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At Charles + Charles we believe recruitment should be made simple. We focus on building sustainable relationships through a personal service and we believe that the best way to invite trust is to build an authentic business. This is our passion and we invest time into being the best at what we do. Quality over quantity is our motto. 

Our Team

Meet the people behind CHARLES + CHARLES

Sheldon Clottey

Sheldon is the Managing Director of Charles + Charles and established the group in 2016. During the last 8 years, Sheldon has overseen the growth of the company to where it is now in 2024.


Throughout his career, Sheldon has recruited for construction companies in over 15 countries, spanning 3 continents. He continues to guide construction professionals to reaching the top levels within the industry.

Managing Director | All Locations

Maryanne Taylor

Maryanne has been with the company since the start of 2020. Her core market is North Carolina, specifically Raleigh & Charlotte, where she has been successfully building strong relations with both candidates and clients, of which include some of the top five general contractors in the Carolinas.


Maryanne continuously works with Estimators, Project Engineers & Project Managers of all calibres to propel them in their career.

Senior Associate | North Carolina

Ella Parikh

Ella joined Charles + Charles in 2021 and was one of the first members of our team to focus on our operations within Florida in 2022.

She has established herself with some of the most affluent luxury home contractors as well as leading general contractors throughout Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties.

Senior Associate | Florida

Holly Bennett

Holly joined Charles + Charles in 2022 and has risen through the business to be our Marketing & Operations Manager, working alongside Sheldon for much of her time at the business and helping with our continued growth.


Alongside expanding our clientele and developing market maps throughout the states, she is responsible for building a Resourcing Team, allowing us to find the best Estimating, Preconstruction & Project Management talent across North America.

Marketing & Operations Manager | All Locations

Toby Cook

Toby joined Charles + Charles in the summer of 2022 and quickly established himself as a senior member of the team and a leadership figure. He is an Associate Director for our main office and is an incredible mentor for everyone at the company. He has come from a background recruit in the Renewable Energy Sector as well has having previously worked in Finance for JP Morgan.


Toby is looking after some of our best clients in Georgia, where he brings hard work & charisma which has contributed to his success in filling some of the “Hard to Fill” positions 

Associate Director | Georgia

Freddie Mannering

Freddie has been with the Charles + Charles since the start of 2023 and has developed into a specialist within New York City’s market for Estimators & Preconstruction professionals, from junior to C Level positions. This has included completing a recent search for COO role with a growing contractor in Manhattan.

Associate | New York

James Kong

James joined Charles + Charles in the summer of 2023 and was a Sports Agent prior to joining the company.


He has excelled throughout the business within his first year and a good track record placing upcoming Estimators & Project Managers throughout Texas.

Senior Associate | Texas

Harry Smart

Harry has joined the Charles + Charles team to work alongside Toby in searching for top construction professionals in Georgia and helping to find the best move for their career.

Delivery Consultant | Georgia

Denys Maksymenko

Denys was approached to join Charles + Charles having spent years of his career doing executive search across the US and Europe.


After enjoying some travelling for most of 2023, Denys is dedicated to helping our Estimating & Preconstruction candidates across Pennsylvania find their next career step, whether that is aiding their step up to a new position, or finding a company with a specific project exposure.

Senior Associate | Pennsylvania

Ben Baumann

Ben joined Charles + Charles in summer 2024 to learn the ropes of the commercial construction world underneath Toby.


Coming from experience in the subcontracting world of the US Construction Market, Ben will be helping top construction professionals in Massachusetts, assisting them in taking their next career step.

Delivery Consultant | Massachusetts

Clariza Villarama

Clariza joined Charles + Charles in 2024 to work alongside Holly in assisting the entire team and has proven excellence in everything that she does. 

Resource Assistant

Merlyn Sunil

Merlyn joins the Charles + Charles Group having recently worked in the world of luxury Real Estate. She has joined the company the summer of 2024 having relocated from Australia to join us in our office in Dubai. Merlyn is assisting our clients with finding the best Estimators and Preconstruction professionals in the US.

Delivery Consultant

Niamh Tuffy

Niamh joins the Charles + Charles Group having recently relocated to Dubai from Bahrain. She will be assisting Sheldon in helping us manage our client and candidate relationships across the group.

Resource & Operations Assistant 

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