Meet The Team

Clare Turner

Account Director

 A highly skilled and well regarded Recruiter, Clare has been a vital and influential part of the People Marketing team since 2002. Having studied Fashion, Clare came into industry, gaining a background in UK manufacturing, working in merchandising &  product development, marketing  and new business development, before moving into recruitment. She has excellent and varied industry knowledge, having worked for Coats Viyella Branded Menswear & Vermillion Corporatewear, and this depth of knowledge benefits her candidates and clients alike. Clare also has extensive International experiences, recruiting for positions across Europe, Middle East, Asia and the Far East. Clare always works at a furious pace, has an amazing memory for names, and multi-tasks to an astonishing degree. Her affable nature, attention to detail, and ability to think laterally in matching the right candidate to the right position means that she has a growing and loyal network of candidates and clients.

Testimonial: "Great work – you have done an exceptional job, far out stripping my expectations in both quantity of potentials and relevant experience."

Specialisms: Menswear, Brands, Lingerie, Corporatewear and International Recruitment.

Likes: Serious addiction to crafting. Loves exploring new cultures, and natural wonders, particularly in Mexico.

Dislikes: Bad drivers- regardless of the number of wheels on their vehicle.

Fact: Swam with dolphins in Mexico.


Rachel Platt

Office Manager

Rachel joined People Marketing Ltd on 1st April 2019, after working in the outdoor industry for 17 years. Rachel is responsible for the office and facility management. Bringing into this role her knowledge of running a busy office, working in an International role with partners and clients worldwide to ensure all targets and needs are met for both the business and clients. As well as her expertise in securing good working relationships and service.

Likes: Arrabiata and holidays of course.

Dislikes: Spiders, heights and especially tomato ketchup with a passion.

Fun Fact: Despite hating heights I twice did a Via Ferata so not to let a client down.


Fiona Berridge

      Senior Recruitment Consultant and Head of Digital

Fiona is a highly motivated Digital, Technical & Commercial Senior Recruiter with over 25 years of fashion industry experience across manufacturing, supply and retail. Starting within UK manufacturing in commercial and technical roles, Fiona has worked with UK luxury retailers, Brands, UK High Street and European clients before moving into Recruitment at People Marketing back in 2011.

Fiona now heads up the Digital & Ecommerce division within People Marketing, supplying permanent and contract technical staff to the Fashion Industry. A self-confessed ‘techno geek’ she has always enjoyed the more technical aspects of fashion, understanding production processes from start to finish along with being the CRM and software champion within the business. It was therefore a natural progression to move into this area of recruitment’. As a recruiter, Fiona takes the time to understand your business, where you sit in the marketplace and your expectations of the role, she gets a genuine buzz from finding the best people for her clients.

Testimonial: "One of Fiona’s key points and why we enjoy working with her is her understanding of our company, her technical knowledge plus the hard work and effort that she puts into finding us the best people, always going that extra mile. I would have no hesitation recommending both Fiona and People Marketing" - Director, Fashion Supplier

Specialisms: Digital, Technical & Commercial.

Likes: Volleyball, A good curry, roaming the countryside & coast in her trusty motorhome aka “Herman”, anything Sci-Fi.

Dislikes: Formal photos, irresponsible dog owners and Lychees. (They’re like eyeballs)

Fact: Until recently still held her senior school Javelin throwing record. (It’s a long time ago too!)


Kathryn Barksby

Senior Fashion Recruitment Consultant

With over 11 years working as a Designer for both suppliers and retailers, Kathryn is our design specialist. She worked as a Ladies Outerwear Designer for Visage, a multi-product Designer at Vijay Fashions and Prominent, and then a Men’s shirt Designer for C&A in Belgium, before moving into Recruitment. Kathryn is always in demand from aspiring designers seeking advice on their portfolio and from clients who trust her to find talented candidates with the right handwriting for their brand. Her experience however is not just restricted to Design and her knowledge of Technical, Sourcing and Merchandising make her a sought-after recruiter. Kathryn has travelled extensively on sourcing trips and this combined with her personal experience of working abroad has meant she is equally comfortable working International as well as UK based roles.

Testimonial: "Kathryn supported me alongside her colleague in helping me find a new job role after a recent redundancy. I can't thank her enough for really driving forward the opportunity of the initial interview so quickly after my redundancy.  Superb communicator and always offers great advice, which helps settle pre-interview nerves. A credit to recruitment"

Specialisms: Design, Menswear, Ladieswear, International Recruitment.

Likes: Driving.

Dislikes: Vegetables.

Fact: Has abseiled 400ft from Table Mountain in Cape Town.


Melanie Coote

Senior Fashion Recruitment Consultant

Melanie has a wealth of experience in Fashion across a range of products and a variety of functions. After graduating in ‘Fashion Buying, Management and Retailing’ Melanie worked in Buying for the sportswear company Kitbag, before moving into a Wholesale Merchandising role for the babywear supplier Brecrest. She then joined the luxury label Burberry in London, where she worked as a Global Sourcing Coordinator across a variety of products including Outerwear, Knitwear, Softs and Jersey, covering Production Management, Costing & Negotiation, RM Procurement, Product Testing and Compliance. She also worked in collaboration with other departments such as Design, Product Development, Technical, Buying and Merchandising and Corporate Responsibility which has given her a thorough understanding of the supply chain and its roles.

The breadth of her experience within the industry has proven invaluable when assisting clients with their recruitment, and Melanie takes the time tounderstand the client’s requirements in order to find the best talent fit for their business. Melanie’s big passion is Womenswear – which is evident from her enviable wardrobe and by the proliferation of her Womenswear client base – particularly in London.  

Melanie is determined, approachable and her can-do attitude is infectious.

Testimonial: “You have been great, I really appreciate your help and I look forward to my interview.”

Specialisms: Womenswear, London Clients, Accessories & Luxury.  

Likes: My dog Dolly, Eating & Cooking Asian Food, Warm & Sunny Climates, Online Shopping and Beauty Products.

Dislikes: Fitting your toiletries into one of those little bags at the airport.

Fact: I have a major weakness for Designer handbags.


Desiree Sierra-Cuesta

Fashion Recruitment Consultant

Our resident Spaniard Desiree, joined us back in 2013 as an experienced Resourcer to work alongside Clare our Account Director, on UK and International recruitment. A Psychology graduate, Desiree started her recruitment career in Barcelona, where she gained a wealth of experience in the recruitment industry before moving to the UK and joining People Marketing. She learnt quickly, and as her confidence and experience of the Fashion industry grew, she began to take on more of the client-facing role. Four years on (and two children later) Desiree is working as a Recruitment Consultant with her own client base. Desiree has a strong work ethic, she is determined and honest, which has made her popular with her clients, candidates and colleagues, and they all love her accent!

Testimonial: "I really appreciate your help throughout the recruitment process. Desi you are certainly one of the best recruiters I have worked with."

Likes: Playing hide-and-seek with my young family, fizzy sweets, a glass of Rioja and planes (they bring me back home every time I am homesick).

Dislikes: Celery and mess.

Fact: Speaks 4 languages. (Spanish, Catalan, French & of course English)


Doug Jameson

Managing Director

A seasoned recruiter with a proven track record of leading and mentoring successful teams of recruitment consultants. Doug is a  genuine people-person with a calm manner and clear strategic thinker, coupled with a wicked sense of humour. The breadth of his recruitment experience is a major asset to People Marketing.


Liz Gilder


Liz, a former HR Director, founded People Marketing in 1989 and under her direction and vision has expanded it from a ‘one-woman band’ into the successful business it is today. Her knowledge of HR and her industry experience has proved invaluable to clients and candidates over the years. Her career has included working for Marks & Spencer and for the hosiery brand Elbeo, before taking the plunge to start her own business. Liz is now semi-retired and has handed over the day-to-day running of the business to the MD Doug Jameson, but she maintains a keen interest in the business and retains an interest as a shareholder and in her role as Chairman.