John Robinson, Chairman
John brings well over 30 years of experience in recruitment to the party and got into his first recruitment role straight from Nottingham Trent University. John is one of the founding Directors of Thorn Baker and is passionate about delivering the highest service standards to our clients and candidates alike.
As a hands-on Director, John ran the Technical and Engineering recruitment desks for many years as well as having overall responsibility for the smooth running of the business. Now as Chairman, the responsibility has passed to Paul Jackman and John acts as strategic advisor to Paul and the senior leadership team.
John is married with 2 children and a grandson. Endlessly active, John is a keen golfer with a handicap of 13 and a member of Wollaton Park Golf Club in Nottingham; he also enjoys mountain biking, snowboarding, walking and fishing. John also likes cooking, live music and has a keen interest in most sports, especially rugby and cricket.
Paul Jackman, CEO
Having studied for a career in the construction industry, Paul graduated from Nottingham Trent University in 1994. A couple of years later, he took on his first role in recruitment in 1996 with a medium sized specialist recruiter. In 1998, Paul joined Thorn Baker to build the Construction Division. His career rapidly advanced as the company expanded, with promotions to Branch Manager and Regional Manager before joining the Board in 2001. Over the next 16 years there were further office openings and significant growth, and in line with the succession plans of the business, Paul was promoted to CEO in May 2017.
Key responsibilities are focused on leading the Senior Management team across the Construction, Industrial and Facilities Management divisions. Paul is also responsible for overseeing the firm’s Marketing and Compliance Team, whilst working with James Richardson, our Financial Controller, supporting our Accounting, Credit Control and Payroll functions.
Paul is married with two lovely daughters and lives near Wakefield. A long-time supporter of Premier League Huddersfield Town, he also enjoys a wide range of activities outside of work including golf, running and walking Zac the Cocker Spaniel. Paul will often be seen taking the lead role for company charity activities such as the infamous 3 Peaks Challenge.
Matt Dann, Industrial Division Director
Matt has 25 years recruitment experience behind him. Having previously held a number of Senior Management positions in the Industrial sector Matt joined Thorn Baker early in 2006, initially to oversee the growth of the Industrial division.
Matt is a hands on Director, his primary role is full operational responsibility for the Industrial Division, supplying workers across the East Midlands and South Yorkshire. He plays a key role in the Business Development and Service Delivery functions, with regular key account contact. Matt also oversees the companies internal training & development process, along with managing the Customer Satisfaction activities.
Matt is a keen sportsman, playing cricket regularly during the summer months. In the winter Matt is an avid Leicester Tigers Rugby fan. He’s married with six fab kids and two amazing grandchildren. When not working or spending time with his family, you may find Matt up a mountain in the Lake District, a hobby he has enjoyed for many years….oh, and he likes the odd pint of Guinness as well!