vcardBhavina Halai

Operations Director (Europe and Africa)
One New Bailey
4 Stanley Street
Manchester M3 5JL

Ms. Halai works alongside our Managing Partners and Managing Directors on the implementation and improvement of our services, systems and processes, which includes formulating strategy, improving performance, identifying training and development needs, procuring material and resources, and securing compliance. Prior to joining Benchmark International, she worked in various industries, including events management, which gave her great skill in managing complex processes with several moving parts.


University of Central Lancashire - BA (Hons) in Management in Events. 

Leeds Metropolitan University - HND in Events Management. 




Ms. Halai spent her formative years in Bolton but spent time studying in both Leeds and Preston. Her academic and professional success is greatly inspired by her parents’ dedication to hard work. Bhavina has quickly risen through the ranks at Benchmark International. She first served as Corporate Acquisitions Manager, heading up a multi-lingual team of marketers known as ICAT (International Corporate Acquisitions Team). In this role, she established highly coveted relationships with many of the world’s leading companies, routinely presenting opportunities to the highest-level decision makers. In 2016, she was tasked with overseeing the Deal Preparation Team, which creates marketing collateral and identifies potential acquirers both in the UK and overseas markets, to draw both this and ICAT’s operations together. She now serves as European Operations Director, where she is a crucial part of our central executive team supporting the growth of our existing network of offices while looking for opportunities to expand into new territories.


Bhavina is passionate about the people she works with, from all of our clients to the members of our internal team. She enjoys successfully turning ideas into reality and finding new ways to evolve and improve herself. She is also proud to support her local community as an ambassador for Bolton Lads and Girls Club (BLGC).

Secret talent 

Ms. Halai is deceptively strong - to date, she has managed to leg press 200kg and has a video to prove it.



As a consultant to Benchmark I have worked with Bhavina for the past three years and have seen the departments she works with grow and develop as she is a skilled manager of people. I have seen first-hand the output from the departments she works within increase in quantity and quality. She has gone from strength to strength in the roles she has had and have no doubt that she will continue to do so.
Richard Wright
Director, Prepare to Sell
I have worked with Bhavina for a period of seven years in her capacity within the European business intelligence division of Benchmark, most latterly as its head. Throughout this time, I have always regarded Bhavina as the “go to” person. Her role seems to involve coordinating the activities of a number of different departments within Benchmark and I would imagine requires excellent business understanding and organisation. I have always found her extremely competent, very positive and because of her attitude and personality a real pleasure to deal with. If she is ever fed up with Benchmark we would employ her in a second!
Mark Eardley
Managing Director, Langcliffe Merger Connect