Meet the team

Navitas is part of the Hunter Gatherer Group, one of the fastest growing recruitment companies globally, with an exemplary track record of growing some of the world’s most successful recruitment companies.

Meet our leadership team

Stuart Barnes

Stuart’s twelve years working in energy recruitment have seen him live on three continents.

In his previous role, Stuart tripled headcount and revenue across a 4-year period, defining the strategy and building a diverse team that exclusively placed professionals in the US and European clean energy sectors. He founded Navitas Resourcing Group to accelerate our transition to a cleaner renewable future and to build the employer of choice within this recruitment sector.

Josh Bayliss

Josh’s award-winning career spans across the last decade, contributing to various niche projects within the energy sector.

He has assisted clients increase their headcount globally specialising in the renewables sector because he is passionate about a cleaner future and an advocate of helping companies achieve their net zero targets.

His experience in building and leading successful teams has led him to co-found Navitas Resourcing Group, a company that provides ample opportunity for new talent, who are passionate about making a difference in our fight for a greener environment, whilst creating one of the best companies to work with.

Dewi Matthews

Dewi’s expertise lies within the wind contract sector where he has built an incredible network of the top level of talent within the market.

Having successfully built a relationship with this talent on an individual basis, Dewi has enjoyed placing candidates from the start of his recruitment journey.

Dewi is passionate about outdoor sports such as surfing and skiing, and it’s this drive that pushes him to want to make a difference in the energy transition. He chose to work within this sector due to the massive growth rate that it is currently in and will be for a long time. It creates excitement for the future ahead professionally.

Dewi believes that Navitas brings the full package: the years’ worth of invaluable expertise, the support from HG Ventures, the correct values and goals. He believes that this foundation will create the most successful recruitment in the renewable sector.

Conor Pearce

Conor is a specialist recruitment consultant for the wind sector, providing a quality service to both clients and candidates with his honest, straight talking, and caring approach

Throughout all stages of his career Conor has excelled in these qualities whether it is working for large FMCG companies or, later in his career, working for recruitment firms earning awards for his hard work ethic and 360 service.

Conor is passionate about enabling environmental change through recruitment and is proud to work for Navitas Resourcing Group which is helping to enable a global cleaner future. The role provides him with the potential to shape and grow his career to facilitate ambitions of becoming a future leader

Max Fanning

Max specialises in providing White Collar professionals across the globe in the Wind, Solar and Battery Storage markets.

One of the reasons he enjoys working in the Renewables sector is that he knows he is making a positive change to our sustainable future. He believes that he can make an even greater change by providing his clients with committed individuals who share the same values.

Nikita Miah

Nikita is a seasoned recruiter within the renewable energy industry, specializing in sourcing the most talented Project Developers of all levels across the USA and placing them into businesses committed to climate change.

Her motivation comes from having a direct impact on the transition to a greener future, which cannot wait any longer. With nearly 5 years’ experience, Nikita has cultivated a strong network of clean energy professionals and has goals to become an established leader within the market in the future!

Aonghas MacKenzie

Aonghas’s 4 years of experience in the energy sector has connected him with all levels of project development professionals, with a strict focus on the North American market.

Aonghas’s true passion lies in building fresh relationships with both candidates and clients and ensuring both receive quality and transparent service throughout the entire hiring process. Never cutting corners, Aonghas uphold honesty and integrity in all aspects of talent acquisition.

Nisha Nair

Nisha has been working in the Malaysian recruitment industry for the past 3 years and have previously specialised in the commerce industry focusing on Finance & Accounting roles. She moved to London and completed my Masters’s in HRM and attained a CIPD level 7 certification.

Nisha has always been interested in being involved in an industry that reduces the damage done to the planet and the environment. She takes pride in being able to contribute to a more sustainable future and her goal is to find like-minded candidates and present them to clients.

Navitas has provided Nisha with the unique opportunity of building my career and contributing to a greener world. The world is now moving towards renewable energy and she is proud to be involved in the ample opportunities that this sector provides.

Olivia Polins-Jones

Olivia’s passion for renewables, coming from a legal background specialising in sustainable development, makes her a driven Operations Officer.

Her day to day operations centre on streamlining the contracting, and contractor mobilisation processes while supporting the overall functions of the team. Born and raised on the California coast, Olivia grew up with an understanding of the importance of preserving nature having seen the impact of non-renewables on wildlife. She believes in Navita’s mission statement, working together with the team towards a better future for the planet.

Sarah Kelly

Sarah specialises in recruiting US Project and Business Development professionals within the solar sector.

She has been passionate about the environment for as long as she can remember, and knew she wanted to pursue a career that enabled her to make the world a greener place. After recently transitioning from Sustainability recruitment to the Renewable Energy space, Sarah is excited to continue to make meaningful placements within such an impactful sector.

She can’t wait to see what the future holds for Navitas!

Gavin Johnstone

In 2011, Gavin launched the award-winning Hunter Healthcare, facilitating a private equity backed MBO in 2021. 

At the point of exit, revenues were more than £44million. In 2017, he launched Hunter Gatherer to build a portfolio of best-in-class global recruitment companies. The HG portfolio includes recruitment companies operating in healthcare and energy.

Russell Clements

Russell is the former CEO of Sthree. He led the flotation of the business on the London Stock Exchange in November 2005.

During his tenure as CEO, the business grew from 20 offices, of which five were overseas, to 64 offices in 20 countries.  Sthree achieved 100% of its growth organically through the development of its operation brands: Computer Futures, Huxley Associates, Progressive and Real Staffing.  Each operating with a clear modus operandi for scale and consistency. 

Leena Patel

Leena is Operations Director with experience of successfully coordinating the activities of various departments concerned with contracts, compliance, logistics, payroll and improving business processes.

She has proven people management skills and is able to manage performance and motivate staff on an individual and team level.

Kiran Patel

Kiran is Learning & Development Manager with experience in driving a learning culture.

She develops learning strategies in line with business goals, creating and delivering training programmes and supporting employees in other areas of development, including personality profiling, mentoring and coaching.

Mike Lindridge

Mike has worked in finance within the recruitment industry for more than 15 years. He has worked across all areas of operational finance.

This includes running a contractor payroll team, processing payroll for over 2,000 contractors, to later working in Management Accounts for international recruitment businesses, including companies in Australia, Hong Kong and Ireland. Mike brings a wealth of experience in the recruitment sector to help build an industry leading finance team for the Hunter/Gatherer Group.

Jessie McGregor

Jessie is a Chartered Marketer with 19 years’ experience.

She is passionate about brands, forever curious, and always seeking truth. Knowing what motivates, excites, and even scares people enables strategies that are deeply rooted in truth. Every brand has a story, and a place in people’s lives, and it’s the job of a marketer to unearth it, to create a meaningful narrative for communications.

Faye Evans

Faye is an experienced communicator, with a passion to motivate, resolve and alleviate human issues at work.

Striving to continuously improve people experience and culture, within an ever-curious industry. Responsible for the coordination of a broad range of services and resources that allow the organisation to operate efficiently, and to build out reliable back-office practices, behind daily operations for existing and new business start-ups.