Work History

Work History
Dec 2007 - Present

Manager - Private Practice

Legal Futures Japan

Responsible for the complete management of the Private Practice team at Legal Futures Japan I oversee every aspect of client and candidate relationships and have ensured a significant growth in the practice group. I also work with a number of key corporate clients and place in-house legal staff of all levels within high quality multinational clients.PartnersOf CounselBengoshiAssociatesParalegalsLegal SecretariesBusiness Development StaffBenrishiZeirishiIn-house Legal StaffIn-house Legal ManagersIn-house CounselRegional CounselE:      aragon@legalfutures.comW:     www.legalfutures.com

Jun 2011 - Present

Managing Director

Japan Aquaponics

Japan Aquaponics is a new company dedicated to introducing and promoting aquaponics into Japan.   Aquaponics is the synergy of aquaculture and hydroponics, and offers substantial benefits over both of these traditional methods.

We offer a specialized consulting service along with complete kit, and equipment sales.  Our education programme is designed for schools and community groups who want to find out more about aquaponics.

Please contact us directly if you are interested in aquaponics and we will be available to offer help and guidance about this unique and extremely sustainable method of agriculture.

E:        aragon@japan-aquaponics.com

W:       www.japan-aquaponics.com

FB:     Facebook Page for Japan Aquaponics

YT:      Youtube Page for Japan Aquaponics

Jan 2005 - Dec 2007

HR Manager

International Education Company

Responsible for the recruitment, training and retention of staff, as well as general human resource procedures, for one of the largest education companies in Japan.

Feb 2001 - Feb 2002

Senior Consultant

Perriam & Everett

This was a specialist recruitment firm in London where I worked with high profile international clients and candidates providing top-notch recruitment solutions at both retained and contingent level.

Feb 1999 - Feb 2001

Senior Consultant

Phee Farrer Jones

This position entailed the recruitment of senior level executives into the Technology, Communications and Consulting industries in London.

Education

Education
Sep 2003 - Jun 2006

Philosophy, Politics & Law

University of Kent at Canterbury

I studied political and ethical philosophy and the ability to argue my way out of a paper bag... or to avoid answering questions altogether... unless it was with another question.

Law has always held a deep interest for me, and I sat my first law qualification when I was just 15yrs old.  I suppose that debate and argument have been in my blood a long time!

Outside of study I captained the University Lacrosse Team for 3 years, and was also to be found up to my neck in mud on the rugby field.  It has been said that I might have occasionally enjoyed a sporting pint at the local bar.... but that is just a rumour.

Skills

Skills

Sustainable Agriculture Specialist

I am a speaker for the development of sustainable agricultural practices and an advocate for their adoption and development all over the world.  I have a specific experience and expertise in Aquaponics, or Integrated Aquaculture and manage a social enterprise dedicated to the introduction and development of aquaponics in Japan in particular.  Beyond aquaponics my interests and experiences also span a range of alternative practices such as Permaculture, Vermiculture, and Urban Farming.

Management

I have successfully managed teams large and small for almost a decade and have proven results in doing so.  I enjoy teaching and motivating staff and working to try and get the best out of them, and empowering them to make the most out of themselves.

Recruiting

I love recruiting.  When done properly it can be immensely valuable service to both client and candidates... and an extremely rewarding one for me as a consultant.  Money is not my objective, as evidenced by the fact that my company has low fees and still donates no less than 20% of our profits to charitable causes.

References

References

Emy Rumble-Mettle

Aragon is a sophisticated and charming individual. He has a communication style that many could learn from: Courteous, clear, direct and challenging. Aragon immediately garners trust, confidence and most importantly instills clients and candidates with the certainty that he will deliver a great outcome.

Dean Page

I previously worked with Aragon as part of a successful transition to a Partner position in the Big 4. As part of this deal, Aragon also placed two key colleagues. The process of meetings and negotiation took nearly eight months but Aragon faultlessly managed the process both for us and on the firm side. Without Aragon's involvement, the successful conclusion we reached would have been very difficult to achieve. I regularly recommend that colleagues who are seeking senior appointments consult with Aragon.

Rina Sproat

Aragon knows who he's recommending / recruiting and takes the hassle out of a tedious interview process when trying to hire someone.

He is also knowledgeable about the industry and field of law, which makes communication very easy.

Sarah Fesco

Aragon is a hard working, vital member of any team. He brings valuable opinions to the team and always allows someone to have their point of view in a discussion. He has a dynamic attitude towards work and will put his best into any task assigned to him and will always look for perfection in his work before presenting it. Aragon is a leader of people. He is very good at strategising and has a healthy understanding of politics. He is not fooled by people and can assert himself when necessary. In my opinion Aragon will achieve and maintain a job with authority and respect from his colleagues.

Damion Way

Aragon is a professional of the utmost good character, integrity, dedication and ability. He is a very intelligent, conscientious, loyal and hard working person adept at both being a team player and being independent when required. He has the ability to understand complex situations and disseminate the knowledge in a succinct and understandable manner. He has an extremely agreeable personality and disposition and is always a pleasure to work with

Anthony McArthur

Aragon has provided us with excellent service. He has a detailed knowledge, an communicates very well. He is very responsive to his clients.

Paul Previtera

Aragon was great to work with and helped me find my current position. He is open, friendly, knowledgeable and professional and has the ability to think outside the box and come up with creative solutions. If you're a lawyer or CPA looking to make a move I strongly recommend you speak to Aragon.

Santa Melazzo

Since opening our office in Tokyo, I have worked with Aragon St-Charles in an effort to staff our local office with top quality performers. Aragon has been instrumental in not only assisting us in finding excellent hires, but his insight and advice on how best to work in Japan has been invaluable. Aragon has been a valued business partner and we very much enjoy working with him.