John Robinson, Chairman
John brings 26 years of experience in recruitment to the party. He describes himself as recruitment man and boy; having got into his first recruitment role straight from Nottingham Trent University. John is one of the founding Directors of Thorn Baker.
As a hands-on Director, John ran the Technical and Permanent desks for many years and now heads up the Technical & Engineering Division and the Finance and Operations departments including; Accounting, IT, Payroll, Credit Control and Systems.
Married with 2 children, John is a keen golfer with a handicap of 13 and a member of Wollaton Park Golf Club in Nottingham. A lover of the great outdoors, he enjoys mountain biking, snowboarding, walking and fishing. John also likes cooking for his family, going to live gigs and, as a season ticket holder, cheering on Leicester Tigers.
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 is an experienced recruiter, who joined the company in early 2006 having previously held senior management positions in the Industrial Recruitment sector, giving him over 17 years of Industrial Recruitment experience.
Matt has full operational responsibility for the Industrial Division with branches in Nottingham, Mansfield, Chesterfield, Leicester and Sheffield. He recruits and develops staff, looking after key accounts, manages processes and ensures his teams deliver the best possible service.
Matt is a keen sportsman, playing cricket and golf. He is also an avid Leicester Tigers rugby fan. Matt divides his time between work, sports and his family of 6 children.