The CPG Team

Thomas McGlinchey

Thomas McGlinchey

Associate Director

Over the past seven years in recruitment, I have partnered with start-ups, SMEs, and blue-chip CPG companies across the UK and helped them to expand and attract talent to their commercial teams, facilitating an increase their market share and reach. My approach is characterized by attention to detail and genuine care and I’m proud of the relationships I’ve built as a result.My specialism is the recruitment of Commercial Roles for CPG companies in the UK. I recruit from NAE level right through to Director across all routes to market. I also specialise in recruiting MS&P/RGM roles in addition to E-Com Sales specialists.As someone who has worked in the industry, I am well-equipped to guide and develop careers based on my own experiences and past mistakes. Having worked in commercial roles, I understand the challenges of seeking a new position or advancement. I have interviewed with companies such as Red Bull, Nestle, and Dunbia, and am familiar with the complexities of the recruitment process.  Over the years, I have successfully placed hundreds of candidates who have not only remained with their companies but have also advanced in their careers. I invite you to check out my testimonials on LinkedIn, which I hope will give you the confidence that you’re in the safest hands in the industry!

Beth Rollin

Beth Rollin

Manager

​What I recruit for – The CPG MarketMarketing - brand management, innovation, insights, analytics, digital and social rolesCommercial – National account management, category management, shopper marketing, trade marketing & revenue growth management Why I joined Better Placed:Joining Better Placed was a very easy decision for me to make! I wanted to join a company that valued their employees and also took the time to develop long-lasting relationships with candidates and clients and Better Placed do just that. They definitely stood out from the rest of recruitment companies I interviewed with! Why send us/me your CV:To me recruitment is all about finding the right role, for the right person, so understanding your needs and wants is crucial! I have an honest and approachable recruitment style and will aim to find you the dream role by getting to know as much as I can about you and the factors that are most important to you. I have a portfolio of great clients across Yorkshire and the Midlands, ranging from dynamic SME’s to Blue Chip organisations. I’m keen to help you make the right move so ping me a message across on LinkedIn if you’re looking! One interesting fact about me:I’ve starred on BBC1 TV drama series Waterloo Road.

Beccie Perring

Beccie Perring

Office Manager

I am an experienced Office Manager and Executive Assistant with a passion for efficiency, organisation, and seamless operations. My role is not just about managing tasks; it's about orchestrating the smooth running of our office environment while providing the best support to our leadership team.  As Office Manager, my responsibilities include a breadth of crucial tasks aimed at enhancing the functionality of our workplace. From overseeing administrative processes to managing office supplies and facilities, my role is key to keeping our business running smoothly. Whether it's coordinating logistics for company-wide events, maintaining an organised office environment, or liaising with vendors and suppliers, I ensure that every aspect of our office runs like a well-oiled machine. Working in a successful recruitment business means challenges are inevitable, but I thrive in finding solutions.  As Executive Assistant, I support our Leadership team, providing comprehensive support that enables them to focus on strategic initiatives and key decision-making. From managing complex calendars and scheduling appointments to preparing meticulous reports and presentations, I handle every task with precision and care. Our consultant’s time is valuable, and I make it my mission to optimise it efficiently. This element of my role extends beyond administrative support; I am a strategic partner, adept at anticipating needs, solving problems, and facilitating seamless communication between executives and stakeholders. 

Rob Hill

Rob Hill

Partner at bpesearch & Board Director at Better Placed

​Leads the Consumer & Luxury Practice with personal expertise within FMCG, Retail, Leisure and Travel and a passion for SME’s and PE-backed organisations

Sabiya Akhtar

Sabiya Akhtar

Consultant

​What I recruit for I work in both the consumer and industrial markets recruiting roles across Operations, Supply Chain, Engineering and Technical functions. Why I joined Better PlacedI joined Better Placed because the company aligned with my personal values. They were not KPI based recruiters but consultants who took the time and effort to learn their markets and people. I felt confident coming into a company that mirrored my own style of consultancy and can confidently see why they are a top 10 Employer!  Why send me your CVTo me recruitment isn’t just about filling a role, it’s about building relationships and ensuring two parties both come together finding the perfect fit for themselves and what matters to them. It’s an incredibly satisfying moment seeing the whole process come together.  One interesting fact about me:I celebrate every moment in the most extravagant way. To celebrate getting my degree I went to Dubai to eat the world famous Matilda cake from Parker’s cafe in Dubai Mall.

Sophie Brocklebank-Fowler

Sophie Brocklebank-Fowler

Business Manager

SpecialismMarketing - Brand Management, Innovation, Insights, Analytics & Digital Commercial - Category Management, Shopper Marketing, Trade Marketing & Revenue Growth ManagementWhy I joined BPRBetter Placed was immediately appealing to me because of the honest and friendly approach demonstrated from my first interview. I think their values and emphasis on meeting face-to-face really makes BPR stand out in the recruitment field and therefore accepting a position here was a no-brainer!Why you should send me your CVI understand that a job move is a big life decision, this means I will make the effort to get to know you and ensure every role I suggest to you is a role I believe will suit you. I am a great listener and eager to help you achieve your ambitions!The one thing you don’t know about meWhen I was four I crashed a tractor into a tree – the tree was fine, the tractor was not!

Andrew Gibson

Andrew Gibson

Joint Managing Director

​Specialist Areas – FMCG, Retail, Consumer DurablesI was one of the three founding members of Better Placed in 2001 and I've since been integral in building the business. My particular network has grown into many different areas over the last 19 years in recruitment, but always with a particular bias towards sales and marketing professionals into consumer markets.I now recruit senior executive and board level roles into both blue chip branded businesses as well as smaller, owner managed and private equity backed businesses. When I'm not recruiting for my clients, I am always looking for talent for Better Placed and making sure the business continues to attract people who care about the work we do and are constantly improving the way we do business.Outside of work I invest time and money in developing our house (which we started when the recession hit us back in 2008!), coaching and watching my kids play hockey and rugby and playing hockey and golf myself to keep (relatively) fit.

Andy Young

Andy Young

Partner - bpesearch

Andy is a Partner within bpesearch and also of our Consumer Practice and brings a wealth of specialist sector experience. His core focus has been across FMCG businesses in particular, but his remit also spans into private equity, Direct to Consumer and SME’s (particularly where founder / owners are still in situ) in both food and “non food” organisations.He has partnered with local and international board members to deliver leadership talent at General Management and functional Director level for organisations of all sizes from plc to start-up. It is this track record, combined with his commitment to fostering long term, sustainable relationships that has enabled Andy to build a reputation for integrity and transparency as well as an unswerving commitment to delivering for both clients and candidates alike.Previously, Andy has operated in sales and marketing roles with Diageo, Pladis / United Biscuits and Coca Cola before making the move into Executive Search.Andy is married to Emily, living together with their two teenage daughters and “Darcy Valentine”, the 42 year-old family cat.

Alex Hamilton

Alex Hamilton

Partner at bpesearch

Alex has been with the business for 10 years and is an integral part of the senior leadership team. In his current position he is responsible for scaling business across North American as Partner of our US Operations. He brings extensive experience in FMCG, Consumer Goods and Direct-to-Consumer (D2C) industries, having delivered leadership assignments within those markets in the UK & Europe.In the US, Alex’s focus is on senior-level appointments. Their knack for strategic thinking and deep industry knowledge shapes our operations, driving growth and innovation. Alex has extensive experience of dealing with large corporates through to owner managed or PE backed SME’s. He loves collaborating with forward-thinking founders and owners or engaging and advising HR and Talent teams to identify and attract the right talent for any given situation. By leveraging our commitment, creativity, and expertise, we help fuel transformational growth for our partner businesses.Alex’s leadership has been instrumental in strengthening our presence in the US market, forging partnerships, and opening up new avenues for success.

Leah Ross

Leah Ross

Consultant

​Specialist Area:FMCG/ConsumerWhy I joined Better Placed: The interview process with Better Placed was different from any other process I have been involved with. Each interview was a normal conversation which didn’t feel too formal. They made me feel very comfortable. They understood what I wanted from a new company and how they can help me grow. Best decision I have made!Why send me your CV:My open and friendly approach means that I can get to know you on a personal level, your career to date and your aspirations moving forward. During the process, I will be very hands on and give you the best experience possible. If you are looking, please get in touch with me!One interesting fact about me:I was on Channels 4’s Black Mirror

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