Meet the Team

Our consultants have extensive knowledge and experience of the Finance industry and have recruited from Part-Qualified to Finance Director level into Commerce & Industry, Accountancy Practices, Public Sector, Financial Services and Legal Firms.

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Nigel Jeyes

(Owner & Director)

Nigel has been in Finance Recruitment since 1990 and was a Director in the London office of one of the UK's leading recruitment businesses, before moving down to the South Coast and establishing Grafton Banks along with his wife Julia.

Working closely with Alex Gregory he then set up Grafton Banks Finance in September 2008 just as the economy was plummeting into one of the worst recessions in living memory. Despite the unfavourable economic climate, Alex and Nigel were able to steadily grow the organisation by employing their belief in outstanding professionalism and customer service.

A keen sportsman in bygone years, Nigel still plays cricket, tennis, golf and the odd game of football, when time and the demands of his two young daughters allow.

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Julia Jeyes

(Owner & Director.
Public Practice Finance Recruitment)

Julia Jeyes started up Grafton Banks Finance alongside Nigel and Alex. She has worked in recruitment for most of her career, specialising first in legal and now finance recruitment.

Julia also manages the Public Practice Division at Grafton Banks. She specialises in the placement of Qualified, part Qualified and QBE accountants into Practices across Surrey and Sussex. 

Outside of work, Julia's main focus is on enjoying family life with Nigel and their two daughters.

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Alex Gregory

Managing Director

(Qualified level & Executive Search finance recruitment, Sussex, Surrey & Kent)

Alex has over ten years Finance Recruitment experience. He started his recruitment career at Badenoch & Clark initially placing Qualified and Part Qualified Accountants on a contract basis. In January 2006 he then set up and managed a profitable Permanent Finance Division, covering Sussex & Surrey.

Previous to this and after graduating from Salford University Alex embarked on a two year round the world trip, where his experiences ranged from the delights of hospital life in Delhi to the more relaxed islands of the South Pacific!

In September 2008 Alex joined forces with Nigel to establish and grow Grafton Banks Finance Ltd.



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Paul Bavin

(Manager - Interim Finance Division)

Paul has been working in recruitment since the summer of 2008 when he graduated from the University of Gloucestershire.

Starting his career with a leading international recruiter Paul worked across West Sussex and Hampshire placing part qualified accountants, progressing quickly he moved along the coast to recruit for permanent qualified candidates in East and West Sussex.

In November 2010 Paul joined Grafton Banks Finance to establish and grow their part qualified offering. In May 2013 he took over the management of the interim finance division.

To relax outside work Paul enjoys playing football and keeping fit by running and cycling.

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Emma Bavin nee Prior

(Interim Finance Recruitment)

After graduating from the University of Portsmouth in 2007, Emma started her career working for a large international recruiter specialising in interim finance recruitment across Hampshire and West Sussex.

In the summer of 2011, Emma joined Nigel, Alex and the team at Grafton Banks Finance to develop an interim finance division across East and West Sussex and Surrey. Emma works closely with Paul Bavin and specialises in placing interim finance professionals into companies across East & West Sussex and Surrey. Outside of work Emma's focus is on enjoying family life with her two sons and long-term partner. Emma likes to relax by reading a good literary classic - she is a Jane Austin fanatic - cycling across the South Downs and visiting remote areas of the world.

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Scarlett Newton

(Team Administrator)

Scarlett joined Grafton Banks Finance in the summer of 2018. She is an English and Media graduate of the University of Brighton and also has Level 2 & 3 AAT Accounting and Finance. Scarlett assists both the permanent and interim teams with candidate, client and office administration. Outside of work Scarlett enjoys watching football, reading and catching up on new TV series.

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Neil Watson

(Part Qualified level finance recruitment, Sussex & Surrey)

After graduating in 2004 from the University of Wales - Cardiff, Neil spent several years in the fitness and leisure industry prior to heading to the bright lights of London. In London he secured a sales role in high end retailer Harrods, where his Welsh roots made him a popular and successful salesman.

Neil relocated to Brighton during the summer of 2016 where he started his recruitment career at Hays before joining Grafton Banks Finance in September of 2017. He joins Alex Gregory on the Sussex team, where he will manage and develop the part qualified accounts market.

Outside of work Neil likes to remain as active as possible and is a keen sportsman (whilst his knees still allow) He likes to visit friends dotted around the country and is an avid Swansea City supporter.

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Lewis Moyle

(Non-qualified level temporary and permanent finance recruitment, Sussex & Surrey)

Lewis joins the Grafton Banks Finance temporary team. He will be working alongside Emma Bavin  in the non qualified level finance division, recruiting temporary and permanent financial and accounting roles.

Lewis took a gap year before going to university in which he completed a ski season and travelled around South East Asia and Australia. After graduating from the University of Leeds in 2017 with an Economics degree he decided to do another ski season before settling down and joining us at Grafton Banks.

Outside of work Lewis enjoys catching up with friends over a drink and going to the gym and keeping fit. His main hobbies are skiing and motocross.

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Ryan Leggett

(Qualified Permanent Finance recruitment, Kent)

Ryan graduated from De Montfort University in the summer of 2008 with a Media Studies degree. He started his career with a multi-national bank before joining a leading international recruitment business in the summer of 2015. To date he has specialised in the recruitment of fully qualified finance professionals.

At Grafton Banks Finance, Ryan will be focusing on placing qualified accountants into Public Practice and Industry and Commerce in Kent.

Outside of work Ryan has recently become a father for the first time. He enjoys spending time with his family, supporting his football team Ipswich Town FC and watching live music.

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Amy Butler

(Qualified level permanent finance recruitment, Sussex)

Amy has over 12 years' finance recruitment experience. She started her career in London placing Accountants into Investment Banks and was then headhunted by Joslin Rowe to grow their permanent finance business, winning Biggest Impact on the Business in 2005 and gaining promotion to Director to oversee Accountancy, Risk, Insurance, Business Administration, HR and Legal permanent recruitment.

Amy took a career break to have her son and returns to recruitment at Grafton Banks Finance to specialise in placing senior finance professionals into the Sussex business community.

Outside work Amy's free time is fairly exclusively occupied by her 4 year old, but she squeezes in some live music and a boogie every now and then.

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Matt Taylor

(Qualified and Part Qualified Permanent Finance recruitment, Kent)

Matt has two years' accountancy recruitment experience with a global recruitment organisation. Prior to this he spent seven years' with Barretts BMW/MINI in Kent, where he won numerous awards for sales performance and customer service.

Matt joins the permanent recruitment team at Grafton Banks Finance and will specialise in the placement of part qualified accountants across the business, working alongside Jess Trundle and Neil Watson.

Outside of work, Matt is a family man, and enjoys spending time with his baby son. He is a keen sports fan; football (Arsenal) and cricket (Kent) and gets out to watch each of these teams as much as he can.

Matt has a keen interest in travelling and has previously spent nine months travelling Australia on his own and has also travelled Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia.

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Jack Giles

(Non-qualified level temporary and permanent finance recruitment, Sussex & Surrey)

Jack began his career in recruitment with Grafton Banks Finance in the summer of 2019, having graduated the same year from the University of Brighton with a degree in Earth and Ocean science. He joins to work alongside the transactional finance team placing candidates into industry and practice on an temporary and permanent basis. He will deal with the Sussex market alongside Lewis Moyle.

Prior to joining Grafton Banks Finance, Jack managed a popular bar in Brighton where he honed his exceptional communication skills as well as his cocktail creation ability - both of which led him to a career in recruitment.

Outside of work Jack enjoys going to the gym and generally socialising with his friends either in local bars or taking the dogs for walks along the beach in Brighton.

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Jack Schilling

(Recruitment Consultant, Permanent Finance recruitment Kent)

Jack joined Grafton Banks in the summer of 2019. He is a Business with Marketing graduate from the University of Brighton and has a CMI Level 5 Diploma in Management & Leadership. Jack joined to work alongside both Ryan and Matt in the Kent office and assists with administrative tasks and supporting candidates. Outside of work Jack enjoys attending Brighton football club’s home games as well as meeting up with friends for a drink.

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Lloyd Durrant

(Permanent part qualified level finance recruitment, Sussex & Surrey)

Lloyd joins Grafton Banks Finance from a Brighton based recruiter, where he gained over two years' experience working within the accountancy and finance markets, placing part qualified accountants and transactional level finance staff across Sussex. He joins our permanent division in Hove where will be working alongside Neil Watson in placing part qualified accountants across Sussex and Surrey.

Outside of work, Lloyd is a keen sportsman playing football and golf at a competitive level. Lloyd also enjoys attending Brighton FC matches and spending time with both friends and family.

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Ben Hickey

(Qualified Permanent Finance recruitment, Sussex & Surrey)

Ben joins the qualified finance recruitment team at Grafton Banks. He has joined Amy and Alex to focus on the Sussex and Surrey Finance & Accountancy market. Ben's recruitment experience dates back to 2001 where he recruited Actuaries in the Lloyd's of London market then going onto driving growth into the recruitment sector itself. Outside of work, Ben is a keen football enthusiast, he currently coaches a U15's Worthing football team and is a regular resident of Brighton and Hove Albion FC.

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