Andy, Co-Founder and Director

Excuse the rather stern looking photo, I’ve never been a photgenic one! I’m originally from Stoke-on-Trent, known as ‘The Potteries’ and most well-known for its famous pottery producing past. I’m the middle one of three brothers so my poor Mum had her hands full! Having started my career in insurance and banking, I felt I needed more academic qualifications behind me, so I took the big decision in going to university full time to gain a degree in Film, Television & Radio. People often ask me about questions about my favourite films and actors and I’ve honestly not watched that many films so they’re surprised when I can only really name a couple!

I entered the world of recruitment around 10 years ago and have covered a range of different sectors in this time including exec search, sales, supply chain, telecoms and more recently beauty, cosmetics, wellness and ingredients. This is where I developed a big passion for the sector, a lot more so than any other sector I’ve covered. My last role was heading the Manchester office of my former employer covering FMCG, Beauty/Cosmetics, Personal Care, Wellness, Food & ingredients. The next move for me would be to follow my dream and set up my very own business.

It’s surprising how people come into your life at different times and as if for a reason. Gary was taken on to head up the beauty and cosmetics division and did an amazing job of this. I’m glad I was able to help him through his difficult times. I lost my brother to suicide so I could completely relate to what he was going through. We naturally formed a close bond after this and have been very close friends ever since. I couldn’t think of a better friend and consultant to take the dream forward. We’re very fortunate and so excited to have launched Lavandi Talent! We’ve got lots of plans for the business and I know we can make a real success of this. I guess it’s a mixture of fate and circumstances that made this happen and we’re going to take the opportunity and give it everything we’ve got to make it a big success!

Andy Banks Lavandi Talent