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Meet the Leadership Team

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    Chris Jackson

    Founding Director

    Chris set up Understanding Recruitment in 2007 having spent 13 years working his way up to Director level at one of the UK’s leading Tech Recruitme...

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    Dale Swords

    Founding Director

    Dale has over 20 years experience operating within the technology recruitment sector. After securing a 2:1 Journalism Degree he joined one of the U...

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    Sam McBroom

    Director

    Sam joined Understanding Recruitment as a Graduate Consultant when the company consisted of 6 employees. He focuses on software development and has...

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    Suzy Bolton

    Group CFO

    Suzy started with Understanding Recruitment as the Financial Controller in May 2013 before taking on the role of Financial Director in 2015, headin...

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    James Hunt

    Associate Director

    James joined the U’s as a trainee in 2013 following a stint in hospitality. After 2 years he started the FinTech team, which has since grown to 7 c...

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    Miles Hunt

    Non-Executive Director

    Miles has over 20 years of international recruitment, talent management and entrepreneurial experience. He's taken companies from start-up to IPO, ...

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    Tom Parker

    Head of DevOps & Cloud

    Tom joined the team after graduating in 2009 and has moved through the ranks into a leadership position. He's now responsible for managing and grow...

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    Tom Rankin

    Head of Data & Digital - NFP

    Tom has been with Understanding Recruitment since 2012, when he joined as our very first Apprentice. Since then, a lot has changed and Tom heads up...

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    Matthew Ferdenzi

    Chief Operating Officer - Acceler8 Talent

    Mat joined the team in 2015 after spending a number of years as a jobbing actor – his career somewhat peaking at what many critics call ‘the best t...

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    Nicola Parker

    Delivery Manager

    Since joining in 2011 Nicola has successfully progressed within the business, now heading up one of the largest teams at Understanding Recruitment....

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    Arjun Gillard

    Head of .NET

    Arjun joined Understanding Recruitment in the middle of 2019 having spent 8 years working for a recruitment company working his way up from trainee...

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    Jack Cascarino

    Head of Contracts

    Jack brings nine years of experience working in the Digital and Tech space to UR to head up our brilliant contracts team. Jack worked his way throu...

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    Ben Mellows

    Head of Front End

    Ben heads up our Front End team and has 15+ years of technical recruitment experience, previously progressing from Resourcer to Director at another...

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    Jana Timm

    Head of Marketing

    Jana is our Head of Marketing who oversees the global growth of our brand since joining in 2018. She’s an experienced marketer with a background in...

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    Emily Kitamura

    Global Head of Talent Acquisition

    Emily joined Understanding Recruitment in June 2016 as our Internal Recruiter. Emily was previously a successful consultant within the Education se...

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    Lisa Booth

    HR Manager

    Lisa joined Understanding Recruitment at the start of 2017 as our Contracts and Compliance Manager. She graduated from the University of Hertfordsh...

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    Emma Mathiesen

    Training & Development Manager

    Emma joined Understanding Recruitment as Training and Development Manager in 2019 after spending nearly 10 years as a Recruiter. She is focused on ...

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