Overseeing all aspects of the
on-boarding and assignment
process, this team works closely
with our Account Managers to
ensure Vario runs like clockwork.

Say hello to...

Roger Connon

Our new Head of Oil and Gas.

Roger is responsible for developing
Vario’s hub and service offering
within the challenging and exciting
Oil & Gas industry across the UK

Learn more about Roger


Supporting our community of outstanding legal talent based out of the UK and Australia, the Vario team are here to build and facilitate successful assignments, day in day out. Working closely with partners and relationship managers at Pinsent Masons, our mission is to be an international market leader in the provision of freelance legal services. Explore the bios below to meet members of our Management team:

Matthew Kay

Director of Vario

Matthew is responsible for the international growth, strategic direction and leadership of Vario. He has significant experience in the professional services sector, having previously worked internationally for a global management consulting organisation, specialising in major business process outsourcing (BPO) projects. Matthew is passionate about how the Vario approach solves real business problems for some of the world’s leading organisations, and offers alternative working patterns to talented legal professionals. Matthew enjoys the humbling experience of being beaten at golf by his children on a Saturday afternoon at the local club!

Geraldine Kelm

Vario Account Director

Geraldine leads the operational fulfilment for Vario on all client related work. She is heavily involved in the overall strategy and growth plans for Vario and draws upon her extensive experience in our client management team. Having started her career as a contentious construction lawyer, Geraldine has been with Vario for four years, experiencing our clients’ challenges first-hand and supporting our lawyers to deliver world-class client service. In her spare time (not much of that when you’re a mum to three young children) she loves catching up with friends, baking and going to the theatre. She harbours a secret desire to tread the boards herself, so watch this space!

Roger Connon

Head of Oil and Gas

Based in Aberdeen, Roger is responsible for developing Vario’s hub and service offering within the challenging and exciting Oil & Gas industry across the UK, demonstrating our commitment to the Energy sector. A retired partner and former Head of Pinsent Mason’s Aberdeen office, Roger has over 25 years’ experience in corporate and commercial law, specialising in the O&G sector. He has acted for UK, foreign oil service companies and independent E&P companies, and also has significant expertise in sector-specific intellectual property matters. Commended in the 2017 and 2018 editions of both Chambers and Legal 500, Roger is also involved in the work of the Law department at the University of Aberdeen and is President of the Society of Advocates in Aberdeen. He is also a trustee for the Robert Gordon University Foundation. Roger is an avid student of Scottish history and loves all manner of outdoor sports – perfect for the Scottish weather!

Simon Rickman

Head of Operations

Simon is responsible for resourcing, candidate management and operational delivery of Vario services. His focus is on optimising the process from initial contact with clients and candidates, through to successful completion of assignments (and beyond!). Simon has deep experience of the professional services sector, having previously worked for a variety of blue-chip recruitment and management consulting organisations. His specialisms include resourcing, process management and operational excellence. Simon is committed to providing a world-class, supportive experience for every Vario client and lawyer. Simon is an avid tennis player, though only at a social level. He is also an ardent Spurs fan, and shares a season ticket with his daughter.

Adam Kohl

Vario Client Development Manager

Adam is responsible for the continued growth of Vario through communications, marketing and strategic initiatives. He champions the benefits of the Vario offering to our clients, working closely with all Pinsent Masons departments. Adam has worked in a variety of human resources and business development roles in a combination of start-up organisations, FTSE100 and Fortune 500 companies, both internationally and in the UK. When he’s not spreading the word of Vario, he enjoys walking his dog, live music, cycling and playing his guitar – badly!

Kate Cauldwell-Hunt

Vario Account Manager

Having spent several years working as an employment lawyer, Kate moved into legal recruitment before joining Vario. Her career to date has provided a deep understanding of both the legal profession and the recruitment sector, allowing her to balance the demands facing both clients and freelance lawyers. Kate employs these skills daily in her role interviewing candidates and liaising with both clients and Varios, to over-deliver on meeting clients’ resourcing needs. When Kate’s not at work she juggles her daughter’s social life (significantly better than her own) and tries to get out for a run once in a while!

Lyndsey Meredith

Vario Account Manager

Lyndsey started out her career in investment banking before graduating from law school and embarking on a career in law. She developed a wealth of experience in domestic and international business development, strategic planning, and client relationship management in a number of Magic Circle law firms, before joining us at Vario. Lyndsey is responsible for the efficient coordination of Vario assignments, management of excellent client relationships, and the on-going delivery of outstanding service. In her spare time, in between running around after her young son, she loves socialising, cooking and threatening to tick off an extensive bucket list. Items so far include learning Italian, running a marathon and writing a novel!

Tom Pogmore

Vario Account Manager

Having spent over a decade working in international legal recruitment, Tom has wide-ranging experience of recruiting lawyers at all levels into private practice and in-house roles. As a member of the all-star Vario Account Management team, Tom meets and interviews candidates, and liaises with clients to deliver the right Vario solution. Tom is dedicated to ensuring that the process of recruiting talented lawyers into Vario assignments is as smooth and supportive as possible. Away from work, Tom loves spending time with his young family and watching the occasional game of rugby (when not ferrying his daughters between dance classes).

Lindsy McGowan

Vario Account Manager

Lindsy has spent the last ten years working in international recruitment, placing candidates in the banking and legal fields. She has extensive experience in placing paralegals and lawyers in to private practice and in-house positions, on both permanent and contract positions. Lindsy works within the Vario Account Management team in London and is responsible for interviewing candidates, coordinating their assignments and managing relationships with clients. Outside of work Lindsy is a keen foodie, and loves cooking and sampling new restaurants in London. She keeps active by trekking up mountains!

Paul Garth

Account Manager

Paul has been sourcing talent within the Australian legal industry for over 10 years.  He has advised major private and public companies on graduate recruitment best practice through to firm mergers.  He believes in a consultative approach to fulfilling client needs and is heavily committed to best practice in interviewing candidates and finding the right fit.  As a Vario Account Manager in Australia he is responsible for ensuring our clients receive the world-leading service they have come to expect from Pinsent Masons.  Outside of work he is a tone-deaf musician (not a good combination) and desperately tries to fit Brazilian Jiu Jitsu training between ferrying his kids around.

James Skinner

Account Manager

Before joining Vario, James spent 20 years working for an international recruitment business, with nine years focused upon placing lawyers into the financial services sector. At Vario, James is responsible for supporting the firm and our clients in assessing, identifying and successfully delivering the best specialist legal resource available. During his career, James has worked on a wide range of specialist, as well as generalist mandates. When outside of the office, James enjoys attending both art and history exhibitions as well as tending to his blooms in his small but perfectly formed garden.

Ed Browne

Account Manager

Like many of our Account Managers, Ed started his career as a lawyer, qualifying in 2009 and specialising in litigation.  He later moved into legal recruitment where he worked for an international PLC placing lawyers at all levels into private practice and in-house roles.  As part of the Vario Account Management team, Ed meets and interviews candidates and manages relationships with clients to ensure the process is both efficient and fruitful.  Outside of work Ed is a big sports fan and tries to get out on the golf course or tennis court as often as his wife and young children allow.

Claire Mahon

Vario Account Executive

Claire is responsible for managing our internal and external processes effectively and efficiently. Working closely with the Account Management team, Claire ensures that Varios have all the resources they need in order to be ‘assignment ready’ as quickly as possible. Out of the office, Claire enjoys catching up with friends, swimming and reading, when her young daughter’s schedule allows the time.

Jo Whelan

Vario Account Executive

As one of our Account Executives, Jo is responsible for screening Vario applications, ensuring that we consistently identify the best lawyer for each client and assignment, and also makes sure that all our onboarding processes run smoothly. Jo studied Law at university before embarking on a career in recruitment both in-house and for an international recruitment agency, so Vario  represents a perfect blend of the two disciplines. Out of the office, Jo enjoys cooking, yoga classes and relaxing with her two dogs.

Paul Shephard

Vario Account Executive

Paul spent several years working in legal private practice for top firms in Birmingham before making the transition to legal recruitment. Since then, he has specialised in dealing with multi-discipline private practice recruitment across a wide range of firms. As an Account Executive, Paul is responsible for the recruitment of Varios into both Pinsent Masons and their clients, with a particular focus on the Banking and Financial Services sector. Outside of the office, Paul enjoys socialising with friends, binging on Netflix and reading.

Gavin Harris

Operations Team Leader

Gavin has spent the last 14 years working as a lawyer, holding management positions at several national law firms. Specialising in insurance litigation and commercial insurance, Gavin has gained significant experience in process efficiency, client relationship management, and management information & reporting, all of which he brings to his role with Vario leading our stellar Operations team. Outside of work, Gavin enjoys relaxing with his young family and is a passionate snooker player, although he won’t be giving up the day job quite yet…!