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Today’s Live Lounge guest is Karinna Shields, Director and Co-Founder of Concur Recruitment based in Coventry. Karinna has worked her way through the ranks of recruitment, starting her career age 17 as a receptionist, moving up to resourcer, recruiter, account manager, then managing multiple branches before setting up her own agency - all within 7 …
 
Abigail started her 18 year recruitment career in Houston Texas at the age of 22 and when returning to the UK in 2003 she continued in the industry with a brief spell at a national staffing firm, 8 years at an independent boutique agency and also some time working as an Internal Recruiter. It was whilst in this role she that she created what is now…
 
Steven Convery is the Owner and Director at Concur Engineeringbased in the Midlands. He started his career off as an oldschool recruiter – meaning without a “computer” and relying on oldschool methods, just a phone and the yellow pages. Times haveobviously changed since then and Steven has become a highlyaccomplished man Manager and Owner/Director …
 
Tony Chapman started his recruitment career in 2007 as a Trainee Consultant at a boutique agency in London, initially specialising in infrastructure technology before specialising further into the Linux and Open Source space, quickly becoming the company's highest producer. A brief stint setting up a division at one of James Caan's brands then led …
 
Liz Longman is the Managing Director of TEAM (The Employment Agents Movement) and has been involved in recruitment for over 20 years. Before her current position she worked her way through the ranks to become a Regional Director heading up a region for a generalist agency covering every sector from supplying temporary workers, permanent placements …
 
Amit Somaiya, CEO at IMS People based in India has over 16 years extensive recruitment experience in Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia and North America, working with both agencies and corporates, and therefore has a unique perspective on recruitment, global migration and outsourcing. He travels extensively in both developed countries and developin…
 
Ben Scobie-Trumper has worked in the recruitment industry for over ten years, a career which started by winning rookie of the year in his first full year for one of the largest IT recruitment agencies in the UK, and then going on to work in multiple sectors including construction, pharma and gaming. Ben set up Audentia Recruitment two and a half ye…
 
Kai Murray is the former MD of 'Search Consultancy' who managed their period of massive growth and who now is passing on her 25+ years of expert recruitment and business experience via her own management and leadership consultancy business. Kai spent 11 years at Search, employed originally in 1996 as Associate Director Edinburgh and within two year…
 
Toby Twaites has 20 years’ experience in the Recruitment Industry and started 'Purple' over 15 years ago. During that time he’s been responsible for Purple becoming one of the most successful brands in the sector winning many accolades and even a personal win for “Recruitment Boss Of The Year” at the Marketing and Advertising Recruitment Awards. To…
 
James Blackwell is CEO at Ronald James and an ambitious recruiter with a goal to achieve a net worth of £100 million by the age of 40. He started working at age 13 running a newsagents on a weekend. He then bought and sold cars from auction aged 17-19 selling over 40 cars and with that money he started his own coffee shop with a turnover of £250k b…
 
Toby is the Managing Director and founder of Harrington Starr, the London based financial services technology recruitment, events and insight company. He is the Chairman of the FinTech Influencers, The FS Technology Breakfast, and the editor of The Trading Technologist and FinTech Capital Magazines. Harrington Starr launched in 2010 and has grown f…
 
Christine Tautari is Co-founder and Director of The Needle, a candidate video interview platform, and they are based on the Isle of Man in the UK. Christine is originally from New Zealand where she started her career in sales and marketing. When she came over to the UK in 2005 she got involved in recruitment which she immediately fell in love with …
 
Daniel Mundy is the CEO of anzuk* Teachers a recruitment agency focusing on teaching and childcare placements across Australia, the UK and Asia. At university in Ballarat, Australia, Daniel completed studies as a Physical Education Teacher and then moved to the UK for three and a half years to teach PE to Health and Special Educational Needs studen…
 
Wendy McDougall is a serial entrepreneur, currently making waves and influencing the recruitment technology space with her role as CEO at Firefish Software. Wendy’s first business '9-20 Recruitment' was launched in 2004 and sold successfully 6 months after returning from the amazing Entrepreneurship Development Program in Boston in 2013. Now focusi…
 
Abigail’s career started in marketing but after 8 years she ‘fell into recruitment’ with Pertemps and ASA International. Abigail maintained a constant top biller status at ASA and to her knowledge, still holds the record of highest ever biller! When she was asked if she would like to be part of a management buyout, Abigail realised she did not want…
 
Glyn Blaize had a promising rugby career ahead of him in the late 90’s playing for Wasps, England Students U21s and Rugby Lions but his rugby career was cut short by a horrific sporting injury which saw him in hospital for six weeks. However this was the catalyst for Glyn to pursue a new career. He entered the recruitment industry in 1999 and went …
 
Andrew Hairs is the Group Managing Director of the Monroe Consulting Group and is based out in Jakarta overseeing the offices in Jakarta, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Manila, Santiago and Mexico City. Andrew has over 15 years recruitment experience starting as a consultant, and then moving onto executive search and working for a company where he was resp…
 
Gareth Biggerstaff is a seasoned leader in Technology & Digital recruitment, having started his career with a large national provider over 20 years ago as a researcher and over time progressing to Director and skilfully building a market-leading recruiting team. Of course working that length of time in one sector means that Gareth has experienced b…
 
Chris Young is the Owner of FlexiRec and an active recruiter with over 8 years experience placing rising stars and top talent with some of the UKs biggest and best loved companies including Fujitsu, Hilton Worldwide and SANYO. 3 years ago Chris founded FlexiRec as a specialist agency across 3 divisions; Commercial Office Staff, Sales Professionals,…
 
Jack Parsons started as a sales apprentice 5 years ago after leaving school and started his recruitment career in the education sector for Morgan Hunt. He quickly went on to win best new comer out of around 250 recruitment consultants and in his few years there went on to continually win award after award. He then spent a little time in healthcare …
 
Darren Ryemill, CEO of Opus Professional Services Group founded Opus Recruitment Solutions in 2008 but has since grown the initial unique offering into a fast expanding Group which now includes Opus Information Technology, Opus Engineering, Baltimore Consulting Group, McLean Ross, Hinton Spencer, JDR Energy, Addocura and Talentcubed. Having been re…
 
Nikki started her recruitment career in 2002 as a consultant and with her passion and determination remains excited about the challenges and rewards that the industry has to offer. Nikki started her business REJS with business partner Richard over six years ago on the Gold Coast of Australia and they now search talent exclusively for the Real Estat…
 
David Spencer-Percival was the Managing Director at Huntress Group for almost 9 years before he launched Spencer Ogden in 2010 with Sir Peter Ogden and has always remained the driving force behind the company’s growth and success. With more than 15 years’ experience in recruitment, David used his knowledge to fill the gap in the market and create S…
 
David Gittoes has worked within the recruitment industry for just over 11 years, a career which he feels he ‘fell into’ after being a golf professional for 4 years previously. He joined Artemis Search over 5 years ago as a commission-only recruiter, but worked his way up to management level and then in July 2013 he was offered the chance to become …
 
?Lee McQueen is the Managing Director of 'Raw Talent Academy' which he founded after growing frustrated by the lack of high calibre sales talent in the UK. Now Raw Talent Academy is fast becoming recognised as the number one provider of emerging sales talent providing talent for companies who are looking to grow and nurture their own leading sales …
 
Nick Johnston, Director at Recruitment International Asia magazine, founded Wall Street Associates in Japan in 1999. It became the first international recruitment company to receive the ISO 9001:2000 certification in Japan and eleven years later was purchased by en-japan, the premium Japanese job portal, and rebranded as Enworld. Nick stepped down …
 
Angela Middleton founded Middleton Murray in 2002, after spending time in a variety of corporate management positions. The company evolved from a recruitment consultancy into a Group during 2008 to include some interesting divisions, but most importantly resulted in a training subsidiary. Middleton Murray now provides a combination of government an…
 
Gary Dytor has been working within recruitment for nearly 10 years where he started as a Trainee Recruitment Consultant at IT Works, but within 2 years started to develop new markets, grow team and was finally promoted to Ops Director. Gary then moved to the US in May 2014 where he set up a new IT Works Recruitment Inc out there as their CEO and he…
 
Bob Kelly has over 30 years of information technology experience with significant expertise in enterprise systems and founded CareerPlanners Services in 1999 with a focus on recruiting and staff augmentation in emerging technologies. Bob also served in the United States Army, and as a result CPSI is certified by the U.S. Veterans Administration as …
 
Tim Watts is the Lifetime President of Pertemps Network Group, which is one of the UK's biggest independent recruitment agencies with over 1040 staff and 200 branches in 70 towns. Pertemps was started in 1961 by Tim's mum who took a £500 loan to start the company. Tim then started in 1970 when he was 19 years old as a temporary worker. As well as s…
 
10 years ago Dawn left a well-respected career within HR to pursue her passion for diversity and inclusion, and as a result she created Equal Approach as an inclusive recruitment agency, in order to remove barriers for candidates with difference. Dawn specialises in diversity and inclusion, specifically in championing individuals with difference to…
 
Daniel Faulkner is a headhunter and Director of Arthur Financial specialising in senior appointments and team moves within the Lloyd's & London insurance markets. Since Daniel has been heading up Arthur Financial it has seen consistent growth in all areas which Daniel believes is due to the strong value he places on company culture, advancement, in…
 
Tony Goodwin, CEO of ANTAL INTERNATIONAL In 1993, spotting the potential of the new professional employment markets in the former Warsaw pact countries, Tony Goodwin set up his own recruitment business and named the company Antal – Hungarian for ‘Anthony’. Since then Tony and his team have developed substantial recruitment businesses in some of the…
 
David Lawrence has been in the recruitment industry since 2000 and is still as passionate about recruitment as the first day he started. As the Managing Director he's responsible for the strategic plan for growth for Vine Resources growing to 40 people over the next 3 years to support their clients in the global telecommunications market providing …
 
Alex Raubitschek has over 20 years experience in the recruitment industry, most recently focusing on the buying and selling of recruitment businesses through his roles at Hamilton Bradshaw and currently Principal at Claremont Board Management.
 
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