Meet the Team
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Meeta Sahni CEO
Meeta is our CEO and owner of the business. She is the longest serving member of the team, joining The Maine Group back in 1997. She graduated from Kings with a degree in Physics and is also a qualified Accountant – she really is an all rounder! Soon after starting with The Maine Group, Meeta realised she had become part of something special within the recruitment world. “We practiced recruitment with such integrity that growing the business five-fold in five years was an honour”. Meeta worked her way up to Managing Director in 2005, and remained so passionate about the way we do recruitment that she bought the company in June 2011, and has never looked back!
Meeta’s passion is in adding value to the businesses in London by finding the right people to fit the organisation in every way. She is the pioneer of being Consultants in Recruitment and works to not only add value through a partnership approach with clients and candidates alike, but to improve the reputation of the recruitment industry overall, leading with the unequivocal 3 month 100% financial guarantee!
Meeta runs the business with the help of her leadership team, and is involved with the strategic vision of the Maine Group, building the strongest relationship with her clients and candidates and ensuring that the network she is involved with are the most successful thanks to the people the Maine group introduce.The Maine Magic: Meeta is a Mum of 3, a boy and twin girls, so The Maine Group isn’t Meeta’s only baby. Meeta puts her heart and soul into everything she touches, but did you know that one of her first passions was Skate boarding and roller skating! Meeta is an avid supporter of Women in Business and supports and mentors up and coming girls to realise their dreams and passions.
Carly Stephens Director
Carly has been with the Maine Group for 15 years, starting with us back in 2004! Before she joined us, she started her career as an EA supporting senior executives in the banking and finance world. After 5 years of this, she registered with Maine-Tucker Secretarial as a candidate but we spotted her skills and knew we wanted her on board! Carly started her journey with Maine-Tucker as a Temps recruiter, and with her experience as an EA, this worked perfectly. She was given a volume client account to manage which saw her working onsite with the client once a week, allowing her to really immerse herself in their culture. Since then, Carly has progressed far, working her way up to temp team manager, Associate Director and now Director. Carly is pivotal to our senior leadership team, and spends her time on strategic projects with Meeta, as well as running a very busy permanent Secretarial desk!The Maine Magic – Carly is a bit of an adrenaline junkie, she’s been sky diving and bungee jumping and loved both! She loves swimming in the sea, no matter what the weather (even in the winter!), and she is also currently writing a screen play!
Kate Stannard Associate Director - Business Operations
Kate began working at the Maine Group in January 2011 and has had quite a journey since then! She started out as our Receptionist but then worked her way up to PA to MD to Business Assistant and is now our EA to CEO/ Business Manager, and is now Associate Director! She works very closely with our CEO Meeta, and looks after all of our Business Operations including Marketing, HR, IT and Office needs. She liasises regularly with our suppliers, and also heads up the A Team. Together, they run a tight ship!The Maine Magic – Kate spent 7 months travelling after Uni and jumped 15,000ft out of a plane in Queenstown, New Zealand! She has a real sweet tooth and can never resist chocolate!
Faye Pooke Director of Maine Charity
Faye joined The Maine Group in February 2016 to launch our Maine Charity division! Faye comes to us with nearly 15 years recruitment experience, all of which is in the Not for Profit/Charity sector, so who better to head up Maine Charity for us?!
Faye began her recruitment career working on a temps desk for a specialist Charity recruiter. She remained with this company for 12 years, working her way from Account Exec to Divisional Manager, Director and lastly to Operations Director across all areas of the business including permanent recruitment and executive search. Faye has led many complex recruitment campaigns for both small/medium sized organisations to several of the top 10 charities, developing and nurturing many key relationships that still exist today.
From here (after taking a short break to become a mummy for the second time) Faye took an interim opportunity as an Operations Manager with another leading Not for Profit and public sector specialist, which led to Faye realising that she missed recruiting!
After meeting with us here at The Maine Group, Faye felt that bringing her charity experience to our world would really work, our values were aligned, the synergy was right, and many of our clients are already in that space, so Maine Charity was born!
Faye is heading up Maine Charity and will be working on all roles within the Charity and Not for Profit sector. We are so excited by the success the division has already had and look forward to seeing its continued growth.
Faye is currently on maternity leave and will be back with us next year!The Maine Magic: Faye absolutely loves Elephants, and has spent time volunteering at an Elephant sanctuary in Thailand! She also really enjoys photography.
Kathryn Leagas Financial Controller
After Meeta, Kathryn (known to us as Kat) is our longest serving staff member, joining the Maine Group way back in 2004! She has had quite a career journey with us, starting as Receptionist, progressing to Temps Team Administrator, Finance Assistant and then Financial Controller, which is her role now! Kat handles anything Finance related including the Accounts, Payroll, RIB, Invoicing, Forecasting – you name it, she does it! She is a dab hand with the calculator and regularly consults with our client and supplier finance contacts. She loves the variety in her role.The Maine Magic – Kat is a dedicated commuter, journeying in from Broadstairs, Kent three times a week! She has two children and loves bringing them up by the sea!
Candice Martens Senior Consultant
Candice originates from Durban in South Africa, but has over 10 years of London recruitment experience. Candice joined us in November 2013 on our Permanent team placing all Secretarial roles from Receptionists to EA’s. She initially started out as a Secretary, so she has the perfect experience to work with and place them! One of the things that attracted Candice to the Maine Group was our Consultative Service, and she really enjoys being able to work closely with her clients, becoming a true extension of their business.The Maine Magic – Candice is a true sun worshipper and absolutely loves being at the beach! It is also her aim to one day climb Mount Kilimanjaro for charity!
Aysun Demeni Account Manager
Aysun joined The Maine Group in April 2015 as an Account Manager on our Secretarial team. She initially graduated from Middlesex University with a 2:1 in Psychology and discovered that she is a real people person. After her studies, she decided that she really wanted to work with people and help them, so her first role out of Uni was as a 360 recruiter in Croydon, working in the Office Support sector. By the time Aysun joined us, she already had some great experience! After being in this role for just over a year, she decided to up the pace and place herself into the heart of London…and who has a better location than The Maine Group?! Aysun was attracted to our culture and the quality of service we provide to our candidates and clients. She really cares about people, so sourcing candidates for their dream roles is the perfect role for her!The Maine Magic: Aysun has a black belt in Karate, so there’s no messing with her! She also loves cats and has her own called Bella!
Kristian Kurbalija Senior Consultant - Permanent
Kristian joined The Maine Group in September 2015 as a Permanent Consultant for Maine-Tucker Secretarial. Kristian is originally from Cardiff and graduated from Cardiff University with a degree in Hospitality Management, so he has a wealth of customer service experience! Kristian moved to London after University and began working for Virgin Atlantic as cabin crew. After flying the airways for 3 years, he decided to look for customer service based roles on the ground and worked in a few secretarial roles such as Reception and Office Managers. (So you can trust he has the perfect experience for our Secretarial candidates and clients!) Kristian then found himself working in recruitment, which is something he really enjoyed and thrived in. He has always had an Exec Search/Private Equity focus, which is something he now brings to the The Maine Group team. After 6 years in a recruitment role elsewhere, Kristian decided to move on and look for a new challenge, and here he is! He was immediately attracted to The Maine Group through our brand and excellent reputation and, after interviewing with us and meeting our team; he knew we were the company for him. Kristian loves the fast pace of recruitment and also building relationships with both candidates and clients, so if you’re looking for a new role or new member for you team, get in touch with him today!The Maine Magic: As well as enjoying cooking and cycling, Kristian is also real thrill seeker! He has bungee jumped, skydived and loves any kind of rollercoaster!
Ms Siobhan Flude Specialist Charity Recruitment Consultant
Siobhan joined The Maine Group in January 2017 and has become an integral member of the Maine Charity team. Siobhan has a wealth of Recruitment experience, over 20 years in fact, with her first role out of college being an administrator in a recruitment company. Throughout her career, she has worked across a variety of commercial companies but soon found her niche in the Charity and Not for Profit sectors. Siobhan has been working within the Charity world for the last 10 years honing her skills. She has spent time as a recruiter and as a Partnerships Manager for Marie Curie. After this stint away from recruitment, she realised that she missed the fast-pace world of recruitment and came back to the industry, and where better than Maine Charity! Siobhan chose to join The Maine Group because she truly believes in our values and loves the positive way we work with both candidates and clients. She was keen to work with like-minded people and be part of a mature working environment.The Maine Magic: Siobhan loves a challenge, she has completed 3 mountain treks – Kilimanjaro, Everest base camp, and Machu Picchu, taken part in the Tough Mudder challenge, and run the British 10K!
Miss Rose Owen Associate Consultant
Rose joined The Maine Group in September 2018 after graduating from University of Birmingham with a 1:1 in Biological Sciences. Originally from Liverpool, Rose relocated to London right after graduation and promptly joined the Maine Team and we’re so very lucky to have her!
She chose to join us because she loved the friendly culture, the positive vibes in the office and enjoyed just how much the team felt like a family. Rose really valued our great communication and positive approach to the hiring process and wanted to be part of a company with strong, ethical values.
Rose is a ray of sunshine at Maine HQ and her role sees her going out of her way to give 5 star care to all of our candidates and support the team on the ground.The Maine Magic: Rose is a bit of singer; she has won 3 singing competitions (acheiving a Grade 5!) and she’s an absolute oracle about everything Peep Show.
Shanice Ahmad Resourcer
Shanice joined The Maine Group in February 2019 as a Resourcer and has slot right into the Maine Family! Shanice graduated from the University of Greenwich with a degree in Criminology in 2018 and stepped straight into the recruitment sector. She started out in education recruitment but soon realised she wanted something a bit more fast-paced and more of a challenge. Shanice came to interview with The Maine Group and never looked back; turning down offers from competitors to grow her career with us. She loved the company values and how we work – showing clear plans and progression for each team member and the company. She really liked that we respect and encourage personal achievements as well as business goals, but mostly she loved the caricatures!
Shanice is a real asset to the team and always positive, with her role seeing her provide top notch candidate care and supporting the Maine-Tucker division to keep things running smoothly.The Maine Magic: Shanice is a Bollywood dancer extraordinaire! She not only dances though, she also choreographs! With her speciality being Indian weddings, she has choregraphed over 20 dances in the last year and is a trained make-up and henna artist to boot! She’s got the whole package!
Alessandra Ruocco Senior Consultant
Alessandra, also known as Ally, joined The Maine Group in April 2019 as a Senior Consultant on our Maine Temps team! Ally works across both Maine-Tucker and Maine Charity, providing excellent service to both candidates and clients.
Raised in America, Ally originally trained as a pastry chef, moving to Europe (settling in the UK) to enhance her skills and grow her career; a personal highlight being a development chef for Gü! After a few amazing, baking filled years, she decided to try her hand at something new and moved into recruitment, specialising in food manufacturing and food hospitality.
Looking to move into a more people focussed sector, Ally chose to join The Maine Group because the people are friendly, warm, and welcoming. She loves that we are focussed on personality and culture, and that that shows in everything we do!The Maine Magic: Ally was born in Arizona, USA but grew up in Belize, and she is a barrel racing champion!
Paige Abbs Business and Marketing Manager
Paige joined The Maine Group in May 2016, and came aboard The A Team as our Office Manager. Paige graduated from the University of Leicester in 2014 with a degree in English and History, which she chose to study as she initially thought about teaching as a career. After spending time in schools however, she decided that teaching wasn’t for her, and turned to world of recruitment! Paige’s first role out of university was for a Contract Technology Recruiter as an Administrative PA. She stayed there for nearly 2 years before deciding she needed a new challenge, and here she is! Paige registered with The Maine Group as a candidate, and it wasn’t long before she applied for a role with us internally. She was really impressed with our approach to recruitment, and felt our culture was really aligned to hers. Paige’s role now sees her managing the Marketing function and the day to day operations at The Maine Group including general Office Management and supporting with our HR Admin.The Maine Magic: Paige is a keen baker, and even made her cousins wedding cake! We hear her lemon tart is also legendary! She is also a big Rugby fan, played for her University team, and now plays for her local ladies team.