Meet Our Team

Alex Hutchings

Managing Director

Phone: 020 7744 1306

Alex is the Managing Director of Blackthorn Trace and responsible for the day to day performance of the team.

His 16 year recruitment career has seen him launch and manage several high-growth teams in specialist markets across the UK, US and mainland Europe.

His other main responsibility is to expand our overall service offering by hiring and developing specialist consultants who will operate in deep technology verticals across the UK Cyber market.

Charlee Ryman

Consultant - Cyber Specialist

Phone: 0207 759 7878

Spending seven years' in the Royal Navy as a warfare technician, Charlee uses his comprehensive military network and his deep technical expertise to quickly pinpoint the best cyber security professionals for leading employers of all shapes and sizes.


Seniority: Junior - Senior 

Job Type: Permanent

Geographical coverage: London

Market: Cyber security operations within MSSPs

Jake Taylor

Candidate Consultant - Cyber Specialist

Phone: 0207 759 7878

A keen sportsman and captain of his local rugby team in Essex, Jake is naturally adept at spotting top performers. With a specific candidate pool from professional services, Jake sources the best cyber security talent for Magic Circle, Silver Circle and top 100 UK law firms.


Seniority: Mid - Level

Job Type: Permanent

Geographical coverage: London

Market: Cyber Security operations within the legal sector

Ellie O'Shea

Senior Consultant - Cloud Specialist

Phone: 0207 759 7878

Coming from a sales and customer service background, Ellie combines sound commerciality with a strong passion for cloud transformation technologies. Always keeping up-to-date with the latest transformation projects, she’s built an excellent reputation for unearthing exceptional cloud professionals.


Seniority: Mid - Senior

Job Type: Contract

Geographical coverage: UK wide

Market: Cloud Architecture, MS Azure, MS Certified Partners, AWS, DevOps

Matthew Hockey

Associate Consultant - Cyber Specialist

Phone: 0207 759 7878

Coming from a financial services background, Matt has a clear understanding of the information security compliance processes. Along with his strong passion for up and coming technology, most recently creating a AI chat-bot,  puts him in a unique position to effectively source market leading cyber security candidates.


Seniority: Junior - Mid Level

Job Type: Permanent

Geographical coverage: UK

Market: Offensive Security and Security Consultants

Kasey Barrington

Associate Consultant

Phone: 0207 759 7878

Prior to joining Blackthorn Trace, Kasey spent 4 years in education in far east Asia. He then went on to explore the world of cyber, working in sales for the email management platform, Mimecast. Kasey now specialises in sourcing the best security engineers in the market for leading cyber organisations. 

Avtar Kang


Phone: 0207 744 1307

Avtar is responsible for all financial and group support functions for Blackthorn Trace and its parent company, Huntress Search.

Avtar has 20+ years experience as a commercial CFO in the recruitment sector covering private equity, public and private ownership models. In this time Avtar has helped launch several new recruitment businesses in the UK and overseas and has gained an in depth knowledge of all legal and compliance matters impacting recruitment.

Natasha Walder-Smith

Talent Acquisition Specialist

Phone: 0207 744 1323

Natasha is responsible for all of Blackthorn Trace' internal hiring. This ranges from recruiting consultants with years of experience, through to ambitious individuals looking to start their careers in recruitment. 

Natasha joined Huntress Search, the parent company to Blackthorn Trace, straight out of university. Following a successful placement year as a recruitment consultant and internal recruiter, Natasha has since worked tirelessly to attract top recruitment talent to the business.

Katharine Donnelly

Marketing Director

Phone: 0207 759 3274

Katharine is responsible for the implementation and strategic direction of the Blackthorn Trace brand. As marketing director, she is committed to ensuring Blackthorn Trace becomes a recognised leader in cloud and cyber security recruitment. 

Following a successful career in marketing at a global recruitment firm, Katharine joined parent company, Huntress Search, to bring their ambitious growth plans to life. She has specific experience bringing specialist recruitment brands to market, across a wide range of sectors and is passionate about adding value to clients by consulting them on their own employee value proposition.