Our experts

Robert Walters has a number of experts available to offer valuable insights across a wealth of recruitment topics, from Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace, to the impact of Brexit on the recruitment market.

Please see below the biographies of some of our industry thought leaders. Please get in touch with our Press Office for any opinion, analysis or commentary from our experts.

Press Office
Rum Gill - Senior Press Officer
E: ruman.gill@robertwalters.com
T: +44 (0)207 509 8178


Chris Hickey, CEO, UK, Middle East and Africa

Chris Hickey
CEO - UK, Middle East & Africa

Chris Hickey is the CEO of the UK, Middle East and African businesses for Robert Walters plc. Chris joined Robert Walters in 2000, having previously worked as a lawyer in Australia, and latterly in the UK and Switzerland with Lehman Brothers.

Faye Walshe, Director of Innovation, Robert Walters

Faye Walshe
Director of Innovation

As a specialist in Marketing and Communications for recruitment, Faye joined Faye has worked for the Robert Walters Group since 2003, looking after marketing activity in APAC from Sydney, then transferring to London to oversee the growing network of Robert Walters EMEA offices. Since then she has consulted with our clients on employer brand, media placement strategies, the use of social media for recruitment and ensures that our clients have access to the widest range of innovative sourcing techniques possible.

Indy Lachhar, Group Talent Development Director, Robert Walters Group

Indy Lachhar
Group Talent Development Director

Indy Lachhar joined Resource Solutions as Head of People in 2016 from an engineering solutions provider where she led the Talent Management team. In 2017 Indy was appointed Group Talent Development Director for the wider Robert Walters Group and is now responsible for the design and execution of bespoke talent development interventions that help to unlock the potential of our people and teams. As an accredited Executive Coach, Indy has a wealth of experience within L&OD and is passionate about supporting our people to be the best they can be.


Chris Poole, Managing Director, UK, Robert Walters

Chris Poole
Managing Director - UK

A graduate from Hull University with a degree in Economics and Spanish, Chris has worked for Robert Walters for 15 years and is currently Managing Director of the UK. Chris has an unrivalled knowledge of the local and national market and has extensive experience of campaign management, working with a broad range of clients from SMEs to blue chips. Chris manages specialist teams across 7 offices covering 7 professional disciplines: accounting & finance, technology, manufacturing & engineering, supply chain & logistics, banking & financial services, administration & business support and HR.

Lucy Bisset, Director, Robert Walters

Lucy Bisset
Director - North West

Lucy graduated from The University of Sheffield with a 2:1 in English Language & Sociology in 2004 and went straight into the recruitment industry. Lucy has over 14 years’ experience within the North West finance market and has been with Robert Walters for over 7 years.  She has responsibility for our accounting & finance business as well as the HR, legal, banking & financial services and administration & business support teams. 

Habiba Khatoon, Associate Director, Robert Walters

Habiba Khatoon
Director - Midlands

Habiba graduated from the University of Birmingham with a degree in Law with German, and subsequently joined a leading recruitment business. She gained extensive knowledge of the Midlands market over 7 years before joining Robert Walters in 2014 as Associate Director and becoming a Director in 2019, to lead the Midlands finance, banking & financial services, business development, supply chain & logistics, HR and legal divisions. Throughout her career, Habiba has worked with a broad range of commercial businesses and financial institutions, establishing a strong network within these sectors.

Habiba Khatoon, Associate Director, Robert Walters

Janine Blacksley
Director - Bracknell, South East, St Albans, Milton Keynes and Northern Home Counties

Janine joined Robert Walters in 2013 to launch the new part qualified and transactional finance team in Milton Keynes. Since then, she has gone on to build a highly successful part qualified and qualified finance team as well as successfully launching the IT, HR, secretarial and procurement & supply chain divisions. Prior to her time at Robert Walters, Janine started her finance recruitment career at another global recruitment agency. Here, she worked her way up over 5 years to being the UK number 1 performer for finance and the manager of the non-qualified finance team. 


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