highly experienced Senior Consultant specializing in hiring blue-collar professionals within the rail industry for safety-critical and labor roles in the South West region. With a deep understanding of rail operations and safety protocols, Lewis plays a crucial role in sourcing and selecting qualified candidates for critical positions. He works closely with clients to assess their specific staffing needs and requirements, ensuring that safety standards are upheld and labor resources are efficiently managed. Lewis's expertise in the rail industry, coupled with his extensive network of candidates, allows him to effectively match skilled professionals with suitable opportunities. 

Abigail Burford

Delivery Consultant - Rail

Abigail Burford - Consultant specializing in hiring blue-collar professionals within the rail industry for safety-critical and labor roles in Wales. With a deep understanding of rail operations and safety requirements, Abigail plays a crucial role in sourcing and selecting qualified candidates for critical positions. She works closely with clients to understand their specific staffing needs and ensures that safety standards are met throughout the recruitment process. Abigail's expertise in the rail industry, combined with her extensive network of candidates, enables her to effectively match skilled professionals with suitable opportunities in Wales. 

Daniel MK

Managing Consultant - Wind, USA

Dan, as a Managing Consultant, is a critical driving force within the Wind sector in the USA. Through his expertise and leadership, he not only guides a team of recruitment consultants but also actively promotes permanent recruitment services to SMEs and large enterprises, playing a crucial role in shaping the future of the wind energy sector in these regions.

Phoebe Glide

Delivery Consultant - Energy

Phoebe is a Delivery Consultant here at Samuel Knight, specializing in the Renewable Energy sector. Her role involves assisting the broader team in procuring and providing skilled workforce solutions across the EMEA region.

Veronica Tranquillo

Delivery Consultant - Solar, EMEA

Veronica is a Renewable Energy Delivery Consultant specialising in the solar sector here at Samuel Knight Energy, she is dedicated to helping Developers and EPCs find and retain top talent for permanent roles in the European solar markets and in particular the Italian market. Leveraging her extensive candidate network and industry knowledge, she places a wide range of roles, from Project Directors to Design and Procurement Experts, ensuring that the industry's top professionals find their ideal positions.

Liam Carrick

Delivery Consultant - EMEA

Liam is a Delivery Consultant here at Samuel Knight Energy specialising in the wind sector. His role involves assisting the broader team in procuring and providing skilled workforce solutions across the Nordex region.

Dan Novell

Managing Consultant

Managing Consultant here at Samuel Knight Energy, Dan brings a wealth of experience to the team with over 5 years in the T&D sector. Covering the EMEA region, Dan supports ICPs, IDNO’s, Civil Engineering companies, Renewables companies, and Consultancies with various T&D manpower solutions.

Nick Brown

Managing Consultant

As Managing Consultant at Samuel Knight Energy, Nick brings a wealth of expertise to our team, boasting a robust background of more than 5 years in the T&D sector. Operating in the EMEA region, Nick plays a pivotal role in providing comprehensive T&D staffing solutions to a diverse clientele, including ICPs, IDNOs, Civil Engineering Firms, Renewables Companies, and Consultancies.

Nazidi Da Costa

Recruitment Consultant

Nazidi Da Costa is a Recruitment Consultant here at Samuel Knight Energy. Specializing in Renewables, he brings a sharp focus to navigating the complex terrains of the EMEA region. Nazidj is dedicated to pinpointing top-tier talent and nurturing valuable relationships within this ever-changing sector.

Jake Downey

Commercial Digital & Social Media Executive

Jake Downey is a Commercial Digital and Social Media Executive here at Samuel Knight International. With his expertise in graphic design and social media, Jake run's our social channels along with digital campaigns. His strategic approach and passion for digital marketing make him an invaluable asset in enhancing Samuel Knight International's online visibility and marketing efforts.

Rokas Brancevicius

Recruitment Consultant

Rokas is a Recruitment Consultant that specialises in the USA renewable energy sector, focusing on solar, battery energy storage systems (BESS), and wind power. With a passion for sustainable solutions, he collaborates with Independent Power Producers (IPPs), Operators, Developers, and Engineering, Procurement, and Construction (EPC) firms to connect top talent with pioneering projects that drive the green energy revolution forward.

Tyler Smee

Managing Consultant - Contract, USA

As Managing Consultant specialising in contract recruitment based in the USA, Tyler is dedicated to sourcing top talent for tomorrow's renewable energy solutions. With a focus on solar energy and both onshore and offshore wind projects, he is passionate about driving the transition to sustainable power sources. By leveraging his expertise and network, he connects skilled professionals with leading companies at the forefront of renewable energy innovation.

Stephanie Legler

Recruitment Consultant

Stephanie is a Multi-Lingual Recruitment Specialist focused on the renewable energy sector within the DACH markets. Partnering with Independent Power Producers (IPPs), Operators, Developers, EPCs, and TechCorps, she bridges language barriers to connect skilled professionals with pioneering projects shaping the future of energy. Her deep understanding of the DACH region's dynamics, coupled with a passion for renewable energy, enables her to curate high-performing teams that drive innovation and sustainability forward.

James Rigg

Recruitment Delivery Manager - USA

James, our Recruitment Delivery Manager in the USA, is responsible for leading the delivery team in collaboration with our Directors. With 15 years of industry experience, he has a proven track record of building high-performing teams and maximizing revenue for some of the world's largest energy clients.

Steven Rawlingson

Group CEO

Steve is a seasoned leader with a proven track record in global corporations across STEM solutions, project manpower, and executive search for renewable energy. With 20+ years' experience, he excels in building and funding fast-growing specialist international project solution companies in the renewables sector. His expertise and vision drive innovation and sustainable growth in the industry.

Carl Moffett

Group CFO

Carl brings with him a wealth of financial planning experience and a strong background within acquisition and commercial strategy to Samuel Knight. 

Having worked in corporate finance for over 20 years, Carl began his career as a Chartered Accountant before moving on to work for several other global companies.

Paul Kaiser

Chairman

Paul, a former North East Insider Deal Maker, brought over 30 years of experience when he joined Samuel Knight, having advised on mergers and acquisitions, disposals and private equity sponsored transactions. 

Paul also has a track record of supporting businesses in building shareholder value.

Lisa Whitwell

Finance Director

Lisa Whitwell, the Finance Director at Samuel Knight, leads financial operations with expertise in strategy, budgeting, forecasting, and risk management. She ensures compliance, fosters cross-functional collaboration, and drives the company's growth.

Dan Kerr

Managing Director of Energy

Dan is one of the original founding members of Samuel Knight, and now sits as the Managing Director of Energy for the company. 

With 10+ years’ experience in delivering complex global contract/ project solutions within the Energy sector, Dan is an expert in dealing with key stakeholders.

Rob Enright

Managing Director of Rail

As a seasoned professional in the rail industry, Rob is entrusted with leading and overseeing the entire rail sector within the company. With his extensive expertise and deep understanding of the industry, Rob formulates and implements strategic initiatives to drive growth and success. 

Jorel Bautista

Director of Tech

Jorel leads the SK Tech division, overseeing its growth and success. He plays a key role in business development across the EMEA and US regions, forging strategic partnerships and expanding the company's presence in the market. Jorel specializes in permanent recruitment for a wide range of roles, including IT, Research & Development, Finance & Operations, Marketing, Sales, and HR. 

David Allen

Managing Director of Energy USA

David Allen is the Managing Director of Energy USA at Samuel Knight International. With his extensive leadership experience and industry knowledge, David drives the growth and expansion of all Samuel Knight International brands across the United States. As the Managing Director, he sets strategic goals and ensures their successful implementation, driving the company's presence and market share in the energy sector. 

Kenzie Morris

USA Director - Renewable Energy - Wind & Solar

Kenzie has 7+ years of recruitment experience working within various industries across Canada and the United States. 

Kenzie joined Samuel Knight in 2021 and now manages a team working directly with some of the top solar and wind companies across the USA and Canada. 

Jack Roberts

Business Development Director - USA Energy

Jack serves as a dynamic and driven Business Development Director, with a primary focus on our US office. With a passion for creating a brighter future, he takes a proactive approach to identify and capitalize on new business opportunities within the region. Jack leverages his extensive knowledge of the industry to build strong partnerships and foster lasting relationships with clients and key stakeholders. Committed to making a positive impact, he strategizes and executes innovative business plans that align with Samuel Knight's mission of driving progress and contributing to a greener future.

Sam Forrest

Global Business Development Director

Sam is responsible for delivering Samuel Knight's service portfolio, exclusively for the renewable energy market. 

Bringing with him over a decade of industry experience, Sam is extremely well placed to support Samuel Knight’s global energy network.

Andy Roper

Operations Director of Rail

With his extensive experience and expertise in the rail industry, Andy is responsible for running the day-to-day operations of the rail division. He oversees the shop floor activities, ensuring efficient and effective processes. Andy specializes in billing white-collar positions within the UK, Middle East, and USA rail sectors, specifically focusing on permanent placements. 

Ben Townsend

Head of Energy - EMEA

Ben Townsend, Head of Energy EMEA at Samuel Knight Energy, brings a wealth of knowledge and a proven track record in identifying and placing top talent within the ever-evolving energy sector. Ben oversees a team of dedicated recruiters, shaping the our strategy to meet the evolving needs of energy clients worldwide.

Mike Rice

Head of Service & Projects EMEA

Mike Rice, Head of Service & Projects at Samuel Knight Projects, specializes in global onshore and offshore wind farm solutions. He oversees projects from inception to completion, collaborating closely with clients and stakeholders to optimize operational performance and achieve project objectives. Safety, quality, and sustainability are his strong focus as he leads his team in delivering innovative solutions for the global growth and success of wind farms.

Alex Butler

Operations Manager

Alex plays a pivotal role in overseeing and managing various operational activities within the company. He is responsible for coordinating and streamlining processes across different departments, ensuring smooth workflow and effective resource allocation. 

Katelyn Young

Head of Marketing, Brand & Communications

With a wealth of expertise in marketing and communications, Katelyn oversees and manages all aspects of marketing strategies and communications across the Samuel Knight portfolio. 

Ben Jones

Recruitment consultant - Energy

Ben Jones is a Recruitment Consultant specializing in permanent work in the USA, with a focus on supporting the Renewable Energy client and candidate community in the Engineering, Procurement, and Construction (EPC) sector. As a 360 Recruitment Consultant, Ben takes a comprehensive approach, engaging with both clients and candidates throughout the entire recruitment process. He collaborates closely with renewable energy clients to understand their specific staffing needs and works diligently to identify and attract top talent that aligns with their requirements. 

Hugh Roke

Recruitment Consultant - Energy

Hugh Roke is a dedicated and proficient professional working within the USA team. As a key member of the team, Hugh is responsible for sourcing, assessing, and recruiting top-tier talent for various positions critical to the development side of projects. His expertise lies in identifying and hiring individuals for roles such as Project Developers, Project Development Managers, Design Engineers, Interconnections Engineers, High Voltage Engineers, Engineering Managers, Origination Managers, and Scada Engineers. 

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